These restaurants and cafes have mastered the art of brunching in one of the most brunch-friendly cities in the world.

Odettes Eatery, CBD 

Brunch at Odettes is a charming affair with a lush twist. Sample mushroom tabbouleh, pearl barley, sage, cashew cream and a poached egg on a savoury crepe, or vanilla waffles with hazelnut cremeux, pistachio, strawberry and coconut ice cream. Nestled in the City Works Depot, it sets itself apart with its leafy urban oasis. 

Major Sprout, CBD 

Tantalize taste buds at Major Sprout, one of the most popular cafes in the city that caters for all, with vegetarian, dairy free, gluten free and raw options available, from game-changing green eggs benedict and acai bowls to peanut buttercup smoothies and modern mocha maca lattes.  

Ortolana, CBD 

Set in an elegant and sun-filled conservatory at bustling Britomart is Ortolana, an Italian-inspired eatery serving a selection of the finest creations. Choose between millet and macadamia granola, chai creme fritta and a not-to-be-missed folded egg with pork sausage, roast tomatoes, avocado and ciabatta. 

Winona Forever, Parnell  

Winona Forever’s cabinets are filled to the brim with tasty treats and their menu of lovingly crafted foods includes everything from summer brioche French toast with pistachio & vanilla bean meringues, whipped mascarpone and raspberry compote, fresh Kumeu strawberries and organic maple, to marinated squid on 45cm artisan baguette with garlic aioli, slow-roasted tomato in herb olive oil and summer greens. 

Takapuna Beach Café & Store, North Shore 

For extensive views of the Hauraki Gulf from a beachside favourite, pull up a chair at the Takapuna Beach Cafe. Enjoy a menu of locally sourced and seasonal ingredients, and while you're there, sample their award-winning homemade artisan gelato.   

L’oeuf, Mt Albert 

If you're looking for a cafe that knows how to transform a humble egg into a beautiful gram-worthy and almost too-beautiful-to-eat dish, it’s L’oeuf. Try ‘The Nest’ - two soft-boiled eggs crumbed with sunflower seeds, encased in a filo pastry nestand served with beetroot ketchup and feta. Or, if eggs aren’t your thing, don’t worry, L’oeuf offers an array of delicious exotic dishes such as ‘The Cambodian’ (sticky black banana rice), ‘The Geisha’ (light, fresh soba noodles), and the ever-popular ‘Banh Mi’. 

Crave Café, Kingsland 

Not only does Morningside's Crave Café serve outstanding coffee, have great service and the best creamy mushrooms in town, they also give back by donating their profit to their local community. Think 'benediction', two poached eggs on crispy hash with fresh spinach and chorizo crumbs covered in chimichurri hollandaise or, blueberry and apple bircher topped with coconut yoghurt, chia seeds and plum compote. Pair these dishes with a cold-pressed juice or a smooth single-origin filter coffee. 

Rosebank Coffee & Kitchen, Avondale

West Auckland's hidden gem, Rosebank Coffee & Kitchen, is inviting with its spectacular interior design and modern-innovative cuisine. They’ve got everything from smashed avocado on kumara sourdough to mouth-watering French toast made of house-made brioche with ganache, seasonal fruits, chantilly cream, pear puree, cocoa crumble and maple syrup. Boasting modern vibes in every corner, you’ll want to visit again.

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