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┬áCafe 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…

Terra Mia

Terra Mia (28 Buckingham Street) We smelt this place before we could see it, and it was pretty hard to go past once we had got that whiff. We opened the door for a peek, and were greeted by a series of ‘Ciaos!’ and a wonderful cabinet display of sweet and savoury pastries and cakes….

Olaf’s Artisan Bakery

Olaf’s (1 Stokes Road, Mt Eden) Tucked off Mt Eden’s main street, Olaf’s is an artisan bakery serving a range of baked goods and coffee to eat in or take away. The cabinet has a range of fancy and not so fancy cakes, tarts and baguettes, and the shelving behind the till is stacked high…

Circus Circus

Circus Circus (447 Mt Eden Road) And a carnival themed cafe it is. Large, loud and festive, Circus Circus may seem small when you first walk in, but not dissimilar to a circus tent, it is deceptive and enormous inside. You’ll be greeted by a tall skinny cabinet, filled with large slices of a variety…

Pickle and Pie

Pickle and Pie (2 Lombard Street) Described by the place itself as a ‘take on a NYC delicatessen’, Pickle and Pie admittedly doesn’t fall too far from the tree. Located on Lombard Lane (oppose La Maison coffee), a small alley way whose development has been severely hindered by the continual scaffolding that seems to surround…

Birdwoods Gallery

Birdwoods Gallery (298 Middle Road) Birdwoods Gallery is a cutesie little spot just outside of Havelock North. It is such a great spot to visit when you are showing off Havelock (and the greater HB region) to visitors as it just does everything right. It used to be just a sweet shop (think old school…

La Bella Italia

La Bella Italia (10 Nevis Street, Petone) Yum, yum, yum, this place has the goods! People had told me that it was a good place to visit out in Petone, but I never really paid any attention until we spontaneously decided to go. This place is seriously awesome! It was like a big Italian warehouse,…

Espressoholic

Espressoholic (136 Cuba Street) A Cuba Street institution, Espressoholic is a cafe serving up all-day breakfast style food round the clock. It’s funky; upcoming gigs and show posters line the walls, the cabinet food screams ‘eat me’ and the place is divided into two; a dark room and a light room (which is really just…

Pipi Cafe

Pipi Cafe (16 Joll Road) Pipi Cafe in Havelock North would have to be one of the most iconic spots that the village has to offer. When it first opened I remember thinking it’s bright pink decor was a bit of an eye-sore, but over time it has certainly grown on me and most over…