14 of the Finest Cafes in New Zealand to Get Your Caffeine Fix

Coffee in New Zealand deserves every bit of the love it has earned from both its residents and the people who visit, and cafes in New Zealand are very highly rated. The beginning of New Zealand’s cafe culture dates way back to the 1950s. After seeing a plight in the subsequent years, it has picked up since 1980 and has now become more fabulous than ever.

New Zealand’s best coffee is spread across cafes situated in several cities, Wellington and Auckland to name a few. All these cafes in New Zealand will be usually packed with people in the morning. The crowd starts fading gradually and only a handful will be present inside by afternoon.

If you intend to savour the true taste of Kiwi coffee, here’s a list of handpicked cafes in New Zealand that you would want to visit:

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 1. The Flight Coffee Hangar - Wellington

Launched in 2012, Flight Coffee was initially set up inside a car park. Now it is one of the celebrated cafes in New Zealand which offers delicious food that is also well priced. The relaxing atmosphere is a customer favourite, which further gets complimented by the outstanding service from the baristas and waiters. It is also available for booking as a venue for hosting private functions.
Location: 119 Dixon Street, Te Aro, Wellington 6011, New Zealand
Timings: Mon - Fri 7am - 3pm, Sat & Sun  8 am - 3pm
Cost: $50 for two people (approx.)

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2. Havana Coffee Works - Wellington

Going by the name of Cuba’s capital city, the atmosphere inside Havana Coffee Works heavily reminisces Cuba. They operate in a 1959 Art Deco building and a budget-friendly menu serves as their key attraction. After being in the business for more than three decades, they follow an open door policy and are also traders of organic coffee.
Location: 163 Tory Street, Te Aro, Wellington 6011, New Zealand
Timings: Mon - Fri 7 am - 5 pm, Sat & Sun Closed
Cost: $10 for two people (approx.)
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 3. People’s Coffee -  Wellington

Apart from serving coffee that tastes great, People’s Coffee deserves to be especially appreciated for its constant efforts that ensure the welfare of coffee farmers. They avail their coffee beans from farmers who mainly belong to backward countries. Adopting the method of degradable packaging for goods proves their earnestness even more.
Location: Lukes Lane, Te Aro, Wellington 6021, New Zealand
Timings: Mon - Fri 7.30am - 4pm, Sat & Sun 8.30 am - 3 pm
Cost: $35 for two people (approx.)
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 4. Bestie Cafe - Auckland

Bestie is loved for its assortment of snacks and beverages like house soda, jalapeno pastry, toasted sandwich, and is one of the best cafes in New Zealand. They have also included excellent vegan options on their menu. The splendid service and a large number of seats that could accommodate so many customers at a time also add to their strengths.
Location: St. Kevin’s Arcade, 183 Karangahape Road, Auckland, New Zealand
Timings: Mon - Fri 7.30am - 3pm, Sat & Sun 8.30 am - 3.30 pm
Cost: $55 for two people (approx.)
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 5. Prefab -  Wellington 

A brunch and breakfast spot in Wellington that gets filled with customers at 7.30 am in the morning suddenly becomes special when the seating capacity amounts to a whopping number of hundred and eighty. Prefab Eatery also has free wi-fi and their famed dishes include potato gratin, filter coffee, waffle, etc.

Location: 144 Jesse Street, Te Aro, Wellington 6011, New Zealand
Timings: Mon - Fri 7.00am - 2.30pm, Sat & Sun Closed
Cost: $50 for two people (approx.)

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 6. Red Rabbit Coffee Co. -  Wellington

Red Rabbit's recent move of restricting their dining to outdoors seems to have zero negative impact on the customers who can't get enough of the yummiest flat whites and cookies. They have baristas who are both pleasing and efficient in their job. Burgers, sandwiches and homemade pastries are the other hyped treats at Red Rabbit.
Location: unit 6G/14 Leeds Street, Te Aro, Wellington 6011, New Zealand
Timings: Mon Closed, Tue - Sat 8.00 am - 2.30pm, Sun 9.00am - 2.00pm
Cost: $15 for two people (approx.)
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 7. Cafe L’affare - Wellington

This is one of the best cafes in New Zealand, famed as a sought-after destination for fans of brunch. The exceptional customer service has become a staple for Cafe L’affare since its dawn in 1990. Beef Burger, pancakes with bacon are some of the popular dishes. However, Cafe L’affare has been receiving some flack recently for the long waiting for food and unavailability of vacant tables.

Location: 27 College Street, Te Aro, Wellington 6011, New Zealand
Timings: Mon - Fri 7.00am - 4.00pm, Sat – 8.00am - 4.00pm, Sun - 9.00am - 4.00pm
Cost: $50 for two people (approx.)

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 8. Chuffed - Auckland

It is surprising for everyone to find such a warm eatery like Chuffed in its hidden location at High Street. House of the best breakfast omelettes, juices and sandwiches, Chuffed also has a courtyard, a large seating area and a large outside area. Recommended to be a great place for breakfast and coffee, the cafe also has excellent service.

Location: 43 High Street, Auckland CBD, Auckland 1010, New Zealand
Timings: Mon - Fri 7.00am - 4.00pm, Sat & Sun - 9.00am - 4.00pm
Cost: $50 for two people (approx.)

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 9. Caffeine Laboratory - Christchurch

With a wholesome menu for breakfast and sufficient seating capacity, Caffeine Laboratory also caters gluten-free meals, vegan options and terrific coffee. Customers rave about their French toast with spiced apple. The opinion about the quality of their staff has been mixed.

Location: Christchurch Central, Christchurch 8011, New Zealand
Timings: Mon - Fri 7.30am - 2.30pm, Sat & Sun - 8.00am - 2.30pm
Cost: $40 for two people (approx.)

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10. The Origin - Christchurch

To experience the taste of New Zealand grown organic coffee, visit The Origin, one of the most highly acclaimed cafes in New Zealand. They have opted for a minimalist interior design and feature a pure vegetarian menu. Limited but delicious Asian Cuisine like spicy noodle soup is also available.
Location: Westminster Street, St Albans, Christchurch 8014, New Zealand
Timings: Mon Closed, Tue - Sun 8.00am - 3.30pm
Cost: $50 for two people (approx.)
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11. Supreme Supreme - Christchurch

It is the rebirth of New Zealand’s own coffee brand, ‘Coffee Supreme’. After tragedy struck in the form of an earthquake in 2011, they found their feet yet again in 2015. Supreme Supreme has a vegetarian-friendly menu and the speciality is the premium coffee and tea.

Location: 10 Welles Street, Christchurch Central, Christchurch 8011, New Zealand
Timings: Mon & Sun Closed, Tue – Sat 7.30am - 3.00pm
Cost: $40 for two people (approx.)

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12. Revolver Espresso - Rotorua

If you are in the search for handcrafted coffee, remember to check out Revolver Espresso. Located inside a Mediterranean food store called ‘Vetro Mediterranean Foods’, Revolver Espresso serves excellent coffee and snacks.
Location: 1131 Amohau Street, Rotorua 3010, New Zealand
Timings: Mon – Fri 8.30am - 3.00pm, Sat 9.00am - 2.00pm, Sun Closed
Cost: $50 for two people (approx.)
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13. The Perc Cafe - Dunedin

The Perc Cafe earns praise for its lovely ambience as much as the great food it offers. You can relax to the music that plays in the background while enjoying the best seafood chowder and cheese rolls. Cinnamon rolls and coffee is another combination worth trying.

Location: 142 Stuart Street, Dunedin Central, Dunedin 9016, New Zealand
Timings: Mon – Fri 7.00am – 4.00pm, Sat & Sun 8.00am – 4.00pm
Cost: $60 for two people (approx.)

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14. Common Ground Espresso - Dunedin

This coffee place will be a top pick for avid readers. Along with serving delectable coffee, the café has small libraries to its credit. The cuisine focuses on coffee alone, so don’t expect to get any other food.

Location: 4 Stratalian Street Unit 11, South Dunedin, Dunedin 9012, New Zealand
Timings: Mon – Fri 7.00am – 2.00pm, Sat 8.30am - 12.00pm, Sun Closed
Cost: $10 for two people

Did we miss any of your favourite cafes in New Zealand? If yes, please comment below.

This post was published by Vishnu Kesavan

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