Open Table is a community café occupying the site of where Paris Berlin Organic Bakery (now known as Bread & Butter Bakery) previously sat. Open Table is probably Auckland’s only crowdfunded café, evolved as an idea of a community hub by Hannah Feenstra and developed as a Kickstarter project. With her Masters in Entrepreneurship nearly in hand, Hannah first began her journey to opening her café. After 18 months of patient negotiations, the site was leased and the space could be cleared. The Kickstarter support allowed the renovations to take place, and Open Table to take shape.
Open Table has leapt into the Metro’s Top 50 cafés in Auckland mere weeks after opening, - it opened in Sept, and the Top 50 is published in the November issue. This little-cafe-that-could has serious credentials.
Gen and I chanced upon Open Table on our way back from picking up my wedding dress (that’s a story for a later post). My first visit had us seated at the footpath seating where I could see the car (and its very precious cargo in the boot). Right away, Open Table has a wonderfully charming welcoming vibe. With the large roller door up, it feels like one large space. Look out for the Kokako sign in front.