Back in March I mentioned a possible stairway to Donut Heaven. I climbed the stairs on one of our trips to Auckland and found that Cofffee & Donuts had gone the way of the cronut, my idea of a stairway to calorie hell.
Never mind I thought, it’ll be easy enough to find another sweet trail to follow. It was harder than I thought, I went to a few places that were ok but didn’t stand out enough for me to want to write about them. So what did I do? I cheated, and went somewhere that I knew was much better than ok. I suspect they’ve had 1000 web mentions already, but I’m going to make it 1001 ….
Little and Friday, 12 Melrose Street, Newmarket (inside Martha’s Fabrics)
Little and Friday is my version of donut heaven. The donuts are divine, they’re fresh, plump and creamy with a dollop of coulis.The online store shows chilli chocolate, and banana and caramel donuts as well. The donuts are big enough to share, although many would ask ‘why would you’?
The Newmarket counter is laden with good looking food, and the big communal table has always been scattered with a zoo of yellow animals a.k.a order numbers.
Little and Friday was once exactly that, a little cafe in Belmont open on Friday only. A few years down the track they’re open 7 days in Newmarket and Belmont, and also serve dinner to go. As a supporter of free range products I was interested to read on their blog that they’ve gone from using 100 free range eggs a week to a whopping 9000. It’s good to know that small purchases are part of a bigger contribution to free range farming in New Zealand – happier hens and potentially cheaper free range eggs for everyone.
il buco, 35c Vulcan Lane
il buco is a relatively new arrival to Vulcan Lane, there’s also a tiny store in Ponsonby. Lovely little cups of hot chocolate and pizza by the slice are on the menu. The store has more tables than the Ponsonby outlet taking it a step up from being tiny to small. il buco serves our favourite hot chocolate ($3) in the city and good pizza too. Open Monday – Saturday until 6pm.