Nothing much beats an iced cold coffee on a hot summer's day. And while you can get a chilled coffee just about everywhere, there are very few places where you can get a good iced coffee. So, we've done the hard yards and tried 'em all. Here are the best places to grab a premium iced coffee when your next craving hits.
Coffee legends L'affare have been supplying your favourite cafes with sustainable and fair-trade coffee beans for close to 30 years, and as of late they've decided to cut out the middle-man and bring their delicious roasts straight to the fans. Opening their flagship roastery and cafe in New Market in 2016, L'affare know how to make the perfect cup of joe–And they're definitely not ones to turn their noses up at a cold brew. With affagato (coffee over vanilla ice cream), cold brew coffee, coffee soda, and espresso martinis on the brunch menu, you'll be able to find the perfect L'affare drink to cool you down on a hot day.
Ozone Coffee Roasters
May we introduce you to the coffee roasters tackling every corner of the globe–Literally. With stores in various New Zealand and London locations, there's a reason these guys are doing so well. The coffee connoisseurs take pride in roasting their own beans right on site, while providing expert-level hospitality in a clean and contemporary environment. On the menu you'll find cold brew on tap in strawberry, blueberry, or dark chocolate, with additional date oak milk and early grey infusions available. Aside from top-notch brews, the Ozone kitchen is working around the clock creating fine-dining level dishes to accompany your coffee.
Odettes oozes tropical ambience, from the Balinese villas projected on the wall to the light, airy feeling you get when you walk in–This is the place to order an iced coffee even in the colder months. Just like anything else on the menu, Odettes do their iced coffees well. A deliciously perfect blend for just the right sweetness and strength, available in a mochaccino version too!
Tucked away down a mirrored corridor in Auckland’s bustling High Street is the charming Chuffed cafe. Inside you'll a sweet little eatery with a cabinet of fresh filled sandwiches and the aroma of freshly ground coffee. Head through the back door and you'll find yourself in an inner-city getaway of overhanging palm trees, sheepskin rugs, and delightful wall art. As well as a very adapted brunch menu full of delicious dishes, you'll be able to choose from an iced latte, mocha, coffee, chai, or chocolate. You’ll be chuffed you visited.
Life doesn't get much better than sitting at one of The Store's iron-wrought chairs in the sunshine with one of their speciality iced coffees, mochas, and chocolates on hand. Situated in the literal heart of the city, The Store is the place to be and be seen. The menu is full of delicious and nutritious dishes, as well as their grab and go counter around the corner.
Best Ugly Bagels
Iced coffee and a freshly toasted bagel is the perfect combo for any occasion. And when we think bagels, we think Best Ugly. Superstar chef Al Brown has the creation of bagels mastered down to a precise art. Whether you’re after a sweet or savoury, simple or stacked bagel, Best Ugly’s got it. And we could never recommend anything greater than ordering an iced coffee while you’re at the till, it’ll make even the worst days a little bit brighter.
Another trendy little spot along High Street to pop in and get your ice-cof fix–The Shelf! Known for their deconstructed DIY hot chocolates and providing the perfect study nook, The Shelf is a hipster-paradise of cool, calm, and collected patrons. From the "iced drink" segment of the menu you'll find iced Americanos, lattes, chai (both sweet and spicy), chocolates, mochas, Dutch lattes, orange lattes, and Shakeratos–We'll leave it up to you to find out what makes up the famous Shelf's Shakerato! Whether you're catching up with an old pal, or looking for a cold brew mid-study session, The Shelf is your new go-to.
Melba is one for the all sweet-toothed coffee lovers out there. If this sounds like a bit of you, make sure to try their iced coffee with a generous helping of ice cream and whipped cream atop a double shot espresso and vanilla milk. The light, open-space-styled cafe has various locations around the CBD and outer city area, all with the inviting options to sit and take your time, or grab an iced coffee on the run.
Go for a wonder farther than you usually would venture up Queen Street, and you'll be pleasantly surprised by the cluster of actually good cafes. Our favourite is Al's Deli, from culinary legend Al Brown of course! Cool yourself down with a refreshing iced coffee (which comes laden with whipped cream and decorative coffee beans–Great for the gram) as you soak in the atmosphere of a classic American diner, compete with real airplane seats to sit on. With a great view down Queen Street, but high up away from the pandemonium, you'll be over the moon at your find!
A must-visit lunch staple after a long morning of op-shopping down Karangahape Road, Bestie cafe has always got your back. The hugd windowed wall overlooks Meyers Park and the city landscape, making Bestie the ideal spot to stop and unwind in the middle of town. You've got two options at Bestie–An iced brew to get straight to the point, or an iced coffee for those who want to indulge a little.