It’s safe to say coffee and shopping go hand in hand. Tucked away in The Shelter on Mackelvie Street, the newly named and refurbished cafe EAT is the perfect pit stop for a caffeine boost with a dash of retail therapy.
With brands like Taylor, Jimmy D and MM6 by Maison Martin Margiela and more, the Ponsonby concept store is definitely worth a visit. Even better than the fashion though is EAT where the food mimics the minimalistic vibe the store and interior dictate. The cafe takes the place of bicycle enthusiasts Blend (now found at 9 Mt Eden Road). Superseding the stockpile of bike accessories is a slick new fit out by architecture firm Pennant & Triumph, complete with a mural by street-art duo BMD.
Using Eighthirty espresso, it’s a dream team scenario for local hipsters. The coffee is definitely the star on the menu but EAT also features a small selection of cabinet food for peckish visitors. There are plenty of the usual suspects including a wide selection of cakes and tartlets for those hankering something sweet. With a full menu on hand there are a few more tantalisingly original food parings - like raw energy salads (watermelon with mint and goat's cheese, handmade burrata with rockmelon and proscuitto), green smoothies, soup of the day, Best Ugly bagels and The Midnight Baker's Freedom Loaf. There’s not a lot to disappoint. They of course have the heartier options like freshly made sandwiches and pieces of “chef’s daily proteins”.
With its light, open space loft interior and peaceful courtyard, EAT is the perfect pit stop for a filling, healthy lunch and a bit of light shopping. It’s the kind of place your quick visit will easily become an extended stay, and rightly so surrounded by so many pretty things.
Oh-so-conveniently, EAT is hanging out with all the cool kids too. With Deadly Ponies, Lonely Hearts and Workshop as neighbours you can get all the retail “essentials” done in one strong hit. Coffee and shopping are two of life’s greatest pleasures, right? At least in my mind they are.