Merge Cafe

“At Merge café, our goal is to merge.”

Located on Auckland’s iconic K’ Road, Merge Café is unlike any other.
With a goal to end homelessness in Auckland, every dollar spent at Merge Café goes towards support for people experiencing homelessness.

Since 2010, Merge Café has welcomed and supported people from all walks of life, bringing them together to share a meal and engage in conversation. It has played a crucial role in supporting Auckland’s homeless whānau, breaking down societal barriers and offering a warm, safe and supportive space where anyone is welcome.

Merge Cafe manager, Manu Kahlon, holding up a Merge Cafe Meal Card.

Kia Ora – Nau Mai Haere Mai

Merge is a Community Café run by Lifewise Trust.

Our breakfasts and lunches are subsidised to make sure that people who are homeless or living on the margins eat well every day.

The hearty lunches we serve cost $8.70 per meal to produce. So we have introduced Community prices for our Merge Community who we support with affordable meals, and Pay in Fullness prices for our customers who can pay for a hearty meal at a really great price.

If you’re fortunate enough to have a roof over your head and food in the fridge, we encourage you to Pay in Fullness for your kai. This helps us provide free meals to those in need and keeps the café delivering on its mission.

Open weekdays


Community Lunch: $5
Pay In Fullness Lunch: $9

Community Roast Lunch: $7
Pay In Fullness Roast Lunch: $11

It’s a place where you can go to eat well, feel good and do good, all at the same time.

Those who are hungry and those who hunger to make a difference, we encourage you all to eat at the same table, chat over delicious food, and enjoy good company.

We’d love to meet you.

Find us at 453 Karangahape Road, Auckland Central

Lifewise encourages Aucklanders from all walks of life to come together over a meal at the Merge cafe.
Those who are hungry and those who hunger to make a difference; we encourage you all to eat from the same table, over great food and good company.


Merge Café has everything you need to relax and unwind.

Jump online with free Wi-Fi and iPad access. Speak to the café manager to know more.

Connect with the community via the Merge Café noticeboard. Find and post job vacancies, event updates, and information about places to stay.

Enjoy our al fresco area where we host BBQs and muso events. Even on rainy days, Merge Café can be your place in the sun.

If you like some quiet time, join the Merge Café Book Club or feel free to linger over our collection of books and magazines.

The Merge Community Team provides guidance and advocacy to people in the homeless community. Operating from the Merge Café and upstairs, Merge is a doorway to support and opportunities.

It’s a place where you can go to eat well,
feel good and do good all at the same time.


Before Merge Café became the modern establishment you see today, it used to be the Airedale Community Centre.

This bustling and well-known soup kitchen served over 40,000 meals a year to Auckland’s homeless people since 1885.

Over the years, we realised that despite the best intentions, the soup kitchen was maintaining rather than solving the issue of homelessness. A growing body of evidence supporting this prompted Lifewise to re-evaluate its approach.

In November 2010, we made the brave decision to close the soup kitchen and open a café in its place.

Our goal is to end homelessness. That starts with removing any barriers that keep some people marginalised.

The first step towards bringing down any barriers is to offer a space where anyone and everyone is welcome, regardless of their background or their social and economic status. The goal is to merge. Merge Café aims to provide anyone the opportunity to enjoy meals together, in an environment that embraces choice, dignity and respect.

Merge Café supports Lifewise’s approach to tackling homelessness.

It connects patrons with wraparound services that provide pathways out of homelessness. The café has proven to be successful on both fronts.

As only one of a small handful of such cafés worldwide and the only one of its kind in New Zealand, Merge Café is certainly unique.

Lifewise is a registered charity under the name The Lifewise Trust, registration number CC40248

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