Cafés

With mouth-watering blackboard menus and cabinets filled to the brim with delicious classic and contemporary daytime fare, Taupō is bursting at the seams with vibrant and quirky cafés.

They’re often found at locations of interest, like Creel Cafe in a historic fly-fishing tackle house or Lava Glass in a colourful glassblowing gallery, and some even have their own gift and homeware stores like Storehouse, Replete and L'Arte.

Taupo's café and foody culture is up with the big cities - local favourites like Baked with Love (the doughnuts are to die for), Café Baku and Cadillac Café in Turangi never disappoint with fabulous coffee and drool-worthy cabinets freshly stocked each day.

All-day menus combined with exquisite views, eclectic décor and barista-poured coffee mean you’ll always look forward to you next meal break at one of Taupō’s café destinations.

 

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    Licorice Cafe

    Check out the award winning Licorice Cafe while you are visiting the region. Located on state highway 1 at Motuoapa. They are open for breakfast or lunch and have a number of delicious options. Pay them a visit and tell us what you think!

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    Dixie Browns

    Located on the shores of Lake Taupō, the largest fresh water lake in the Southern Hemisphere; enjoy views of Mount Ruapehu, Tongariro and Ngauruhoe while dining on Dixie Browns extensive menu.

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    Creel Tackle House & Cafe

    Here at Creel Cafe we are about all things: coffee, divine food, experience, sharing and social space.

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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.

  • Wineries & craft breweries

    Floating Rock Vineyard and Cafe

    The Floating Rock Winery and Café (Kuratau River Wines) is more than just a fabulous vineyard; it’s a unique experience for visitors and guests.

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    The Coffee Club Taupō

    Despite our name, The Coffee Club is about much more than just excellent coffee. At The Coffee Club you'll find a large range of breakfast, lunch and dinner meals available at any time of the day.

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    Kefi Cafe

    KEFI : The Greek meaning of joy, enthusiasm, passion, and high spirits. Our food, coffee, music, specialty drinks and service will envelope just that.

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    Tipsy Trout

    Located at Kinloch harbour with sweeping views of the beach, this cafe, bar and restaurant serves delicious food with gluten-free and vegan options.

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    Fine Fettle Cafe

    Taupō's organic whole food Cafe. Natural wholefood cafe serving food as it should be.

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    The Cozy Corner

    Nestled in Suncourt Plaza away from the hustle and bustle you will find The Cozy Corner. Offering sheltered cosy outdoor seating and a menu that is carefully crafted and speaks to health and wellbeing with no compromise on flavour.

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    Lava Glass Café

    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.

  • Places to eat in Southern Lake Taupo

    Pihanga Cafe and T Bar

    Open for lunch and dinner, Pihanga Cafe and T-Bar entices with burgers, steaks and Italian pizzas as well as international favourites such as laksa, linguine and churros.

  • Takeaways & bakeries

    Pita Pit

    Pitas, salads, pizzas, smoothies and sides. Free range and gluten free products available. Premium quality meat cooked on the grill in front of you. Your choice of the freshest fillings. Breakfast, lunch and dinner.

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    Cafe Ninety Nine

    Cafe Ninety Nine is a compact space on Tongariro Street offering a good range of health food options with a relaxing vibe.

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    Tom & Shorty Cafe

    Tom & Shorty Cafe is an eatery that provides home-made, fresh and tasty eats to the locals of Mangakino.

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    Cafe Baku

    Friendly service, delicious food, great coffee and perfect location all combine to make Café Baku the ideal meeting place for friends, family and colleagues.

  • Food & drink

    Raw Balance

    Raw Balance is a Raw Food Deli in Oruanui Street, specialising in delicious raw takeaway foods, all gluten-free, dairy-free and free of refined sugar.

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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.

  • Places to eat in Taupo

    Spoon and Paddle

    Spoon and Paddle’s highly experienced chefs pair classic café selections with some tasty modern, street-style options, excellent coffee and a concise beer and wine list.

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    2 Mile Bay Sailing Centre Cafe and Bar

    This licensed café and bar sits right over the lake; in fact the café sits over the water itself with panoramic views across the lake. It's a nice place to relax with a coffee, wood fired pizza now available or even a drink.

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