Tuesday11:00 am – 10:00 pm.

Wednesday11:00 am – 10:00 pm.

Thursday11:00 am – 10:00 pm.

Friday11:00 am – 10:00 pm.

Saturday10:00 am – 10:00 pm.

Sunday10:00 am – 5:00 pm.

1/31 Dixon Street, Te Aro

022 611 0756

Catering to a very sweet market, Lashings is the go to spot if you like brownies, and especially brownies covered in ice cream, sauces and toppings. Opened by Jackie Lee Morrison (who gained her experience as a pastry chef in the UK working in 5 star restaurants), the talented maker jokes she is also the ‘owner, operator, delivery person and accountant’ for the business. Fresh, light and relaxed, the upstairs space on the corner of Leeds Laneway was initially designed by Jackie and then fully designed and realised by Matt Fanning from Proffer, and finished off with plenty of greenery by Yvette Edwards.

The brownie menu features some long time favourites including Classic Milk Chocolate, Fix & Fogg PB&J, Vegan Coconut Salted Caramel and even Vegemite, while the rotating special means there is plenty of room for fun experimentation in the Lashings kitchen. In the store cabinet are Bakewell Tarts and Pecan Sticky Buns, with sourdough doughnuts - "SoNuts" - available on Saturdays (which Jackie reports already have a cult like following). In true Wellingtonian fashion, Lashings is a big supporter of local people making local things, so expect to find included in your brownies ingredients from Wellington Chocolate Factory, Fix & Fogg and Jam.It - a Wainuiomata jam company. If you fancy a coffee alongside your brownie then Havana beans are used here alongside Zany Zeus milk and a selection of nut milks, and the team also make their own chai and lemon honey from scratch.

Proud promoters of sustainability, the Lashings crew make use of Kaicycle, use compostable packaging and have a ‘mug library’ where for a 50c refundable deposit you can pick from a cute assortment of ceramic mugs and have the best looking takeaway coffee in the street. But if you have time up your sleeve, then the easy-going atmosphere at Lashings makes it a perfect place to perch up for an hour or more.

Once a month Lashings hosts a live acoustic music performance too, so if the brownies alone were not enough to tempt you, then keep an eye on their social media and head along on a Sunday to soak up some sounds alongside your coffee and sweet treat.

Words by Rosie Morrison & Photography by Anna Briggs

1/31 Dixon Street, Te Aro

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