Hidden in a quiet suburban street of Pinehaven, is a surprising and aptly titled coffee shop, Little Haven.
Little Haven has been operating since 2016 for locals to grab their coffee hit after dropping the kids at school, but this secret little hideaway is worth checking out for your weekend jaunt.
They use People's Coffee, which is organic, ethically sourced, and is, coincidentally, one of my favourite Wellington beans. I found my latte to be smooth, with no tannins, and displaying delicate hints of dark chocolate.
There's gifts for everyone including men, kids, and handmade cards. Image by Jade Jackson.
Unlike some coffee, this didn't leave any strong aftertaste or bitterness. I always have an extra shot of espresso and even though it didn't have the harshness of strong coffee, I still felt that jolt of caffeine within moments of taking my first sip.
They also have sweets and pastries to purchase, which change frequently. On my visit they had brownies and cherry danishes but on their Facebook page, visitors have mentioned donuts, cookies and lemon meringue pie.
Little Haven sells New Zealand sourced gifts and homewares. Image by Jade Jackson.
Little Haven also sells an eclectic selection of gifts and homewares including scented candles, soap, tea cups, baby toys, handmade jams, bath salts and ceramic pots. Goods are sourced from New Zealand, as well as locally, including books from Pinehaven Author, T.J. Green.
Little Haven also sells kids and baby's toys. Image by Jade Jackson.