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Monday7:30 am – 3:30 pm.

Tuesday7:30 am – 3:30 pm.

Wednesday7:30 am – 3:30 pm.

Thursday7:30 am – 3:30 pm.

Friday7:30 am – 3:30 pm.

Saturday8:30 am – 3:00 pm.


326 Moray Place, Central Dunedin

Pass by Side-on bakery and café on Moray Place and you’ll likely spot their bountiful collection of sourdough loaves from the street. Step inside and be instantly immersed into the vibey, calming atmosphere that’s marked by light natural wood, soft pink walls and the quiet hum of their fully operational bakery.

Owners Renee and Alan, bake and make a wide range of products utilising seasonal produce which keeps things interesting for all involved (customers and staff alike). An assortment of sweet treats can be found next to the till and includes items like the crowd-pleasing cardamom bun and classics like croissants, pain au chocolats, almond croissants. The basque burnt cheesecake is another popular choice. Everything is made in-house and visitors can catch a glimpse of the bakers in action through the funky yellow curtain that separates the working area from the cafe.

Side-on also offers a full menu with items like the halloumi with fried cauliflower, watercress, cream cheese, pumpkin seeds, pickles and curry vinaigrette on toast. One of the bestsellers since the start, this dish is likely to remain on the menu for a long time. The reuben is another savoury treat with corned beef, sauerkraut, swiss cheese and dijon mustard (served up on Side-on’s homemade bread, of course).

If you need a boost, Side-on also does single origin filter coffee and barista coffee drinks and has a retail section in the front where you can find takeaway beans and a variety of their house-made sauces and preserves.

With degrees in fine arts and industrial design, Renee and Alan did the entire Side-on fit out themselves. The result, plus the unreal treats, makes it an environment you’ll just want to hang out in.

Words by Olivia Sisson & Photography by Nancy Zhou

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326 Moray Place, Central Dunedin

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