Well known for its picturesque location on the shores of New Zealand’s largest lake, Taupō also draws visitors thanks to its volcanic underbelly that results in natural hot pools and stunning thermal features. However, all adventures need fuel of some kind, so if you’re planning on making the most of this township, you better fill your belly first. Here’s where to go to get the best in town.
L’Arté Café and Gallery
255 Mapara Road, Acacia Bay
What’s better than enjoying a bite to eat in the great outdoors you say? Well how about surrounding yourself with impressive mosaic art while you do. Nestled in a large garden, L’Arté Café and Gallery doubles as a place to impress your tastebuds as much as your art palette, with the outdoor space packed with bright daring works by Judi Brennan. Fill up on fresh cabinet food made onsite daily, or take away some of their wholemeal bread or sweet slices for late, just don’t forget to get a picture with the oversized lounge chair and fireplace before you go!
38 Roberts Street
Located smack bang in the city centre, it’s easy to see why Dixie Browns is a popular local eatery. Pair it’s great lakeside location with generous menu servings and it quickly becomes a place you could visit for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Saying that, it is open for all three, so if it’s the Dixie Brown omelette you’re after, a BLT, or perhaps the catch of the day, visit here for a meal made by a kitchen who knows more means more.
42 Roberts Street
Open for breakfast, brunch and lunch, Café Baku offers visitors the chance to start the day with a fantastic meal and service. Choose from the European inspired menu with Crepe Suzette, French Toast and Pomodoro Egg Bake all twanging the tastebuds of hungry customers. build your own burger with a lunchtime feast option, or if you’re travelling with companions, the seasonal sharing platter is an easy choice.
Raw Balance NZ
45 Oruanui Street
Those passing through Taupo looking for a slightly healthier food option will be pleased to see the presence of Raw Balance NZ. The wholefood café and retail store operates a plant-based kitchen with all recipes created by raw, vegan chefs. 100% gluten free, this place takes its roll of feeding people with dietary requirements seriously, and commits to using organic products wherever possible. Stop in for a ‘vitality wrap’, or one of the many colourful sweet tarts that really do look too good to pass up.
14 Runanga Street
Taking the hospitality scene up a level are the clever folk at The Storehouse, a café where you can enjoy a NZ beer or wine alongside salt and pepper squid tacos. If it’s a little early in the day for that, how about a chemex coffee with smashed avo on toast. Whatever you choose, you can rest assured it’ll be an enjoyable wait for your meal – the place doubles as a contemporary retail space for furniture and homewares, so have a browse while you’re there.