Fred's Espresso and Soda Bar

Monday7:00 am – 3:00 pm.

Tuesday7:00 am – 3:00 pm.

Wednesday7:00 am – 3:00 pm.

Thursday7:00 am – 3:00 pm.

Friday7:00 am – 3:00 pm.

Saturday8:00 am – 4:00 pm.

Sunday8:00 am – 4:00 pm.

181 Ponsonby Road, Ponsonby

09-360 1551

Fred’s Espresso and Soda Bar is a delightful café situated at the top of Franklin Road, just around the corner from Ponsonby Road. With its cozy interior and friendly staff, Fred’s is one of the most welcoming cafés in Auckland. Upon entering, you are greeted with a friendly, ‘Hi darling’ and a warm smile. Here is a café where the counter isn’t a barrier between the customers and staff, merely an area for making your coffee.

If you’re not going back for the service, you’ll be going back for the food. Catering for many types of diets, Fred’s offers everything from Bircher muesli to corn bread waffles. A hearty stew is on offer throughout the winter months and anywhere that offers a toasted cheese sandwich has got to be good.

On to the drinks – Supreme coffee, salted caramel smoothies, Six Barrel soda and Aroha soda, and many more liquid treats feature throughout the menu. A special mention for the ‘non-judgment Berocca drink’ is in order also. In addition to all this gloriousness, the owner has just launched a new range of milkshake flavours, with Earl Grey, Apple Pie and Choccy Fish some of the highlights.

Fred’s has the atmosphere of someone’s lounge and conservatory. A wonderful place to meet friends, catch up on the news, or poke around in the vintage store downstairs – Fred’s is a real joy within the heart of Ponsonby.

Words by Hannah Murray & Photography by Josh Griggs

181 Ponsonby Road, Ponsonby

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