Takapuna locals are blessed. To have a café of this stature sitting on the doorstep of the Waitemata Harbour with views out to volcanic Rangitoto Island, is what foodie dreams are made of. A repeat winner of café awards, the Takapuna Beach Café is always busy, always humming and always serving up delicious food. I quite like picking up a gelato from the servery and then starting my wander down one of Auckland's most beautiful beaches. Oh, did I mention it's 4-time Supreme Award Winner for best boutique ice cream?