Angela Cuming gives her verdict on Waikato's cafe scene.
To walk around this city's streets is to see and appreciate the wonderful and (literally) underground street art scene that we are lucky enough to have.
There is nothing more inspiring than going for a wander and discovering hidden gems of cool stencil art, stickers and full-scale pieces that some of the most creative, and unknown, artists have created.
But if scouring back alleyways and railway overpasses does not appeal, then may I suggest Harlem Soup and Salad in Garden Place as the perfect spot to get your street art, and coffee.
Harlem Soup and Salad used to be a salad bar but seven weeks ago shifted to the other side of Garden Place - it's now down from the library - and reinvented itself as a cafe.
The coffee, made with Melbourne-based Grinders beans, was strong and rich. Real knock-your-socks-off stuff.
The Irishman, a former resident of both Melbourne and Sydney (and current caffeine addict), almost yelped in delight when he sipped his flat white.
I was equally taken with the interior, with one whole wall a showcase for the talents of some of our local street artists. The bold and graphic work went well with the quirky retro furniture and we were transported back to the laneway cafes of Sydney and former haunts in Brighton, England.
This cafe opens at 8am on weekdays and 11am on Saturday. I would urge all coffee, art, food and service lovers to get to Harlem. Few cafes surprise me. This one did.
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