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Top notch brunch spots

It's a glorious experience to head out at 12pm and not being frowned upon when you ask for a bit of breakfast. There are many favourite spots and here are a few.

Cuba Street


Husk - This new spot just off Cuba is a cafe by day and craft beer bar by night. The crumpets with bourbon butter are fabulous, and the big brekky very big.

Olive - Go for the lush courtyard garden, stay for the excellent waffles, big breakfast and mimosas. 

Loretta - Feast your eyes on the delicious interior design and ceramics as well as the incredible fresh menu, which is changed up regularly to keep in line with seasonal availability.

Laundry - If you feel like a classic burger or a couple of tacos for brunch, Laundry is your spot. Head back late at night for DJ sets and dancing.

Floriditas - A classy joint fresh from a recent facelift, Floriditas is famous for its eggs many ways. If you want some seriously good baking after your meal, their friands and scones are must-try.

Fidel's Cafe - Fidel's can be packed even on weekdays, so head here if you've got time on your side. If you can handle it, try the Snicker's milkshake.

Midnight Espresso - A quirky place with window seats looking out onto vibrant bohemian hub Cuba Street. The coffee is fantastic, and the vege-friendly counter food is too.

About town

Five Borough

Five Boroughs - This New York-inspired deli, diner and dive serves burgers and bottomless coffee for brunch. Dreamy.

Prefab - Prefab is pretty much always full - they're onto a good thing. Prefab serves their house-roasted coffee, homemade bread and baked treats plus a small yet perfect menu. 

Salty Pidgin - Head up to Brooklyn for not your usual brunch at the Salty Pidg. The breakfast pide, a sort of boat-shapped pizza, is mandatory eating.

Flight Coffee Hangar - This is the spot to go if you're a coffee fanatic. Caffeine aficionados will feel right at home, and the menu is beaut.

Nikau - Nikau is renowned around New Zealand for its brilliant kedgeree. Follow it up with a doughnut and you're in brunch heaven.

Caffe L'affare - L'affare is one of Welly's oldest coffee roasters, and they really know their stuff. The staff are amazing, and the brekky is too.

Victoria St Cafe - Outstanding coffee, gorgeous cabinet food and flawless eggs bene make this central spot super popular.

A bit of beach scenery


The Botanist - this new beachside spot focuses on the tastiest vegetarian and vegan fare. Enjoy the view of surfers at Lyall Bay while you dine.

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.

Boat Cafe - For something a bit different, dine in an actual tug boat with some pretty spectacular views!

Chocolate Fish Cafe - Slap on a complimentary hat (when required on sunny days) and lay around on the lawn on beanbags.

Scorch O Rama - Beautiful views and you can even dine across the road to be closer to the beach.

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