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Reviewed 23 February 2024

Visiting from the UK Find The Shelf and give it a try if you are staying in Auckland CBD. We liked the healthy and tasty breakfast choices. Highly recommended.

Date of visit: February 2024
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Reviewed 15 February 2024 via mobile

We had brunch at The Shelf and experienced friendly staff the food came out quickly. Interior was quite quirky, great location if you’re staying in the city.

Date of visit: February 2024
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Reviewed 31 January 2024

We had the Eggs Your Way on toast (scrambled and multigrain), passionfruit slice, and The Shelf’s Breakfast. The food was tasty and I like how dark and rich the yolks were. We sat near the back of the restaurant and the tables were across from...storage shelves. The prices online were different than in the restaurant by a few dollars. I think one item was advertised as $12.50 and it was $14 in store. All good and nice place to have the first meal of the day.More

Date of visit: November 2023
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Reviewed 9 January 2024

4.5- stars. Breakfast 2 x times, table for 4. This is that local spot you want to go to--and walk pass Starbucks and please skip the soggy hotel buffet. The chef makes each plate a very artful presentation with flowers. The best cafe americano during...my week on the North Island (i wish I asked about the type of roasted beans). Great tea presentation as well. Walk in, neon blue "Shelf" sign and cubbies along the right wall, go up a few stairs and order at the counter; expect a very direct response and grab a cool table or high top. There is a small lavatory in the back, if you do have that second coffee. French toast was the amazing. The Shelf breakfast is a lot of food and included two proteins too (I did sausage and bacon). Grabbed some take-away shortbread cookies for the late morning shopping at the book stores near High Street.More

Date of visit: December 2023
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Reviewed 30 December 2023 via mobile

Great coffee and breakfast spot tucked away in Central Auckland. The Avocado Toast was amazing, and service was very quick and friendly.

Date of visit: December 2023
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Reviewed 16 November 2023 via mobile

Stopped in here for a coffee and a quick bite to eat. They had a reasonable selection to choose from in the cabinet and I had the ham and cheese croissant. The service was very good, I enjoyed my coffee and the croissant was satisfying....I did like the layout of the place.More

Date of visit: November 2023
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Reviewed 30 March 2023 via mobile

Bought a blueberry muffin on my way to work. Sadly it was stale - dry and hard as a rock. The guy behind the counter had asked if I’d liked it warmed up (maybe for good reason) before giving it to me but I’d said...no. Pretty disappointed!!!More

Date of visit: March 2023
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Reviewed 28 March 2023 via mobile

Recommended and a return visit to this highly rated café. Delicious range of cabinet food in an atmospheric office friendly environment. 🇬🇧🇳🇿

Date of visit: March 2023
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Reviewed 23 April 2022 via mobile

Great food and coffee with a friendly atmosphere. Full kitchen with ample cabinet food. Plenty of seating. Great smoothies

Date of visit: April 2022
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Reviewed 3 April 2021 via mobile

This is a neat and tidy little cafe with amazing food. The attention to detail and kitchen quality is so much more than I was expecting for a cafe in this part of town. Lovely!

Date of visit: April 2021
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Reviewed 24 July 2020 via mobile

Not sure if this place has changed hands recently, but experience today wasn’t great. Over priced for what was very basic food not very well executed. Had a NY sandwich, which was essentially a toasted sandwich (on stale bread) with a tiny handful of potato...chips/crisps for $16. Partner had waffles, which were like the Homebrand version you’d get at the supermarket, with bizarrely a huge wad of pink cotton candy/candy floss on top that looked like a piece of insulation just removed from the walls. (Very different from the online menu photos ) I’d been to this place a few years back for coffee and cabinet food and it was quite nice without being anything special, but this was very disappointing. It’s a pleasant little space, and perhaps the cabinet food and coffee is still ok ( I didn’t try this time) but it certainly doesn’t justify the reviews it seems to get and there far better cafes in the immediate area.More

Date of visit: July 2020
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Reviewed 4 July 2020 via mobile

I Work in Cruise ship so when we were in Auckland we always ran to have our brunch there! The best and delicious place !!

Date of visit: July 2020
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Reviewed 1 March 2020 via mobile

Great service, beautiful selection of cakes and cabinet food on offer that I noticed, and I believe they had a seperate menu as well but can’t be sure. Got the New York cheesecake and deconstructed ice latte, both were delicious. Best cheesecake I’ve ever had....Beautifully set up and decorated very classy but modernMore

Date of visit: February 2020
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Reviewed 9 February 2020 via mobile

We all had poached eggs on toast - a straight forward dish well executed. The bread used was very good. Drinks were good too with some unusual choices. Point lost for plastic straws .... otherwise excellent.

Date of visit: February 2020
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Reviewed 3 February 2020

Happened to try this cute cafe while wondering around Auckland city. Presentation of all drinks and dishes were lovely, interior was very cute. Only had coffee but all food came out seem nice.

Date of visit: February 2020
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THE SHELF, Auckland Central - Restaurant Reviews, Phone Number & Photos

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The Shelf is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travellers:
  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4.5
  • Value: 4
  • Atmosphere: 4