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MELBA Vulcan

33 Vulcan Lane, Auckland Central, Auckland 1010, New Zealand
+64 9-377 0091
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  • Excellent55%
  • Very good36%
  • Average6%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible2%
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“brunch” (34 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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Restaurant's Favourite
Reviewed 1 week ago

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 3 weeks ago 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
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

As always the food and coffee is great. The mushrooms with hazelnuts on brioche was sensational. Great friendly service and good indoor and outdoor dining options

Thank Melonbarby
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Great lil’ cafe that’s always super busy! It’s hidden at the very top of the Lane (after the pedestrian crossing), can’t miss it with the ppl pouring out to the outside tables. Greeted and served by the young Irish gal with smiles all around. As...More

Thank MalFtNel
Reviewed May 30, 2018 via mobile

Loved it, everything amazing!! Hamburger for breakfast sounds weird taste awesome!!!! In love! Attention was great Asked for the almond croissants and it was incredible!!!

Thank Bety S
Reviewed May 26, 2018

When here twice for lunch whilst staying in Auckland and found Melba's to have good service and great food. The specials seem to change daily and the coffee was good.

Thank WinnieTherPooh
Reviewed May 16, 2018 via mobile

Great little place tucked up out of the way near queen street. Lovely service super polite and happy. Excellent food!

Thank George T
Reviewed May 12, 2018 via mobile

Well, hidden from me anyway, obviously not to the locals. Found this via Siri after looking for a breakfast place in the nearby main street without success. You go up a lane off Queen St and cross over one little street. Excellent breakfast, coffee and...More

Thank lmnOHyes
Reviewed May 3, 2018 via mobile

Saturday morning exploring the city and its many sights... need a little pit stop and a coffee. "Found" Melba and were happy we did. Really friendly staff, welcoming smiling faces. Ordered some coffee and a bagel with salmon. Both arrived promptly and both were excellent....More

Thank Warren J
Reviewed April 21, 2018 via mobile

And great service. A small but very accommoding little cafe/restaurant in Vulcan Lane. Have eaten here in the past. Really yummy breakfast, well presented and made with love 💕 will defs visit again.

Thank Hellz-bellz-in-gc
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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$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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