Stunning beachfront dining in Takapuna!

Takapuna Beach is arguably our biggest drawcard, and there’s really nothing quite like sitting down to a meal overlooking the sand and sea. There are three fantastic establishments – Regatta, Tokyo Bay, and Franc’s – sitting right on The Strand, looking out past the pōhutukawa to the beach, Rangitoto Island and the Hauraki Gulf. And then of course there’s the fave local casual coffee, food and gelato spot, Takapuna Beach Café.

Get into the island life at Regatta Bar and Eatery

They call it Auckland’s little slice of Ibiza. Relaxed vibes, sea views, top-notch wine, beer and cocktails, and a killer seafood menu to boot. Everything is about presentation here, from the award-winning interior design to the white umbrellas and outdoor seating, and the beautifully plated food including raw kingfish, and a seafood chowder to die for. 

Enjoy some of the best Japanese in the city at Tokyo Bay

OK, honestly? The outlook from Tokyo Bay in Takapuna is far better than any sea views you’d get at the real bay in Japan. The food is modern Japanese cuisine – not fusion, just totally legit sushi, sashimi, teppanyaki and other Japanese specialities designed by Chef Chikara Sato, a ‘fugu’ blowfish licensed sushi chef. There’s also an outstanding list of Kiwi and international wines as well as Japanese spirits, beers, sake, umeshu and cocktails.

Take part in seaside life at Franc’s Bar & Diner

Franc’s is almost an extension of the beach itself. It’s a casual establishment just a few steps away from the sand, the kind of place you can wander into with your jandals on and order a freshly poured IPA or a crisp Sauvignon Blanc to enjoy in the afternoon sun. It’s an all-day bar that embraces beach life, serving fresh fish, bar bites, flavour-packed mains, and even brunch.

Hit the classic Takapuna scene at Takapuna Beach Café

It’s a rule. Taking the family to Takapuna Beach? You’re gonna be hitting up Takapuna Beach Café.

Situated at the end of The Promenade, right next to the boat ramp, this sweet little spot is the place to be for watching the nautical comings and goings over a fantastic coffee. The breakfast and lunch menus are awesome, but perhaps the most famous thing here is the gelato bar in The Store. Wander up from the beach and get in line – it’s worth it! Our pick of flavours is the double chocolate & honeycomb, but it’s also always worth checking in for the variety of the day.

Check out all these places, and so many more to eat and drink around Takapuna in our online directory!

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