People in Point Chevalier love to eat out, judging by the number and quality of cafés and restaurants in the area. You can find everything from Afghan, Indian, Chinese, Thai, Turkish and Italian options, as well as plenty of excellent coffee shops, and even somewhere to pick up your alfresco fish and chips for a picnic on the beach as the sun sets over the Waitakere Ranges.
Pt Chevalier Beach Café
Pt Chevalier Beach Café is more than just a café; close to Pt Chevalier Beach and the entrance to Coyle Park, it offers great food seven days a week, with breakfast for early starters through to coffee and ice creams, afternoon snacks, cocktails, beer and wine. The friendly owners are also happy to cater for private functions, groups and meet-ups.
Good bread is the staff of life and the bakers at Daily Bread understand this. Their bread is naturally leavened with a long, slow ferment, and where possible is made from organic and spray-free ingredients like wheat and rye from growers in the Canterbury Plains. The result is deeply flavoursome loaves of bread featuring using mostly heritage grains. As well as its great range of breads, Daily Bread also offers all-day breakfasts, fresh and hot sandwiches, tea and coffee. It is open Monday to Sunday.
Ambler Café and Bistro
Ambler starts the day as a café, with a tempting brunch menu, then becomes a bistro through into the evening, with the focus on natural, seasonal and locally sourced ingredients. There’s also a cocktail, wine and beer menu, and some tempting non-alcoholic options. Children are made welcome with a kids’ menu, both for brunch and bistro meals. Ambler is open Tuesday to Sunday (but not for dinner on Tuesday).
Nomad has been promoting the social joys of food, wine, music and community in Point Chevalier since 2014. Patrons are invited to sit down and relax at one of the outside tables, or inside on a wet day, enjoy a beer, glass of wine, cocktail or coffee and watch the world go by. Its menu is inspired by tastes from around the Mediterranean, with choices including woodfired pizzas and dishes showing a Middle Eastern influence. Take the children along, as the kids’ menu includes an activity bag. Nomad is open seven days a week for dinner, and lunch Friday to Sunday.
There’s a pretty impressive menu of coffees – hot and cold – as well as teas, smoothies and fresh juices at Spilt Milk, a bright little café with a simple, yet chic, interior, close to Countdown in Point Chevalier. You can team your choice of drinks with healthy and decadent-sounding breakfasts, brunches, lunches and cabinet food, many with a Vietnamese vibe. Enjoy your brew in the café or order online to take away. Spilt Milk is open seven days a week until 2pm.
Twisted Tomato Café
When you’re looking to pop out for dinner, remember the Twisted Tomato, open on Thursday to Saturday evenings for dinner, and all day during the week for breakfast, lunch, coffee and snacks. Three minutes from Pt Chevalier Beach, this fully licensed restaurant offers vegan, all-day, kids’, and dinner menus.
Fish and Chips – The Red Snapper
Fish and chips and a day at the beach are the epitome of a laidback Kiwi lifestyle. Red Snapper, tucked away along Point Chevalier Road, is the place to go for your summer staple of fish ‘n’ chips, but it also does a variety of burgers, tacos, hot dogs and fresh salads – fishy and otherwise; there’s even a plant-based meat burger.
Order the fish of the day beer-battered, crumbed or grilled, and pair it with a bowl of chips and a pot of tartare or curry sauce, then head back to the beach to enjoy your feast.
If a big plate of fish and chips doesn’t hook you in, then the Red Snapper burger, filled with fish of the day, homemade tartare sauce, sour slaw, tomato, pickles and lettuce, should do the trick. The Red Snapper is open Tuesday to Sunday 4-9pm.