The Herb Centre; This wonderful location consists of a sweet corner cafe that serves mainly veggie goodies (there’s just one carnivorous choice on the menus…) as well as brews the New Zealand Coffee Awards 2009-10 Gold Award winning, New Brighton-based Switch Espresso.
It’s also an impressively stocked dispensary/ health store that carries an array of dietary supplements, organic body products and every essential oil you can possibly imagine, an outside garden and a practice that provides midwifery services, holistic addiction treatment solution, and herbal and naturopathic medicine. Phew. It really is fundamentally the only one-stop-shop for the granola sect within the entire city (that we know about, anyway…should your business is one, also, you need to email us!). It’s an alternative style cafe Christchurch should be pleased with!
The area, positioned on Kilmore St, is fittingly tranquil, having hardwood floors, large, exposed windows that wash the place in angelic light, as well as the relaxing scents of lavender and patchouli. It is wonderfully quirky (peep the sweet as images of dancing eggs around the chalkboard wall menu!) and the foods are fresh and excellent, try the GF, dairy free Wintertime Root Veggie Cake, it was a hit in my moderately vegetarian home. Come the summer season, I reckon the backyard will be packed with revellers searching for a serene location to loosen up having a mug along with a socially aware slice.
Addington Coffee Co-op; Located on Lincoln Rd, essential to Addington village, Addington Coffee Co-op is a quaintly first-rate, natural light filled cafe and roastery that spins Blondie, roasts and peddles their unique brand of Fair Trade (and DELICIOUS) coffee and appears like your living room (if you’re the sort of individual whose living room includes a pitch-perfect quantity of understated kitsch and also the most affecting ambiance in your area).
The business, encased at a sizeable former mechanics working area, took 9 months to master as well as earth quake proof (which has been opportune!) and is stuffed to the top during all times of the day having an assorted combination of youthful neo-hipsters, chatty stay-at-home-mums and fancy looking suits in search of a comfortable spot for a lunch break meeting along with a quality, newly made slice, pastry or sandwich. Along with their extremely cool and informed usage of Fair Trade coffee, they also offer “organic threads” created by survivors from the sex-trade in Calcutta
Thus, in conclusion: the coffee is fabulous, their decor is outstanding as well as their company practices are morally righteous. Need I say more?
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