t bay café

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MondayClosed.

Tuesday8:00 am – 4:00 pm.

Wednesday8:00 am – 4:00 pm.

Thursday8:00 am – 8:00 pm.

Friday8:00 am – 8:00 pm.

Saturday8:00 am – 8:00 pm.

Sunday8:00 am – 4:00 pm.

26 Whitehouse Road, Tītahi Bay

04 260 2609

Starting out as a project to bring a much-needed eatery to Porirua’s Titahi Bay, t bay café now serves as a cornerstone of the local community, bringing its residents and visitors together.

It’s an ethos evident in the design of the café itself. The large glass frontage and outdoor tables draw visitors inside, to then discover the sun-drenched deck and beer garden out back. An open kitchen complements the retro-modern fit out, providing a sense of connection between customers and staff. It’s a far cry from the old library that stood in its place before t bay café owners Anna and Jeff brought their vision to life.

Dog-friendly spaces, a children’s play area and local art displayed on the walls emphasise that this is not just a café but also a real community hub, a gathering place for those from both near and far. Most of the kitchen and front-of-house staff are Titahi Bay and Porirua locals.

From sweet cabinet treats to full breakfast spreads, t bay café has something for every mood and apetite. The gluten-free pancakes are a hit, as is the seafood chowder—Anna and Jeff reported that people “come from far and wide” just to try it out. Their Turkish Eggs, Eggs Bene and burger range are also crowd favourites. 

With the vision of establishing a café “as good as or better than” those you’d find in Auckland and Melbourne and everywhere in between, t bay certainly adds a dash of sophisticated café culture to Titahi Bay. In addition to their genuine connection to the local community, you have a true recipe for success.

Words by John Son & Photography by Anna Briggs

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Location

26 Whitehouse Road, Tītahi Bay

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