Red Eight

Monday7:00 am – 3:30 pm.

Tuesday7:00 am – 3:30 pm.

Wednesday7:00 am – 3:30 pm.

Thursday7:00 am – 3:30 pm.

Friday7:00 am – 3:30 pm.

Saturday8:00 am – 3:00 pm.

SundayClosed.

143 Williams Street, Kaiapoi

03-327 0136

Kaiapoi’s hidden secret, Red Eight Cafe, is well worth the trip up North to this quaint little town. Located along the main drag, just down from the picturesque river, Red Eight is bustling at any hour of the day. 

Owner-operator Stephanie Reeves is a trained pastry chef and worked at top local establishments J’aime Les Macarons and the Crown Plaza. She then decided to make her dream of opening her own cafe, a reality. Stephanie’s absolute favourite cafe in the country is Auckland institution Little & Friday, which is where she draws a lot of inspiration for the delicious food on offer here. 

The cabinet heaves with moorish quiches, freshly baked focaccia and a number of mouth-watering sweet treats, such as the famous Lemon Meringue Tarts (these sell out most days, so get in quick). Everything is made on site from scratch and only the best quality ingredients are used to guarantee a tasty result every time. Even the syrups that go in Red Eight’s milkshakes are made right here using natural flavours - a far cry from your usual longest drink in town.

Fridays are a sweet treat day at Red Eight. This is when you’ll find something extra special to dig your teeth into. Think donuts, custard squares, cheesecake and more – it’s always different, but always bound to be delicious. Same goes for coffee which is brewed with Stephanie’s own recipe, Lilybean, roasted by The Coffee Workshop in Christchurch.

Fiercely supported by locals, it’s not uncommon to struggle finding a spot at Red Eight, but lucky for you, bookings are warmly welcomed. 

Words by Petra Nyman & Photography by Nancy Zhou

143 Williams Street, Kaiapoi

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