Cafés cluster around the extended crossroads that is Mt Eden
Village. There’s no shortage of choice, but Olaf’s is a winner on several fronts. It is perfect for a coffee and toothsome pastries
such as the Portuguese pastel de nata and the Austrian linzer torte. If it’s
picnic supplies you’re after, you can’t go past their breads, used in some of the
city’s finest restaurants and always fresh – try their traditional baguette,
the barley and kibbled rye pain rustique or the fig & fennel sourdough.
The breads are put to great use in their sumptuous
sandwiches – the Reuben is a favourite – and their café dishes such as Cypriot
eggs or the Angus beef burger.
All this counterbalances the slightly dull décor and the
ovens which can really heat the place up on a summer’s morning.