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Aah, the great Kiwi tradition. It's brilliant going out at 2pm and not being frowned upon when you ask for a bit of breakfast. Here are some of our favourites, they all double up as effective hangover cures too.
Plum Cafe - If you sit outside, there's a great view of the Bucket Fountain and is ideally located for people watching. Plus has awesome contemporary Kiwi food.
Floriditas - A classy, up-market joint. Go here if you want some seriously good baking after your meal, their cupcakes and cakes are incredible.
Fidel’s Cafe - It gets really busy in the weekend so only go if you've got time and patience. Order off the menu, or they have great counter food too. Tip: give the Snickers milkshake a go.
Midnight Espresso - A quirky place with a few window seats looking out onto Cuba Street. Fantastic coffee and simple but delicious counter food (largely vegetarian), plus menu food.
Sweet Mother’s Kitchen - Where all the cool kids hang out. As a general rule, no matter what time of day, always get a side of curly fries to go with the affordable, home-style cooking inspired by Mexico and New Orleans.
Caffe L'affare - A cafe and coffee roastery in one. This is a very busy place but the service is still super friendly and very on to it. There are heaps of different coffee beans to buy and take home too.
Duke Carvell's Swan Lane Emporium - A hidden gem just off Cuba Street. A stylish restaurant with lots of tidbits to look at. They have a classic brunch menu with a few daring alternatives like lamb's brains.
Meow - This one's great if you've got a slightly larger than average group going for brunch. What's really special is they can make anything on the menu gluten free! (If you're that way inclined).
Beach Babylon - A relaxed place in a great location, on the very beautiful Oriental Parade. They've got a very retro, cosmopolitan, kitsch kind of thing going on.
Maranui Cafe - Cruise around the coast and park up at Lyall Bay and enter the clubrooms of the Maranui Surf Club. If it's a nice day (and not too busy) get a seat on the deck to take advantage of the view.