Whipped with feta and lemon juice, slathered on a bagel, or stacked with bacon, avocado is essential to the Auckland brunch scene. Whether you prefer yours sliced, smashed, or covered in salt and pepper, the humble avo on toast provides enough health benefits for a guilt-free breakfast. We unveil our top spots of where to nab the best avocado dish that’s actually worth your dosh.
St Heliers Bay Bistro
Sick of the CBD hustle and bustle? St Heliers is an easy drive from the city while feeling worlds away. Positioned right across from the beach, the St Heliers Bay Bistro is a great destination if you’re looking to relax by the sea, people-watch, and dive into a delicious menu. Avocado toast reaches new heights at this establishment as it is served generously and topped with a poached egg, chilli dressing, and puffed millet.
Ah, the Morningside institution Auckland loves to love. Crave is a go-to for an eggs benedict and a Little Lato gelato - but it’s also serving up a smashed avocado well worthy of your time. Not only is the dish full of flavour with pineapple salsa, basil pistou, and dukkah, it’s vegan, dairy-free, and gluten-free. Served on the deliciously seeded Midnight Baker’s loaf, you’re in for a guilt-free breakfast.
Pop next door you’ll find the country-style and plant-shrouded Kind. The team behind Crave opened its doors to another cafe-come-social-enterprise in 2018. Where Crave’s aim was to bring the community together, Kind shines a light on plant-based food. If you came to us looking to hear of a creative take on the classic avo dish - Kind will be the place for you. With smoked chilli peanut butter, pistachio dukkah, and macerated heirloom tomatoes on Midnight Baker loaf, not only is this dish plant-based, it’s delicious. If you’re gluten-free - there are plenty of options available. Adding a side of bacon or halloumi - though not plant-based - is also an amazing flavour combination. Take a group of friends, or head out for a brunch date, Kind is a light-filled welcoming social space worthy of your Sunday morning.
We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again - Okra is the place to be, come 11am. Brunch is what these guys do so well - with hearty portions - so leave your ‘hanger’ in their capable hands. The smashed avocado at this cosy espresso lounge is paired with halloumi. If the squeaky cheese isn’t enough to send your stomach grumbling, the dish also includes their long croquette style hashbrowns and beetroot hummus on sourdough. Leave your Sunday best at home and cruise down to the casual corner cafe for some impressive kai.
Sit under the umbrellas in Meadow's sun-soaked courtyard and order up in this modern bistro and bar. This avocado smash features a flavour blend of the holy trio - lemon feta and mint. Loaded up on multigrain toast, this is the way to start your morning right.
A quick walk from Takapuna beach - Zomer is the perfect summer brunch spot. With outdoor seating and a menu to knock your socks off, look no further than this cafe and beach club. If you can look past the banana and caramel stuffed French Toast - their smashed avocado is dreamy. On five-grain bread with a poached egg and cherry tomatoes, this colourful dish is a go-to. With a great location and a creative menu, make sure you add Zomer onto your brunch bucket list.
Another gem on The Shore. If you haven’t already seen Plumm Cafe’s dishes circling your Instagram feed, these guys are artists with their beautiful presentation. Pop yourself out in their secret garden and order up! The smashed avo is paired with the zesty and creamy flavours of lemon and feta, with a sprinkling of cashew nuts. Stacked on sourdough with a poached egg, you won’t go hungry here - but you might as you wait, as this place gets pretty busy so order a coffee and enjoy the sun-soaked garden.
Hello Friends + Allies
For food that looks as good as it tastes - Hello Friends + Allies has your poison. The colourful fun presentation of all their food is what sets these guys apart from your average brunch spot. Whatever you order, have confidence that the plate will be filled with all sorts of colourful goodies that’ll make up your 5+ a day. The avocado here is served on rye with a poached egg, quinoa, cherry tomatoes and of course - a good dolloping of feta.