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Things to do

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

Floriditas Eggs PhotoNicolaEdmond

Olive - The back garden at Olive is a real treat on sunny days, with a sail overhead to accommodate those not so sunny days.

Laundry - It's been a popular hangout ever since its recent opening. If you feel like a classic burger or a couple of tacos, there's a small outside bit to take advantage of the summery days.

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. Closed until the second week of August for a face lift.

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.

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

About town

Prefab 14 Jessie St 11

Prefab - A huge place but pretty much always full, and for good reason. Prefab serves their own coffee, cleanskin wines, ever so fresh bread and baked goods and has a particularly appetising menu. 

Flight Coffee Hangar - Flight's coffee roastery/cafe/bar has a classic brunch menu as well as sandwiches and muffins all ready to go. They have fancy coffee too. 

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.

Nikau - After creating this list, people demanded Nikau to be included and we do not disagree, especially when you think about their popular dish - Kedgeree.

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.

A bit of beach scenery


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.

Coene's Provisions - Share the view, food and history from this gorgeous sunny spot on Oriental Parade. They're open Friday to Sunday (from 8am) for brunch.

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