Bircher, gluten free, toasted, natural. You name it, I’ve tried it. A muesli addict since way back, I’d eat the stuff for breakfast, lunch, and dinner if I could, but that would just be greedy. Alas, I’m always on the hunt for the perfect bowl of grainy goodness, and lucky for you I’ve found the very best in town. From Mt Albert to Ponsonby, here are my top five spots for your muesli fix in Auckland. I promise you each one is worth the venture. Dig in!
4a Owairaka Ave, Mt Albert
My new favourite café in Auckland, L’oeuf is a welcome escape from the usual weekend brunch spots. Unpretentious and laidback, it’s undeniably charming and boasts a menu that will have your mouth watering from the moment you lay eyes on it. Expect some serious food envy with every plate that goes by too… That is until your muesli arrives and melts your hungry heart. Imagine this: nutty granola served in a bed of lemon yoghurt with cinnamon poached pears and a date puree. Are you drooling yet? Seriously, words can’t even describe how delicious this is. FYI the coffee is by Atomic, and it’s pretty good!
2. The Botanist
Shed 13, City Works Depot. 90 Wellesley Street West
My pick of the bunch, the muesli at The Botanist is like heaven in a breakfast bowl. Homemade and packed full of nutritious nuts and seeds, their toasted variety is served with beautifully poached rhubarb and some healthy natural yoghurt. It sounds simple, and it is, but the delicate balance of flavours are anything but. I’m wondering if it’s toasted in maple syrup and coconut oil…. This really hits the sweet spot! And speaking of spots, The Botanist is one of the prettiest you’ll find in the entire city. It doubles as a florist, hence the name, so you can enjoy your muesli while admiring the beautiful floral displays. Those orchids – yes please! Oh, and make sure to try one of their Three Beans coffees (they have three brands on offer but this is my favourite). Their flat white is so good I’ll even mission across town just for that! They get bonus points too for having wifi.
537 Grey North Road, Grey Lynn
Tucked in an old post office, this organic café is a must-visit destination for anyone who really cares about their food. Perfect for your fussy/health-conscious/greenie friends too, Kokako’s menu is a dream for vegans and vegetarians (and yes they have eggs!), and anyone with a gluten intolerance too. Plus they’ll cater to all your milk (or non milk) preferences with ease. Their muesli comes in the form of puffed millet with seeds and nuts and is served with honey, vanilla yoghurt, blueberries and coconut. It’s the dates and subtle ginger notes that got me, plus it’s gluten free so it’s nice and light but still completely satisfying. Yum! Their own organic and Fairtrade coffee is on point too, and it’s made with organic milk, of course, so you can feel good about your daily brew.
4. Petit Bocal
177 Sandringham Road, Sandringham
There’s something quite delightful about this little café. Food aside, with its cosy, neighbourhood vibe, you’ll feel right at home from the minute you walk in the doors, and you won’t want to leave. Their yummy homemade toasted muesli – served with seasonal fruit (I had it with pear), yoghurt and honeycomb – is pretty on the eyes and perfectly sweet to taste. One thing’s for sure: this oaty batch is enough to brighten any Auckland morning! I’m dying to try out this place at night too. That wine bar… magic!
5. Little Bird Unbakery
1a Summer Street, Ponsonby
The healthiest of the lot, the bircher at Little Bird is in a league of its vegan own. Soaked overnight in young coconut water, it’s made with gluten free oats, chia, goji, apple, almond, lemon, and cinnamon, and then topped with homemade coconut yoghurt and a chia berry jelly. Welcome to superfood heaven! The perfect start to the day, make sure you back it up with slice of cake for the perfect afternoon tea treat.
Okay, there you have it; five very important reasons for you to get out of bed in the morning, and four equally important reasons to leave the Ponsonby brunch bubble. Dreaming of breakfast again? I know, me too.