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by Jade Jackson (subscribe)
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Published February 20th 2018
Shop for Gifts Whilst Waiting for Your Coffee
Little Haven, Pinehaven Cafe, Peoples Coffee, Image by Jade Jackson, Wellington, New Zealand, NZ, Wellington Coffee
Little Haven Cafe in Pinehaven. Image by Jade Jackson.

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.

Little Haven, Cafe Pinehaven, Image by Jade Jackson, Giftwares, Peoples Coffee, Wellington, New Zealand
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, Pinehaven Cafe, Image by Jade Jackson, Six Barrel Soda, Gifts, Homewares, New Zealand, Wellington
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, Kids toys, Pinehaven Cafe, Image by Jade Jackson, New Zealand Gifts
Little Haven also sells kids and baby's toys. Image by Jade Jackson.

Little Haven accepts cash and EFTPOS, and offers outdoor seating. There is free parking outside or it's about a 15-20minute walk from Silverstream train station.

The tiny but cute Pinehaven Library is opposite, and there is a large park adjacent which includes a kids BMX bike track, tennis courts, and basketball courts (attached to the primary school).

It's unusual to find an adorable cafe, offering a random selection of beautiful gifts, tucked away in suburbia.

Little Haven, Pinehaven Cafe, Image by Jade Jackson,
Tucked away, in suburbia is Little Haven. Image by Jade Jackson.
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Why? Excellent coffee, beautiful homewares, peaceful location, near kid friendly activities (library and park).
When: Open Tuesday to Sunday from 9am to 4pm. Closed Monday.
Phone: 021 234 6518
Where: 3A Jocelyn Cres, Pinehaven, Upper Hutt
Cost: Regular coffee is $4.50, large coffee is $5
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