Restaurants

Cafe in Taupo

Spoon & Paddle

Filling a spacious and airy 1950s house with colourful decor, Spoon & Paddle is more evidence you'll find great cafes pretty well anywhere in NZ. Excellent coffee partners with a concise beer and wine list, and …
Cafe in Taupo

Storehouse

Hands-down Taupo's coolest eatery, Storehouse does tasty double duty as a cool daytime cafe serving a hipsters' holy trinity of bagels, sliders and coffee, before morphing into a night-time bar with craft beer on ta…
Modern NZ in Taupo

The Bistro

Popular with locals – bookings are recommended – the Bistro focuses on doing the basics very, very well. That means harnessing local seasonal produce for dishes such as confit duck with truffle potatoes or crab and …
Modern NZ in Taupo

Rose on Roberts

Amid the faux-Tudor style of what was formerly an English pub, Rose on Roberts surprises with a menu offering innovative spins on hearty classics, and a commitment to the best of New Zealand craft beers. Ask about l…
Indian in Taupo

Indian Affair

Eschewing the staid, traditional curry house vibe in favour of bold, floral feature walls and high-back leather chairs, this thoroughly modern Indian restaurant serves up spicy classics (try the tikka lamb chops and…
Deli in Taupo

Merchant

Championing NZ artisan producers and importing specialities from abroad, this grocery on the town fringe is a fruitful stop for those looking to stock up on supplies ranging from cheese to chocolate to craft beer. P…
Modern NZ in Taupo

Brantry

Operating out of an unobtrusive 1950s house, the Brantry continues its reign as one of the best in the region for its well-executed, good-value offerings centred on meaty mains turned out in classical style. Book-en…
Pub Food in Taupo

Plateau

An ambient place for a handle or two of the Monteith’s range, popular Plateau delivers in the food department, too. Its menu of modern pub classics features the likes of confit duck, pork belly and an artful steak s…
Cafe in Taupo

L’Arté

Lots of mouth-watering treats are made from scratch at this fantastically artful cafe on the hill that backs Acacia Bay. Brunch in the sunshine, then check out the sculpture garden and gallery.
Cafe in Taupo

Saluté

Saluté's Mediterranean-flavoured menu includes pizzas, fresh homemade pasta and a Moroccan lamb wrap, plus a counterful of quality nibbly treats like bagels, slices, cakes and naughty-but-nice cronuts. Picnic suppli…