In amongst the huddle of the cute West Lynn shops is a café that’s become a favourite hang of mine of late. Named after the Jack Kerouac novel (and thus its Californian coastline namesake) Big Sur was opened at the beginning of this year and has quietly been growing a loyal following.
Offering a vegetarian menu that’s more colourful and diverse than a non-veggie might assume, I still haven’t made it through everything on the list here. My brekky/brunch desires are taken care of with delish granola, seeded toasts, free-range eggs options (the Portobello Bene is great) and the always enticing Cacao Crepes. However, I always have a hard time deciding between that and their lunches - like Vietnamese Coconut Crepes, Kimchi Bowl, the vege ‘meatballs’ with courgette noodles or the yellow split pea ‘Upma’ with poached egg. Big Sur in Grey Lynn also comes up trumps for organic options with awesome organic juices. I also love their locally made almond milk in my flat white.
Like the drinks, the vibe is just as chill. Cali cool. There’s a beautiful big bookcase stocked with secondhand books (many from the personal shelves of Elliot, the tall, humble owner who’s probably serving you from behind his shy smile at the counter) and you're welcome to take one to read or borrow while you’re there.
There’s wifi available, excellent taste in Spotify playlists and a gorgeous courtyard out the back with some umbrella coverage for killer sunny days. It's perfect for the ‘peace and quiet’ vibe - whether you want to get some work done or just hang in the sun, read a book and watch the Grey Lynn world wander by.
Good For... vegetarians
Good For... book-lovers
Good For... sitting in the sunshine
- Yours In Health and Happiness, CC
Discover Big Sur at 423 Richmond Rd, Grey Lynn