L’affare Melrose

Tucked inconspicuously behind the main block of New Market shops, in what has become a bit of a cafe hub just off Khyber Pass, you'll find this spacious spot where there is a passion for coffee and tasty food.  L'affare Melrose is part of the Caffe L'affare brand, which is a classic kiwi coffee company … Continue reading L’affare Melrose

Bread & Circus Wholefoods Canteen

If you're always on the hunt for quality spots for a healthy brunch or lunch, Bread & Circus in Sydney is a great choice. A boisterous cafe with high ceilings and industrial-styled interiors, it has a laid back atmosphere that suited us perfectly on our most recent visit. Located in the same food court complex as … Continue reading Bread & Circus Wholefoods Canteen

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

Bills

In a suburb that has a laid-back vibe but is secretly (or not so secretly) buzzing with activity and trendy eateries, you will find Bills - a quintessential Sydney destination with a reputable reputation for a bite to eat, at all times of the day. For our purposes, we visited for brunch mid-week and as there … Continue reading Bills

Bondi Wholefoods

Contemporary interiors are combined with wholesome, organic foods to form a winning combination at Bondi Wholefoods in Surry Hills. This store is the second location after the original in Bondi, with more space, less of a wait time but your same healthy options for breakfast, lunch and to takeaway. Bondi Wholefoods is leading the way in nutritious cafes … Continue reading Bondi Wholefoods

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

Mary’s

As a final ode to the month that has been 'Junk Free June', here is our review of Mary's in St. Mary's Bay, where we found healthy options for a recent Sunday lunch. The building itself is easily identified with its brick exterior and unique deco-style window arching across the top of its road-front wall. … Continue reading Mary’s

Odettes Eatery

Nothing starts a weekend better than a workout and brunch, so that's what Charlotte and I do most Saturdays. On the weekend just been, we swung by Odettes Eatery for breakfast, knowing it had a great outdoor area to enjoy a fresh, sunny morning. The highlight of this eatery is definitely the relaxed atmosphere and detail to design. Clean, lofty and … Continue reading Odettes Eatery

Orphan’s Kitchen

Bringing “unadulterated” food to your early mornings, Orphan’s Kitchen, the distinctive Ponsonby restaurant, is now lending its deft hand to brunch. A lot of thought has gone into creating an original menu with classics tarted up by interesting ingredients, which makes it a place worth adding to your breakfast and lunch repertoire. The standout features of … Continue reading Orphan’s Kitchen

The Botanist

Last weekend Charlotte and I visited The Botanist for breakfast after having been many times before, for coffee, juices and lunch. On further consideration, we decided that more cafes should take a leaf out of this cafe's book and combine with a florist - not only will their atmosphere permeate with a stunning, floral bouquet, but will … Continue reading The Botanist

Dear Jervois

Joining the multitude of quality cafes in the Herne Bay and Ponsonby area, Dear Jervois is the new kid on the block that is so far holding its own. Thought has gone into making the somewhat unusually shaped café a stylish space. We like the design of the entrance, where industrial metal shelves peppered with green plants, sit behind a stunning wooden … Continue reading Dear Jervois

Rosie

In a prime location, nestled in the heart of Parnell and opposite the Rose Gardens, you'll find Rosie. It's a cafe come restaurant that is always busy, populated with a regular bunch of locals and those testing out the recently revamped eatery. We visited Rosie for a family brunch last weekend, on a bone-chilling cold … Continue reading Rosie

L’oeuf

Numerous recommendations (and Instagram snaps) lead us to L'oeuf  for brunch this weekend. The cafe has burgeoned into a very popular spot - which meant we had to wait a short while for a table - but it was well worth it, as the food was visually stunning and tasted as good as it looked. The cafe is … Continue reading L’oeuf

Richmond Rd Cafe

What a fabulous weekend it's been with all this sunshine! And yesterday we visited one of Charlotte's favourite spots too, Richmond Rd Cafe. We always return to this cafe because we like the smooth service and think it does great eggs. It's ideal for a lazy weekend brunch or lunch. The cafe is deceivingly large, … Continue reading Richmond Rd Cafe

Catroux

This morning we visited Catroux in Westmere. We reviewed the cafe a while ago for lunch, but this time we tried the seasonal brunch menu and  were very impressed by the food. We like the design of the cafe with its all-white interiors making it feel larger than it is. The space is dominated by a glass … Continue reading Catroux

Bread and Butter bakery & cafe

You may be more familiar with 'Little Bread and Butter' located in Ponsonby central, however, today we went to the Bread and Butter Bakery and Cafe in Grey Lynn, as the bakery and cafe has a full breakfast and lunch menu which we wanted to try, alongside their artisan breads and sweet treats. The cafe is large … Continue reading Bread and Butter bakery & cafe

Bambina Ponsonby

This morning Laura and I headed to 'Bambina' for brunch after a morning walk. It's a quintessential Ponsonby cafe, busy with quiet couples enjoying the newspaper, to bubbly kids out for a morning treat with their parents. All seem to enjoy its casual feel, straightforward menu and quality food. It was hassle free getting a … Continue reading Bambina Ponsonby

Ortolana

Today for an early lunch, Laura and I went down to the Britomart Pavilions to try out Ortolana, which is a casual bistro and a relatively recent addition to the area. From the outside, it looks like a tropical, earthy retreat in the heart of a concrete jungle. We loved the design of this space. … Continue reading Ortolana

Kokako

Feeling like a healthy start to the day, Charlotte and I chose Kokako cafe this morning for brunch. It's a NZ cafe and coffee brand that focuses on sustainability and natural, organic foods. The cafe is located in a converted 1930's Post Office on a corner in Grey Lynn. It was very lively when we … Continue reading Kokako

St. Heliers Bay Cafe & Bistro

Back from our brief hiatus over Christmas and New Years, we picked the newly opened St. Heliers Bay Cafe & Bistro to start off the year. It has a stylish beach-resort vibe, with sea-green wall tiles, large woven light fittings and wide, sliding windows opening onto Tamaki drive. Although it looks busy it runs very … Continue reading St. Heliers Bay Cafe & Bistro

Takapuna Beach Cafe

Takapuna Beach Cafe. Sitting on Takapuna beach looking out onto the shimmering water, it is a dream location. A classy cafe affair, they have slick service, sparkling water for the tables, a sophisticated menu and delicious, fresh food. If you're after something simpler, 'The Store' next door sells a lot of the same things take-away (and half … Continue reading Takapuna Beach Cafe