A good breakfast doesn’t always compensate for the 30 minute plus waiting time and claustrophobic atmosphere you’ll find in Wellington cafes on the weekend.
Today was one of those Sunday’s. I woke up and felt like escaping the hustle and bustle of the city and when thinking of an alternative option, Picnic Café came straight to mind.
Perched at the top of the city centre just passed the Bolton Street Cemetery is the Wellington Botanic Garden. The garden has plenty of elements to it, but my favourite is the beautiful Rose Garden and Bagonia House where the Picnic Cafe is located and oozes sweet smelling food.
We were a little early in spring for the spread of roses blossoming on the lawn, but the sound of the birds over traffic was enough to satisfy my quiet mood.
It was too chilly to sit outside so we made ourselves comfy at our table by the window. Unfamiliar with the popularity of the cafe I rang beforehand to secure a booking.
I ordered one of the best granola bowls I have tasted.
Picnic Toasted Granola. Maple and honey toasted oats with coconut, pecan nuts, pumpkin & sunflower seeds, banana chips, dried apricots and dark chocolate. Served with seasonal fruit, dried cranberries, natural yoghurt, and milk.
Making the most of our surroundings we stuck around in the Rose Garden after breakfast and walked to one of the waterfalls close by in the Peace Garden.
Although it was only a short walk from where we live in Aro Valley, it felt like we were much further out. Giving me exactly what I needed to recharge and return to the city.