It has almost been exactly a year since Coffee Culture opened its doors on Five Cross roads in Hamilton. During the construction everybody watched in awe and with great curiosity as to what would be taking over the site where the 5 Cross Roads Cake Kitchen used to be. It was a little sad to be losing this shop as it was the go to place for any possible piece of baking equipment you needed (I rented the 4 & 0 tins there for Simon's giant 40 cake), but what was taking its place certainly looked good. Once it opened it always seemed to be full and the few car parking spots on the street outside were always taken. Unfortunately we never managed to go in as we were always just passing on the way somewhere....
However, when our living situation changed at the end of March and we found ourselves just up the road from here, we were admittedly quite excited to have such a great place to walk to. During our moving day we took an hour out to wander down and check it out for lunch and ended up leaving with a box of treats for later that afternoon. Yum! Ever since then we have been loyal customers and have regularly stopped in either on the way to or back from the park, after school as a little treat (we've even done homework there) or on a quiet weekend when we just wanted to get out for a little walk and winter warmer. It's also been a great central meeting place for work discussions.
We love the mix of urban, industrial decor and the converted warehouse look is really inviting. It's a cool mix of faux red brick walls, polished concrete floors, warm earthy tones, hanging shelves filled with a plethora of bottles, plants, trinkets & treasures and mismatched industrial lighting. The comfy booths and quirky stools & chairs encourage you to sit a while and there's a magazine rack filled with the latest items from the news-stand just to ensure you do. Every time we've been in there are always plenty of people enjoying their time there! The staff are all really friendly, the drinks are always good, there's a cabinet full of a revolving array of lovely treats and even the gluten-free are well catered for (Lucy thanks you!).
In July Coffee Culture ran a fabulous event called Winterfest, which consisted of 31 different challenges to inspire you to get outside, embrace the cooler weather, try new things and have some fun. The girls absolutely loved the idea and we completed about 24 of the 31 I think, which was great fun - we shall look out for it again next year. Unfortunately we weren't the lucky winners of the grand prize Fiji trip, but we did enjoy the free coffee and cake vouchers we won as well as the winter warmer pack - Thank you guys!
So if you're looking for a place to take the kids for a fluffy or hot chocolate, want a nice spot to catch up with a friend, or simply fancy treating yourself to half an hour off and a quiet sit, I would fully recommend Coffee Culture. There's a kids play corner if that helps and I'm sure you'll find something to enjoy. Plus they are open late nights till 10pm from Wednesday to Saturday! Well worth a little trip out.
Thank you to all the staff there for friendly service and for always making us feel welcome.
Love Holly & Family x