The Sweetest Spot in Hawke's Bay

Opened in 2006 and now a favourite with young and old, the Birdwoods Sweet Shop is a traditional sweet shop ‘just like you remember’. Set next door to the Gallery, the Sweet Shop is a single room colonial cottage built from materials reclaimed from the old Napier Hospital.

Step inside and take a step back in time – there’s a vintage cash register that goes ‘ding’, lots of special old tins, baker’s scales, teddy bears, bunting and, of course, rows and rows of sweet jars. Fill a tin, fill a jar, or just fill your tummy! Sit in the shade under an umbrella at one of the tables in the front garden to eat a fabulous real fruit ice cream, test your strength on the Shazaam, have a quick hopscotch competition or take your photo in the hilarious Carnival Cut-out Frame.

"Staff at Birdwoods and the Sweet Shop are ALWAYS helpful, kind, provide a very pleasing atmosphere and really go the extra mile for customers. I have made the Birdwoods Sweet Shop a weekly event with my children so they have a sentimental memory of something they did with their mum when they were growing up. Love the place and the people - thank you!!!"

2014 People's Choice Award comment

Sweet Shop Gallery