Best Family Foodie Spots

Keep the family fueled-up during your Great Lake Taupo escape this autumn with these family-friendly cafes and restaurants.


Feast your eyes and bellies at L'Arte

A trip to L’Arte is a visual and edible feast and unlike anything you have experienced before. Nestled in the hills behind Acacia Bay, the cafe features an awesome mosaic garden with an outside mosaic living room. There is a gallery on site which sells pieces of art and ceramics. The kids will feel like they have been transported to a magical wonderland! With New Zealand's finest produce, L’Arté’s kitchen team produce everything fresh on-site, from homemade bread to homemade pesto and onion jam. Find out more about L'Arte here.

Spoon and Paddle

Relaxing family cafe, Spoon and Paddle

Spoon and Paddle not only serve delicious food and drink, they do it from a charming 1960's villa. The fully-fenced section has a playground and garden tables, so it's the perfect place for families to kick back and relax. If it's chilly, there are two comfortable rooms and a cozy lounge suite so everyone can find a place to warm up and re-fuel. Find out more about Spoon and Paddle here.

KEFI at the Hub

KEFI at the Hub serves divine breakfast and lunch dishes as well as healthy organic and gluten free options. Right across from the Craters Mountain Bike Park, you won't this spot as there is a giant sikorsky helicopter on the grounds. The kids will love the healthy treats and playing, jumping and posing in front of the chopper.


World's coolest McDonalds

Taupo is proudly home to the World's Coolest McDonald's. This special Maccas includes a decommissioned DC3 plane! There are seats inside the plane so you can enjoy your meal from inside and view the original cockpit. No trip to Taupo is complete without a picture of yourself with it. Kids can enjoy their happy meal in the plane or the awesome playground while the adults re-charge with a coffee from the McCafe. Find out more about McDonald's Taupo here.

Lone Star

Rustle up the family for a meal in Lone Star

Lone Star's wild west themed menu is sure to satisfy even the hungriest cowboy. Kids have their own special menu made from fresh, local produce. Renowned as one of the best steakhouses in town, you can enjoy also enjoy spectacular views of Lake Taupo from this stunning venue. Find out more about Lone Star here.

Dixie Browns

Something for every taste at Dixie Browns

Dixie Browns is a an all-round family favourite. The menu is wide and varied ensuring there will be something to suit everyone's tastes. If you are being budget conscious, try the pizzas - very tasty and very filling. Make sure to leave room for one of their famous desserts or double thick shakes. Find out more about Dixie Browns here.

The Bistro

Simple but nice food at The Bistro

The Bistro's motto is simple but nice and it certainly is! The kids menu is packed full of real, nutritious food. Adults don't miss out with mouth-watering locally sourced delicacies. Sundays are family night at The Bistro where big and little kids are more than welcome. Come between 5pm and 7pm and the kids will receive a free dessert with their main meal. Find out more about The Bistro here.

Cobb & Co

Kiwi classic Cobb and Co

Visit Cobb & Co for a friendly environment and warm charm that is uniquely kiwi. Cobb & Co is a true classic, cooking up honest-to-goodness home-style meals prepared like Mum used to make. The Little Cobbers will love the kids meals, kids area and the free kids bags with all Kids Meals. And yes, in case you were wondering, they still serve traffic lights! Find out more about Cobb & Co here.

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