Mink Cafe

99 Parnell Road, Parnell, Auckland

Mink Cafe is a great buzzy cafe in Parnell due to both its great food, efficient service and excellent location. You'll find it at the base of Parnell (on the corner as you come up Parnell Rise, where it meets Parnell Road), which is essentially at the beginning of the well-known Parnell Road strip of shops. You may find it full around 10am on Saturday and Sunday though, so go early if you want a table.

Strawberry Alarm Clock

119 Parnell Road, Parnell, Auckland 

Also in Parnell Road, just a few doors up from Mink Cafe. This is a small, funky cafe with atmosphere, pink and blue colour scheme with brick, and a cool outdoor courtyard which is hidden at the back - go through past the kitchen and you'll find it amongst banana palms.

Mecca Stonehouse Cafe

44 Tamaki Drive, Mission Bay, Auckland

 Fabulous location in the historic "Stonehouse" building right on Mission Bay beach. Fabulous on a Summer's day, with a children's playground close by, as well as a huge fountain. Service can be somewhat variable at times however, and it is always a busy spot with the locals.

SPQR

150 Ponsonby Road, Ponsonby, Auckland.

Just one of many fabulous cafes in the ultra-cool Ponsonby Road area. Indoor eating as well as outdoor on the footpath. Service is always fabulous with hearty and stylish breakfasts. Bring a newspaper and enjoy the scene.

 

Vulcan Lane

Just off Queen Street in CBD, Auckland

 Cosy little lane with several excellent cafes (try Cafe Melba or Vulcan Cafe) and a couple of nice bars for later.