Review: The Federal Store

The Federal Store (440 Devon Street East) Located at the other end of town to where we were staying, we opted to drive to brunch before driving back in the opposite direction to Oakura Beach. The Federal Store was a different kind of trendy to Monica’s, rather it was bustling and packed and over-decorated. There were…

Review: Deluxe Diner

Deluxe Diner (36 Leach Street) This place was SO in theme, something we noticed from the moment we arrived. There was literally drive in angled parking right outside the restaurant, waitresses dressed accordingly, booth seating, monster meals and checked patterns everywhere. We felt very much like we were in the US of A – the…

Review: Monica’s Eatery

Monica’s Eatery (Corner of King and Queen Streets) I read about Monica’s Eatery in Air New Zealand’s in-flight magazine and upon realising the decent quality of cafes that actually existed in New Plymouth, was one of the selling points to visit here for a weekend away. We went to Monica’s for our first meal and…

New Plymouth

When we announced our plans to visit New Plymouth for the weekend, we had more than just a few of our friends question our reasons for going there. “But why?” they said, “there’s nothing to do there”. With the ambition of seeing more of New Zealand during 2018, New Plymouth was a place that actually…

Review: Tay Street Beach Cafe

Tay Street Beach Cafe (154 Marine Parade) Literally metres away from where my Mum lives, somewhere I have never really been to because when I’m there we tend to venture further into town. Seemingly popular, I had always wondered whether this place was worth the hype, or if it was popular purely because it was…

Review: Me & You

Me & You (58 First Ave, Tauranga) As Cafe 88‘s sister cafe, I was pretty excited when Mum suggested we head there for brunch. If it was half as good as Cafe 88, I was pretty sure that I would still enjoy myself. The place was absolutely packed, but we somehow managed to squeeze a table…

Review: Pronto Burgers

Pronto Burgers and Cafe (Shop 7/1 Marine Parade, Tower 2) Every town needs a local burger joint, and the one at the Mount exceeds all expectations. It is in a prime location, it’s cheap and it’s delicious. Regularly featuring on TripAdvisor’s best “cheap eats’ it was somewhere that I knew I needed to get to,…

Review: Coco’s Bar and Grill

Coco’s Bar and Grill (18 Willeston Street) Oh Wellington CBD area is in SUCH need of a local haunt. I was excited to see Bruhaus close (it was so dark and dingy feeling, just not my cup of tea) and had such high hopes for its successor. Coco’s changed the decor a bit, vamped up…

Munchen

Munchen (6 Queens Wharf) In a similar fashion to Bin44, I think the main reason Munchen survives is because of its prime location. It’s relatively sheltered down there by the TSB; it certainly gets a pocketful of sunshine, and it is super convenient both to the CBD for after-work drinks, and to the TSB Arena…

Bin44

Bin44 (3 Queens Wharf) Bin44 is in a very dreamy spot down on Queens Wharf, making it a perfect spot for after work drinks or a before-event dinner. It seems to hold itself out as being another upper class restaurant; the decor is modern and the staff are professional, but the food is definitely a…