Coming back to work post-holiday isn't always easy, so as you adjust back into the nine to five, be sure to treat yourself to little moments of joy. From a morning coffee to a delicious lunch, new stationary and more, there are plenty of ways to beat the back-to-work blues.

Pink Neon Sign

Get a coffee from Pink Neon Sign | 35 High Street 

As you adjust back into your working week post-holiday, small wins make all the difference. A foolproof place to start is coffee and lots of it. If you find yourself in the High Street District, we highly recommend a trip to Pink Neon Sign. From its superior coffee to its cool interior and great hospitality, this coffee shop will hit you with the serotonin boost you need to get through your day. Get more inspiration with these guides to the best coffee spots in the High Street District and Britomart

Made of tomorrow

Upgrade your stationery game at Shut the Front Door | 23 High Street 

From notebooks to calendars, diaries, bookends and more, browse the range of beautiful and eclectic stationary items to help you get super organised for the year ahead – but make it stylish.  


Buy a plant for your workspace at Monstera | 14 Sale Street, Gate S

A new plant is the perfect way to bring vibrancy and life back to a dull, dreary workspace – plus, why not challenge yourself with the task of keeping it alive and thriving! The experts at Monstera will make sure you walk away with the right plant for you, whether it’s a Bonsai, Monstera or succulent. 


Treat yourself to lunch at Ortolana | 33 Tyler Street 

If you're struggling to get through your humpday or looking to indulge in a celebratory Friday lunch, Ortolana is a great spot to find yourself. Located in the stunning setting of the Britomart Pavillions, this spot is an exquisite haven to take some time out. 

Clothes on the rack

Buy yourself something new from Moochi |  19 High Street

There’s nothing quite like a spot of retail therapy to beat the back to work blues. Located on the always trendy High Street, Moochi stocks simple basics perfect for the office through to daring styles for a weekend 'fit. Get inspired with this guide to shopping in the High Street District. 

Bluebells Cakery

Pick up an afternoon treat from Bluebells Cakery | Commercial Bay 

When the 3pm sugar cravings hit, why not swap your muesli bar for a much more desirable sweet treat? Bluebells Cakery stocks beautifully balanced, light cupcakes in a range of flavours - think carrot, chocolate, banana or lemon. If that's not your cup of tea, one of their macarons, slices or loaves might do the trick. 

Ice cream

Indulge in an ice cream from Giapo | 12 Gore Street

Summer is the season for ice cream and who says you can't indulge on a work day? Giapo is far from your run of the mill scoop, with creative flavours, presentations and new ways to experience the frozen treat - take a colleague on your lunch break or go on an after-dinner dessert mission! 

Sunset Bar

Enjoy a post-work drink at Sunset Bar | 63-67 Nelson Street 

What better way to pretend you're still on holiday than with drinks in what's left of the evening sun. Boasting impeccable views, music, delicious drinks and food, Sunset Bar is the perfect spot to soak up these long summer nights. Find more rooftop bar inspiration here. Or, click here to check out the bars with epic Happy Hour specials

Last updated: 17 January 2023