Eighthirty is at it again, slowly taking over Auckland’s coffee scene one spot at a time. While their newest flagship sits in High Street, those a little further out can rejoice with the arrival of Little Johns. Discreetly nestled in Parnell behind 46&York, this is a café found by those who know it's there, making it the perfect spot to find a little peace alongside the few who are in on one of Parnell's best kept secrets.
I don’t like to pick favourites. It's not fair to all the other wonderful cafes and eateries in the city of sails that I have yet to visit. However, I can say that I feel Tim (you’ll hear more about him later) and Eighthirty coffee make one of the best teams in Auckland. The coffee is smooth, slightly nutty and light. 10/10. For those who just have to have a bite with the daily brew, you’ll find a modest glass cabinet stacked with café staples from sandwiches to cakes courtesy of Westmere café, Catroux.
Little Johns appears to be the result of many collaborations all working to create a beautiful little space. Galmuzia Architects working on the inside, as per DJ Tai of Cheshire Architects vision, while Damian Wendelborn can be thanked for the calming greenery potted around the large granite bench-topped courtyard. A large copper door, industrial and elegant, lets you know that you’re in the right place. It follows the mood of your classic modern day cafe, with a little Cheshire genius injected into it.
The man behind Little John’s ace brews is Tim Solomon, an expat Wellingtonian whose red-bearded smile will brighten your day before you’ve even ordered. Serving quality brew on the daily, Tim loves to multitask, chatting and caffeinating locals and newbies alike, even apologising when he doesn’t get the foam insta-perfect, “Don’t tell anyone it was me... it’s just not my best work”. Don’t sweat it Tim. We forgive you.
Whether you’re looking to enjoy a quiet break with some sweet tunes and calming greenery, or a good, loud catch up with a mate, Little Johns (and Tim) have got you sussed.