The best cafes in Auckland

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With thousands of excellent cafes in New Zealand, it’s always difficult to work out which are the best to try, especially if you are new to a place.

Thankfully, the annual New Zealand Cafe of the Year awards help sort out the best through objective judging and public feedback.

Auckland’s best cafes

National winner – Best Rural (joint winner)

Red Shed Palazzo 

64 Jesmond Road, Drury, Auckland

National People’s Choice Winner

Nick’s Café 

30 Constable Road, Waiuku, Auckland, 2123

Best of the others

Auckland cafes shortlisted by judges for the national awards:

Best Metro CBD

Foxtrot Parlour 

7 Richmond Road, Ponsonby Central, Ponsonby, Auckland

Scratch Bakers Headquarters 

5 Graham Street, Auckland CBD, Auckland

Wellesley Street Kitchen (Auckland)

Victoria Square, 1/143 Wellesley Street West, Auckland CBD, Auckland

Best Suburban


46 Victoria Road, Devonport, Auckland

La Forchette 

8c Turua Street, St Heliers, Auckland

Luscious Café

165 Onehunga Mall Road, Onehunga, Auckland

Best Rural


8 Miami Avenue, Surfdale, Waiheke Island, Auckland

Red Shed Palazzo 

64 Jesmond Road, Drury, Auckland

The Jetty Licensed Café 

3 Shelly Beach Rd, Shelly Beach, Auckland

Classic Kiwi

Aroma Shed Café 

458 Cascades Road, Pakuranga, Auckland

Carriages Café

299 Main Road, Kumeu, Auckland

VOLT Espresso 

110 Carlton Gore Road, Newmarket, Auckland

Source: New Zealand Cafe of the Year Awards 2016, run by the Restaurant Association of New Zealand.  Factors considered by the judges including atmosphere and appearance, menu and coffee, service, staff interaction and overall impression.

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Kit Packer is a long-time travel writer and journalist who has spent more than 40 years in search of all that is good about New Zealand.