The 8 Best Cafes in Hamilton

Best Cafes in Hamilton

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By Anders Wilson

Fuelling up with a great breakfast helps to start your day right. In the same way, having a tasty lunch makes you productive at work.

Coffee shops are dotted all over Hamilton, but not all of them provide excellent food, coffee, and service to customers.

Whether you want to have a nutritious salad, a cheeseburger with fries, or simply relax with a warm cup of coffee or tea, we have you covered.

Keep reading to find out which Hamilton cafes have made it into our list.

The Best Cafes in Hamilton

Moving forward, we now present to you the very best cafes in Hamilton!

1)   Grey St Kitchen

Grey St Kitchen's Coffee
Image from Grey St Kitchen Instagram
BEST FORAmazing roasted coffee by 2-Time NZ Barista Champ
SERVICESBreakfast Lunch
WEBSITEhttps://www.greystkitchen.co.nz/
ADDRESS355 Grey Street, Hamilton East, Hamilton, NZ
CONTACT DETAILS(07) 959 1854
OPERATING HOURSOpen every day from 7.00 AM – 3.00 PM
PRICESCheck their all-day menu rates here

Voted by reviewers as one of the absolute best cafes in Hamilton, Grey St Kitchen has fine-tasting coffee, wholesome meals, and a quiet and cosy atmosphere.

The proprietor, Dove, is a 2-time NZ Barista Champ and roasts the cafe’s wide range of coffee. The result is a superb aroma and flavour, which has been loved by customers.

Their all-day menu features classic and favourite Kiwi dishes including eggs on toast and chipotle baked beans, as well as prosciutto and crispy potato omelette.

If you’re in a hurry for work, their food cabinet offers enticing high-quality food such as chicken pies, scones, salads, and cakes. Your breakfast, brunch, or lunch is solved!

Pros

  • Award-winning barista
  • Caters to vegan, vegetarian, and gluten-free diets
  • Easy-to-use app
  • Free Wi-Fi

Cons

  • Order delays

Customer Reviews

Many customers say that this cafe has great coffee, excellent menus, and cabinet food. Also, we suggest trying their delightful nourish bowl at lunchtime.

Here’s Joanna weighing in on the food at Grey St Kitchen:

“Not only is the food delicious, it looks so pretty. A sign of the cRe and quality that goes into each dish. Great menu and cabinet food. So good, went back the next day!”

Another patron wrote a comment:

“Always great service at Grey St Kitchen. This is one of our favourite places in Hamilton for a quick stop and caffeine fix.”

2)   The Kirk Cafe

The Kirk Cafe's Salad
Image from The Kirk Cafe Facebook
BEST FORSuper-delicious, artfully presented NZ fusion food
SERVICESBreakfast Lunch Brunch
WEBSITEhttps://www.facebook.com/thekirkcafe/?ref=page_internal
ADDRESS6 Te Aroha Street Hamilton, New Zealand 3247
CONTACT DETAILS+64 21 910 978 [email protected]
OPERATING HOURSMonday – Friday: 8.00 AM – 2.30 PM Saturday: 8.30 AM – 2.30 PM Sunday: 9.30 AM – 2.30 PM
PRICESKindly enquire the cafe for rates

The Kirk Cafe exists for all the foodies out there. Here, you won’t get enough of the mouthwatering and artfully styled fusion meals ranging from vegetarian dishes to decadent desserts.

To pull this off, they use local and seasonal ingredients. Bread and pastries are baked fresh and hot off the oven every day.

Treat yourself to a luscious dragon fruit vegan slice, chocolate cupcakes with peanut butter and almond sprinkled on top, and their mood-lifting lemon cakes.

For a serious lunch, go for their Southern Fried Chicken Burger with iceberg lettuce, southern mayo, pickled celery, cucumber, potato waffles, and dirty cheese (Yum!).

Prepared with passion and attention to detail, their food is to die for. As they say, if you haven’t eaten at The Kirk Cafe, you haven’t lived yet.

Pros

  • Artful presentation
  • Use local ingredients
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Plenty of parking space

Cons

  • Limited vegan dishes
  • No gluten-free dishes

Customer Reviews

With stunning food and presentation, The Kirk Cafe has proven to be the one of the best cafes in Hamilton. A great number of clients can attest to it without any bias at all.

One diner shared her experience on Tripadvisor:

“We are yet to have a meal that doesn’t impress us at The Kirk. We usually pop down on a Saturday or Sunday for brunch. Coffee is great and the food is superb. My personal fav being the Southern Fried Chicken! We haven’t taken our pup down, however we do know that it is pet friendly outside (plenty of shade!).”

Also, another client said this:

“I visited the Kirk a few days ago,it wasn’t my first visit and definitely won’t be my last. I ordered the calamari after being seated in the garden and enjoyed a delicious hot chocolate while waiting for my meal. The calamari was recommended by one of the waiters and it did not disappoint. Was a great choice of meal to enjoy for lunch in the garden.”

3)   Scotts Epicurean

Scotts Epicurean's Dish
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BEST FOREclectic food and signature Allpress espresso in a relaxed cafe
SERVICESBreakfast Lunch Brunch Private function
WEBSITEhttps://scottsepicurean.co.nz/
ADDRESS181 Victoria St, Hamilton, New Zealand
CONTACT DETAILS07 839 6680 [email protected]
OPERATING HOURSMonday – Friday: 7.00 AM – 3.00 PM Saturday & Sunday: 8.00 AM – 4.00 PM Christmas Day & New Year’s Day: closed
PRICESClick here to view their menu and rates

Want a hearty breakfast and satisfying Allpress espresso? Scotts Epicurean has you sorted.

The Edwardian cafe is run by siblings Jason and Mandy Scott. It boasts an eclectic range of food with gluten-free, vegan, and vegetarian options available.

Aglio Olio is their supremely good spaghetti with Italian parmesan, parsley, chilli, garlic, and olive oil. This is best paired with their Sauvignon Blanc.

Another is the sensational Pad Thai noodles with shrimps, chicken, peanut, and fresh lime. But for breakfast, their Rarakor (potato pancake) with poached egg is delicious!

And if you want, you can enjoy your food at their private courtyard where you can enjoy the sunny day with fresh air and quiet ambience.

Pros

  • Generous portions
  • Offers gluten-free, vegan, and vegetarian options
  • Serves wine and beer

Cons

  • Some gluten-free food cost extra $1

Customer Reviews

Scotts Epicurean is a popular eatery for their outgoing, friendly staff and homely breakfast. Combining these two elements make for a memorable restaurant experience.

Here’s Bevmac5’s comment of the eatery:

“On road trip back to Wellington we found this wee treasure. Staff are amazing and very helpful. Variety of food excellent – coffee is amazing. We had blueberry friands – beautifully presented as is the other food I saw being enjoyed.

I would definitely recommend this cafe.”

In addition, a customer named Lynette noted this:

“Every time I eat here there is always a steady stream of people coming and going. To me that is the sign of a great cafe – it’s very popular, the meals are tasty, the service is good and there are no long waits.”

4)   Punnet Eatery

Punnet Eatery's Carrot Cake
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BEST FORCharming rustic cafe with a fun playground for kids
SERVICESBreakfast, lunch, and brunch Cakes Functions Store
WEBSITEhttps://punnet.co.nz/
ADDRESS337 Newell Road, Tamahere, 3283, Hamilton, New Zealand
CONTACT DETAILS+64 7-838 1901 For pick your own strawberry enquiries, call 07-859 1380 Restaurant email: [email protected] Staff email: [email protected]
OPERATING HOURSMonday – Thursday: 8.00 AM – 3.00 PM Friday: 8.00 AM – 3.30 PM Saturday & Sunday: 8.00 AM – 4.00 PM   *Note that their kitchens close at 2.00 PM from Monday – Thursday and 2.30 PM from Friday – Sunday  
Holiday Hours   Christmas Day: closed Boxing Day: 8.00 AM – 3.00 PM New Year’s Eve: 8.00 AM – 2.30 PM New Year’s Day: 8.00 AM – 2.30 PM
PRICESCheck out their menu and rates here

Near the Strawberry Farm and Country Providore store, Punnet Eatery is a rustic cafe with overhanging leaves, gentle lighting, and lovely banquet table.

The menu features wholesome meals made from seasonal ingredients, including fresh strawberries. You can also choose from their vegan, vegetarian, and gluten-free selections.

Curb your hunger by trying their avocado and green papaya salad. Savour your lunch with garlic lamb leg with charred rosemary or their signature Bang Bang Chicken Burger.

To top it off, they have irresistible fruit ice cream you definitely shouldn’t miss. You might also want to take a look at their shop with homeware and grocery items.

Your kids will also have a great time here while playing in the outdoor sandpit with toys. You can also pick fresh berries together in the Strawberry Farm.

Pros

  • Rustic interior
  • Offers vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free choices
  • Pet-friendly
  • Ordering app available
  • Has a kids playground

Cons

  • Expensive menu

5)   Cinnamon

Cinnamon's Burger & Onion Rings
Image from Cinnamon Facebook
BEST FORBustling suburban cafe with professional and friendly staff
SERVICESBreakfast Lunch Brunch Drinks
WEBSITEhttps://cafecinnamon.co.nz/
ADDRESS201 Sandwich Road, St Andrews, Hamilton 3200, New Zealand
CONTACT DETAILS07 849 0632 [email protected]
OPERATING HOURSMonday – Friday: 7.00 AM – 5.00 PM Saturday & Sunday: 8.00 AM – 5.00 PM
PRICESKindly see their rates through this link

Indeed with Cinnamon, the good times keep rolling. The laid-back cafe offers amazing food, coffee, and service time and time again, as their customers can vouch for.

Located in St Andrews suburb, dropping by is easy with plenty of free parking outside. It opens early 7 days a week to serve you breakfast, lunch and brunch.

Compared to others, its menu has some unique choices. Their nourish bowls (can be gluten-free, dairy-free, or vegan) will detoxify your body while making you full.

They also serve tasty taco delights with your choice of pork, prawn, or kumara. Trust us when we say you should try their egg benedict, blueberry pancakes, or keto chicken caesar.

Wash it all down with a delicious hot choco drink or a creamy latte. By the way, flat white, long black, short black, and macchiato coffee are also available.

Pros

  • Caters to vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free diets
  • Has a toy box for kids
  • Free parking

Cons

  • Pricier food

Customer Reviews

The cafe gives clients a reason to smile with their friendly banters and consistently delicious food.

Check out Karin’s review on Tripadvisor:

“Cinnamon is my go to cafe when all else fails. I always know the I will receive great customer service the staff are welcoming and exceptionally attentive. The food is consistently great and the coffee is wonderful. I often have a spicy coconut milk chai latte it is the best in town. It is also very kid friendly with a toy box. I love Cinnamon it such a relaxing place to meet friends for brunch and coffee.”

Moreover, Brittney told of her experience at one of the best cafes in Hamilton:

“I want to give a little recognition to Cinnamon as every visit we receive amazing service. Every single time we visit we are warmly welcomed by the staff with massive smiles and great positive energy. The team are always so helpful and are happy to help cater to your needs in any way they can.

Although always quite busy, the cafe has lovely decor is just the perfect place to relax. Even more perfect on a sunny day as there is the opportunity to sit outside.

Coffees and drinks are always very well made and have great flavour. They also offer the most delicious cabinet treats. I am yet to try anything savoury as my go to is always sweet. Especially the oaty caramel slice.”

BEST FORExotic infusion of coffee
SERVICES
Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch, Hi-Tea, Meetings/Functions
WEBSITEhttp://www.urgecoffee.online/
ADDRESS
2/371 Victoria Street Hamilton, New Zealand
CONTACT DETAILS[email protected]
07-8393055 (shop) 0212411499 (Cissy)
OPERATING HOURSMonday to Friday: 7am–5pm
Saturday: 9am–4pm
PRICES

For over 60 years, Urge Coffee and Tea Boutique has been a fan-favorite when it comes to good coffee, tea, and food in Hamilton. As both an award-winning cafe and retail store, they can provide you with almost everything you might need to relax. The cozy ambience and welcoming atmosphere certainly helps bring customers in, too.

As the second largest coffee roaster in New Zealand, Urge Coffee can offer over10 different coffee blends, and continues to experiment on recipes to suit each individual.

Head on to their place and experience product and service like no other.

Pros

  • Large selection of coffee and tea
  • Amazing customer service
  • Elegantly-decorated café shop

Cons

  • Full menu is not available online
  • More on drinks than food

Customer Reviews

Read some of the feedbacks left on Urge Coffee’s Google Review:

“I’ve been here a few times. Great place for a coffee when you’re going along main Street.

They have a selection of different coffee beans to chose from, and provide a consistently good coffee to match their selection. There is some cabinet food, kitchen food, as well as chocolate truffles to pick from for food.

I personally got a flat white and loved it. My friend got the mocha pictured and as you can see, they also present their drinks well.” – Ryan Murray

“Beautiful ambience. Amazing menu board, lovely looking cups that you can buy. So many options for tea and coffee even iced beverages. Polite staff, simple menu not lots of things in the food menu but it keeps things simple and easily manageable at the store. I ordered Creamy mushroom and spinach. It’s good enough for one person. Best thing is the look and feel of the boutique. If you’re going with your mum, dad, friends, partner or for a good meeting, do try it.”           – Angel M.

7)   The Olde Creamery

BEST FORCountry Cafe in a Historic Building
SERVICESCafe, Gift Shop, High Teas, Conference Facilities, Accommodation, Weddings
WEBSITEhttps://www.oldecreamery.co.nz
ADDRESS317 Kaipaki Road, Ohaupo
CONTACT DETAILS

Phone: 07 823 6266

Email: [email protected]

OPERATING HOURS

Monday & Tuesday – By appointment only for groups over 20 and Conferences
Friday, Saturday & Sunday 10am – 4pm
Weddings and private functions 9am-11pm

Can extend hours for special occasions

Closed all Public Holidays

PRICESMenu

The Olde Creamery is a cafe that offers country food and peaceful ambience to diners. Their goal is to create a peaceful spot that can serve as a resting place for people away from the hustle and bustle of the city. They are located 15 minutes away from Hamilton, Cambridge, and Te Awamutu.

Their menu includes a wide variety of dishes, some of which include summer salads, open sandwiches, lamb shanks, desserts, and more. They serve leaf teas, coffees, and are a fully licensed venue, but they’re particularly well known for their Victorian High Teas, which do need to be booked a day ahead.

Their cafe provides facilities for weddings, conferences, and on-site accommodations in the Rose Cottage. There is also a delightful French-styled gift shop to browse through when visiting.

Pros

  • Boutique wedding venue
  • Peaceful ambiance
  • Offers Victorian High Teas
  • Winner of various awards in service and hospitality

Cons

  • May be hard to book a reservation

8)   Two Birds

BEST FORMeals from Free-Range Chickens
SERVICESFood, Drinks, Catering
WEBSITEhttps://www.twobirdscafe.co.nz
ADDRESSClyde Street Shopping Centre Hamilton East
Hamilton 3216
CONTACT DETAILS

(07) 856-8508

[email protected]

OPERATING HOURS

Mon-Fri 7:30am–4pm
Sat-Sun 8:30am–2:30pm
Public Hols 8:30am–2:30pm

PRICESMenu

Two Birds is a cafe that offers meals made from free-range chickens. Their goal is to share with their diners the nutritional benefits of eating free-range meals.

They have a wide range of dishes to offer from their menu. As a plus, they also have vegan options available.

You can find them at the Clyde Street Shopping Centre. If you can’t dine in, they also have catering services available for those interested.

Pros

  • Handmade food
  • Uses free-range chickens
  • Vegan options available
  • Catering available

Cons

  • Early closing hours

And that’s all for our list of the best cafes in Hamilton. Now you know which cafe you should go to for a delicious breakfast and coffee!

Have you got any questions or comments about our list? Provided you have one, leave us a message, and we’ll get back to you.

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