Ah, long weekends. There are few things sweeter in life than that extra stolen day, a day to do whatever you want. With a little more time up your sleeve and the long-awaited sunshine that Spring and Summer bring, whatever you decide to do with your extra day – It should be starting with brunch in the sun.
Whether you’re feeling like exploring a little further afield or perhaps just want to pop down the road, we’ve compiled some of the best long weekend brunch spots in Auckland. So grab your sunnies and your best pals, it’s time to get brunching.
This guide was updated on 22/10/2020
With the top-notch views and beaches located in Piha, It’s hardly surprising that The Piha Café is a winner as well. After a wander in the sand, the Piha Café is conveniently located on your way back from the beach. With plenty of outdoor seating, warm wood finishes, and simple benches–This place is the perfect balance between beach and chic. The wood-fired pizza and fresh juices are just the trick to refresh after making the most of what Piha has to offer.
St Heliers Bay Café and Bistro
Located in a stellar spot next to the ocean, St Heliers Bay Café & Bistro offers ocean views a little closer to home. Beautiful high ceilings, modern furnishings, and warm lighting make this a sophisticated spot to unwind after a stroll in the sunshine. The food here is special and pride is taken in presentation–Whether it’s the folded eggs with smoked fish dill and caper-berries or the halloumi balsamic bruschetta you’re ordering. Despite often being a full house on the weekends, the service you’ll get here is stellar. It’s not hard to see why this is a mainstay of the Auckland brunch scene!
Takapuna Beach Cafe
Tucked away at the end of Takapuna beach is one of the best brunch spots in Auckland, Takapuna Beach Café. Offering it all, this little spot can sort you out whether it’s a full breakfast you’re after, ice-cream, pastries or fish and chips in true Kiwi style. This is one to visit with the family, with room for larger groups and lots of kid-friendly options. With stunning views and lots of local and seasonal options, this place gets busy fast so be sure to book before going!
Plume Cafe Matakana
Located just an hour out of Auckland, Plume’s rustic restaurant set amongst the vines will make you feel like you’ve travelled further afield. With a beautiful garden offering plenty of outdoor seating as well as a sheltered patio to soak up the views, Plume is a great spring or summer spot. Locally sourced produce and a premier wine list from local New Zealand winery Runner Duck Estate means that Plume is the perfect place to while away your afternoon in the sun. Oh, and if you weren’t already convinced–The pastries here are unbeatable
Save yourself the stress of driving and instead jump on the ferry for a visit to Corelli’s in Devonport. A short stroll from the ferry terminal with gorgeous views of the city–Corelli’s is simple and comfortable, in the best possible way. With quaint wooden tables and flower planters, Corelli’s is a crowd pleaser and offers something for everyone–But the coffee is the true star here. With beans roasted onsite, a rarity in Auckland these days–If it’s a phenomenal flat white you’re after Corelli’s is the spot. Fabulous Kiwi-style café fare, they’re also open all day, so you can keep your sleep-in.
One of the newer kids on the block, Buoy may just have one of the best locations in Auckland. Just a stone’s throw from Ponsonby and the CBD, Buoy is located in the Westhaven Marina and somehow manages to feel much further away. With views out across the boats and sun-drenched tables, Buoy covers the views while still keeping things fresh with bright décor and hanging greenery. We’ve only got great things to say about the wholemeal buttermilk crepes with baked apples, vanilla crème, caramel sauce and toasted walnuts–So round up some friends and head down to the waterfront with a delicious reward at Buoy after.
An absolute classic of the Auckland brunch scene, Odettes is quickly becoming an Auckland institution. Located in City Works Depot, you’ll find Odettes in a renovated warehouse space–And yes, it is as cool as it sounds. With a focus on design, greenery, and lots of glass to let the sun in, Odettes is at once stylish and simple. Offering brunch classics with a Mediterranean twist, their Massimo Burrata with fig & honey, rosemary and sourdough is not one to miss. But if you’re on the lunch side of brunch or it’s hair of the dog you’re after-Odettes can sort you out with a great mimosa too.
SOL Bar Cafe
One of the beautiful things about living in Auckland is that you are only ever a short ferry trip from the stunning sights and eateries Waiheke island has to offer. SOL Bar is located in the beautiful Oneroa village with panoramic views of Oneroa Bay and Great Barrier. With garden seating, warm wood furnishings and a flourishing herb garden – SOL Bar plays homage to both old-school Waiheke while maintaining a modern café vibe. The coffee here is hard to beat and the Sol big breakfast will hit the spot for even the most finicky brunch eaters.