There's nothing more exciting than visiting a new opening in Auckland. Knowing there's a newbie on the scene is something we just can't ignore. To help with the overwhelming amount of new spots popping up, we've narrowed it down to the top four you need to visit this month...
Vibe Coffee Roasters
Wairau Valley's latest opening is making waves amongst the cafe-lovers and coffee-experts of Auckland. Vibe Coffee Roasters have been around longer than you may think; they've been roasting and brewing their own coffee blends for retail for quite some time, waiting until they perfected their bags before opening their own coffee shop in the valley. The shop is cosy, but lively, with popping decor and a colourful cabinet full of sweet and savoury treats. Standing out among the rest, Vibe Coffee Roasters have created some epic inventions such as their hokey pokey croissants, hokey pokey lattes, and charcoal lattes, making it well worth a trip out to Wairau Valley.
Perfect for: A quick stop for a guaranteed great coffee and quality cabinet food, especially sweet treats.
From the team behind Lowbrow comes Nook, a Japanese-inspired eatery in St Kevin's Arcade. Specialising in yakitori, Nook is inspired by the fun, informal, and fresh fare of Japanese izakaya & yakitori eateries, Nook is taking over St Kevin's Arcade to provide great, easy to share food in a light, casual environment. Enjoy skewers, sashimi, dumplings, fried plates, Japanese beer, cocktails, whiskey, and sparkling sake. Open late most nights (we're talking 1am), this could easily become your new spontaneous spots, great for starting the night big or ending it strong.
Perfect for: Big group gatherings or a relaxed date night with sharing plates all round and a fine focus on the curated drinks menu.
We're suckers for a new brunch spot in Auckland, and Deep Cafe has us especially giddy with excitement with their Rosedale eatery. The menu is seasonal, meaning you're always getting the freshest produce – Deep has a knack for turning any number of ingredients into a winning combination. With a number of contrasting menu items, our favourites have to be the French toast with truffle mascarpone & strawberry fluid gel, their house-made cheese toastie with bechamel, champagne ham, gruyere, mozzarella on brioche, and their Chef's signature burger with double patties, American cheese, caramelised onion, and secret sauce. Deep also cater to vegans and vegetarians with complex dishes, all to be enjoyed in their simple but elegant setting with an earthy vibe from the dark green walls and rustic wooden tables.
Perfect for: A lengthy catch-up to properly indulge in the menu and soak up the serene vibes Deep puts out.
The opening of Downtown's Commercial Bay has brought us some of our new holy grail eateries, and it's proving to be the gift that keeps on giving. Spectra opened last week; the sister-cafe to Percy's and Fields, two of the best cafes booming in the hospitality scene at the moment. Spectra is a wondrous example of elegant interior design and architecture. From a formal business lunch to an independent study session or a social brunch party of 6, every occasion is accommodated with Spectra's variety of seating. The all-day breakfast menu takes the classics and makes them a little fancier, with an extravagant list of bruschetta toppings and a number of add-ons, perfect for personalising your meal. Currently only open on weekdays, you'll want to plan your week around a visit to Spectra.
Perfect for: A luxurious Friday lunch with a beer or wine or a business meeting spot, sure to impress your guest.