Listen up shore ladies and gents; This one's for you. Instead of letting your hanger levels get dangerously high during your commute to the city, keep your brunch spot local. Lucky for you, we’ve done our research and found the best places to brunch on the North Shore. Check out the list below and get brunching!
Eatery at Rothesay Bay
Say hello to the relatively new addition to the shore; Eatery at Rothesay Bay. Perfectly positioned on Knights Road, this brunch spot offers the perfect blend between modern interior and quirky outdoor seating overlooking the bays. On their menu, you can find an array of flavourful options such as Salmon Gravlax Scramble and Pulled Jackfruit Tacos. They also have a few of the classics, including Eggs Benedict and French Toast. Each dish comes beautifully presented on a rustic plate or wooden board - ideal for that #SundayBrunch snap.
Another newbie on the block is Sunnybrae’s Patch Cafe. Owned and run by husband and wife team Allen and Jenny with a family of their own, this spot is designed to accommodate the younger ones. With a play area at the back, an adorable strawberry mural, and high exposed ceilings, you’ll feel a lively energy as you walk in. For those who manage to resist the divine cabinet treats, an epic menu awaits. Offering a combination of classic and unique dishes, deciding your order may take some time. Stand out items include the Shakshuka Eggs, the Full Patch Grill, and the Strawberry Lamington Hotcakes.
Devon On The Wharf
With picturesque waterside views, Devon On The Wharf is an ideal spot for brunch. On their menu, you’ll be spoilt with a range of flavourful options inspired by Mediterranean cuisine. From Rosti Benedict to Slow Cooked Lamb to classic French Toast, their dishes are suited to a variety of taste buds. You can even spice up your brunch with one of their breakfast cocktails. Mimosa anyone?
The Plumm Cafe
A ten-minute walk away, The Plumm Cafe awaits. You may have seen their iconic Blueberry Hotcakes on your Instagram feed, and trust us, they’re well worth the hype! Other popular dishes include their French Toast Burger, The Plumm Bene, and the Matcha Waffle with Fried Chicken. As plenty of brunch-ers want to try these epic items, expect your food to take a while. As long as you’re not rushed for time, their delicious dishes are worth the wait.
Located a quick-stroll away from Takapuna Beach, Zomer will always be a go-to brunch option. Not to mention, their food is insane! Currently on their Summer Breakfast Menu is a range of mouth-watering dishes. From Smashed Avocado to Granola to the Zomer Big Breakfast, there’s certainly something for everyone. Another popular choice is their Banana and Salted Caramel Stuffed French Toast – an ultimately dreamy combination!
Wholefood Cafe & Store
Perfect for a post-training brunch, AUT Millennium’s Wholefood Cafe & Store is designed to refuel and nourish. Whether you choose to grab a chia pot to go or want to dig into a low carb meal, your body will certainly be thanking you for your wholesome choice. On their seasonal menu, you’ll typically find options such as Eggs on Toast, Smashed Avocado, and Creamy Mushrooms. And it wouldn’t be a health spot without smoothies, which means this Wholefood Cafe has several on offer. Their usual flavours include Tropical, Black forest, and Peanut Butter Caramel.
With their jaw-dropping presentation and extravagant cabinet treats, Major Tom continues to be a top pick when it comes to brunch. From Lemon Meringue Tarts to Raspberry & Blackberry brioche, it’s very hard not to drool on arrival. Dessert for breakfast continues, with epic menu options such as Dulce De Leche French Toast. Alternatively, if you want to indulge in a savoury dish, the Grilled Chicken Burger or Major Tom Big Breakfast will let you do just that.
Black & Gold Eatery
With its quirky wooden interior and quirky greenery, you can see why people love brunching at Black & Gold Eatery. Another major drawcard, of course, is their food. From Wagyu Mince to Nippon Pancakes to Romesco Fettuccine, these brunch options are far from boring. To pair with your meal of choice, there are several smoothies, teas, and espresso refreshments on offer.
Don’t worry Orewa; we didn’t forget about you! If you haven’t checked it out already, Dear Coasties is a must-try. This Coffee Bar & Eatery sure knows a thing or two about brunch. Whether you’re craving classic Buttermilk Pancakes or want to spice it up with Soft Shell Crab Benedict, these guys have got you covered. On their menu, you’ll also spot a selection of Best Ugly Bagels, with the choice of a Preserve, Haloumi, or Salmon topping.