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Britomart Cafes

Consider yourself a bona fide coffee-snob?  Rejoice!  Auckland’s Britomart is set to spoil you for choice.  It’s the precinct to be seen in:  accountants, fashionistas and lawyers alike but, you need to be seen with a cup of quality “joe” in hand.  If proof were needed that Aucklanders take their coffee seriously, then Britomart is it.

Before you head off to explore this bustling area, make sure you do your café homework.  We recommend checking out these popular coffee spots -

Quay Street Café

Whether you’re after a caffeine fix, a midday vino or a freshly squeezed juice – get yourself to Quay Street Café.  This spacious, contemporary café caters to all.

Their passion for fresh, seasonal produce is reflected in their modest, but regularly revived menu and the coffee is simply superb.

Fun fact:  The massive windows make for great people watching!

Shaky Isles

Holding true to its Kingsland cousin, Britomart’s Shaky Isles offers strong coffee and great food set to a background of cheeky cartoon characters.

The enticing menu boasts the legendary Shaky Burger, old-style crumpets and a tasty array of cabinet treats.

Fun fact: There’s even free wi-fi, so you can check-in and entice your friends downtown to join you!


Espresso Workshop

An extension of the popular Epsom café, the Britomart venture continues the brand’s dedication to the art of great coffee.

There’s an extensive stock of specialty coffees for you try, great for the adventurous coffee connoisseurs.  And it’d be a crime not to mention the cabinet offerings – do yourself a favour, try the egg roll.

Fun fact:  Espresso Workshop is managed by David Huang, two-time Auckland Barista Champion.  We dare you to find a cup of coffee.

Precinct Café

The new kid on the Britomart block, Precinct’s stated mission is to deliver the “best paper bag lunch in town”. No complaints here, the café over delivers on that promise.

Bagels bursting with flavour, pressed pides and exotic Tuscan schiachiatta flatbread sandwiches await.  There’s even a great line of healthy, lighter food; including sashimi rice noodles and mixed grain quinoa salad.

Naturally, they serve top notch coffee as well.  Perfect for lunch on the go! Check out their full menu to see for yourself.

Fun fact:  Schiachiatta, literally means “flattened” in Italian, and is pronounced skee-ach-iata.


Tucked around the corner by Les Mills, sits L’Assiette, showcasing the very best of modern French cooking.

The menu reads like an authentic pastry dictionary – pain au chocolat, croissants, pain au raisin, pomme chausson and the current craze, the beloved macaron.  There’s also tapas and classic bistro meals like steak frites, croque monsieur and Salade Nicoise for those with a more savoury palate.

Fun fact:  Worried you’ll miss out after the mid-morning rush?  Fear not, these tasty treats are baked fresh throughout the day by top French pasty chef Guillaume Nicoli!  Sacré bleu!

Laura Justice

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