In­tro­duc­ing the top 50

Metro Magazine NZ - - Feature -

Our task was to find the very best cafes Auck­land has to of­fer. The cafes Metro’s judges deemed the best out of a list of more than 300 are pretty di­verse. Yes, some of them look the same, with butch­ers tiles and Edi­son bulbs used in bud­get-friendly fre­quency, but there are pint-sized, 15-seater cafes as well as gi­ant, can­teen-like din­ing rooms. There are places like Bestie and Were Bros, where you’ll likely be served by the owner, and oth­ers like Taka­puna Beach Cafe and Odettes, where sys­tems are so well oiled that the ex­pe­ri­ence is lovely for a dif­fer­ent rea­son. There’s for­mula and there’s heart, and they’re not al­ways mu­tu­ally ex­clu­sive.

There were more than 20 cafes we were very sad to ex­clude — that’s how tight this year’s list was. Some have sim­ply lost their spark. Some­times a cafe scored as highly on food, ser­vice, cof­fee and com­fort as an­other, but lost out when it came to the ques­tion, “How badly do we want to go back?” We cel­e­brated cafes that make us love our city, that we’re proud to take vis­i­tors to. And when you’re sit­ting in that sunny win­dow with the ex­cel­lent city view or walk­ing along the beach with an ex­cel­lent take­away lunch, we hope you’ll agree.

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