Havana Brothers Bakehouse
Mon – Fri 7:30am – 3:00pm
2/19 Arthur St
It may be small inside Havana Brothers Bakehouse, but this place is brewing big things. Once just a coffee stand, this little space has fledged into a café complete with buzzing coffee machine, cool tunes and friendly staff behind the counter.
There’s room for ten at the indoor table if you’ve a big group, or otherwise sit outside on the turf and take a moment to appreciate goodness when you weren’t expecting it. Squeezed between industrial-type buildings, it’s a bit of a blink-and-you-might-miss-it kind of place, but it’s certainly worth tracking it down on the map and popping in for a visit. The mechanic men and security workers who neighbour this café have become frequent customers, and if you’re after one of Havana Brothers Bakehouse's infamous solidly good sandwiches, you best be in quick to beat these guys. A mini menu makes for more choices come lunchtime - try the hot bowl which changes weekly, or choose to have your sandwich toasted out back. Vegan options are available for the non-animal product eaters and the printed menu changes daily depending on what the team has in stock.
Obviously juice is the big seller here, and it has every right to be – cold pressed on site this stuff has no nasties and instead is simply organic, locally sourced produce blended and pressed down into its most ‘real and unadulterated state’. Aptly named ‘number one’ is a popular choice, with apple, pear, kiwifruit, kale, wheatgrass and lemon packing a punch straight to the health system. Packaging is compostable, and if you’re clever enough to hold onto your juice bottles (choose from 250mls or 500ml), you can bring them back in for recycling (plus earn a stamp on your loyalty card while you’re at it). The golden latte has quickly become a hot choice as an alternative to caffeine too, The Bakehouse’s own almond mylk steamed with turmeric root, ginger, honey and black pepper.
Make sure to take a peek at the team out back before you leave, where things are being baked for stockists Fidels around the corner, and juices are being pressed for Havana Bar, Prefab and Nikau to name a few.
Words by Rosie Morrison & Photography by Anna Briggs
2/19 Arthur St
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