time out - Metropolis Caffe
Angela Cuming gives her verdict on Waikato's cafe scene.
Metropolis Caffe, 211 Victoria St, Hamilton.
The country has come down with a dose of hobbit fever and the Irishman and I were determined to grab a slice of the Tolkien pie for ourselves.
After a quick shout out to the Twitterverse about Hamilton's best late-night cafe haunts (chur @lovethetron) we were intrigued to learn the Metropolis Caffe on Victoria Street was the place to be seen if you are a hobbit, or lover of hobbits. It was, we were told, where Elijah Wood was often spotted when in town filming, and even other stars like Kate Bosworth had been known to haunt the Metropolis when she was still ensconced in the elven arms of Orlando Bloom. So off we wandered into town, keeping a sharp eye out for film stars or other Hollywood types.
We found none - perhaps they were all at the Green Dragon Inn - but we did find a cafe that had all the charm of Bilbo's front parlour.
The Metropolis is a Hamilton institution and little wonder. It's in a 1920s building with original fittings and black and white tiles and all the other delights that go with something that is genuinely period.
It has a wonderful European vibe, an Eames chair of cafes among a sea of Ikea reproductions.
The cafe was filled with uni students, savvy tourists, artistic types and families out for a stroll after dinner. The Christmas tree and assorted decorations added a cheery touch and provided the perfect backdrop to the warm chocolate pudding and short black I ordered.
The Metropolis is open seven days a week and often shuts its doors well past midnight.