Relax and recharge

With aromatic smells and a warm and cosy vibe, Chapel Café is the perfect place to unwind from your busy day.

Chapel Café has been a pillar in the Bay Central shopping centre for many years overlooking the stunning Waikareao Estuary.

Owners Simon and Anh Crawford brought the café a year ago after Anh had worked there as a waitress for a few months and fell in love with the area.

Anh’s been working in the industry since she was at university and through her travels, while Simon comes from a food manufacturing background.

“It was a new experience for us,” says Simon. “We have never owned a café. It’s challenging but we’ve learnt a lot in such a short time.

“Now that we are familiar with the business and our customers, we are looking at growing the café and adding some of our own personality to it.”

Simon and Anh say they have plans to give the café some extra tender love and care, by updating the décor to fit their beachy, relaxed atmosphere and personalities.

As well as providing a new catering service for business and corporate, they also have a concept in mind which involves fresh and healthy food for local workplaces.

Their menu is currently under revision, with a new version being released soon for the upcoming summer season, which still includes customer’s favourites like smashed avocadoes, seafood chowder and a hearty sausage roll.

“All of our food is typical Kiwi food with a good hearty meal style in mind,” says Simon. “We have gluten-free options and can also cater for any other dietary needs if needed.”

To experience quality food, service and environment, visit the dedicated staff at Chapel Café from 7am-4pm at 65 Chapel Street, Bay Central Shopping Centre, Tauranga.