A good on-the-go breakfast can be hard to find. As Aucklanders we tend to set our sights a bit higher than muesli bars and Belvita biscuits. Whether you’re dashing late to work or forgot your porridge in the microwave, you don’t have to starve until lunchtime. Auckland has you covered with pastries, acai bowls, and breakfast sammies galore-You just have to know where to go...
Do breakfast the European way–A pastry in one hand and a coffee in the other. Amano is a beauty of an establishment for a sit-down meal, but if you’re in a hurry, grab some of their artisanal baking from the cabinet. Their French Viennoiserie range is available each morning-And it would be rude to not get a filled croissant. The pastries at Amano are infamous in Auckland, their delicate buttery and flaky texture are definitely something to rave about.
Little Bird Kitchen
Looking for a breakfast that’ll make you feel as good as it looks? Little Bird Kitchen pride themselves on not only raw, organic, and tasty food, but also ensuring their entire menu is free of gluten, dairy, and refined cane sugar. Grab one of their colourful breakfast pots packed with fruit and grains or a superfood smoothie if you’re more of a slurper than an eater and you’ll be on your merry way.
Bang smack in the CBD, Chuffed Cafe is tucked into the convenience of High Street. With a daily restocked cabinet of goods perfect for brekky like a bacon quiche to pair with your morning espresso. These guys are mostly known for their sandwich savvy skills, so if you’re into a bit of bread for your brekky, be sure to order one of their famous loaded toasties.
Perched on the corner of Kitchener and Victoria Street East, Scarecrow has an urban farmers market style of ambiance with a great cabinet from breakfast through to lunch. Grab a flavourful chia pot or bagel to-go alongside one of their delicious and colourful detox lattes (only if you’re prepared to forgo your daily coffee).
Jess' Underground Kitchen
Parnell is a hive of activity when it comes to cute cafes-And Jess is one that never fails to please. If you want to save time agonising over the wide selection of cabinet food, we recommend you settle for the bacon and egg bap before you rush on to the rest of your day.
Owned by the Hip Group alongside Amano, The Store provides the consistently delicious pastries with an added selection of sandwiches and cabinet goods to easily slip into your bag for later. Whatever you order here, you can be sure to know it’s packed with flavour and is fresh out of the oven.
If Mount Eden is your usual stomping ground, you should already be eating here at least two times a day. Coffee Pen has the groovy and intimate vibe of a Wellington cafe paired with some outstanding coffee. Their homemade goods show why these guys are the talk of the town. If you can fight the urge to buy a slice of their apple crumble pecan cheesecake and opt for a blueberry berry muffin, you could easily justify a second trip in your lunch break.
For a brekky free of gluten, dairy, and sugar-Don’t think the taste is at all compromised. Misters uses only sustainable and organic ingredients to create some creative eats. Grab a nut milk green smoothie or a warming brown rice porridge with your choice of banana and maple or berry and hazelnut toppings. If you can manage to eat their neatly folded omelette on the go-Order the broccoli, portobello mushroom veggie option for your morning protein.
Snuggle on the vintage leather couches as you wait for your coffee. Remedy is the perfect homely cafe to start your morning off nice and cruisy. If you are ready to scull and dash, grab a bagel or muffin with your coffee and be sure to stay for longer next time. This place is also a popular spot to bring your laptop, so whether you need to study or read some emails, try and avoid the day for a bit longer by enjoying the atmosphere and coffee.
Dive into a breakfast the American way-A bagel in hand. From sesame to parmesan or gluten-free, Goodness Gracious have options to keep your morning hunger at bay. Decide between jam and lemon curd spreads or a filled breakfast bagel to-go and we guarantee you’ll be chomping into it before you’ve walked out the door.