Takapuna Beach Cafe
Owned by style shapers, the Hip Group, this chic café just north of the Harbour Bridge is the ideal spot to watch seaside Auckland come to life. Yachties, kayakers, waka ama (outrigger canoe), windsurfers, kite surfers and paddle boarders all launch from Takapuna beach. But don’t let them distract you too much from the high-end, contemporary café food – it’s worth crossing the bridge for. Afterwards, buy a cone of their homemade ice cream or gelato and take a stroll on this long stretch of beach.