Cafe love: Top spots in Newmarket

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Whether you’re a self-proclaimed coffee connoisseur or craving that much-needed morning caffeine hit, Newmarket is home to Auckland’s best cafes. From velvety lattes to stacked burgers, these cafes cater to every palate no matter the time of day. We’ve rounded up some of the best spots in Newmarket so while you fill your shopping bags, let us help you fill your bellies!

Daily Bread

8/10 Morrow Street

Daily Bread is a crowd favourite, gathering pastry and coffee lovers from all over the area. Priding themselves on using only the finest quality ingredients, you’ll be tasting perfection with every mouthful. Their cabinet is always brimming with hazelnut croissants, cardamom buns and danishes filled with fresh blueberries and creamy vanilla custard, but be warned, you’ll need to head in early before your favourites fly out the door. To make things even better, their expertly brewed coffee makes for the perfect pairing to their bakery selection.   


33 Broadway

We can tell you one thing for sure; you can never leave Newmarket without stopping at Newbie for a coffee and a quick bite. Located on the bottom floor of the Mercury building, Newbie’s vibrant interior is a technicolour dream come true. Their space features a signature wall print contrasted by their iconic dried floral arrangement hung above the front counter. Newbie’s menu is made up of classic brunch staples with an added twist for those mornings when you don’t really feel like Eggs Benedict. Alongside their menu, Newbie’s cabinet offers an array of sweet and savoury treats so leaving without a takeaway bag isn’t an option. From cakes to slices to tarts to meringues, be sure to grab something on your way out.   

Leafe Cafe


Leafe Cafe, nestled in the corner of Westfield, is a real hidden gem. Their greenhouse glass interior makes you feel like you’ve stepped out of the craziness for a moment just enough time to sip away on a perfectly brewed coffee. Their menu is diverse in flavours and ingredients using fresh and seasonal produce. For those who love cold brew, their in-house brewed version is a must-try and a favourite among many alongside a great matcha latte. This cafe is cozy, inviting and (in our option) has the most delicious chocolate brownie so make sure to grab one before you leave. 

Little & Friday 

11 McColl Street

Tucked away from the commotion of the busier streets of Newmarket, you’ll find the sweetest surprise on McColl Street. From decadent doughnuts, cakes, sandwiches, salads, pastries and more, Little & Friday is the spot to visit for a bite to eat. Known for their ever-tempting sweet treats, leaving the store with one thing is almost impossible. This cafe is a sanctuary for those with a sweet tooth with each option screaming for your attention. If you’re a brioche lover then you’ll be happy to hear they have changing flavours so you’ll be able to test various combinations making you a brioche connoisseur in no time. If that hasn’t sold you already, their bright and open space makes for the perfect place to catch up with friends for a coffee whilst enjoying the sunlight streaming through the windows.   

L’Americano Espresso Bar  


If you missed out on a Euro Summer, no need to worry, because the moment you step into L'Americano Espresso bar, you'll be instantly transported to the Italian Riviera. Found at the bottom of Westfield, conjoined with the Coco Republic showroom is a classy, yet laid-back cafe where the food and coffee are inspired directly by Italy. If you’re a sucker for bacon and eggs then you’ll need to test out their Italian Breakfast sandwich. Whether you’re in for a quick coffee or trying out their artisanal menu, we recommend finishing your trip off with a tiramisu.   

Café L’afarre  

22 Melrose Street

Born out of a love for espresso, café L’afarre just knows how to do coffee the right way. Whether you’re searching for a coffee after a workout or looking for a place to settle for a few hours to get some work done, café L’afarre can offer you both. Their secret is simple, they serve exceptional coffee, where every cup is brewed to perfection to keep coffee lovers coming back for more. At Café L’afarre they don’t just create good coffee they create an experience. If you’re popping in, watch their coffee roasting process on full display. Sourcing only the finest Fair-Trade beans and roasting them in-house, you can sip away on your coffee while watching them do what they do best. With plenty of seating inside and outdoors, there will always be room for you.   


3/25 Teed Street

Easily mistaken for works of art, Bambina offers an array of colourful meals and drinks ready to brighten any mood. Their menu isn’t your typical selection which is why crowds flood this cafe every day in pursuit of trying something new. Featuring dishes such as Japanese-style prawn spaghetti and blueberry ricotta hotcakes it’s no wonder they are a hotspot. Our top pick is their French toast which is inspired by a banoffee pie - need we say more? This sweet adaptation of French toast is served with dulce de leche, grilled banana and cookie crumbs, topped with candy floss, a real sugar lover's dream. Thankfully, their menu is extensive, offering many options to those with dietary requirements so if you’re seeking a vegan-friendly or keto option, don’t pass up Bambina.  

Blackdrop Eatery  

44 Broadway

Small but mighty is the best way to describe Blackdrop Eatery. Newmarket’s best-kept secret can be found on Broadway tucked beside Persian Rugs. Their location might be elusive at first, but once you've stumbled upon this hidden gem, you’ll never forget them. Blackdrop Eatery is a haven for cookie lovers, specialising in cookies we can only refer to as the stuff of dreams. Offering classic flavours such as Nutella and Biscoff, as well as an array of specialty flavours all filled with oozy goodness. Pop these bad boys in the microwave for 20 seconds and you’ll have the most gooey, chewy cookie you’ve ever had. And if you’re after something more adventurous than your classic flat white, opt for the Vietnamese coconut iced coffee – you heard it here first.  

Teed Street Larder  

7 Teed Street

With 14 years in the game, Teed Street Larder has mastered the art of ensuring their customers keep returning for years on end. After you’ve shopped your heart out on Teed Street, heading there to recharge and fuel up is a great option before continuing on to the hustle and bustle of Broadway. Their menu is stacked with options to suit even the pickiest of eaters, and for those hotter days, they offer a variety of freshly squeezed juices when you need something to quench your thirst. If you don’t have time to test out their menu, their cabinet selection is just as delicious. Their Ham and cheese toasty is the epitome of a classic done right so if you’re stuck for choice, we recommend tasting this delicious gem. For those with a bit more time up their sleeve, their outdoor seating area offers the perfect opportunity for some sun-soaked dining. With good coffee, friendly staff and a menu filled with family favourites, this place is a guaranteed win.  


1 Kent Street

On the corner of Kent Street, you’ll find Altezano brothers, a Newmarket favourite and rightly so. With the mission to create the most delightful cup of coffee imaginable, Altezano sources and roasts the finest-grade Italian beans - and you can tell. Their delicious coffee is the perfect hit of caffeine you need when Monday mornings hit just a little too hard. Better yet, if alternative milk is your thing, but still haven’t found a place that does it quite right, then make Altezano your next stop, you won’t even taste the difference. They’re also more than just coffee, the food on both the menu and in the cabinet is unbeatable. Tomato pesto pides and orange almond loaves will get your tastebuds going and if you’re anything like us, their savoury scones will hit the spot when the clock hits 10a.m. 

Luna Bakehouse

237 Broadway

With a specialty in crafting croissants, a visit to Luna Bakehouse is not to miss. Luna has mastered a buttery, flaky croissant filled with a surprise, whether that be a seasonal fruit compote, a chocolatey delight or topped with a swirl of soft serve on a hot summer day, these croissants are not to be missed. Although they are known for their pastries, Luna Bakehouse also offers a selection of drinks including their very popular matcha latte which is a menu favourite. So, whether you are looking to satisfy your croissant cravings or after a drink that tastes like a creamy delight, Luna Bakehouse will be your new go-to spot.  


2/8 Osborne Street

The ‘it’ destination for all things Instagram-worthy. Candyshop is located in the heart of Osborne Lane where the food and coffee look just as good as it tastes. Going beyond their ‘Instagrammable’ content is a menu made up of Kiwi classics with a Korean twist. Candyshop is built around the idea of treating yourself and you’ll definitely walk away feeling well-treated after your visit. From smaller bites to bigger plates and a variety of coffee options, they cater to every palate at any time of day, ensuring you'll find something that hits the spot, no matter your mood.    

Atelier Shu

6D Kent Street

You really couldn't get a more beautiful cafe. With its peaceful piano music, artisan cakes and aesthetic interior, this ambient patisserie is a gorgeous spot to meet up with friends or pop in for some well-deserved me-time. Take a seat inside to enjoy their Parisian-style store or head outside to the courtyard area where you'll sit under glistening fairy lights. And if you need any more convincing, they are open till 10:00 pm on Fridays and Saturdays making this haven the spot to go when you're not ready for the night to end.

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