Best Cafes in Taupo

We’re full of culinary delights of every variety. We have top restaurants ranging from fine dining to ethnic cuisine and everything in between, a café culture to rival that of the big cities and plenty of fresh local produce to bring life and flavour to our food.

The Storehouse

The Storehouse in Runanga Street has quickly become one of Taupo’s most iconic cafes. The converted storehouse has a fresh and stylish interior complete with vintage hipster bicycles, and their Kokako coffee is not just superb but it’s organic too, so you can really feel good about your brew. The Storehouse food is seasonal and soulful and ranges from delicious menu items such as Ranchers Eggs, sliders and waffles to fresh baking that’s better than grandma’s. A must visit on the Taupo café scene. Find out more about The Storehouse here.

Café Baku

Café Baku is a new addition to Taupo, but it hasn’t taken long for this stylish cafe to make its mark on the café scene. The view from this lakeside café is stunning, and they’ve managed to combine good coffee (Allpress) with epicurean delights in fine form. The extensive salad bar is worth mentioning, as are the Med Spread platter and Harissa Squid. Good food, great atmosphere and superb location! Find out more about Cafe Baku here.


L’Arte, on Mapara Road in Acacia Bay, appears in a couple of our food categories, but that’s because it’s rightfully earned its place as one of the region’s top cafes. There’s something very satisfying about eating good food while admiring beautiful local art in a garden setting. The outdoor mosaic furniture is a huge attraction at L’Arte, as is the gallery which sells the beautiful pieces of art and ceramics. This café is known as a top destination for weekend brunches and the food has been consistently good since the café’s inception. Find out more about L'Arte here.


Kefi on Horomatangi Street is a mediterranean-themed café with some of the best food you’ll find this side of Athens. Chef Alexi creates divine breakfast and lunch dishes as well as healthy organic and gluten free options. The selection of raw slices and cakes is to die for (try the salted caramel slice!), and they pair perfectly with Kefi’s organic fair trade coffee. The awesomely friendly staff are a real bonus. Find out more about Kefi here.


Bodyfuel on Tongariro Street encompasses everything you’d expect from a good café – cabinets loaded with delicious food options, amazing baked goods, a buzzing atmosphere, handy location (opposite the Taupo i-Site and bus stops) and good coffee. This place constantly gets rave reviews and is a favourite haunt for many locals. Find out more about Bodyfuel here.


Poised at the top end of Tongariro Street, Victoria’s Café Kitchen Bar does a fine job of providing customers with delicious breakfasts, lunches and dessert treats. The smashed avocado and eggs on toast is a seasonal favourite for breakfast, and there is a great kids menu if you have the family in tow. Find out more about Victoria's here.

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