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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%
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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 1 week ago

There are a few Melba Cafe's in Auckland and they are all good but I have a soft spot for Vulcan Lane as it was my first ever Melba Experience many years ago and has remained top dog for a long time. The food is...More

Date of visit: January 2019
Thank PulpTraveller
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

Date of visit: July 2018
Thank BMLNewZealand
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Tucked down a side street the menu was way better than the chain breakfast places and we got more for our money. The Lamb Benedict perked husband’s interest and it delivered. The Melba grill was filling and the mocha bowls were beautifully presented. Only downside...More

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank JnDsTravelog
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We came here for brunch on a rainy day. The food was fresh & delicious and included fresh ingredients, all with unexpected twists. I also had the juice of the day (Aloe Vera, Kiwi Fruit, Apple) which was delicious. Would go back!

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank annakN2178ZG
Reviewed November 25, 2018 via mobile

Food was great and staff were super friendly. Accommodated my 3yo son really well. Was busy when we went about 9.30am but staff took plenty of time to help

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank JocelynMcG
Reviewed November 24, 2018 via mobile

As good as ever. Had a great breakfast the eggs were cooked to perfection on both meals. Great freindly and fast service. Highly recomended

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank rawesterman
Reviewed November 23, 2018 via mobile

Visiting Auckland from Texas. Coffee is great and the gluten free brownie was tasty, but the warm and friendly service makes this place. Came here multiple times during our stay and enjoyed it every time. The manager and overall team are unbelievably friendly. This place...More

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank Dreamer41682950483
Reviewed November 22, 2018 via mobile

What an outstanding place to have a coffee and a small snack. The Coffee is one of the best we have had. We say this because we live in Adelaide and frequently visit many Coffee outlets but Melba’s Vulcan Lane is the best. We travel...More

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank Trevor N
Reviewed November 11, 2018

My friend and I had lunch here and I was left very disappointed, having paid 20.50 for mushrooms on toast. Considering the price and the description on the menu I was expecting something different, however the dish was flavourless and there was not a lot...More

Date of visit: November 2018
1  Thank Orangekiwi22
Reviewed November 6, 2018

Friendly, welcoming, delicious! I spend great moments there: same satisfaction each time I went there back! Thanks!

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank lea_lechat
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Questions & Answers
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$15
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
Child-friendly, Kids, Local cuisine
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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