Merge
Cafe

Merge Café is unlike any other. Every dollar you spend at Merge Café goes towards support for people experiencing homelessness. By sharing a meal and a conversation, you can help change the world. At Merge café, our goal is to merge.

Lifewise

Email Address

merge@lifewise.org.nz

Phone Number

09 379 1969

We serve plates of goodness and cups of kindness

Since 2010, Merge Café has welcomed and supported people from all walks of life. Our great food, excellent coffee, friendly service and cool atmosphere has made us an award-winning destination.

Whether you’re hungry or you hunger to make a difference, we welcome you to our shared tables to chat over delicious food and enjoy good company.

Merge Café has played a crucial role in supporting Auckland’s street whānau and those experiencing homelessness. We break down societal barriers and offer a warm, safe and supportive space where anyone is welcome.

Come and meet us

Kia ora – nau mai haere mai. We’d love to meet you!
We’re open weekdays 7.00am–2.00pm.
You can find us at 453 Karangahape Road, Auckland Central

Eat well and pay it forward

We charge as little as possible. If you can afford to pay more, please pay it forward. By adding a few dollars, you can help your neighbours enjoy a hot, delicious meal or a cup of coffee.

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

The hearty lunches we serve cost $8.70 per meal to produce. So, we’ve introduced special pricing.

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.

  • Community Lunch: $5
  • Pay In Fullness Lunch: $9
  • Community Roast Lunch: $7
  • Pay In Fullness Roast Lunch: $11

SPECIAL HANGI PACKS this Thursday ✨ Kia ora whānau! Here’s the lunch menu for this week 😋 from Monday 21 June to Friday 25 June 🥘💖 Lunch is served from 11:30 am to 1:45 pm
* MON * Creamy Tuscan Chicken served with Rice & Veggies | Vegetable Spring Rolls with Salad & Sweet Chilli sauce
* TUE * Meatballs served with Spaghetti Pasta & Veggies | Corn Fritters served with Sour Cream & Salad
* WED * Beef Bolognaise with Potato Mash & Veggies | Vegetable Fried Rice with Fried Egg on top
* THU * Hangi Packs (meats, pumpkin, potato, cabbage, kumara & stuffing) served with Fry Bread | Veggie Hangi Packs served with Fry Bread
* FRI * Potluck Lunch – Come in and be surprised 🤩

Have a feel-good event that does good

Merge is a place where you can eat well, feel good and do good, all at the same time. If you’d like to know about holding an event at Merge Café, then let’s talk. Please email Manu – manuk@lifewise.org.nz.

Person Jumping
Coffee

Merge Café has everything you need to relax and unwind.

You can jump online with free Wi-Fi and iPad access – just ask our café manager for the details.

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

Enjoy our alfresco 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.

Merge is a doorway to a whole community

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.

Read more about Merge Community here.

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It all started with a soup kitchen

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

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

space where anyone and everyone is welcome, regardless of their background or social and economic status. The goal is to merge. Merge Café aims to provide anyone with 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 wrap-around 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.

Homeless

We’re grateful to Merge Café’s supporters

Lottery Grants Board

Sir John Logan Campbell Residuary Estate

Remuera Christian
Trust Board

JR McKenzie
Trust

Your support is the icing on the cake

You can recommend us on Trip Advisor and find information about fundraising or donating to
Merge Café through Lifewise here.

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