In downtown Auckland, it is not always easy to find a café that is not too noisy or offers you enough space and the right atmosphere where you could sit and enjoy a good cup of coffee. Luckily there is one café that offers a hip and stylish environment to relax. Located opposite the Auckland Library on Lorne Street, This That Cafe is a great addition to the street that has been rather empty, helping to add to its transformation.
Unlike a large number of cafés in Auckland, where most are part of a franchise, This That Café is a refreshing alternative. Started by two design students from nearby Auckland University of Technology, This That Café offers a fresh view on the Auckland café scene. There is an air of cosiness, a café that you can spend hours inside whether you are hanging out with friends or looking for a place to bring your laptop along to do some work (and there are plenty of power outlets too) or to search for your next itinerary spot. It is usually relatively calm and the staffs are extremely friendly. Apart from being frequented by university students, its customers include locals and tourists alike.
Whether you are looking for breakfast, warm lunch, a quick eat or delicious desserts, This That has it all. The café has a big selection on its menu to cater to its visitors. If you are looking for a light meal, the café offers salads, cooked meals and sandwiches. One of the popular dishes include the chicken pesto filo, a sort of rolled puff pastry filled with chicken, cheese and pesto. The dish is served with sweet chilly sauce and a light portion of salad and dressing.
Of course, a café is never complete without a tasty array of drinks menu. The café boasts a wide range of delicious tea from the popular T2 brand and a great selection of coffee. Their moccachino has a perfect blend of chocolate taste and aromatic coffee and it gets even better with a slice of the café’s salty caramel chocolate cake. The generous portion of the dense but soft chocolate cake makes for a perfect dessert. The café also offers a variety of cold drinks and smoothies.
A lot of work and detail has been put into the café’s interior from the walls and lightings to smaller decorative items. The café is divided into two rooms with stylish bathrooms at the back. The main café area opens up to the coffee counter and food cabinet. The brick walls give off a warm atmosphere to the café, enhanced by the network of copper pipes on the ceiling from where the light bulbs are hanging from. Adding some contrasts to the warm feeling, a splash of green leaves is painted onto one of the wall with the café’s logo. Along with the small plant decorations in the café, there is also a sense of the place being somewhat organic. There is also a student’s favorite study spot or for those who wish for a little privacy; a small corner in the room has a table and its own private little window with a view of the street outside. As for those who come in a bigger group, there is a larger table with a couple of pillows but the selling point of this particular table is probably for the various animal illustrations on the wall, making it a popular photo spot.
The adjoint area of the café has a somewhat different feel to it. There is a sofa area with various magazines and a long row of seating. The best thing about this part of the café is that this is where the café’s exhibition space is located.
The exhibition space
The exhibition space is one of This That Cafe’s highlight point. Art students and emerging artists and designers have the chance to showcase their works in the café while café goers can enjoy browsing through the exhibition during their time at the café. With the exhibitions changing through time, regular visitors are guaranteed new and interesting artworks. The brick walls are painted white in the exhibition space while art works are either hung on the wall or displayed in whichever way the artists want to portray their works. The exhibitions change every six to eight weeks.
In this clever way, the café is guaranteed a new touch to the interior and café goers are able to experience the café differently each time a new exhibition is being hosted.
Café & gallery, the perfect hangout place
If you are looking for a place to hang out in Auckland with good coffee, This That is a great choice. It’s the kind of café that you can hang out for hours, whether you are looking for a place to relax, hang out with friends or just stopping by. With a great selection of food and beverages, This That Cafe is a great stop when you are exploring downtown Auckland.
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