Bay Espresso (19 Middle Road)
Bay Espresso is basically an HB institution. With locations not just in Havelock, but also on Karamu Road and Omahu Road, you are never that far away from a cafe. With its very own roastery (I’ve seen various cafes nationwide stocking Bay Espresso coffee) the coffee is extremely delicious, and I always make sure to stop in at its coffee cart when I’m at the farmers’ market. The menus are the same across all three stores, with maybe slight variances daily. The food is pretty good; I personally find it a little expensive for what you get, but not enough to stop me going there. Corn fritters are my go-to, but my Dad rates the garlic mushrooms extremely high. The shop in Havelock is pretty small, so we usually sit on one of the outside tables. Definitely a reliable place food a good meal, and good coffee when you are in and around the Bay.