Work, Home and Play #ThinkKit

Today’s prompt asks ‘Work, home, and _____. Where was your third place this year?’


Plural, because I work in West / East / South / Central Auckland, so I visit cafes in all those parts. Plus, each place has its own benefits.

The Robert Harris in Westgate is one of my favourites. To be fair, there isn’t much competition, but they have the most delicious chicken pie there, and a good range of herbal teas. The staff are super friendly, and that really makes a difference. There’s never too much of a crowd, so I don’t feel guilty setting up shop for a couple of hours before work, chowing down on lunch and doing some journalling – or catching up on blog posts.

Another favourite is The Robin Cafe & Restaurant in Howick. Again, never too busy at the times I visit, and super, super friendly. Their breakfasts are divine (love getting the half-benedict with salmon…. nom, nom!) and their coffees are excellent, but what I love most is the artwork. There’s always a good range, and something interesting to consider whenever I go in.

My day is solitary. This is okay – good, even – but there’s only so much time one can spend in their own head before the twitches start and the over-analysis spirals down. Working in a cafe is a way to be around people – to feel their vibe, to be connected, and sometimes to people-watch – without having to really engage with them.

Besides, it means yumminess and someone else does the dishes. What more could I want?

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ThinkKit is a blog project, with daily prompts in December. Friends who are also doing this are Amanda Staley and Emma Lindhagen.

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