Some mornings can only be navigated with an extra shot of coffee in your flat white and a carroty-beetrooty-gingery-detoxy fresh juice. My go-to on such days, and many others, is The Grassy Knoll, a brightly lit, adorable little cafe on Auckland's Shortland St.
Finding coffee spots in Auckland's CBD which serve consistently excellent coffee has been a lot harder than initially expected, and I'm grateful that the GK opened it's doors about a week after I moved here. It's a great meeting place, it's a good back-up for forget-your-lunch emergencies, but it's also a lovely little spot to escape the office. It has a small but well-formed menu (smashed avocado on toast anyone?) and I'm hoping they'll add great salads to their sourdough sandwich filled cabinet as this weather gets warmer. The staff are friendly, and went the extra mile recently to help a regular customer (ahem) who happened to drop their broken-wrist-X-rays down the back of the cute new booth seats. Hot tip: don't place important documents on the booth seat as there is a very small gap between the cushion and the wall.
I'm on a salad binge and I've been drinking a lot of green tea after both my time in Wellington and doing some blogging for Auckland Restaurant Month. I'm making my lunch for the foreseeable future to assist with both the reduction of my waistline and the increase of dollars in my bank account. Detoxy September begins again, but amongst all the salads and depressing Monday mornings a beautifully made coffee can do amazing things for one's outlook on life. I have a feeling tomorrow will be one of those days, but as I've said a hundred times before, oh what a difference a day makes.
The Grassy Knoll, 21 Shortland St, Auckland's CBD.