Top Choice Cafe in Hastings & Around

Opera Kitchen

Set your rudder right with whisky porridge with cream and giant oats at this mod, stylish cafe abutting the Hawke's Bay Opera House (has the earthquake-proofing construction finished?). For a more practical start to…
Modern NZ in Hastings & Around


There's nothing suburban about this winery restaurant on the suburban backstreets of Hastings. The warm, wood-lined dining room is a worthy setting for such elegant food: order the eye fillet or the duck confit, sip…
Pizza in Hastings & Around


Excellent new Alessandro's does handmade wood-fired pizzas, thin and flavoursome, just like back in Napoli. Order the Noci e Pere (pear, Gorgonzola, mozzarella, walnuts and truffle honey) with a mean affogato for de…
Pizza in Hastings & Around


Shockingly pink with candy stripes, chandeliers and mismatched furniture, Pipi cheekily thumbs its nose at small-town conventionality. The food focus is on simple pasta dishes, Roman-style thin-crusted pizza, craft …
Tapas in Hastings & Around


Great things come in small packages at this rosy little tapas bar. The kitchen delivers sassy, locally sourced edibles such as pork belly with pomegranate jus, and salt-and-pepper squid with orange and parsley. The …
Cafe in Hastings & Around

Little Blackbird

At the bottom of an old art-deco office building, mostly full of lawyers, is this tidy little eatery with retro interior design, funky lighting, Nicaraguan beans (!) and smiling staff (always a good sign). Head for …
Modern NZ in Hastings & Around


All day and all night (well, almost) trailblazing Diva delivers a sexy fusion of orange, black and chocolatey timber – the backdrop for bar snacks, bistro-style meals, Hawke's Bay wines and killer cocktails (try the…
Cafe in Hastings & Around

Taste Cornucopia

A high-ceilinged organic cafe in central Hastings, serving filling breakfasts, organic coffee, smoked fish pies, curries, vegetarian lasagne, buckwheat-and-corn pancakes and amazing 'marshmallows' that look like gia…
Cafe in Hastings & Around

Bay Espresso

On Middle Rd in the middle of Havelock, this enduringly popular cafe is far from middling, serving up house-roasted organic coffee and handsome counter food and brunch. Blaring Freddie Mercury and blueberry pancakes…
Ice Cream in Hastings & Around

Rush Munro’s

Rush Munro’s is a Hastings institution, serving locally made ice cream since 1926. Don't overlook the maple walnut.