The secret is out about Villa 23 Café, New Zealand’s first and only Dutch vegetarian café with the ambient charm of a rare city treasure. Hedwig Dunbar-Keek and family have infused creativity into this gorgeous stand-alone villa. It’s now seeking a new owner, with new passions.
“It’s a central location, with little competition, between Blenheim and Riccarton Road. It would be perfect for any restaurant, culinary dream, or a combined office space,” she says.
An interior designer from Amsterdam, Hedwig wishes to move on to her next project spending precious time with her gorgeous new granddaughter while concentrating solely on her Dutch-style catering business.
The landlord let Hedwig recreate the once drab, unnoticeable villa with colourful imagination. Amazing Dutch-designed wallpapers add delightful difference to the disco-glam ‘Arabian nights’ room, the light-filled ‘colour room’ and the must-see optical illusion bathroom. Husband Gregory restored its soft-pink exterior, polished floors and sturdy structure to its 1911 glory.
Her son and barista Quentin greets customers, while Hedwig conjures no-nonsense-great food from the spacious new kitchen. The café oasis serves Peruvian-origin coffee to the lucky customers working in the area – and many pop in for Dutch grocery items. The healthy award-winning smoothies, little Dutch poffertjes and oliebollen are delectable and specialties which are also sold at their Dutch stall at Deans Bush market on Saturdays.
Hedwig is off to Amsterdam this winter for her annual inspirational research. However, for interested parties, she can be contacted at email@example.com, anytime.
Villa 23 Café, 23 Mandeville Street, Riccarton (next to Flow Hot Yoga). Phone 03-343 3375. See Facebook/Instagram for details.
Rarely does a café tick every single box. The food, coffee, location, service and parking – all in a fantastic funky atmosphere. Dose Café does it so well.
The memorable breakfast menu is available seven days a week, until 2:30pm, with the French Toast being voted in the media as the top in town! The house-made brioche could be reason enough, but this paradise on a plate includes streaky bacon, sherbet mascarpone, vanilla ice cream, vanilla bean custard and Cointreau berry compote; decadently different, delicious – and very Dose Café. With sharing menus to cabinet food, it’s exciting, varied gastronomy.
The regulars are welcoming soup season. “The soup of the day is house-made fresh,” says owner Andy Shiau. “Last year our seafood chowder was so popular.”
Position-perfect on Blenheim Road, this neighbourhood café is the last refuel stop heading into or out of town – an escape haven, and just seven minutes from bustling Westfield Riccarton. Off-street parking makes popping in for takeaway coffee easy – for a double shot of Lyttelton Coffee Company’s finest that Dose Café does so well.
Popular as a function venue, the spacious interior’s large tables can be reconfigured or removed to cater for every sort of soiree from after-work parties to 21sts. “There’s no booking fee with a minimal spend,” Andy says.
“Our chefs are flexible, designing menus for each function’s requirements, for up to 120 guests.” There are craft beers, great wines, creative cocktails, and about 50 available carparks for evening events.
Dose Café, 295 Blenheim Road, Riccarton opens weekdays 7.30am-4pm and weekends 8.30am-4.30pm. Visit www.dosediner.co.nz.
If you have ever tried an authentic New York style bagel, you will know the difference between a real bagel and round bread with a hole in it.
Coffee Worx has been serving a great range of authentic bagels since it incorporated Yellow Rocket bagels into Coffee Worx after the earthquakes. If you are a fan of bagels, you will know that they are a low GI, low fat and an incredibly filling lunch or breakfast option. Coffee Worx also offers gluten free bagels, so everyone can be immersed in the definitive bagel experience.
Coffee Worx bagels are baked daily and made fresh to order into Sandwiches, Melts and Mega Bagels (with a hot meat filling), or simply split and toasted to be enjoyed with cream cheese. “We have a real fan base for our bagels,” says Deb Riach co-owner of Coffee Worx alongside her husband Ian.
“We are proud to offer such a high quality authentic product to our discerning market.”
Deb and Ian aren’t only proud of their bagels, but also all of their fresh cabinet food made daily on site at their two café locations in Rangiora and Sockburn. However, the true highlight of Coffee Worx is the freshly roasted premium coffee. Coffee Worx roasts its unique blends at Rangiora and distributes its high quality coffee to approximately 120 customers around the South Island.
For more information, visit www.coffeeworx.co.nz or call 03-341 5040.
If you are a self-confessed music nut that loves great coffee, quality eats and reckons the only way to listen to an album is with a record on a turntable, then you owe it to yourself to visit Vinyl Café.
Located at 24B Essex Street, Phillipstown, Vinyl Café is the front of house café extension of The Coffee Workshop, famous for its comprehensive range of blends and the fact customers can have their coffee roasted while they wait.
Vinyl Café, as the name suggests, is a Mecca for music lovers. Upon arrival you notice Mick Jagger and Bob Dylan’s faces on the outside wall above the entrance way. Inside, a feature wall made entirely of album covers, from Kenny Rogers to Huey Lewis and the News, immediately grabs your attention. Vintage furniture and stereo, complete with functioning record player, completes the ensemble nicely.
Along with quality coffee, tea and other hot and cold drinks, a great selection of savoury and sweet items are made fresh each day to bring ‘satisfaction’ to your culinary cravings. Most popular by far would be Vinyl Café’s toasted sandwiches, offering a wide range of flavours to suit every taste.
The Coffee Fans is a new eatery on Cranford Street. You may have seen owner Fan Yang’s schnauzer, Brownie, winking at you in the billboard or the logo.
Not only is The Coffee Fans a bright, airy place with great cabinet food and menus, it’s pet friendly as well. Doggies are welcome in the smoke-free al fresco dining area where you can sit, relax and watch the world go by.
In the cabinet is a vast array of delicious food. There are salads such as ‘roast cauliflower and broccoli’ and the ‘energy booster salad.’ There are croissants and bagels with cream cheese, salmon, or pesto. There is also an assortment of pastries and some of the biggest wraps – such as the tandoori wrap, or the falafel hummus and mixed salad wrap, with many more available.
Of course, there are sweets. Slices and muffins, and that old favourite, lolly cake. Or apple crumble shortbread. Something that will need to be experienced is the ‘fairy floss cheesecake,’ likely to be as decadent as it sounds.
The Coffee Fans is open 7 until 5 weekdays, and 8 until 5 weekends. The light menu is available 9 until 1 Monday to Friday, and the brunch menu 9 until 2 Saturday and Sunday. Popular are the eggs benedict on the weekend menu, and the French toast – with a bacon option – on weekends. There are lots of vegetarian and gluten free choices, too.
Drop by The Coffee Fans at 159 Cranford Street, grab a coffee and a treat, bring your pooch, and read the latest copy of Metropol from the stand. There is free wi-fi and lovely, friendly staff.
Back in 2016, keen culinary connoisseur Nick set up shop in a section of Designspace’s building at 400 Barbadoes Street, with the intention of providing customers with great coffee, sandwiches and other delectable eats.
Two years on and now accompanied by good friend Caitlyn, Coco Espresso is going from strength to strength, with many making it their definitive café of choice.
Nick and Caitlyn’s vision of a niche, chilled café hang-out has certainly become a reality. Comfortable indoor seating will accommodate your nearest and dearest, and outdoor Montreaux designer furniture sits plenty in chic comfort. Plus, unlike some cafés, there is no shortage of on-site parking.
The major attraction of Coco Espresso, is not just the smooth rich coffee or the outstanding customer service from Nick and Caitlyn, but the sandwiches. Available in a variety of fillings and styles, it pays to get in quick, as they do not hang around uneaten for long.
All sweet and savoury delicacies are made by Nick and Caitlyn’s friend Sarah from Blueberry Kitchen and arrive fresh each day. Nick and Caitlyn also love their music, so whether you are into Demi Lovato or Duran Duran, chances are you will be humming away during your stay.
For more information, visit the Facebook page, facebook.com/cocoespressonz.
It’s something of an institution on Springs Road in Wigram. For more than ten years the Gorgeous Food specialist bakery has been delighting locals and those from further afield, with its ‘gorgeous’ range of tasty classic and not-so-traditional freshly-made treats, both savoury and sweet.
“We are proud to have served the community for so long,” says co-owner JoAnne Fryer. “Our food is healthy and made fresh every day in our bakery using top quality ingredients. Real butter and eggs – baking the way it should be.”
Firm favourites are the delicious pies, quiches and sausage rolls, as well as the bakery’s own style muffins and scones, Dagwood sandwiches, filled rolls and wraps.
“We have been asked a lot lately for salads and we have really enjoyed creating some especially scrumptious flavour combinations that we have had to try ourselves, of course. We have a chicken teriyaki salad with baby corn and bok choy, a pesto pasta salad with smoked chicken and a roast pumpkin salad with beetroot and feta. They are really good to eat on a hot day – or any day for that matter.”
An array of slices too has customers returning. ”Our gluten-free caramel meringue slice flies off the shelves as does the citrus slice and the ginger macadamia slice. And we are famous for nana’s chocolate fudge slice – a much loved family recipe. A slice and a cup of our takeaway Vivace coffee – what better way to indulge yourself?”
Gluten free products are available, along with a great variety of options for business or home catering.
Caffé 1808 sits in the heart of the Waterloo Business Park. It is a café with its own unique history, crisp modern décor, and exclusive Molinari coffee that aficionados drive across town to experience.
The Business Park has a vision for the future and the changing ways we do things, especially in the business environment. Work spaces are changing and 1808 is leading the way in accommodating the businesses in the area, and the city.
Ten minutes from Christchurch Airport, and twenty from the CBD, 1808 offers catered morning teas and lunches, a licensed café experience, and a top-class meeting room.
Seating up to 12, and possibly more, the meeting room is air-conditioned, well connected with wi-fi and bluetooth, a 55-inch TV with cables and connectors provided, a whiteboard, and controlled lighting. There is a separate entrance, or enter through the café, and the double-glazed sliding doors create a virtually soundproof environment.
Of course, meetings are catered via the café. Order from the menu or the cabinet, or tailor morning tea and lunch for attendees. All dietary requirements are catered to.
Business meetings, client or job applicant interviews, presentations, or just a quiet lunch with colleagues, the 1808 Meeting Room provides a unique space at very reasonable rates. There is stunning outdoor seating, and even a basketball court nearby for the super-energetic.
If preferred, the 1808 team will bring coffees, morning teas and lunches to you!
Contact Andrea Wyld, Caffé 1808 Manager, on 027 277 2731 to discuss requirements and see caffe1808.co.nz for more information.