Cakes and Ladders (Auckland CBD, New Zealand)

If you are looking for a totally unique cafe and love board games then this place is for you. It’s a cafe where you can play different board games, 400 as of this date and counting. So, if you are into German-style board games like Catan, Carcassonne, Ticket to Ride, Resistance or A la Carte to name some they all have it. If that’s not your style and want the classic board games like Scrabble, Monopoly, Connect 4 or Risk then they have it as well.


Honestly, I love this place really well, its good fun entertainment that can replace other activities such as watching a movie or playing some bowling, at $2.50 per person per hour that is a really sweet deal in fact the entertainment you will get here at that price cannot be compared.


The last time we were here we spent like 3 hours and it was not enough, we had lots of fun I even forgot to take pictures of the food we order, that means a lot as I usually never forget it as I blog about food but this time with the amount of fun I am having I just forgot to do it. Food might not compare to other cafes but they have ample offerings to make your tummy very happy, from toasts to cupcakes, hot and cold drinks they have it. What’s even better it was so affordable. We tried the cupcakes, cake and coffee, it’s not your 5-star hotel quality but it was good, in fact the chocolate cake we had was nice and moist.

It is such a cosy place and the minute you sit down you will feel really comfortable, you will feel like it’s your home. There are tons of games like I mentioned and the owners are even helpful to explain some of them if you don’t know how to play it. Closing time if I can remember was 10PM but they adjust depending on how many people are still playing, like the last time we finished at 11:00 PM.


I hope these guys succeed and eventually open up more branches, really interesting how they started as it was just crowd funded using Kickstarter, for just $10K required funding these guys who made it was sincere in what they want to build a clean family friendly entertainment cafe for everyone, such lovely people operating it. Definitely a place that I will come back again and again.

Cakes n Ladders (Board Game Cafe)  
Address: 173 Symonds St, Eden Terrace, Auckland 1010, New Zealand
Phone: +6421 216 5514
Website: www.cakesnladders.co.nz

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2 Responses

  1. suituapui says:

    Interesting play with the name of the game, Snakes & Ladders.

  2. kiwidutch says:

    Raymund,
    What an excellent concept! Some of the games in the shelf look like they are not even out their plastic wrappers, so clearly this start-up very new indeed.

    Parents should be bring older kids (i.e. not toddlers) to places like this on wet days in the school holidays. The strategy games would get them thinking, observing, calculating moves and having a great time away from TV, Netflix and computer games.

    Brain food, contact with other people, food: simple fare done well… and great fun too, a brilliant idea. I’d love it if this idea spread globally.

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