Monday7:00 am – 4:30 pm.
Tuesday7:00 am – 4:30 pm.
Wednesday7:00 am – 10:00 pm.
Thursday7:00 am – 10:00 pm.
Friday7:00 am – 10:00 pm.
Saturday8:30 am – 10:00 pm.
Sunday8:30 am – 4:30 pm.
171 Willis Street, Te Aro
If a visit to Goldmine has you feeling like you’ve stumbled into a place fueled on caffeine that feels both solid and full of cheeky vibes, then you’re absolutely spot on. The music is loud, the workers are über cool and the atmosphere is young, fresh and playful.
Dave Lamason is in charge of this venture on Willis Street, and as owner/operator of the popular Lamason Brew Bar, he’s no stranger to the work and effort it takes to get Wellingtonians through the doors.
There were a number of potential names for the site floating round, some a cheeky play on words as ode to the place’s previous life as an adult shop, but overhearing a plumber on the phone one day call the place a ‘goldmine’ – Dave had the aha moment. Handy with the tools as well as the books, Dave made a lot of the interior himself – the main counter is fringed with reclaimed wood he found from dismantled state houses and the bench seats and paneling much of the same, while the impressive scale lamps hanging from the ceiling are from an architect friend who had them made for an NZ client many moons ago.
The team wanted the place to feel quality without customers being served the ‘silver spoon treatment’, and for visitors to have some fun when they walk in the door, where chatting to the barista is not unlike ‘coming home to your flatmates for a yarn’. Proof that caffeine and business run in the family, Dave’s brother owns Peoples Coffee so it’s not surprising to see it on offer here.
The menu offerings are designed with the same ethos in mind, a clever mix of quality and casual that includes vegan options of nearly every meal. Happy to change things around on the menu if possible, don’t be afraid to ask your server for a few swaps and changes if you need, although when everything from the kimchi to the dressings are made in-house, it’s hard to imagine you’ll want to mess with the excellence.
Words by Rosie Morrison & Photography by Anna Briggs
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