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Taupo has many takeaway outlets, bakeries and drive-through restaurants offering delicious food and the flexibility to eat on-the-go. You will find boutique bakeries, as well as popular international chain restaurants in convenient locations throughout the region.
For pie lovers, Taupo's Fast & Fresh Bakery was awarded the supreme pie at the 2017 NZ Bakels Supreme Pie Awards for their perfectly rich and golden venison, mushroom, bacon and cheese pie - a must try. And Pauly's Diner has become a favourite with locals for their generous burgers and tasty southern fried chicken.
Taupo has been noted as one of the most unique McDonalds locations in the world, with a decommissioned DC3 plane as part of the store, not to mention the world-class vista of Lake Taupo in the background.
This licensed cafe and bar sits right over the lake; in fact the cafe sits over the water itself with panoramic views across the lake. It's a nice place to relax with a coffee, wood fired pizza or even a drink.