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Catering to the downtown business crowd, this spot at the bottom of SO Hotel is perfect for a grab-and-go coffee and croissant combo, or to park up and work for the morning.
By Sarah Templeton
June 29, 2022
By Sarah Templeton
June 29, 2022

A new cafe on the corner of Customs and Gore street is offering a little slice of Europe in the hustle and bustle of downtown Auckland.

New cafè Javalab is situated at the bottom of SO Hotel, recently reopened after a stint as a MIQ hotel, and it's set to cater to the early morning business crowd.

Brewing their coffee from hand-roasted and organic Hummingbird beans, those after a takeaway coffee can grab their usual flat white or long black — if you're setting in for a long stint, perhaps ofpt for the bottomless filter option.

But what everyone will really be coming for are the morning traits. Offering a deliciously indulgent french selection of freshly baked croissants, macarons and eclairs, you'll really feel like you're enjoying a European summer — even if Auckland's notoriously inclement weather isn't playing ball. Those of a more savoury-toothed persuasion can opt for the breakfast burritos or paninis, which are changed out daily.

In a rush to a morning meeting? No worries — you can place an order through the QR code on the cafe's site and your order will be ready and waiting. If you're looking for a good spot to WFC, you can park up in the light-filled lounge — and indulge in a freshly made croissant while you work. When they're made so freshly from scratch, it would be rude not to.

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