January/February 2011

The Albert Park Café 18 Kitchener Street

Written by Rob Mason

I went up to Albert Park recently to escape the tumult in Queen St. It was soothing in the park listening to the birds singing. However I knew I had to finish the shopping so I went back down towards High St. As I walked across Kitchener street I noticed a friendly looking café that seemed to beckon me in. It was called the Albert Park Café, so I wandered in and ordered a coffee. Inside the café I metHolly, the owner/manager and as she prepared the coffee we started talking. She told me that while visiting a relative in Florence, Italy she’d worked as a barista in a café there called the Bar Petrarca and liked it so much that when she returned to NZ in October ‘10, she decided she’d like to do the same sort of thing in Auckland.

Holly is certainly passionate about what she does, I could tell that from the fantastic coffee she made for me, but equally importantly she likes people, enjoys a chat and takes an interest in what you say.

The rest of the team include Ritchie the chef and Mirja who assists Holly. They offer a terrific range of yummy food that is all made lovingly on site.

The café is open early, 7am and closes around 4 in the afternoon, Monday to Friday and then Saturday 8am till 4pm with live music featured with brunch.