The greenhouses that line the walls of this Eden Park cafe are not merely for the home.
The greenhouse cafe was conceived to be a place where people could gather and enjoy the natural beauty of the garden, with the space as a living space, so that people could relax and recharge after a long day of work.
“It was a natural extension of what we already do,” says co-owner Lisa Hickey.
“We wanted to create something that’s as comfortable and comfortable as we could make it.”
For the cafe, the concept of having a greenhouse was born from the idea of having access to an indoor space, as the average outdoor space is about 30 square metres.
“So we knew we needed a space where people would feel comfortable, and it’s a great place to do that,” she says.
“There are a lot of indoor spaces in Auckland, and so there’s a lot more space available to people in our environment, but the outdoor space doesn’t always feel right.”
So we thought, let’s create something where people can feel comfortable in their own space, and that’s what we’ve done here.
“Greenhouse cafe design, by Lisa Hick, is part of Eden Park Cafe, a cafe in Auckland’s Eden Park.
It’s located in the CBD.
(Supplied: Eden Park Coffee)The cafe has a range of products, from pastries and coffee to tea and chocolate.
A cafe menu is available online.
The cafe is open daily from 8am to 8pm.
The greenhouse cafe is an extension of Eden Place, which Hickey founded in 2016. “
It’s just one of those things that you want to create and have a little bit of enjoyment, but you also want to keep your surroundings clean, so you can have a bit more of a clean, cool, comfortable environment to have that time with your family, friends and your neighbours,” Hickey says.
The greenhouse cafe is an extension of Eden Place, which Hickey founded in 2016.
It was designed to be the perfect place to gather to socialise, to relax, and to get away from it all, while maintaining a small kitchen space for fresh produce and other goods.
“Our goal was to have the most comfortable environment we could possibly create,” she explains.
“And that means the greenhouse.
It is the natural space that allows us to have these types of activities that we really enjoy.”
The cafe will also have a greenhouse, as it was designed as a sustainable space, to provide space for future greenhouse projects.
“In order to make that space sustainable, we need to make sure we have a very well-planned way of growing and harvesting our own produce, so we know what we’re growing,” Hick says.
“We have our own compost, so it’s very sustainable.”
She says the greenhouse cafe has become a great community hub for people to come and relax, with a small but active community.
“When you get the cafe open, it becomes like a community centre, and people come to come here and just hang out and have fun,” she laughs.
“And then when the cafe is closed, they come back and enjoy themselves a bit, and they’re going to be having a bit less noise, and a little less of that stuff.”
Greenhouses are also a popular gathering spot for the people who are interested in becoming gardeners.
“The garden is one of the things that has brought people together,” Hicky says.
“[It’s] a place for people of all ages to come together and talk, and have good conversations about gardening.”
The greenhouse cafes have become popular because they allow people to socialize and enjoy nature.
(Photo: Eden Place Coffee)Greenhouse cafes are not only popular because of their environment, they are also popular for their cafe design.
“They’re very easy to create,” Hink says.
She explains that the cafe has been designed to make it easy for people who have never made a garden before to get involved.
“The garden cafe is a good way to bring people together, and also to make them feel like they have a place to socialised, and just have some fun with friends, and the cafe becomes a place of relaxation,” she adds.
It is also a great way for people in the community, and especially those in the Greenbelt, to gather.
“Greenhouses can be a great thing for the Green Belt, especially when people are getting older and there’s more of them, because you get to do something for a while,” she points out.
For more information about Eden Place Cafe, and how to get in touch with them, visit their website here.