ST KEVINS ARCADE, 183 KARANGAHAPE RD, K’RD PRECINCT
Situated next to a huge floor-to-ceiling window looking onto Myers Park, Emma Lyell and Tane Williams’ sun-filled cafe has breathed new life into recently refurbished St Kevins Arcade. Eighthirty espresso is served from a sunshine-yel- low La Marzocco by equally sunny staff (filter’s also available), alongside a bountiful cabinet of homebaked cakes and pastries. Order from the menu for the full Bestie experience (now with table service): comforting, homely classics like fluffy hotcakes and toasties get a classy remake at the hands of head chef Nicola Standage.
BEST FOR: Breakfast with an excellent view of the city. Eighthirty coffee
Bambina has been quietly commanding its spot on cut-throat Ponsonby Rd for years, for good reason.