There are many cafes in Auckland, but not all can be categorised into the rare combo that is cheap and cheerful. It’s frustrating going to a place and being disappointed by average yet expensive food, so we’ve gone to the liberty of rounding up the spots that have satisfying food but won’t leave a dent in your wallet.
Serving organic Kokako coffee and food with a contemporary twist, Patch is an impressive addition to the North Shore. Patch Café has a theme of strawberries, due to the area’s history of strawberry farming, so its décor is pink with strawberries adorning the place, including the pancakes! It’s ideal for kids, with a jungle gym outside for them to enjoy while you enjoy a peaceful latte.
L’Oeuf is a place to visit time and time again purely for its ideal location, friendly staff, and of course, cheap and cheerful menu. Asian inspired meals that are delicious, such as Banh Mi and Ramen. L’Oeuf is also a perfect place for just a spot of coffee and a slice of banana loaf if you feel inclined to have a low-key afternoon. A charming, inviting interior with hanging plants and artwork on the walls, there are also benches outside for a more informal setting.
Nestled in St Kevin’s Arcade is one of the best cafés on K’ Rd. Bestie is pretty from every angle, with its cactuses perched on the window sill, and a massive window revealing the greenery of Myers Park. The coffee is superb and its inventive menu is anything but dull. Be sure to look out for their “Jelly Tip” French toast, a deconstructed Jelly Tip on top of French toast! And with prices kind on the pocket, it’s a winner in our books.
With acrobats hanging from the ceiling and clowns in the bathroom, coming into this acclaimed café is out of this world. Circus Circus has five different dining areas as well as outdoor seating, so while it may look filled to the brim from the street, there’s plenty of room to dine in the Mt Eden Village spot. With an awesome selection of sweet and savoury in the cabinet and their home-cooked menu, what’s not to like about going to the Circus?
Olaf’s Artisan Bakery Café
If you’re a bread lover, Olaf’s Artisan Bakery Cafe is the one. German-born and bred Olaf, and his team of bakers, make European style bread loaves from scratch right beside the café, so you can watch all the action through the glass wall to see them in their element! Their brunching menu his well priced with plenty of not-your-average dishes, such as a freekeh (grain) salad, and veal schnitzel. Seasonal sandwiches and salads are also on offer from the cabinet, along with supreme coffee and homemade ice teas – Now that’s refreshing!
Geeks On Sainsbury
This little gem close to St Luke’s mall has a laid-back, geeky vibe (hence the name). With outdoor seating, you can enjoy the sunshine or be sun-smart and stay inside to take in the atmosphere at Geeks On Sainsbury. They stock Best Ugly Bagels and have irresistible sweet treats in the cabinet, with everything affordably priced. And with its handy corner-spot, you can’t miss it!
This groovy little number is worth a visit. With its classic French-inspired interior and crepes to-die-for. Living up to its name, it is a petite space, so if you’re getting a group together, it would be beneficial to give them a call beforehand to ensure a spot at Petite Bocal. They’re open till late Monday to Friday, so it’s one of those rare cafes that stay open past 3 pm, so perfect for a mid-week date night. You know what they say, tiny but mighty.