The big metropolitan city of Auckland sits pretty in the top third of the North Island and is often the first stop for travellers from overseas. Lucky then that the café scene in Auckland is very much on point to welcome them into the New Zealand eating and drinking culture.

The hustling, bustling city is home to over 1.5 million people, making the cafés in Auckland well equipped for delivering top rate food, drinks and service. With each place determined to create a vibe different to the rest, visitors will be more than happy to see each each café in Auckland moves to its own rhythm, and when it comes to eating out, there really is a place to suit every palate and pace.

From South Auckland to the CBD, across the bridge to the North Shore and out to Piha, cafes in this big city know how to put on a show and make sure their customers leave feeling satisfied. Whether you are wanting a hole-in-the-wall coffee joint where you can grab a takeaway and run, or a serene beach side café for spending a long and luxurious lunch, Auckland is the kind of place where you do not have to look far for either.

Look out for the local coffee roasters in the area; Atomic, Kokako, Red Rabbit and Allpress (to name a few), who really know their science when it comes to crafting a specialty brew. Wanting to recreate the same brilliance at home? Be sure to get their advice on which quality Chemex, filters, aeropress and other equipment to use.

An eclectic mix of residents from far and wide all on their own path make inner city Auckland a place that really moves at pace, and for visitors to the area, a perfect people watching area. Perch up at a café on K Road and watch life go past, or head for the Viaduct Harbour and soak up the unmistakable energy of New Zealand’s most populated city. After something a little more serene? Head to Mission Bay to get some of the very best views of Rangitoto Island on offer, all whilst tucking into a delicious lunch or brunch made just across the road.

Big on food made local, Auckland cafés are likely to be using ingredients sourced from nearby farmers, growers, bakers and crafters, because when the quality is this good, why look any further?