Simon likes this place – he goes here and has a coffee when he wants a place to study. We’ve been to The Library Café a few times for brunch / lunch too. We came here just the other day (since the weather has been so miserable in Auckland lately, a nice hot breakfast indoors sounded perfect) so I’ve decided to share it with you.
The café is inside a gorgeous old building and has won the Metro award for the Best Café in Onehunga for 2008, 2009 and 2010. There is plenty of seating and you can also hire the venue for weddings or private functions. There are two areas to the café, one is a large dinning room and the other is a smaller ‘reading lounge’ which has a wall of bookcases packed with titles for you to peruse. Simon and I usually head in here and grab ourselves a board game to play; this time it was scrabble.
On this visit Simon had a Mango Smoothie and Bacon Eggs Benedict while I had a Hot Chocolate and built my meal from their side dishes – you can’t see it in the photo below as they are hiding under the eggs, but I has some pretty yummy hash browns on that plate. The service was quick, friendly and efficient too :)
The Library Café pride themselves on using as much certified organic, free-range, sustainable and locally grown or manufactured products as possible. Vegan and gluten free options are clearly labelled on their menu and their cabinet food looks delicious too. They are also Gold Greenbizcheck certified as they choose their suppliers based on their environmental policies, fair trade and sustainability practises. The Library Café also try to use environmentally friendly products in the cafe from their packaging to the soap used in the bathroom.
Head along to The Library Café’s website for more background information, menus and opening hours. If you join their mailing list every now and then you get sent an update which usually has vouchers attached giving you discounts or special offers at the cafe :)