8 September 2021 | Written by Bachcare Holiday Homes

The Best Cafes To Visit in Taupo, New Zealand

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Our favorite cafes in Taupo

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Taupo has a wonderful cuisine culture, and its cafes offer wonderful combinations of coffee, bakery items, sweets, brunch, and lunch. In addition, many of Taupo’s cafes feature beautiful views of the scenic town, from lakeside views to vineyard vistas.

Spoon and Paddle

Tripadvisor reviewers consistently rate Spoon and Paddle as the best cafe Taupo has to offer. The cafe has a delightful location, serves Instagram-worthy goodies, and satisfies the most discerning palates.

Spoon and Paddle is located in a charming 1950s house and features whimsical decor. An outdoor garden provides the perfect spot for dessert while the kids play in the attractive garden fort. The play area and great kid’s menu make Spoon and Paddle one of the best family-friendly cafes in Taupo.

Spoon and Paddle offers memorable breakfasts; diners particularly enjoy the Eggs Benedict. Shakshuka, an Arabic dish made with tomatoes, eggs, garlic, and pita bread, is another popular breakfast item. In addition, spoon and Paddle has a variety of vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free options.

Talented baristas serve some great coffee. Spoon and Paddle is known for their scrumptious brunches, but they also have a great lunch menu. Make sure to pair your meal with a refreshing craft beer or local wine.

Victoria’s Cafe Kitchen and Bar

Whether you are looking for cake and coffee, Sunday brunch, or a filling lunch, Victoria’s Cafe Kitchen and Bar hits the spot. Victoria’s features modern decor and friendly staff.

Their tempting cabinet offers grab-and-go items. If you have more time, enjoy freshly roasted coffee prepared by experienced baristas.

Victoria’s features local, homegrown ingredients and New Zealand wines and beers. The menu has vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free options. Meat lovers will be entranced by the steak sammy with caramelized onions, served with hand-cut fries and truffle mayo.

The Vegan Buddha Bowl includes beetroot hummus, baby kale, sesame seeds, edamame beans, quinoa, and chickpeas. It’s delicious!

The Cozy Corner

The Cozy Corner is well-known as the place to go for healthy and mouthwatering treats. The Cozy Corner offers a variety of treats, including gluten-free, dairy-free, vegan, and sugar-free, and keto-friendly options.

Diners can grab and go or choose between indoor or sheltered outdoor seating.

The Cozy Corner uses fresh, high-quality produce and focuses on recipes low in saturated fats, sugar, salt, and refined ingredients.

The breakfast menu features items such as, good old bacon and eggs or keto brekkie. Try a soy tofu scramble or sourdough french toast. The lunch menu includes loaded kumara wedges or falafel and house-made flatbread. You can also choose from a selection of grab-and-go items.

An extensive kid’s menu makes The Cozy Corner attractive for the whole family. Of course, sweets are on the menu too. Try the chocolate and walnut fudge brownie, keto-friendly cake, or zesty nut slice.

Don’t miss the tasty smoothies & fresh juices.

In addition, the Cozy Corner is focused on being environmentally friendly. They are committed to reducing food waste, and they support local schools with upcycled art supplies.

Cafe Baku

Cafe Baku is located on the edge of Lake Taupo and offers a scenic place to enjoy coffee, baked goods, and an extensive breakfast menu. They only use certified free-range eggs.

Coffee is a ritual and not just a drug at Cafe Baku. The coconut cappuccino is delicious.

Cafe Baku also serves lunch. Try their vegan falafel, beef schnitzel, Mexican burger, or salmon salad.

Floating Rock Cafe

Floating Rock Cafe is outside the main downtown area, but its location is a draw instead of a drawback. Floating Rock Cafe is situated on a high perch and offers attractive views of vineyards and rolling hills.

This is a destination for brunch or lunch. One of the most popular menu items is wood-fired pizza. Watch your pizza being perfected in the outdoor oven while enjoying a delicious coffee or sipping wine.

Floating Rock Cafe also offers gluten-free pizza and treats. The staff are friendly and attentive and will ensure your visit is memorable.

Industrie French Kitchen

Industrie French Kitchen features fabulous bakery items, breakfast, and coffee. It’s located in Hilltop, a little out of downtown Taupo, but worth the detour. The dining room is bright and cheery, and the staff is friendly and capable.

Try a plain croissant, pain au raisin, or pain au chocolat. Cooked breakfasts include eggs Benedict and potato galette. Industrie French Kitchen also serves lunch.

The coffee is excellent, and you’ll undoubtedly pick up some pastries to enjoy later.


Lonely Planet rated L’Arte as their #1 Central North Island cafe pick, and you’re sure to be enamored too. The cafe features an on-site art gallery. The kitchen team creates everything fresh on-site and uses only New Zealand’s finest produce.

Wander through the garden and find unique sculptures, mosaics, and the owner’s pottery studio.

L’Arte offers great coffee and a fantastic farmhouse breakfast. The eggs Benedict is another popular choice. In addition, the cafe has a selection of New Zealand beer and wine.

Replete Cafe and Store

Replete offers superb coffee, filling breakfasts, and exceptional lunches. Millers Coffee provides the cafe’s green coffee beans.

The unique furniture allows visitors to comfortably lounge while sipping on coffee and contemplating the menu.

Try poached rhubarb, corned beef hash, or Nasi Lemak for breakfast. Lunch has several interesting options to tempt you, such as Japanese bolognese, smoked fish kedgeree, Morrocan lamb salad, or poke bowl.

Replete offers various hot and cold drinks, including the unusual beetroot latte, turmeric latte, or mango lassi.

Discover The Best Cafe Taupo

Taupo offers food for the body and soul. While you’re visiting, don’t miss exploring all the adventure and attractions Taupo has to offer. Stay in a Bachcare holiday home and enjoy all the comforts of home.

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