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MELBA Vulcan

33 Vulcan Lane, Auckland Central, Auckland 1010, New Zealand
+64 9-377 0091
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  • Excellent54%
  • Very good36%
  • Average7%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible2%
Travellers talk about
“brunch” (32 reviews)
“salmon hash” (8 reviews)
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Cafe, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
33 Vulcan Lane, Auckland Central, Auckland 1010, New Zealand
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Top 3 Reasons to Eat Here
Sponsored by: MELBA Vulcan
1. Great Coffee!
"barista's were very friendly, loved the coffee, will be back."
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2. Amazing Food!
"friendly waitress and they did me up a delicious salad "
Anthony K
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3. Great Location!
"my go-to breakfast spot for the last 15 years of travel to Auckland"
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Reviewed 6 days ago

I was hoping for a better experience at 7:30am on a Monday morning! The staff is friendly and attentive but my breakfast was thoroughly average and certainly did not look great on the plate -- more like something I'd whip up at home. The other...More

Thank HaljoHal
Restaurant's Favourite
Reviewed July 10, 2018

Made a trip into the Central City to specifically check out Melba, glad we did. Delicious coffee, and we shared a GF slice of cake, which was really yummy. Friendly staff, it was nice to just take and seat and to be waited-on. Cozy and...More

Thank BMLNewZealand
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

I went to Melba Vulcan while on vacation with my family in New Zealand. I had the pulled lamb with salad on flat bread and my mom had the fish and chips. I also had the latte. I was pleasantly surprised by the delicious meal...More

Thank Nickie R
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This cafe ticks all the boxes, great menus and great food, excellent coffee and a lovely stylish seating area. What set this cafe apart from the other good ones in Auckland was the effort that went into there service. It was well above the standard...More

Thank Ant W
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

A group of us had breakfast here a few weeks ago. All totally impressed with the coffee and the food. We had the omelette and eggs benedict, simple and so good. We'll be back!

Thank tarnzs20
Reviewed September 15, 2018 via mobile

Well let’s start with the positive , friendly staff and great location . The French toast was really yum and tasty, however the grill came with store brought hash browns (yuck) and over poached eggs. The coffee was very very average A bit of a...More

Thank Whenrightbecame... I
Reviewed August 25, 2018 via mobile

We were in Auckland for a couple of weeks and tried to go to a different cafe each day so managed to sample coffee in quite a few of the top rated cafes on trip advisor and in our opinion this was the best cup...More

Thank DJRox
Reviewed August 25, 2018 via mobile

Great atmosphere and delicious simple food. It's now my fab Auckland cafe. Highly recommend the Salmon hash

Thank NorthStar531053
Reviewed August 24, 2018 via mobile

We walked in there randomly for some coffee and breakfast. It is not far from the shopping area and the shops in the Main Street. We ordered a three cheese omelette, and it’s safe to say that that omelette was the best omelette I ever...More

Thank TeneSaarva
Reviewed June 28, 2018 via mobile

We dropped into Melba Vulcan for coffee & it was excellent. However we were disappointed that we had already eaten as the food coming out of the kitchen for breakfast looked absolutely delicious.

Thank Ellemay
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Questions & Answers
Carolyn N
June 29, 2015|
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Response from davidmariongroup | Reviewed this property |
I would call ahead, depending on the time you want to go to lunch may impact their ability to satisfy your request. They have seating for 10-12 outside and about 20-24 inside.
December 15, 2014|
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Response from 007Bond2014 | Property representative |
Hello, thanks for the question. Short answer.... not far at all. Head to Queen Street and walk downtown to you see Vulcan Lane on your righthand side. Melba is at the "top of the lane." About a 7 min walk? Hope that helps?
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$3 - US$14
Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch, Drinks
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Street Parking, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Credit Cards
Good for
Local cuisine, Child-friendly, Kids
Open Hours
8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
7:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
7:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
7:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
7:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
7:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 33 Vulcan Lane, Auckland Central, Auckland 1010, New Zealand
  • Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  North Island  >  Auckland  >  Auckland Central
  • Phone Number: +64 9-377 0091
  • E-mail
Melba is one of the few cafes in Auckland that could be called an institution. The original cafe in Vulcan Lane has changed little over the last decade. It's the kind of place both locals and tourists have always felt very comfortable visiting. Renowned for the best coffee, breakfast and brunch in the Auckland CBD. It's now time for you to try MELBA.
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