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Moustache Milk & Cookie Bar

4 star rating 25 reviews

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12 Wellesley St West
just up from the Civic Theatre
Auckland Central
Auckland City

Desserts / Bakeries
Mon 10:30am - 6pm
Tue 10:30am - 7:30pm
Wed - Sat 10:30am - 10pm
Sun 10:30am - 6pm
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Moustache kitchen is a little milk and cookie bar with a huge passion for baking the freshest and yummiest cookies around town. Team our cookies with delicious milkshakes, hot coffee or just dunk them in cold milk like the good ol’ days. You can’t make good cookies with bad ingredients. That’s the way the cookie crumbles. So here at Moustache we don’t skimp on the good stuff. We use cage-free eggs, pure NZ butter, premium Dutch cocoa and plenty of delicious Whittakers chocolate with no use of additives or preservatives. To top it off, we’ve specially chosen Supreme coffee, Harney & Sons tea and the finest Kohu Road ice cream to be your cookie’s best friend.


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Just made a batch of Peanut Butter cookies. Chocolate cookie dough made from premium Dutch cocoa, peanut butter filling, Whittakers chocolate & peanuts to top it off!
Apple Pie cookie & White chocolate raspberry (gluten-free)

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Cheap, Under $15
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Reviews for Moustache Milk & Cookie Bar

4 star rating
by Fleur P.
1st May 2014

I heart this place. Slightly frustrated that their hours seem to keep changing though – have tried to bring friends here 3 times in the last 6 months and they have been closed. When they are open though the baking is awesome and the hot chocolates are the best I have ever tasted. If they were open for breakfast/morning coffee I would come here every day! <3

4 star rating
by Adam H.
23rd July 2013

After all the hype I finally got to try one of those amazing giant mallow puff’s that I’ve seen all over facebook. It did not disappoint. Absolutely yum.

I was a bit gutted that they have decided to serve them only as halves now due to demand as it’s now $6.00 to buy a whole one. For what it’s worth though, that’s probably a blessing because too many of those bad boys will break my belt in no time!

4 star rating
by Tiani P.
13th July 2013

I love me a good cookie and was eager to try this place. It did not disappoint. I had the chocolate chunk, and the nutella one was so good! The hot chocolate here is also delicious. Look forward to coming here more.

5 star rating
by Alice C.
4th July 2013

Moustache Milk and Cookie Bar is my boyfriend and I’s go-to-place for an after uni treat!

While all the flavours are super yummy, my favourite is the understated cinnamon (tastes like Easter) with the black forest coming in a close second. The service here is great and Deanna is always smiley and friendly.

With so many businesses competing on price and forsaking quality, I think Moustache’s cookies are very reasonably priced for the high end product that it is. I’ll definitely be back :)

4 star rating
by Chloe F.
2nd May 2013

Having caught wind of this place via Facebook, we made a special trip up from Waiuku just to check this place out – and it didn’t disappoint!

I don’t usually write reviews on places, but I like that the owner takes the time to read them, so here is some constructive feedback:

In short; the cookies were great. We tried 3 different flavours. They were not “dry, bland, flavourless or overpriced” as some reviews on here state. The texture was beautiful and they tasted wholesome and home-baked. The pricing seems appropriate so long as you are making profit. When you consider cafe prices, $3.50 for a cookie would be about standard. Keep it up!

The appeal of the hot chocolate was better than the actual hot chocolate itself. I like the idea of the chocolate-milk method, but milk and chocolate separate when combined like this.

(side note to owners): Schoc in Wellington used to do a good one where they used powdered chocolate and then put a square of their flavoured chocolate in the bottom of the cup. It came with a steel spoon/straw so that you could drink the melted chocolate. I much prefered this style personally and think it would improve the drink a lot.

The venue looks awesome; though yes, it is too small (and I felt “cramped” as opposed to “cosy”). It was quite busy when we were there. However, being that it is in the center of the city and the business has been started from scratch, people going there and enjoying the cookies is the only thing that will help it grow.

So don’t let the reviews on here hold you back – head on down and enjoy a delicious cookie and a glass of milk!

5 star rating
by Emma
20th April 2013

I love the cookies and the atmosphere of this place !
The chocolate chip cookies with plain milk to dunk them in was the best, the cookies were perfectly warm and made to perfection !
We Will defently be comming back here again soon, as it is much better and high quality than any other cookie place around. And I actually thought the price was quite reasonable .
Perfect way to spend a rainy day!

5 star rating
by Sarah H.
27th March 2013

Moustache is the best place in town! I have nearly had one of everything they offer… freshly baked cookies, coffee, ice cream sandwich, huge milkshakes, and tea. (I am drooling now!!!) awesome service too, all the staff are so lovely! Flavour of the week is always good… hot cross bun tastes like the real thing! all the cookies I have had were delicious, moist and chewy… even hours after baked. MMMM.. The milkshakes are full of flavour! Cookies and cream is my favourite!

3 star rating
by Lizzie
26th March 2013

I think this place is a little overrated. Sure, the cookies look incredibly yummy, but in reality they are quite mediocre: bland and on the dry side, especially for the price. For $3.50 I can bake a dozen amazing cookies at home.
However there was one particular cookie that stood out more – the Red Velvet one, which I suppose was the Valentine’s Day special. It was quite nice.

Comment from Deanna Y. of Moustache Milk & Cookie Bar 28/03/2013   
Heya Lizzie! Really respect your opinion & would love to invite…    More »
4 star rating
by Meghan W.
5th March 2013

I’ve been here on quite a few occasions and had the cookies. I know people say they are a bit expensive ($3.50), but these cookies are the best I’ve ever had, and i think they are worth the $3.50 (unless you want to have multiple cookies in a day, everyday).

They are always VERY fresh, and the oreo marshmallow one is my favourite. Considering that if you go to a cafe, you could be paying up to $4 for a cookie that has been in a jar for months, I don’t see a problem with the price.

The milkshakes are a bit bland though, and I do think they are a bit too expensive. The flavours on the menu sound really great and tempting, but the taste just isn’t really there.

But all in all I think if you are in the area and just want a little treat this is the best place to go, much much better than mrs higgins :D

Comment from Deanna Y. of Moustache Milk & Cookie Bar 22/03/2013   
Thanks Meghan, it means a lot when people write their thoughts out…    More »
3 star rating
by Lena
16th February 2013

Decided to pay a visit after hearing all the hype and having my interest piqued from the boom in boutique bakeries with cupcakes and the like. Obviously the decor is adorable and makes you feel like you’re in New York and not dinghy Wellesley Street, it’s worth a visit just to check out the fun use of milk bottles as interiors.

I guess I didn’t visit earlier because I’m not really a sweet tooth to begin with but it’s in a convenient location so I wandered in and bought a chocolate and marshmallow cookie. Surprisingly it wasn’t sweet at all, and I don’t eat sweet things very often so it’s not like I’m desensitized to sugar or anything.. however I’m not entirely sure whether that’s a fault or a plus? I think they cut down the sugar in the cookie batter because the marshmallows were in there but the cookie part was almost entirely flavorless, only a vague hint of cocoa. I think it was a good idea to balance out the sugar but a cookie can be chocolatey without being sweet. The experience was sort of like I was eating a crunchy marshmallow.

I really like that the owner reads the reviews on here and interacts with her customers, there is something very sincere and admirable about that. The concept of this place is super cute and it seems most people love it. I still haven’t tried their beverages so I’ll come back soon for those and another cookie.

Comment from Deanna Y. of Moustache Milk & Cookie Bar 5/03/2013   
Hey Lena! Thanks heaps for the feedback – really loved that you…    More »
5 star rating
by Raina S.
2nd February 2013

I absolutely love everything about Moustache Milk & Cookie Bar. I am obsessed with the snickers cookies, the cinnamon cookies… you know what, I could go on.

I adore the salted caramel milkshake, and I love that their mochas are made with REAL chocolate – and it’s your choice or white, milk, or dark chocolate. YUM. No syrups or powders here, only the real deal! I have heard amazing things about the nutella and cookies & cream milkshakes, though I am itching to taste the peppermint aero milkshake – OMG.

For people who comment that Mrs Higgins & Subways Cookies are cheaper… obviously they’re not using Whittakers chocolate in their cookies, Green Valley milk, quality butter, flour, etc. And! They sell by far the best gluten free cookies I have ever tasted.

The staff are friendly and knowledgeable, and care about the product and their customers. The owner is super passionate and simply a wonderful person, I love her drive and determination to put out the best tasting, freshest cookies around.

Cannot recommend them highly enough.

Comment from Deanna Y. of Moustache Milk & Cookie Bar 22/03/2013   
Thanks Raina, people like you are the reason that we are here…    More »
4 star rating
by Bonnie M.
1st February 2013

I had a milkshake and was excited by the different combinations you could choose from! It was a really nice milkshake, I had the nutella one, although it just didn’t have enough of a flavour kick for the price.

Comment from Deanna Y. of Moustache Milk & Cookie Bar 1/02/2013   
Hello Bonnie! We have tested the nutella shake numerous times with…    More »
3 star rating
by NomNomPanda
18th December 2012

Great concept, great decor, great location. However, agree with the previous reviewers that the food just wasn’t exceptional enough to justify the price. I tried the salted caramel milkshake and peanut butter milkshake ($7.50 each) – both were milky and sugary and didn’t have the flavour explosions that you can find, say, in Wellington’s Fidel or Sweet Mother’s Kitchen. Equally, the cookies looked amazing and I was tempted by the oreo and marshmallow cookie and the Snickers cookie ($3.50 each, down from $4 each when this shop opened). They were nice and chewy, but to be honest, I prefer Mrs. Higgin’s cookies down the road for less money. Also, as others have mentioned, there isn’t really space for sitting in this “bar”, unless the outside little table is free…

Comment from Deanna Y. of Moustache Milk & Cookie Bar 1/02/2013   
Yello NomNom! Thanks for the feedback and for taking the time to…    More »
5 star rating
by Nat S.
4th December 2012

I got a choc chunk and peanut butter cookie ice cream sandwich, YUM. The chocolate was all fresh and gooey and the peanut butter filling inside was so good with the ice cream. Very delicious & the staff are super friendly. Amazing hot chocolates!! They put an entire slab of Whittaker’s Chocolate inside…drool.

4 star rating
by Gary M.
30th November 2012

Awesome service, cool decor. Try the choc chunk fresh out of the oven…amazing.

5 star rating
by Cath M.
12th October 2012

I tried the cookies and cream milk shake and holy moly it was the best milkshake i’ve ever had, hands down!

Also tried the choc chip cookie as recommended by one of the friendly staff and that was amazing!

Bit on the pricey side but would definitely go back as the quality of ingredients is obviously high!

Bit disappointed there was no where my partner and I could sit – maybe in the future

2 star rating
by Leah
4th October 2012

Was keen to support young people doing some good stuff, so was really excited to visit. I turned up, the decor was awesome, the place is really well put together, except for the “bar” bit? Where was it? Nowhere. Atmosphere was a little lacking. The music was very very quiet over the fact that we were all squished in there like canned bananas. I expected some kind of cookie aroma to lead me there, but no aroma, no coffee scents either.

I bought 2 cookies, one cinnamon and one choc marshmallow and a Nutella milkshake. Price, not too bad for a boutiquey place, as long as they were mind explodingly good. Unfortunately the cookies weren’t very good – looked awesome, taste not so awesome. I mean, great imaginative flavours, but they were a little average for the price. Sorry to say, Subway does better cookies. The novelty of Mrs Higgins down the road is that they’re hot and smell awesome, not just some baking in a jar as well as being scrumptious. Milkshake, a little on the average side which was a let down.

I feel like you guys have relied a little too much on the kitschy aesthetics to sell the product rather than the actual atmosphere and quality of the goods. Otherwise, friendly people behind the counter.

2 star rating
by Nikki S.
3rd October 2012

Was pretty excited to go there when i found out about it.

However the cookies were very over priced and were not kept in a warmer or anything. The 4 cookies I got tasted average and weren’t warm or soft really. Much prefer Higgins or subway.

The milk shake was good, however again very expensive.

The dunking milk was just poured out of a milk container, no authentic milk jar or anything which was disappointing.

The worst part I think is the location. It’s silly to call something a ‘bar’ when it has practically 2 seats to sit in, so you pretty much have to take away… which isn’t good for wanting to dunk biscuits..

Overall, definitely not up to expectation. Will not be going there again. :(

Comment from Deanna Y. of Moustache Milk & Cookie Bar 3/10/2012   
Hello Nikki! Thanks so much for your feedback, always love to…    More »
5 star rating
by Jam T.
29th September 2012

I went to Moustache Cookie Bar on Thursday and I absolutely fell in love with the place! Its decor is adorable and you can tell that the management is working really hard. The staff were friendly and the service was excellent.

I had 2 cookies (cinnamon + Oreo & Marshmallow) and a hot chocolate and all were delicious! The cookies are huge so I think $4 is pretty decent! This will definitely become a regular stop for me whenever I’m in town. Would 100% recommend popping in!

3 star rating
by Nicky
28th September 2012

Was excited about trying this place, but the price is way too much. I’m pretty sure I got 2 Mrs Higgins cookies for $3.60 the other day. I wouldn’t pay $4 for a cookie, and it wasn’t that big, just flat so looks big.

Good ratio of chocolate chunks to dough though.

Perhaps the prices will come down when the business is more established.

Comment from Deanna Y. of Moustache Milk & Cookie Bar 22/03/2013   
Kia Ora Nicky! Thanks so much for your feedback!! I truly love…    More »
3 star rating
by Barb C.
27th September 2012

After seeing an article in Metro about Moustache I thought I would try them out. I usually buy Mrs Higgins which I cannot fault. At Moustache there were only 6 varieties and the two I bought were White Macadamia and M&M. I have to say that I did not think they looked as good and felt that the texture was also not as good as Mrs Higgins and at $4 each found them a bit pricey. So sorry Moustache I will be going back to Mrs Higgins as they are always consistently good and love the variety.

Comment from Deanna Y. of Moustache Milk & Cookie Bar 22/03/2013   
Apologies that we only had 6 varieties of cookies – you came in…    More »
2 star rating
by Kathryn W.
25th September 2012

Was excited about the cookies – until I saw the price $4…
Like another customer mentioned, subway cookies you can get for way less. Even Ma Higgin cookies are cheaper.

Not enough flavour in the Nutella one

Friend purchased strawberry milk for $1.5 – which tasted like Primo… Definitely need to review the price even if trying to break even and even if it’s starting out. Because the scary thing for customers is that the price would only go up from now on… and it would be madness paying anything more than $4 for a cookie.

Comment from Deanna Y. of Moustache Milk & Cookie Bar 22/03/2013   
Hey Kit! Thanks for popping by. You came by during our first week…    More »
3 star rating
by Johann O.
18th September 2012

Decided to try this place out amid much fanfare and hype, and I must say my personal experience was an ambivalent one. Their flagship items, the cookies themselves, are excellent. Generous sizes and a decent range (although this will hopefully be expanded upon in future). Soft, chewy, the perfect texture and taste, they simply cannot be faulted. Their drinks on the other hand are appalling and severely limit my overall rating for this place. The milkshakes are tasteless and overpriced, and the less said about the hot chocolate, the better. One of the worst I’ve ever had actually, and I’ve drank a lot of hot choco in my time. Prices in general are a bit on the steep side (I know the cookies are large but $4 is quite a bit, compared to competitors’ offerings).

All in all, a great store and concept that is likely to become a hit and grow into the future. The drinks problem needs to be sorted out, but I am sure they can handle that.

Comment from Deanna Y. of Moustache Milk & Cookie Bar 23/09/2012   
Hey Johann. I’m glad you really enjoyed our cookies. We are…    More »
1 star rating
by Melissa
18th September 2012

Was very excited to try this milk and cookie bar, drove a long way especially for it. The range of cookies was very poor, there were only 3 or 4 choices, and all the popular yummy flavours were sold out at only 2pm?? The service was poor in that the lovely lady couldn’t remember who ordered what, and misplaced some milkshakes, and gave them to the wrong people. Our milkshakes were relatively tasteless. Although they were a perfect texture, and really cold :). Our friend gets coffee everyday, and he said the coffee was disgusting, one of the worst hes ever had. My boyfriend didn’t even bother buying a milkshake because they were ridiculously expensive at $7.50 for a smallish cup. Cookies were $4 each, which is expensive however they were quite big and tasty, in saying that Subway cookies are almost the same size, are only $2.60 and also tasty. The place was cramped, probably why the lady was so confused as to who ordered what, as people had to stand outside to wait for their order. There were only 4 bench stools to sit in, so even if we did want to sit down and enjoy dunking cookies in milk. we couldn’t!

Comment from Deanna Y. of Moustache Milk & Cookie Bar 23/09/2012   
Hey Melissa! Firstly apologies about your experience. I am really…    More »
5 star rating
by Mija T.
15th September 2012

I think I’m in love with this place. The decor and store itself has a great feel to it and the staff are super friendly. The coffees and milkshakes were pretty tops too. Now… The cookies… Better than anything I’ve had from Miss Higgens or Cookie Time. They look and taste amazing with a real homemade feel. Great location being just next to my bus stop ;) This is definitely my new regular coffee and treat shop.

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