Opposite the Waikato Museum lies one of the best spots in Hamilton to finish your ride, at a café named Momento. Formerly called Rocket café, with an old kids rocket ride still inside for 20c a ride in its hay day provides Hamilton with a funky feeling taking in the view of Hood and Victoria streets at the bar and cafe end of the main street. It's location gives ever changing surroundings where it is easy to sit and stay for many an hour or two.
The Waikato is New Zealand's Tuscany minus the old buildings. Small rolling hills with numerous roads weeving throughout the country side north, east, south and west. One of the bonuses of this dairy community is there are an inordinate number of sealed roads where you won't see a car for hours but an occasional milk tanker doing its daily duty. It may have no beach to claim to fame but its location provides cyclists with an incredibly diverse palate of rides to choose from given its inland location. It's no wonder many of New Zealand's best live close by in Cambridge.
So after a gentle ride amongst the changing trees of autumn that the hills around Hamilton provided it was time for the caffeinated injection to get home that Momento provided. This open minded little gem didn't even blink at lycra clocking up big brownie points right from the start. Rocket coffee roasters is conveniently placed next door providing Momento with even more enriched aroma. The menu had a healthy selection of bagels and salads all coming out with an array of colors' to suit the surroundings. It's an art deco feel, perhaps influenced by Art Post across the road. Strange lamps, retro tables and chairs to hold superbly made coffee and food. My bagel of bacon, avocado and cream cheese came out in perfecto timing – not too short, not too long to wait ensuring I will go back again.
So next time you are in Hamilton pop by Momento, take in the relaxed but soulful feeling and enjoy the coffee and food.