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Auckland’s best cafes for business meetings

In light of the popularity of our last ‘best cafes for business meetings’ roundup, we thought it obligatory to revisit the category. Whether it’s a tête-à-tête with a client or sitting down to throw a few ideas around with colleagues, peruse our list of some of the best spots in town, ones that are neither too rowdy nor too intimate, and most of which can host anywhere between 6-12 people if necessary.

1. Middleton
Feeling more like a member’s club than it does a foyer-cafe, hunt down this luxurious spot, tucked away in a corner of a newly refurbished building on Queen Street. (125 Queen Street, CBD)

2. L’affare Melrose
There’s no shortage of space at this newly minted Newmarket cafe. Let the lofty interior inspire lofty ideas during your work date. (22 Melrose Street, Newmarket) 

3. Long Shot
Churning out the coffees on Ponsonby Road, a great feature of this beloved morning pitstop is that you can splay your affairs out in the expansive courtyard belonging to Long Room next door. (114 Ponsonby Road, Ponsonby)

Long Shot, Ponsonby
Long Shot, Ponsonby

4. Rosie
Charming, Hipgroup hospitality at its finest: delicious smoothies, great cabinet food, friendly staff and a gorgeous Parnell outlook. (82 Gladstone Road, Parnell)

5. Ampersand
Orakei Bay Village’s most popular new resident boasts a ‘coffee alley’, a view of the water, plenty of space and some delicious all-day fare. (228 Orakei Rd, Orakei)

6. Odettes Eatery
A sophisticated atmosphere that will lend your company a dose of inner-city tranquillity.
(City Works Depot, 90 Wellesley St West, CBD)

7. Amano
Large tables provide the perfect place to spread out and combine mind-power over delicious coffee and baked goods. (9 Tyler St, Britomart)

Amano, Britomart
Amano, Britomart

8. Welcome
This cafeteria-like Newton address is light, airy and spacious with excellent food and service at the ready. (181 Grafton Road, Newton) 

9. Scout
In the case that you might need a good meeting place in Torbay (the ‘north’ part of the North Shore), this forward-thinking newcomer is just the spot. (967 Beach Road, Torbay)

10. Pollen
From the team behind Scratch Bakers, this recent addition to the CBD, located on Shortland Street is a great casual stop-in. (55 Shortland Street, Auckland CBD)

Pollen, Auckland CBD
Pollen, Auckland CBD

11. Caffetteria Allpress 
A destination favoured by many for its central location, Allpress’ HQ has a large table that’s perfect for congregating around. (8 Drake St, Freemans Bay)

12. Major Sprout
With an excellent location in the CBD, there’s an expansive table that’s perfect for meetings outside of the office. (21 Graham Street, CBD)  

13. Orphans Kitchen
Now open every day for breakfast (Amen!), settle into the organic setting, order a few buffalo milk coffees and see where your ideas take you. (118 Ponsonby Road, Ponsonby)

14. The Botanist
This florist cum cafe is a light-filled space housing a central table big enough to seat 16 people. (City Works Depot, 90 Wellesley St West, CBD)

15. Williams
With its long, west-facing, glass-fronted façade, minimalist interior and great coffee, this is the perfect place for working out a few of the nuts and bolts at play. (G03/85 Daldy Street, Wynyard Quarter)

16. Simon & Lee
Perfectly suited for a casual catch-up between freelance creatives, this cafe occupies a sunny corner spot in the bustling district of Saint Georges Bay Road. (Corner of Faraday St and St Georges Bay Rd)


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