“Hitting the bar” has a taken on whole new meaning with the arrival of the Shakedown Milk Bar. This is Britomart’s one-stop sweet spot for the best shakes, soft serve and coffee in town!
From the people who brought you local favess Britomart Country Club and 1885, Shakedown brings a new flavour to the CBD scene, and what better way than with soft serve? Found in the new Britomart train station, it’s sure to have you catching the train into town just to stop by on your daily commute.
Led by Lua, the Shakedown team are every bit as exciting as Shakedown’s hip fit out. Here, you can grab a coffee or sammie on the go from the express window or hangout for yarn while pining over the moreish cabinet. The team are always up for a chat over a cookie.
“Shakedown is like that bubbly person on the train who smiles at you and brightens up your day,” Lua laughs. “The sort of person who’s still dancing when everyone else is tired.”
Shakedown lives up to its milk bar status offering milkshakes, soft serve and even Aucklanders’ trusted Allpress coffee.
Our top pick has to be the wild freakshake. Featuring a soft serve cone on a chocolate shake and soft serve base and covered in more sprinkles than you could possibly count, this is definitely one to add to the foodie bucket list.
And then there are the milkshakes. Forget iced frappes (they’re SO last year), because you haven’t lived until you’ve tried their coffee milkshake. With the punch of your morning coffee and the goodness of your childhood milkshakes mems, this is the caffeine hit for those still feeling young at heart. Featuring chocolate, double choc, vanilla, caramel, passion fruit, strawberry, mint and even banana, you’ll find yourself spoilt for choice!
Can’t commit to the shake? A milk bar wouldn’t be complete without soft-serve of course!! Serving up chocolate, vanilla and even a mix of both (because they’re just THAT good) these bad boys will chill you out in no time. If you ask nicely they may even throw in a Chupa Chup lollipop for you—go on, treat yo’ self.
This wouldn’t be Auckland if they didn't offer, of-course, Allpress coffee. Freshly brewed by Britomart’s own local legendary barista Sai, you can count on getting some of the best caffeine in town.
Shakedown’s all about spreading the love, running a “community coffee” pay-it-forward system. Each $3 community coffee aims to help someone out—“you’re not going to save someone’s life, but you might make someone’s day”.
Of course, we can’t forget the stunning cabinet that features scrumptious sandwiches and some of the hands-down the best cookies in town. You’ll be spoilt for choice with black forest, ginger crunch, orange Anzac with rosemary, peanut butter and even an addictive pretzel, cornflakes, choc chips and oats mash-up.
A small burst of colour in the Britomart scene, Shakedown Milk Bar offers milkshakes good enough to get us into their yard, and we ain’t complaining.
Image credit: Jaiden Bhaga