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Receptionist

32 Lorne Street, Auckland CBD Nestled in amongst the towering apartment buildings and corporate hustle that is Lorne St you will find Receptionist Coffee.  Owned and run by ex-Deadly Ponies designer Kay, it provides momentary sanctuary from the day-to-day rush of the central city.  Serving an intriguing selection of Korean inspired ‘Ades’, homemade baking and some would say the best espresso in town, Kay has your bases covered. Always immaculately dressed and cheerful, Kay has become an institution in the heart of the city keeping it caffeinated and pumping. Next time you’re out for a bit of High St retail therapy or a visit to the Auckland Art Gallery swing by and see our man Kay to regroup and recharge....

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HAYES COMMON

 33 Jellicoe Dr, Hamilton East, Hamilton 3216  Hayes Common, a relaxed neighbourhood eatery in Hamilton East is fast becoming a local institution. The vintage building has been transformed into a welcoming space and a hub to for the community to meet, mingle, eat and drink. Brent and Lisa (both chefs by trade) keep the food approachable yet adventurous. They have created a seamless transition from day to night with brunch, sharing platters, and cosy corners for drinking coffee or the local beers on tap. hayescommon.co.nz

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Jess' Underground Kitchen

​203 Jervois Road, Herne Bay, ​​Auckland 1011 (09 378 7711) 158 Remuera Rd, Remuera, Auckland 1050 (09 522 7034) With sites in Herne Bay and Remuera, Jess Daniell and the Underground Kitchen team supply a generous ranges of sweeties and pastries, sandwiches,salads and fresh and frozen dinners.  JUKs are the perfect local deli - eat in, takeaway, fill up your freezer or take home one of Jess' famous cook books and prepare yourself. www.juk.co.nz

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The Botanist Cafe

Shed 13, City Works Depot, 90 Wellesley Street West, Auckland 1010 Run by Jacob and his passionate team, The Botanist sits as a tranquil oasis in the heart of City Works Depot. It’s beautifully urban interior is softened by pastel tones, warm lighting and flora curated by Eden and her amazing bunch of florists. Head chef Ryan keeps appetites sated with classics such as their infamous creamy mushrooms and grilled cheese, all the while developing menus for their late night pop ups throughout the year. With warming morning sun, infectiously friendly staff and a host of amazing offerings such as Forage and Bloom teas, world-class coffee  and dangerously good cabinet food, they’ve got you covered. Whether it’s for a business...

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