Morning Magpie merits its sunny, cheerful name. The café located on Lower Stuart Street, east of Dunedin’s popular Octagon neighbourhood, benefits from plenty of natural sunlight and a serious reputation for coffee. Deservedly so as owner Troy Butler left art school in Christchurch to bring his love of good coffee to Dunedin.
Walk in via the front door and be greeted by a giant mural painted by local artist Danny Brisbane behind the coffee bar. Next door customers sip their coffees, read and chat in a cosy but spacious room. The interior is suffused with light that comes in through the large windows. Perfect for people watching.
Wildflowers add colour to a long communal table, as do mismatched furniture here and there. Lights in glass jars hang low from the high ceilings. The white walls are almost bare but for simply hung illustrations. The lack of frames allow the drawings to blend in with the décor, lending a somewhat hippie-artist ambience to the café.
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