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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)
Open Now
7:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Hours
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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21 - 30 of 285 reviews

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 WarrenJ224
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
Reviewed April 12, 2018 via mobile

Great breakfast in a lovely location, very good service and the eggs sunny side up with manuka smoked ham and mushrooms just a dream, super coffee served as well and nice location

Thank olafherrmann
Reviewed April 10, 2018 via mobile

Found this place by chance, and couldn’t fault it. Customer service was excellent, the food was amazing( I tried an eggs Benedict with pork belly and fennel) and Sarah makes one of the best coffees I’ve ever had. Go there!!!

Thank rigbyb79
Reviewed April 7, 2018

The perfect place to stop for a mid morning break. Wonderful coffee and beautiful food. Coffee comes in small, medium or a bowl - any need for caffeine is certainly catered for. Two servers came to check on our food and how we liked the...More

Thank EirianElly
Reviewed April 6, 2018 via mobile

Lovely staff et delicious breakfast :)! We took hotcakes served with fruits and chocolate and eggs benedict : really wonderfull ! The mascarpone blueberry cake is just excellent too. And don't leave before taste the vanilla and apple muffin :D !!!! 😃

Thank Laure D
Reviewed April 4, 2018

This small café is fantastic. Service is always friendly and I would happily come back to have their delicious meals and coffee any day. The Breakfast Burger is perhaps the tastiest brunch meal on offer in all of Auckland. Our waitress Anna was amazing! She...More

Thank mpay938
Reviewed March 30, 2018 via mobile

Stopped here for breakfast twice in 2 days, service and food was amazing. Staff are extremely friendly and got great customer service. Would highly recommend to anyone visiting Auckland and Vulcan lane.

Thank Ernieandbert1969
Reviewed March 30, 2018 via mobile

We had breakfast at Melba on Good Friday and it turned out to be a GREAT Friday! We were served by a smashing waitress from Ireland - a really warm, friendly welcome. We had the hot cakes (pancakes with fruit, macadamia and chocolate) and the...More

1  Thank chatelaine76
Reviewed March 21, 2018

I went out for breakfast with friends and ordered the salmon bagel, can't quite remember what i paid but between $15-18 for my bagel and it came out on a plate with a plain toasted bagel, pile of cream cheese, pile of salmon, and pile...More

Thank Bridge2901
007Bond2014, Owner at MELBA Vulcan, responded to this reviewResponded April 5, 2018

Hello, firstly thank you for coming to Melba.... sorry that we didn’t meet your expectations. I have spoken to the team to see where and how we can improve to ensure your experience will be better next time. Regards, Shawn

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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
Kids, Local cuisine, Child-friendly
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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