Five of Auckland's best eateries with a view
Just because it's the middle of winter doesn't mean we have to rug up and hide away.
Auckland isn't known as the city of sails for no reason. We're blessed to have enough beaches and rippling waters to keep those winter blues away.
What better way to enjoy our city than to cosy up with a hot meal and a heart-warming drink?
We at Stuff have pulled together five of the best Auckland eateries with a view.
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Takapuna Beach Cafe - 22 The Promenade, Takapuna
Healthy eating is on the top of the menu at this quirky cafe - but not just for humans. The latest addition to the menu is Bone Appetit, a partnership with K9 Natural dog food which aims to keep our four-legged friends happy and healthy. For that reason we've put this on top of the list.
The human menu looks delicious, too. Not to mention the extensive views. Whether you've been running on all fours and need a rest, or if you're ready to cosy up with a hot latte, this cafe has something for everyone. There's a takeaway option too, perfect for grabbing a brew and a quick bite to eat.
Sugar Club - Level 52, Sky Tower, 72 Victoria St West
This 1930s-inspired setting on level 52 of the Sky Tower is one of the swishest places in Auckland. The brass fittings, stone table tops and gorgeous tableware are enough to make anyone feel like a king or queen.
Step into this magical restaurant during the day for sunny 360 degree views, or surround yourself with Auckland's sparkling lights at night. You'll leave feeling like royalty.
Buoy - 141-151 Westhaven Drive, Westhaven
This bright new cafe is just a few months old and is right on the water's edge in the heart of Mission Bay. The breezy, modern setting is perfect for breakfast and lunch.
Spring inside through the sliding glass doors and you'll forget it's cold outside. Luscious pots of greenery suspended from the roof will help you forget about any winter chills. Take a seat and sail away into relaxation while looking onto Auckland Harbour.
Ostro - Seafarers Building, Level 2, 52 Tyler St, Britomart
This all-day dining brasserie and bar takes its name from the Italian word for 'southerly wind'. Its chic fit-out is accompanied by sweeping sea views, providing the perfect setting for a date night, Sunday roast, ladies' lunch or high tea.
The large open space includes a bar full of hundreds of drink options that will draw you in the minute you step into the room.
Mudbrick Restaurant and Vineyard, Waiheke Island
All of the vineyards on Waiheke are unmissable, but it's probably no surprise to you that Mudbrick is in our top five. A popular spot for fairy-tale weddings, it takes the cake for any occasion.
You'll fall in love with the panoramic views of the gulf and islands - not to mention the wine list and mouth-watering menu.