2/135 Main Highway
Ellerslie , Auckland
Mon–Fri / 7am–4pm (kitchen closes at 2:30pm)
Sat–Sun / 7:30am–4pm (kitchen closes at 3pm)
Our story begins in Vulcan Lane at the site originally known as Kerouac
Deli Café which was owned by industry pioneer Chris Priestly. Kerouac was
one of the first cafés in Auckland to have an espresso machine imported
from Italy. It was also one of the first cafés in New Zealand to apply to have
outdoor seating. The council's reply was "Why would anyone want to sit
outside and eat on a smelly street full of car fumes?"
In 1995 Café Melba opened in that same Vulcan Lane location instantly
becoming a favourite for locals and visitors alike. It was only a matter of
time before our successful recipe moved beyond the CBD and ventured out
into the wider Auckland area. The rest as they say is history.