Iconic street’s history captured in new cafe

EXPRESS: Jessica Freeman of Voom cafe, the latest cafe development on High St. PHOTO: MARTIN HUNTER

One of the city’s most iconic streets may have been largely destroyed during the earthquakes, but the history of High St has been captured in a new cafe.

Voom is a recent addition to the High St development opposite the ANZ Centre.

And in the corner of the small, express cafe, a large screen flicks through historic photos of the area.

“What we’ve done is incorporate the history of High St with photos from the National Library of New Zealand,” regional manager Peter Ward said.

Mr Ward said there is a range of amazing photos, but one of the standout shots is a picture of the building on fire from more than 50 years ago.

While the cafe champions the past, he said Voom is ready to grow with the regenerating, modern central city.

“We’ve got a whole range of customers we’re catering to, as workers, tourists and shoppers all return to the CBD.”

He said standing in the cafe and seeing the large number of building projects going on is really invigorating.

“It’s only the start,” Mr Ward said.

Voom is also one of a few places in the city to offer the famous pies from the Fairlie Bakehouse.

“There’s a lot of excitement around having Fairlie on board,” he said.