Just off the end of Teed Street on Crowhurst, towards the back of the bustling metropolis that is Broadway Newmarket, you can find one of Aucklands more aberrant 'organic grocery stores and cafes'. Wise Cicada.
Upon arrival you are immediately greeted by the smell of sandalwood and herbs as you drift into a world of alternative health foods and eco-friendly, earth loving products. Wise Cicada can offer you a health fix ranging from vegan cannelloni to shots of sauerkraut juice or perhaps just a - healthy when eaten in moderation - sweet treat such as the 'raw chai cheesecake' or the caramel-less 'crème caramel slice'. Appealing largely to the vegan/raw eating herbivores amongst us, wise cicada has become a hub for young health conscious suburban mums in yoga gear to sandal wearing tattoo bearing eccentrics who perhaps live a more alternative lifestyle…
I myself am no stranger to Wise Cicada and whilst it's not a place I visit that regularly, one thing I do love about coming here is the amount of diversity that the place has to offer. There are forever new and unusual products on their shelves, a generous selection of supposedly 'guilt free' treats and even not so bad tasting organic dairy free coffee's for those who wish to live a more wholesome lifestyle, but can't bear to part with their 1/2 strength trim latte on a Sunday morning.
It's fair to say you will be surprised at what you can find in this bountiful abode of flaxseeds, herbal teas and coconut oils. On my last visit I even managed to stumble across a bottle of the infamous and elusive Lewis Road Creamery & Whittakers Chocolate Milk- although I'm still not sure how this fits in with the core values of the store.
For those cafe connoisseurs who are used to more ‘boutiqey’ upmarket cafes such as Little bird when after a 'healthy eating fix', do not assume that Wise Cicada is a close relative in terms of decor, atmosphere and products. Whilst the menu is more or less based on similar ethos, the character of Wise Cicada varies eminently from these other popular and 'trendy' health stop spots. The woven flax fans on the ceilings and the old wooden tables are the first indication. Nevertheless, when wanting to go out for a feed but not wanting to feel like you're setting fire to your strict pre-R&V summer body regime, Wise Cicada can offer a bunch of nourishing alternatives to your regular fry up of French toast with bacon and a side of fries. You may not be thinking this in the short term as you try to salivate over a mixed seed bircher muesli bowl, but you may be thanking yourself in a couple of weeks time.
Those planning to visit wise cicada should be prepared for a more holistic and eccentric cafe experience as well as being ready to embrace the unusual blend of customers. One of the great things about Wise Cicada is that I can be sitting here in my track pants, running shoes and a pajama top at 11am on a Wednesday morning and not feel judged as I look across to the adjacent table and notice a friendly middle aged woman sipping on a bottle of Kombucha whilst sporting triple denim, bright red lipstick and knee high boots. Wise cicada is really a great place to visit if you are willing listen to the array of different vibrations that this place gives off. It definitely brings something unique to the table of the Auckland health-food scene.
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