Just a skip away from the Junction is where you’ll find Roz’s pride and joy
A hidden gem nestled in amongst the houses of Merewether’s finestSee our handpicked guides to Newcastle
BY ANNABEL ROBINSON
Situated on the corner of Patrick and Robey Street in Merewether, just a skip away from the Junction, you’ll find Roz’s pride and joy, her passion…Akuna Café.
Akuna has been opened for about 6 months now and known for their soup kitchen in the winter and their bangin’ acai bowls and salad bar in the summer. Akuna Café is a loveable little space to enjoy brunch with friends.
As you step into the Café you can really sense a more laid back and relaxed environment, immediately making you feel right at home. The café really takes on a beach-shack type vibe with ornaments of mermaids and whales trickled throughout the store. The quaint space is well thought out and covered with twine dream catchers, bamboo stools and all hanging artworks are of local beaches.
Owner and entrepreneur, Roz is the type of lady that everyone knows and remembers. She loves having a chat one on one to all her customers and really building a nice rapport with them all. She truly is a woman with a mission, a jack-of-all-trades, “if I showed you my resume you wouldn’t believe me”, she told us. From owning two small businesses on Darby Street in a previous life, to coordinating a hair salon, Roz has done it all. But as she is a true believer in fueling your body with nutritious and whole foods, Akuna Café is a perfect way to share and express her own healthy way of life with others.
Roz wants her little Merewether café to be known as both local and affordable where you can come in your bikini or swimmers and grab a bite on your way to the beach!
The back outdoor deck is a perfect, sneaky oasis to have a coffee and a catch up. The space is kid-friendly and gets the right amount of afternoon
sun to enjoy. Burst of colour splattered around the back deck in lounge covers, different plates and blue tables add to the quirky-ness of the
café. Her tagline painted across the front door is perfect for the space, “Cool in summer and cozy in winter” – and that’s exactly what it was.
Akuna is known for their quality, yet deluxe acai bowls. Of course filled with anti oxidants and deliciousness, but her point of difference?-Topped with all the good stuff! If you’re smart enough to grab your next acai from Akuna it will be covered in hemp seeds, bee pollen, home made strawberry granola, dried fruit munch, almond crunch, cocoa nibs and fruit- you won't want your bowl to end! And to make things even better, I don’t think you’ll be able to find a cheaper bowl in Newcastle! Quality and affordability are values that Roz is certain about emphasizing throughout her business.
So we had to ask……why Akuna!?
“Well funny story, quite a nice story actually. But I had this friend who was pushing me and pushing me to do this business course- and me, no, I have never been in to doing courses. But he really wanted me to, so I did it for him. And Akuna has such a beautiful meaning in the Aborigine language, it’s really about strong women and empowering women….flowing water and to know or follow and I think it all just came together well when I found this space by the water”.
New things are comin’!
In 3 weeks Roz hopes to launch her new summer menu. Moving away from the warmer soups and into a new range of acai bowls. The Rainbow bowl and the Hippie bowl to name a few! The new menu will focus on foods you’d crave in summer, incorporating a salad style bar. A walk-by window stop is also in Roz’s summer vision for the café. “Akuna snow cones” is an idea that came to her as she thought it would be perfect for locals to grab a snow cone in their cozzies on their walk up to bar beach for a swim in the scorching sun- cool right!?
So go on…..it’s time to try Merewether’s hidden gem!