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By Leo Williams
Driving in Tauranga is fun with scenic views and plenty of sunshine. But if you’re looking for a quick bite, their diverse cafes have scrumptious menus and incredible-tasting coffee.
Skip making your own breakfast or packing your lunch for one day, and head down to the amazing cafes Tauranga has to offer.
How about a slice of a vegan carrot cake? With options for special diets, not only will you feed your body the right food, but you’ll also leave feeling very content.
Anyway, we’ve done the work and picked out only the best cafes in Tauranga that are worth your money.
The Best Cafes in Tauranga
Without further ado, we now round up the very best cafes in Tauranga below!
1) Cafe Eighty-Eight
|BEST FOR||Delectable, generous food and cakes, along with lovely latte art|
|SERVICES||Breakfast Lunch Brunch|
|ADDRESS||88 Maunganui Road, Mount Maunganui, New Zealand 3116|
|CONTACT DETAILS||+64 7-574 0384 [email protected]|
|OPERATING HOURS||Monday – Sunday: 7.00 AM – 4.30 PM *Note that the kitchen closes at 3.00 PM Christmas Day: closed Boxing Day and other public holidays: open|
|PRICES||Kindly refer to this photo here|
The telltale sign of a great cafe is having many customers daily. And just by looking through the window, you can tell that Cafe 88 is one of the best cafes in Tauranga.
Whether you’re going for a healthy granola cereal with fruits and yoghurt, a fantastic omelette, or an artistic latte, you’re in the right place.
Their cabinets are filled with goodies with surprisingly large portions. It’s hard to resist their vegan brownies, carrot cakes, and Tofu Quiche with spinach, tomato, and onions.
How do you like your coffee to be made? Just tell the barista your preferences—for instance, less foam or sugar—and they’ll expertly craft it to your liking.
Though the cafe is bustling, the staff can still provide each customer with friendly and professional services. Additionally, customers love their delicious food and relaxing courtyard space.
One diner, Frankie M., wrote of Cafe 88:
“Highly recommend this place for coffee. Ordered an almond milk flat white with no foam and it was made perfectly. Great barista who understands different milks and needed. Staff were friendly and the place was busy and bustling. I didn’t get food but every meal I saw that came out looked tasty.”
A customer named Esther left a comment as well:
“My boyfriend and I went in for breakfast and were very pleased with what we found! A huge selection of cabinet food freshly baked. Delish eggs benny off the menu. Coffee was ok.”
2) Grindz Cafe
|BEST FOR||Iced coffee and yummy vegan selection served quickly|
|SERVICES||Breakfast, brunch, and lunch Drinks Functions Catering|
|ADDRESS||50 First Avenue, Tauranga, New Zealand 3110|
|CONTACT DETAILS||+64 7-579 0017 [email protected]|
|OPERATING HOURS||Monday – Friday: 7.00 AM – 4.00 PM Saturday: 8.00 AM – 3.30 PM Sunday: 8.00 AM – 3.00 PM|
|PRICES||Please view their menu rates here|
Grindz Cafe is a family-friendly spot with a vast range of food choices. Their cheery and friendly staff will take your orders, while your food is prepared with care and detail.
Kickstart your day by having the Chef’s Special Breakfast with bacon, beef pattie, hash browns, spinach, onions, smashed avocado, or hollandaise—great for sharing!
For a lighter meal, opt for bacon and eggs or porridge with pears and dates, or mixed berries. Also, you can go to their cabinet with tasties like quiche or chicken panini.
Their iced coffee drinks keep you cool on a hot day. Other than coffee, they offer tea, smoothies, and protein shakes. For something different, try their Matcha and turmeric latte.
Grindz coffee stands out from the rest of the pack, thanks to their winning customer service and consistent quality of food.
One customer, Jassy, stated of the cafe:
“I went there today, ordered hot chocolate and food. they have very quick service. Nice manager and staff very friendly. i had a much laugh with staff.”
Also, a customer named Alberto said this:
“I was there to have lunch and be able to do some work I needed on the computer! I’ve heard very well of this coffee. Everything was wonderful great food and salad many options for vegans and gluten free, it was a hot day I ordered an iced coffee and was amazing. Nice atmosphere with sofas and table to reunite with friends and friendly staff. Definitely I’ll be back.”
3) Elizabeth Cafe and Larder
|BEST FOR||Satisfying lamb and steak and a range of local wines|
|SERVICES||Breakfast, brunch, and lunch Drinks Functions Catering|
|ADDRESS||247 Cameron Road, Tauranga, New Zealand|
|CONTACT DETAILS||07 579 0950 [email protected]|
|OPERATING HOURS||Monday – Friday: 7.00 AM – 3.00 PM Saturday & Sunday: 8.00 AM – 2.00 PM Public Holidays: 8.00 AM – 2.00 PM|
|PRICES||Click here to see their breakfast and lunch rates |
Wine and beer menu can be viewed here
Hot and cold drinks can be found here
Catering menu can be viewed here
Nestled in the heart of Tauranga, Elizabeth Cafe and Larder serves up a classic menu with a twist. It also caters to vegan, vegetarian, gluten-free, dairy-free, and keto diets.
Their goal is to create taste-worthy food with the highest-quality produce. Equalling the quality of their food is their coffee sourced from the veteran roaster, Kokako Organic Coffee Roasters.
While their breakfast menu is limited, they offer tasty meals like smashed avocado on multi-grain bread and perfectly textured Lizzie waffles. Breakfast is available all day.
Getting a quick lunch? The gluten-free prawn and salmon salad, salt and pepper squid, and savoury steak sandwich with tomato and baby spinach are all fantastic choices.
To help enhance the flavour from your lunch, the cafe also offers the taste of NZ in their wines. They have wine choices, such as Riesling, Chardonnay and more.
Despite some waiting time during peak hours, Elizabeth Cafe and Larder more than makes up for it through their superb dishes and friendly staff.
One satisfied client, Jan, wrote a review of one of the best cafes in Tauranga:
“We had breakfast here on a Sunday morning, not too busy when we arrived. The food was just beautiful along with the coffee. We had the house made waffles and they were so very light and beautifully crispy unlike anything we had encountered before, as we believe waffles should be! Will visit every time we are in Tauranga. Great atmosphere with the friendliest staff. A winning combination. Great location within walking distance of the best accomodation at Tauranga on the Waterfront in Second Ave.”
Also, Adam said of the urban eatery:
“A truly exceptional experience. With helpful service, a bright and welcoming location and simply delicious menu items. I just have to highly recommend this place! The lamb, the fritters and the green smoothie were just the best.”
4) The Med Cafe
|BEST FOR||Scrumptious and affordable gluten-free meals and tasty nachos|
|SERVICES||Breakfast, lunch, and brunch Drinks|
|ADDRESS||62 Devonport Road, Tauranga, New Zealand|
|CONTACT DETAILS||Phone: 07 577 0487 Text: 022 369 2335|
|OPERATING HOURS||Monday – Friday: 7.00 AM – 3.00 PM Saturday & Sunday 8.00 AM – 3.00 PM *Please note that their kitchen closes at 2.00 PM, but the cabinet food is still available till 3.00 PM|
|PRICES||Check out their menu prices from their site|
Hunting for a cafe that will give you value for your dollars? Try The Med Cafe for delish food and amazing portions at affordable prices.
Situated at 62 Devonport Road, this cafe is very accessible from the city. With a caring and prompt staff, your coffee is sure to arrive hot and on time.
They have a relatively simple menu, but all the essentials are pretty much here. For breakfast, try their mushroom on toast or buttermilk blueberry pancakes.
Freshly squeezed juices, coffee, and tea will complement your meals. You can also order their special soup or salad of the day.
They also have outdoor seating if you prefer. For your kids, there are vegetarian nachos, fresh fruit salad, and yummy desserts like chocolate sundae and banana split.
Negative reviews are at an all-time low with this company. In summary, customers are raving about the excellent service and food quality of The Med Cafe.
Check out this review from one satisfied client on Tripadvisor:
“Visited for a late brunch, based on TA reviews. A truly wonderful experience, that other cafes could learn from. Wait staff delightful and attentive, brought menus & water, and were happy to take coffee orders so we could consider the truly awesome menu.
Coffees were wonderful – especially mine, the almond mocha – the best I’ve had in a long time.
Between us we enjoyed the fish of the day, the chicken salad, a toasted ham sammie & kumara fries. The food was all beautiful – even more so since we were all able to have gluten-free options, which can often be boring & limiting. Now, I have to warn you, the portions are amazing, so sharing may be a good idea. But, when the food is this good, why limit yourself?”
5) Patio Rose Cafe
|BEST FOR||Fresh cabinet food with savoury and sweet choices|
|SERVICES||Breakfast, lunch, and brunch High tea|
|ADDRESS||528 Cambridge Rd, Tauriko, Tauranga 3110, New Zealand|
|CONTACT DETAILS||(07) 543 1096 [email protected]|
|OPERATING HOURS||Monday – Friday: 7.00 AM – 4.00 PM Saturday – Sunday: 8.00 AM – 4.00 PM * Brunch menu finishes at 2.00 PM|
|PRICES||Kindly check their menu on their site|
Come and dine at a lovely garden setting at Patio Rose Cafe. They have a cosy indoor and outdoor seating—so pick your favourite spot for your brunch or high tea!
Inside, their homely cafe features a nice patterned wallpaper and a fireplace to warm the diners. While outside, you can sit under the tree shade or by the morning sun.
Their specialty is cabinet food with daily specials, savouries, and treats. Using premium coffee beans, they brew aromatic and great coffee for you to enjoy.
Want a grand dessert? Order their buttermilk waffles with grilled banana, stone fruit compote, creme fraiche, and chocolate sauce.
Patio Rose Cafe is a great spot to catch up with friends over coffee. Also, if you’re a dog person, you can take your dog with you on their wonderful patio.
Among the best cafes in Tauranga, Patio Rose Cafe is housed within the Garden Centre amid beautiful plants and flowers. Customers greatly appreciated the wonderful ambience of the cafe.
One client, Paul, said of Patio Rose Cafe:
“Very good garden centre with a wonderful coffee shop. Great coffee and a good selection of delicious naughty cakes. Very pleasant outdoor seating surrounded by plants. Highly recommended.”
Furthermore, another left this comment:
“My wife and I stopped in for brunch – a mandatory flat white (or 2) and we shared the Eggs Bene (one muffin/egg combo each – perfect!). Coffee was perfect and the food was bang on. This place is a great spot to sit in the morning sun amidst the garden and chill out. Staff busy but friendly and attentive.”
And that finishes the best cafes in Tauranga list! Anytime you need a break or just want to enjoy a full breakfast or brunch, you can swing by at these spots.
Any questions or comments regarding our list? If you have one, kindly leave us a message, and we’ll get back to you in a jiffy.
Other than that, you may want to read about the best Italian restaurants in Tauranga. What’s better than a well-cooked spaghetti, pizza, and a glass of delightful wine for supper?