Restaurants

Top Choice Cafe in Taupo

Storehouse

If you're looking for Taupo's coolest cafe, you've just found it. Setting the scene since 2013, Storehouse is located in an old plumbing store over two levels. Downstairs, indoor plants drape over warehouse beams, a…
Top Choice Cafe in Taupo

Replete Cafe & Store

"You don't come to Taupo without stopping for coffee here," a customer tells us, "It's an institution." He's not wrong. Established in 1993, Replete is split into a cafe and shop selling designer kitchenware, cerami…
Top Choice South American in Taupo

Southern Meat Kitchen

Calling all carnivores! SMK slow-cooks beef brisket, pulled pork and shredded chicken on an American wood-fire smoker – and you can order it by the half-pound (upgrade to a pound for $8). Arrives with mac 'n' cheese…
Cafe in Taupo

Spoon & Paddle

Filling a 1950s house with colourful decor, this cafe feels like popping into a friend's place for brunch with a whole lot of strangers. Breakfast runs all day, and from 11.30am you can order tasty international num…
Modern NZ in Taupo

Bistro

Popular with locals – bookings are recommended – the Bistro focuses on doing the basics very, very well. That means harnessing local and seasonal produce for dishes such as bacon-wrapped Wharekauhau lamb, washed dow…
Health Food in Taupo

Raw Balance

This is heaven for vegans, the gluten-free inclined, health conscious and environmentally aware. In winter, raw sweets and salads are complemented by a daily hot special (perhaps dhal and rice). Takeaway packaging i…
Cafe in Taupo

Saluté Cafe and Crêperie

High ceilings with exposed beams, singing staff and a crêperie called The Crêpe Escape up the back make Saluté a fun and delicious place to be. The breakfast menu focuses on free-range, while lunch ranges from pulle…
Cafe in Taupo

Cafe Baku

Owned by the Vine crew and directly in front of the wine bar with a view of the lake, Baku is a smart, monochromatic-and-wooden cafe with a handsome, olive-green banquette and faux plant wall. Try the pomodoro egg b…
Cafe in Taupo

Body Fuel Cafe

Forgive the corny phrases on the wall ('espresso yourself', 'stay grounded', etc.), Body Fuel delivers something for everyone. From raw breakfast salads through to the B.F.G. (Body Fuel Grill) with thick shredded-po…
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. Scenic Cellars is also located here, stocking cr…