Location location location! Situated opposite the Domain at the top of Ayr Street, it’s a no brainer to figure out how this cute little café obtained its name. From it’s cozy interior (or exterior depending on Auckland's weather) you can gaze out onto the busy Newmarket intersection watching the world go by as you indulge in some excellent produce.
The overall vibe of Domain & Ayr is comforting and homely. A simple wooden floor and furniture create a warm atmosphere, and when I blew in from outside it was pleasantly well heated. Quirky little additions to the décor include a garden shovel as a door handle, and an old bike mounted on the wall. The best spot to snuggle into is the cushioned corner by the bay window, good for intimate conversation or some solitary reflection.
Photo Cred // Domain and Ayr Facebook
Here they have a real focus on organic goods; everything is sourced from carefully chosen suppliers ensuring it’s of the highest quality. You can choose from the delicious breakfast and lunch options, or from the gorgeous display of cabinet food items which are all made fresh in-house every day. To many peoples delight, there are numerous vegetarian and vegan choices. I’ve tried a few of the latter and each time I have been blown away by the creative flavours and ingredient combination.
What really makes this place a regular destination for me however would have to be the selection of fresh juices, which are served to you in fun jar-glasses with handles. Dubbed ‘liquid plants’ on the menu, each drink is a beautiful blend of all of your veggie draw essentials. My personal favourite would be Citrus number one: lemon, mint, pineapple and apple. Refreshing and the perfect way to kick your sniffles in the butt!
Photo Cred // Rabbits Nest
There is good reason for why Domain & Ayr has consistently ranked well in any café rating or review. They brew Kokako coffee; and everything they use for packaging is completely biodegradable even down to the potato starch cutlery. So on the next fine day you’re free, put on your walking shoes, kick-start your health buzz, and go over and check it out. Maybe continue for a stroll through the domain. It will be delightful.