May 10 2012
The Herb Centre; This wonderful location is composed of a lovely corner cafe that provides primarily veggie goodies (there is merely one meat-eating choice on the menus…) along with brews the New Zealand Coffee Awards 2009-10 Gold Award winning, New Brighton-based Switch Espresso.
It is also an amazingly stocked dispensary/ health store that offers a large selection of dietary supplements, organic body goods and every essential oil imaginable, a patio garden together with a medical center that delivers midwifery services, alternative addiction treatment solution, and herbal and naturopathic medication. Phew. It’s fundamentally the only one-stop-shop for the granola sect in the entire city (that we know, anyway…in case your company is one, as well, please email us!). It is an alternative style cafe Christchurch should be proud of!
The space, found on Kilmore St, is fittingly restful, with wood flooring, substantial, uncovered windows that wash the area in heavenly light, and the relaxing smells of lavender and patchouli. It really is incredibly one of a kind (peep the sweet as pictures of dancing eggs on the chalkboard wall menu!) plus the food is fresh and outstanding, try the GF, dairy free Winter Root Vegetable Cake, it was a hit around my partially vegetarian household. Come summer season, I think the backyard will likely be full of revellers in search of a comforting place to de-stress with a mug and a socially sensitive slice.
Addington Coffee Co-op; Based on Lincoln Rd, key to Addington village, Addington Coffee Co-op is a quaintly first-rate, all-natural light filled cafe and roastery that spins Blondie, roasts and peddles their own brand of Fair Trade (and DELICIOUS) coffee and seems like your living room (if you’re the person whose living room has a pitch-perfect level of understated kitsch as well as the most affecting ambiance on the block).
The company, located within a sizeable previous mechanics work shop, required nine months to perfect as well as earthquake proof (that was successful!) and it is jam-packed to the top during all times of the day with an modern mix of vibrant neo-hipsters, chatty stay-at-home-mums and expensive looking suits looking for an inviting position for a lunch time conference plus a superior, recently produced slice, pastry or sandwich. Together with their super cool and informed use of Fair Trade coffee, they also offer “organic threads” manufactured by survivors of the sex-trade in Calcutta
Thus, in conclusion: their coffee is wonderful, the decor is outstanding and their company practices are morally righteous. Need I say more?
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