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.

Butler roasts Fairtrade beans for Morning Magpie, and you have the usual Third Wave Coffee options such as espressos and cold drip coffee. Pour-overs are excellent here, especially when brewed in a Chemex for sharing. Share. There’s no feeling like pouring cups of coffee from the same brew so you can compare notes.

Locavores will love Morning Magpie’s local-where-possible philosophy with regards to their menu (at least where baked goods are concerned). Pastries come from the Tart Tin; the bread from Black Rabbit Bakery is used to make sandwiches; the scones and rolls are made in-house too. The cinnamon pinwheels are addictive.

Morning Magpie is also a big supporter of the arts, so you may walk in on a coffee cupping session on one day and an art show on another. This café is where Dunedinites gather, and a delightful stopover for a visitor or coffee lover too.

Morning Magpie ,一家位於但尼丁八角廣場附近的咖啡館。
那是當地一名藝術家Danny Brisbane的作品。


Morning Magpie
46 Stuart St, Dunedin, New Zealand
Mon-Fri 7am-4pm / Sat 8am-3pm / Sun 9am-3pm

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March 19, 2016

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