Restaurants

Top Choice Tapas in Hamilton

Gothenburg

Relocated to a scenic river-side spot with high ceilings and a summer-friendly deck, Gothenburg has morphed from a bar into our favourite Hamilton restaurant. The menu of shared plates effortlessly spans the globe –…
Top Choice Italian in Cambridge

Alpino cucina e vino

In a heritage former post office, the stylish and elegant yet informal and approachable Alpino cucina e vino is one of the best restaurants in the Waikato region. The main menu focuses on excellent pasta and hearty …
Top Choice Ice Cream in Hamilton

Duck Island Ice Cream

A dazzling array of ever-changing flavours – how does crab-apple crumble or coconut and kaffir lime sound – make Duck Island quite probably NZ’s best ice-cream parlour. The sunny corner location is infused with a hi…
Top Choice International in Raglan

Shack

Brunch classics – try the chickpea-and-corn fritters – and interesting shared-plate mains like tempura squid and star-anise chicken feature at the best cafe in town. A longboard strapped to the wall, wobbly old floo…
Modern NZ in Hamilton

Chim Choo Ree

In an airy heritage building beside the river, Chim Choo Ree focuses on small plates like Thai fish and papaya salad, gin-cured salmon and confit pork belly, plus larger, equally inventive mains using duck, lamb, ve…
Cafe in Raglan

Raglan Social Club

Shared tables and a kids playground definitely put the social into the Raglan Social Club, and light meals – including salt and pepper squid with lime mayonnaise – partner with healthy salads that can also be purcha…
Cafe in Cambridge

Paddock

Free-range this and organic that punctuate the menu at the cool slice of culinary style that looks like it’s dropped in from Auckland or Melbourne. Distressed timber furniture and a vibrant and colourful mural enliv…
Cafe in Te Awamutu

Walton St Coffee

In a rustic building with exposed beams and retro furniture, this combo of cafe, gallery and performance space is Te Awamutu’s top spot for a coffee. The menu has a strong focus on organic and gluten-free options. T…
Cafe in Raglan

Raglan Roast Food Department

Pizza by the slice and interesting gelato flavours – our favourite is the cinnamon and rice – reinforce the authentic Italian credentials of Raglan Roast Food Department. The scattering of mismatched retro furniture…
International in Hamilton

Scott’s Epicurean

This gorgeous joint features swanky leather banquettes, pressed-tin ceilings, great coffee and an interesting and affordable menu: try the pytti panna (Swedish bubble-and-squeak) for breakfast or the ever-popular sp…