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Taupō cafes

Mouth-watering blackboard menus, fully stocked cabinets, barista coffee and welcoming hospitality burst at the seams in Taupō’s vibrant and quirky cafes.

It is said that Taupō’s café culture is along the same lines with big cities, offering extensive menu and drink items with a friendly small-town feel. Thanks to both classic and contemporary daytime fare and freshly brewed coffee filled to the brim, Taupō’s cafes will be sure to start your day of adventure off right!

One of the things that make Taupō’s cafes so special is they’re often found at one-of-a-kind locations and indulge patrons with special interests. You will spot anglers fresh out of the river at Creel Cafe. But you don’t have to be a fisherman to enjoy the iconic sweet or savory brioche buns in the historic fly-fishing tackle house. If you’re walking along the Huka Trails, the technicolored helicopter and mountain bikes lined outside will catch your eye, but the smell of authentic Greek food from Kefi at The Hub will draw you in.

Or at Lava Glass, you might visit the carbon-neutral glassblowing gallery and the colourful sculpture garden but stay to enjoy the delicious cafe offerings. Other cafes ensure you won’t go hungry while shopping thanks to their gift and homeware stores located onsite like Storehouse, Replete Café & Store, and L’Arte Cafe & Gallery.

Local favourites like Baked with Love with their addictive custard-filled doughnuts and Café Baku with drool-worthy cabinets and lakefront views never disappoint. Along the Great Lake Pathway by Lake Taupō, there is always a spot, like Edgewater Restaurant or Espresso Cove to grab a quick cuppa or enjoy a long brunch just a stone’s throw from the lake.

But the stunning scenery doesn’t stop at the Taupō lakefront. At Spa Thermal Park in the natural hot spring, Otumuheke Stream you will find a little something to warm you up while soaking in the crystal-clear riverfront views at Lil Something Café.

In Taupō, breakfast isn’t just something to rush through but truly relish. All-day menus combined with exquisite views, eclectic decor and barista-poured coffee mean you’ll always look forward to your next meal break at one of Taupō’s cafe destinations.

Cafes in Taupo

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    Roots Waffle Café

    Family-friendly café with all your favourites, unique waffle options and a touch of South African flavours, delicious food, great atmosphere and excellent service.

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    Storehouse

    The Storehouse is a hub for locals have a quick drink on their way to work. It is a place for families and kids to play and eat with each other. It is a welcoming space for creating community connections and a venue to host great celebrations.

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    Lava Glass Cafe

    Delicious, fresh, homemade meals, cabinet food, cakes & slices in an arty setting. Everything is made of wholesome local, seasonal produce. There are gluten-free, vegetarian and vegan options available.

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    Bodyfuel Cafe

    Bodyfuel Cafe is an award-winning cafe located at Lake Taupo, New Zealand.

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    Licorice Cafe

    Check out the award winning Licorice Café while you are visiting the Taupo region. Located on State Highway 1 at Motuoapa, they are open for breakfast or lunch and have a number of delicious options.

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    Replete Cafe & Store

    Shop at Replete Café & Store for a complete replete experience! Indulge in delicious treats from the extensive array of café food and enjoy wandering through the store.

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    Tokaanu Turangi RSA

    Our family restaurant serves delicious affordable meals, and tasty bar snacks. And remember to check out our specials blackboard.

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    Robert Harris

    Inspired by our founder Robert Harris and his passion for coffee, we make each cup with the dedication and care our customers deserve.

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    Suga Mummas Dessert Bar

    Suga Mummas Dessert Bar, serves an amazing range of gelato, premium ice cream, sorbets, deluxe thick shakes and lollies.

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    Pavilion Restaurant Wairakei Resort Hotel

    With a wood ceiling and an open-plan layout, the Pavilion Restaurant provides a relaxed ambience for a buffet breakfast as well as à la carte evening dining.

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