Top 10 Cafe food in Rotorua, North Island, New Zealand

August 9, 2020 Marlin Saiz

Discover Restaurants offering the best Cafe food in Rotorua, North Island, New Zealand. Bubbling mineral springs and pools promise maximum relaxation in Rotorua, on New Zealand's North Island. Therapeutic hot mud pools, dramatic geysers and a buried village are within easy reach of the city. What happens in the bubbling mud geysers of "Rotovegas"—the area at the top of Fenton Street—stays in Rotovegas. Once you've made the most of the mud, soar nearly 2,000 feet on the Skyline Gondola for views of Lake Rotorua, then zip back down to explore the lake by paddle steamer, fishing charter or WWII amphibious vehicle.
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10. Third Place Cafe

35 Lake Road Ohinemutu, Rotorua 3010 New Zealand Cafe, New Zealand Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch, Drinks Outdoor Seating, Serves Alcohol, Free Wifi, Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Parking Available, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Wine and Beer, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Digital Payments, Accepts [email protected] +64 7-349 4852 http://thirdplacecafe.co.nz/
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4 based on 441 reviews

Third Place Cafe

Third Place Cafe has great views of Lake Rotorua, Mokoia Island, Ohinemutu Geothermal Maori Village and Saint Faiths Historic Church from the indoor and outdoor tables. Fresh food made daily. Full breakfast and Lunch menus, Morning and Afternoon tea. Grea

Reviewed By sonnie111

We had breakfast at Third Place because of all the good reviews. We were excited about the descriptions on the menu and placed our order with the friendly but very busy staff. Our coffee arrived, it was good. Breakfast on the other hand was not. I had the crispy potatoes with tomato and salad greens, it sounded great on the menu but when it arrived the potato cakes (homemade grated potato, should of been yum) were cold and the potato was not completely cooked. The only warm bit of the breakfast was the outside of the potato cake\hash\rosti. The restaurant was very busy so maybe the kitchen was under the pump but it left me disappointed.Thanks for your feedback Sonnie, I will discuss this with the chefs regarding the potato hash stack. Glad you enjoyed the coffees and our friendly staff. We hope your next visit is better.

9. Abracadabra Cafe Bar

1263 Amohia Street, Rotorua 3010 New Zealand Mexican, Bar, Cafe, Contemporary Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Private Dining, Seating, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service [email protected] +64 7-348 3883 http://www.abracadabracafe.com
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4 based on 580 reviews

Abracadabra Cafe Bar

Abracadabra cafe and bar "Good food, good vibes" a funky 1940s house with unique character and atmosphere. Come in and meet us for exceptional kiwi service with a smile.

Reviewed By Judave

This was our second visit for lunch and I must say standards appeared to have dropped. I had the open chicken sandwich, rather different from last time in terms of the amount of chicken, bacon and salad; my partner had the steak sandwich which he was disappointed with in terms of quality; spicy shrimps, which were still good; child’s nachos with chicken, which looked disgusting in terms of colouring, probably tasted better than looked; a couple of dishes with taco chips served with salsa or guacamole and not much else. Overpriced for what you receive, also applies to the beverages. Sorry but I would think twice before ever returning.

8. Capers Epicurean

1181 Eruera Street, Rotorua 3010 New Zealand Cafe, Contemporary, Soups, Healthy Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Wheelchair Accessible, Free Wifi, Takeout, Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Credit Cards [email protected] +64 7-348 8818 http://www.capers.co.nz
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4 based on 1022 reviews

Capers Epicurean

Capers has a passion to provide our valued customers with food that is both good for your body, soul and for the planet. With our free-trade coffee beans and organic deli products, sustainability is at the top of our priorities. For over a decade, the Cap

Reviewed By 594josephn

Came here for breakfast as they had some good vegan, healthy options. It was a great surprise. The staff were great. Nice and efficient, and the food was amazing. I highly recommend this restaurant if you are in the area. You won't be disappointed .

7. Okere Falls Store

757A SH33 Okere Falls Okere Falls, Rotorua 3074 New Zealand German, Cafe, New Zealand Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Drinks Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Wheelchair Accessible, Free Wifi, Live Music [email protected] +64 7-362 4944 http://okerefallsstore.co.nz/
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4 based on 208 reviews

Okere Falls Store

New Zealand's best eco-friendly cafe and store. Come and enjoy our range of speciality food + great coffee, relax in our beer garden with a boutique beer or soak up the million dollar lake views with a glass of wine.

Reviewed By Dennis M

We popped into Okere Falls Store as we had a while to wait before going white water rafting at Rotorua Rafting whose office was nearby. The first thing to say is Okere Falls Store is not just a store but also where you can eat freshly prepared food in an outdoors area. The food we had was excellent quality & from what I recall it is open in the evenings and also sells alcohol.

6. Le Cafe de Paris

1206 Hinemoa Street Cbd, Rotorua 3010 New Zealand French, Cafe, European Lunch, Brunch, Breakfast Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Parking Available, Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Credit Cards [email protected] +64 7-348 1210 http://www.facebook.com/cafedeparisrotorua
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4 based on 341 reviews

Le Cafe de Paris

Being greeted with a friendly "Bonjour!" As you enter the Cafe de Paris is one of its unique charms. The French owners, Alain (from Lyon) and Valerie (from Pau) settled in Rotorua 12 years ago.They provide a wide variety of French cuisine and an all day b

Reviewed By Rich G

Came for breakfast before starting a day of tourism. Loved the fruit smoothie and french pastries and breakfast. More imporantly, I sat at a community table and a very friendly woman (the owner?) came by and talked with me, and gave me tourist advice and just shared information and stories. So friendly! Loved Rotorua thanks to this small french cafe to start my day!Bonjour, Merci beaucoup for taking the time to post this outstanding review on Trip Advisor following your recent visit to Le Café de Paris. We are thrilled that you enjoyed your French experience. Your review is very rewarding for my team. We always have pleasure to talk to our clients and help them to enjoy Rotorua and New Zealand.See you at your next visit, take care. Au revoir Valerie & the team of Le café de Paris

5. Picnic Cafe

1174 Whakaue Street, Rotorua 3010 New Zealand Cafe, European, New Zealand, Contemporary, Fusion Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch, Drinks Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service, Wine and Beer [email protected] +64 7-343 9239 http://www.facebook.com/picnicaferotorua
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4 based on 674 reviews

Picnic Cafe

Picnic Cafe has excellent food, great service with a European ambiance. The menu has an extensive breakfast range as well as an a la carte lunch menu. If you would like something lighter, the cabinet provides a range of cakes and sandwiches all made on th

Reviewed By Annie S

we are a couple of locals who have two totally different palettes. i like a bit of spice but my partner most definately does not!picnic delivers a menu to suit all tastes. this was evident from the diverse range of customers all happily scoffing away, even children.this is our go to brunch cafe, consistently good, awesome staff and laid back environment. the eggs bene has to be THE best i have had anywhere, every component of the dish is amazing and all together just nomnoms.keep up the good work picnic, you've got it sussed!!!

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4. Scope

1296 Tutanekai Street, Rotorua 3010 New Zealand Cafe, European, New Zealand Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Free Wifi, Table Service, Reservations [email protected] +64 7-282 2090 https://www.facebook.com/scoperotorua/?hc_ref=ARSwKQ1a1iCk5sLCjbXiE2HfoM94yIReos7tBakYNCLkKChTZc_iRiV03bAjk33Hl0Q
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4 based on 138 reviews

Scope

An oasis in the centre of town, close to banks, shops, museum and other tourist attractions. We offer a full ready to eat menu of cakes, savouries, pies, salads, all made by our amazing chefs on site. We are #wildaboutflavour, offering a full breakfast an

Reviewed By NZNana

Was looking forward to my first visit here but certainly won't be back. Pot of tea was lukewarm. Took it back to counter, and after staff member argued with me that it was the hottest they could make it, (yeah right..), they replaced it. Then the meal I'd ordered had a main item missing, according to description on menu. Again, returned it to counter and they got the kitchen to add the item to the plate. When going to relax in a cafe a customer shouldn't be put through this embarrassing process, not once but twice. I guess most people would not complain so they get away with it.Thank you so much for taking time to review our little cafe, NZNana, we appreciate all reviews, we take the time to thank our team for exceptional experiences and also learn from reviews such as yours. We are sorry Scope was not a cafe to your liking and your experience was not a satisfactory one. We understood both your concerns were addressed at the time of your visit a few weeks ago and have learned from this experience. We thank you again for your review and wish you a wonderful day in our beautiful Rotorua. Team Scope

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3. Artisan Cafe

1149 Tutanekai Street, Rotorua 3010 New Zealand Cafe, New Zealand Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Digital Payments, Free Wifi, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service [email protected] +64 7-348 0057 http://www.artisancaferotorua.com
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4 based on 408 reviews

Artisan Cafe

Artisan food is homemade and hand crafted, from its inventive menu, right through to its understated home spun decor and friendly service. We have an exciting choice of creative breakfasts, brunches and lunches, along with a large selection of delicious,

Reviewed By louiseruthmccarthy

We stopped here for brunch while staying in Rotorua, and so glad we did! Potato hash was immense, and my friend had the granola which looked amazing. The staff were super friendly and chatty, and it was an overwhelmingly positive experience. 100% would return!

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2. Ciabatta Cafe and Bakery

38 White Street, Rotorua 3010 New Zealand Cafe, European, New Zealand Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch Outdoor Seating, Seating, Parking Available, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Digital Payments, Free Wifi, Takeout, Accepts Credit Cards, Live Music [email protected] +64 7-348 3332 http://www.ciabattabakery.co.nz/
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5 based on 770 reviews

Ciabatta Cafe and Bakery

A range of continental breads and pastries baked fresh daily. Also a great lunch menu featuring "The Long Dog". More than just a bakery, we have amazing coffee aswell, plenty of cafe style seating and great ambience.

Reviewed By JennyA2603

We had a wonderful brunch here with a large group. The food was delicious and they coped well with all of us. The food was lovely and the service was very good. We would definitely come back.

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1. Picnic Cafe

1174 Whakaue Street, Rotorua 3010 New Zealand Cafe, European, New Zealand, Contemporary, Fusion Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch, Drinks Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service, Wine and Beer [email protected] +64 7-343 9239 http://www.facebook.com/picnicaferotorua
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4 based on 674 reviews

Picnic Cafe

Picnic Cafe has excellent food, great service with a European ambiance. The menu has an extensive breakfast range as well as an a la carte lunch menu. If you would like something lighter, the cabinet provides a range of cakes and sandwiches all made on th

Reviewed By Annie S

we are a couple of locals who have two totally different palettes. i like a bit of spice but my partner most definately does not!picnic delivers a menu to suit all tastes. this was evident from the diverse range of customers all happily scoffing away, even children.this is our go to brunch cafe, consistently good, awesome staff and laid back environment. the eggs bene has to be THE best i have had anywhere, every component of the dish is amazing and all together just nomnoms.keep up the good work picnic, you've got it sussed!!!

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