The Grounds of Alexandria

With one of the greatest reputations in Sydney, Claudia and I visited the ever popular Grounds of Alexandria. Arriving just before midday on a Sunday, we knew what to expect and weren't surprised when we were told it was an hour wait for a table - the place was packed. While waiting for a table, … Continue reading The Grounds of Alexandria

Coffee in Auckland City

Coffee in the City - better than s**?  Sometime's you'd think so on a Monday morning! Here's a little round-up of our favourite spots to caffeinate in downtown Auckland City. 1. eighthirty on High Street What feels like a secret location tucked back off High Street, eighthirty is a favourite cafe we visit when we want … Continue reading Coffee in Auckland City

Petit Bocal

Petit Bocal (or "small jar") is a rustic cafe with a French twist, nestled in the suburb of Morningside. With a long list of breakfast items through to evening tapas, wines and dinner, it's worth having in your back pocket as a relaxed escape from home or for a catchup with friends. We visited a couple of weeks ago on a … Continue reading Petit Bocal

Welcome Eatery

  When you think of cafes in Auckland, it's easy to gloss over the Grafton area, between New Market and the city. However, this area is definitely warming up on the quality-cafe front, which makes sense given its close proximity to both the Auckland and AUT university campuses and an abundance of workplaces nearby. Welcome Eatery is a … Continue reading Welcome Eatery

LUXE Woollahra

Situated a stone's throw away from Oxford street and within the courtyard of a blush-coloured corner site, Luxe Woollahra (in Sydney), is somewhere you should head if you're looking for aesthetic surroundings and a classic and tasty menu, topped off with solid service. What keeps us going back to this spot is the great set-up. The outdoor seating area has lots of plush pillows, plants and … Continue reading LUXE Woollahra

EXPLORE: Williamsburg

Williamsburg, Brooklyn (a.k.a. Hipster Capital of the World), where you find yourself using "gentrified" in sentences and bearded men upon bicycles is the norm. If you're visiting New York, it's worth making your way over to Williamsburg on the L-train (before its potential shut-down for maintenance), for a break from the hustle of the city streets, drinkable coffee and … Continue reading EXPLORE: Williamsburg

Little King

Escaping the city centre for the afternoon, yesterday I had a fabulous lunch with a friend at Little King cafe in Milford. Similar to its sister cafe in Herne Bay, Dear Jervois, the menu is interesting, diverse and has something for you, whether you're a waffle eater or more akin to a cave-man. To my … Continue reading Little King

Eat at The Shelter

Eat at The Shelter is the uber stylish cafe that has recently opened up in a contemporary shared space in Ponsonby. The cafe, which flows outdoors into a courtyard, is nestled at the back of the open-planned space, alongside trendy fashion brands, stunning  home-ware and other lifestyle products. The relaxed atmosphere of the cafe was perfect for an early morning start last week. I loved … Continue reading Eat at The Shelter

Maison Vauron / L’Atelier du Fromage

If you love all things French, we have somewhere we think you'll enjoy visiting. A while ago now, Laura and Rachel were lucky enough to attend Maison Vauron’s “Fromage Tour de France” workshop. This evening was held in their boutique French wine and cheese shop on McColl Street in Newmarket. Maison Vauron is New Zealand's largest specialist … Continue reading Maison Vauron / L’Atelier du Fromage

Caffetteria Allpress

Another day, another cafe...but this one is unique. I can honestly say I've visited Caffetteria Allpress many times and the service and coffee is always excellent. I became fond of this cafe when I was working nearby, for a good four months, at the end of last year. The sun-drenched balcony overlooking Drake Street was my … Continue reading Caffetteria Allpress

4&20 Bakery

Our little local, 4&20 Bakery is the place to go if you're after artisan bread,  sandwiches, pastries and fresh baking. They use organic and free-range ingredients where possible, and everything is made by hand. You can also grab yourself an organic coffee, tea or juice. The cafe is small but has a huge kitchen out the back where the magic … Continue reading 4&20 Bakery

Five Loaves Eatery

Charlotte and I unintentionally ended up at Five Loaves Eatery yesterday morning for coffee and given I was peckish, thought it'd be rude not to get some breakfast and write a little review. It's a trendy place to grab and go, or munch on something at one of their few road-side tables. There is top quality … Continue reading Five Loaves Eatery

Chocolate Boutique Cafe

Tonight we popped out for dessert at the Chocolate Boutique in Parnell. It's a cafe and shop dedicated to the heaven that is chocolate, and is by far one of the best places for something sweet and delectable in Auckland. It's in a Victorian-styled boutique and is busy all year round. We weren't allowed to take photos … Continue reading Chocolate Boutique Cafe

Bluebells Cakery

Bluebells Cakery does cakes and sweet treats to order, as well as act as a wonderful little cafe in two different locations, offering said cakes, sweets, savouries and coffees. Worth a visit for the cupcakes. Hadlow girls x KINGSLAND ___ 361 New North Road, Kingsland ___ HILLSBOROUGH 161a Hillsborough Road, Hillsborough