Invercargill’s very own boutique espresso bar is also the city’s go-to when it comes to discovering new art. Its rotating display of talented Kiwi artists adds an extra layer to the Black Shag experience – and it’s latest exhibition is no exception.
If you’re looking for things to do in Invercargill, now is your chance to check out the intriguing exhibition. Bonus points, you can view the art in the stylish atmosphere of one of Invercargill’s best places to have a coffee. Run by local couple Dion – a keen barista and foodie – and his partner Sylvie – she’s the inspiration behind the stunning art and design – the cafe has become a firm favourite since its relatively recent opening. The cafe is as renowned for its ambience as much as its food and beverage options: and, given how highly-rated its coffee is among locals keen for a caffeine fix, that’s saying something.
The cafe prides itself on serving high-quality and ethically-sourced, single origin coffees that are freshly roasted by Viking Coffee Roasters. Better still, impressed patrons can also buy any of its coffee as whole beans or custom-ground to suit their personal brewing method at home or work.
Choose from firm favourites including long blacks, Americanos, or a cappucino. If you’re in the mood, opt for something a little bit different. Black Shag’s coffee menu also gives punters the chance to try Aeropress or Syphon filter options, Whittakers hot chocolates, and a variety of lattes including tumeric, maple, and matcha.
If you’re hungry, you’ll find plenty of options here too. Choose from dishes ranging from Persian-style lentils, mulled wine gingerbread, or Spanish chorizo and new-season Agria hash. Yum.
‘Swan Song’, an exhibition by botanical fibre artist Lesa Hepburn, will show at the popular inner-city café until the end of September. Hepburn uses natural materials and crafts her own paper to make each piece. Work in this collection range from prints to embossed paper, collage and – strikingly – moth sculptures, made from leaf skeletons.
The exhibition will run during the cafe’s opening hours. Private viewings are also welcome.
To find out more visit the Black Shag Espresso and Café Facebook page here.