Source Café arrives at the Shelter

It’s only a month since Source Café opened at the back of The Shelter in Mackelvie Street and already it seems an integral part of the Ponsonby scene.

With business partners, Michelle Pratt and Nicola Prendergast, Nik opened the first Source Café in Pakuranga a year ago.

Inspired by innovations and sustainable efforts the three partners witnessed while travelling in India, they established the first cafe, which has been highly successful.

Discovering Source Café behind the racks of chic clothes and beside the homewares store in The Shelter is like finding a deliciously secret place. Inside there is a smart and simple set-up which flows out to a secluded and private terrace.

“In Pakuranga, we used mainly ethical or recycled furniture, but here we took over an established cafe so our main focus is on our food - using fresh ingredients and sourcing organic and local produce,” Nik says.

The cabinet food looks tantalising and the all-day menu includes favourites such as house-baked Source granola or delicious savoury bagels or paninis. There is also a good selection of vegetarian and gluten-free options as well as imaginative seasonal salads.

The coffee supplied by L’affare of Wellington is the Gusto blend fairtrade coffee and consistently excellent. Going with the Source theme, you’ll find stories about suppliers throughout the café and a range of ethical and hand-sourced products on sale.

A third Source Café will open in Westgate in December and there are plans for a Newmarket outlet. The Source partners plan to expand overseas next year and are now looking for local and global franchisees.

Open 7.30am to 3pm Monday to Friday 8am to 3.30pm at weekend.

Source Café, The Shelter, 78 Mackelvie Street,