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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 - A cafe by day and craft beer bar by night, Husk is a brewery, coffee roastery and eatery all-in-one. The crumpets with bourbon butter are fabulous, and the big brekky is 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 (and award-winning) 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 Cuba Street institution, Floriditas is famous for its eggs many ways. Their baking is legendary: we challenge you to settle your bill without succumbing to a little sweet something to take away for later. 

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

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Egmont Street Eatery - Explore the laneways and uncover this hidden gem, serving up a delicious and interesting brunch menu that goes beyond eggs. 

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 perfectly formed 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.

Beach House & Kiosk - There's nothing like fresh salt air to give you an appetite, especially when the brunch menu is as tasty as this. Sit outside on the covered deck to soak up the views of the Cook Strait and South Island on a clear day.