Picture this – it's mid-morning on a Saturday and the thought of braving the Auckland brunch crowd (let alone the traffic) for a bite to eat feels like a little too much to bear. Enter, Goodness Gracious.
We've long been fans of this innovative central Auckland bagelry, a hole-in-the-wall coffee and bagel spot serving hearty and affordable fare that rivals the very best of Melbourne's laneways, Montreal or even the holy grail – Brooklyn, New York.
Think 'bagel burgers' – sumptuous servings of meat, dripping with sauces all housed between a classic bagel bun. If you're not a meat-eater, the vegetarian offerings here are equally as plentiful, with delicious slices of halloumi, peppered with rocket and chunky slices of fresh tomato.
'The C.A.B' or Chicken, Avocado and Bacon bagel is quite simply a creamy revelation, while 'The Kransky' is jam-packed with Westmere Kransky, flavoursome relish and melting slices of tasty cheese.
Befitting of its name, Goodness Gracious really is a city-fringe saving grace. The menu here is refreshingly simply – masterfully-brewed coffee, fresh, affordable smoothies and New York style bagels.
With a second space due to open its doors on Parnell's St George's Bay Road in late June, it's safe to say that winter just got a whole lot brighter.
2a New North Road,
Opening Hours: Weekdays – 7.30am – 4pm.
Sat: 8am – 4pm
Sun: 8am – 3.30pm.