Frank's Newtown

Monday7:00 am – 2:00 pm.

Tuesday7:00 am – 2:00 pm.

Wednesday7:00 am – 2:00 pm.

Thursday7:00 am – 2:00 pm.

Friday7:00 am – 2:00 pm.

Saturday8:00 am – 2:00 pm.

Sunday8:00 am – 2:00 pm.

5 Riddiford Street, Newtown

04-389 9222

Newtown can be a pretty interesting place, and if you’re in need of a little respite from the melting pot of busy people out there, you’ll be pleased to hear Frank’s offers exactly that. Tightly nestled between The Brew House and the Four Square, Frank’s Newtown is a little replica of its sibling café on The Terrace (although slightly more coffee-orientated), and has found itself to be a quickly loved part of Newtown culture.
 
Red Rabbit Coffee Co (which started out in Leeds St Bakery before moving to Parnell, Auckland) are the choice of suppliers of beans here, but Frank’s have also opened up their space to guest roasters too, meaning you can find a rotating selection of reputable coffee roasters every time you visit. Set up with a double filtration system for the water and with a Victoria Arduino Black Eagle (currently World Barista Championship official espresso machine) for making high quality espresso beverages, you can rest assured you’re in safe hands at Frank’s Newtown when it comes to ordering an exquisite cup of caffeine. Looking to bring back the expertise of manual brewing too, Frank and crew will use the appropriate method for each coffee type to bring out the best characteristics of the coffee for their customers to savor (so, you guessed it, V60, Chemex and Aeropress are also on the menu).
 
If you are wanting to try out the barista life at home too, you can buy beans by the bag, and while you’re there why not pick up a jar of Fix & Fogg, a bottle of Almighty or Bootlegger Soda and really stock up on your Wellington-made goods.
 
Don’t get frazzled over the lack of a printed menu, as everything you need is right there on the counter, from sandwiches to doughnuts and the city famous cookies from Leeds Street Bakery – good luck coming in for just a coffee and resisting all that. Clean cut and simple, there’s no room for big boisterous groups here, but that’s half the charm of the place anyway.
 
Planning on wandering in? Look out for the peace fingers sign outside, which is a pretty apt gesture to be making coz this place sure is chill.

Words by Rosie Morrison & Photography by Hayley Benoit

5 Riddiford Street, Newtown

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