You don’t often assume you will find much nestled in amongst bakeries and dairies and hairdressers in your miscellaneous local stretch of shops. But down in Orakei a little place called Good Day Cafe cropped up and has been around for nearly two years now. Despite its slight demeanour, this place packs as much personality as it possibly can into the tiny little white space - courtesy of Daniel Shaw and Jacqui Crichton, old hands from Dizengoff who jumped ship to their own local haunt.
Love your local is the theme of the day, as you walk into through the glass facing front you're greeted with the warmest of welcomes, a gathering of local young ones man the till while Rachel Finlay holds the fort in the kitchen. Delicious staples with a small homemade twist scatter the menu, avocado on toast, smashed peas. baked eggs, and all the gluten free, lactose averse, vegan and caveman friendly options you can think of. Highly recommended: the Good Day Stack or their homemade baked beans.
The coffee is f***ing incredible, Jacqui, manning the La Marzocco, opts for Coffee Supreme, offering perfectly crafted white coffee options or if you prefer, a cheeky espresso or batch brew. With rotating feature brews often cropping up on the Moccamaster, you're often in luck of trying something new, wether it’s a local or international blend there will be something to kick start your day. Grab a coffee to run with a little treat from the cabinet, or a McDay (which is basically a Bacon and egg McMuffin with a hash brown, and that English brown sauce than Dan will try coerce you into adding, HP).
With ample parking outside, Good Day is perfect for a little weekend catch up, and before you know it you'll find an excuse to go there most days. If you reach that point, Jacqui will know your coffee order better than you do.
Opening hours: Monday to Friday: 7am-3.30pm // Saturday and Sunday 8am-3pm.
3/78 Coates Avenue