Support Local Series: Cafes

Rotorua Cafe / Coffee Culture

1. Scope Cafe: Tutanekai Street

Scope Cafe is small in size but makes up in the warmth and welcoming nature of owners Dana and Steven and their staff. The food is yummy, choose straight from a delicious selection of home baked goods or select scrumptious food prepared by their passionate and friendly chefs. The staff know their regulars well and are a bright addition to anyone’s day. The coffee is perfect and the service excellent. Get in quick or book a table, this popular spot fills up fast!
Coffee Used: Altura
Milk Alternatives – Yes
Reusable Cups – Yes


2. Capers Cafe & Store: Eruera Street

Capers has been a long time favourite spot for many locals in Rotorua. It has a distinct setup which includes a fully stocked store. The restaurant offers delicious food (breakfast, lunch & treats) and coffee, as well as drinks and dinner options. You can choose to meet friends and stay awhile, or grab a takeaway while browsing their store which has a beautiful selection of present ideas and boutique products. You are bound to see someone you know while at Capers, the staff are friendly and passionate about their customer service.
Coffee Used: Organico Coffee
Milk Alternatives – Yes
Reusable Cups – Yes

3. Revolver Coffee @ Vetro Mediterranean Food Store: Amohau Street

If you are after a coffee or snack and want to do a bit of food shopping as well, this is the perfect place to stop. The staff are both lovely and kind and the coffee is good. The store has many Mediterranean food items which are fresh and authentic.
Coffee Used: Revolver Beans
Milk Alternatives – Yes
Reusable Cups – Yes


4. Picnic Cafe: Whakaue Street

Picnic Cafe makes the best omelettes in town. The coffee is yummy and the service efficient. With views out to the Village green and down towards the lakefront, it is often easy to get a park right outside.
Coffee Used: Allpress Coffee
Milk Alternatives – Yes
Reusable Cups – Yes


5. Okere Falls Store: State Highway 33

When you are heading in or out of Rotorua, this coffee spot in the heart of beautiful Okere Falls is a bustling cafe, store and beer garden. Service is quick and cheerful and the staff love what they do. The food is wholesome and the layout of the gardens is quirky and different. Locals and visitors alike flock to support their favourite cafe.
Coffee Used: Rocket
Milk Alternatives – Yes
Reusable Cups – Yes


6. Grounded Cafe: Devon Street

Grounded has the best coffee in the suburbs! The baking is AMAZING and the banter and casual comfortableness makes you feel like you belong there, right at home. The owners love to chat and the cafe has a beautiful set up to stop, sit down and take a break, all while enjoying a hot cup of coffee.
Coffee Used: Inca Fe Beans
Milk Alternatives – Yes
Reusable Cups – Yes


7. Waipa Cafe – Mountain Bike Rotorua

This little pop up coffee container has become a permanent fixture down at Waipa. Visitors and locals literally ride up to order a coffee to go, or enjoy after a mountain bike ride, walk or adventure in the forest. Sit and enjoy a quiet brew in the sunshine while watching the children bike safely on the kids little warm up track. The staff are friendly and the raspberry brownie is to die for!
Coffee Used: Rocket Coffee
Milk Alternatives – Yes
Reusable Cups – Yes


8. Zippy Central – Pukuatua Street

One of my husbands long time favourite cafes and they have just added almond milk to their coffee menu! Friendly, down to earth staff in an iconic setting. I have fond memories of visiting this cafe as a teenager. One of Rotorua’s longest serving cafes.
Coffee Used: Coffee Supreme Beans
Milk Alternatives – Yes
Reusable Cups – Yes

9. Secret Spot – Waipa

Who doesn’t like a shinny dip with a cup of fresh brew after a mountain bike ride!? Delicious coffee, awesome hosts and the most stunning scenery in a private oasis. You can also stay longer for a hot swim.
Coffee Used: Manuka Brothers’ Coffee
Milk Alternatives – Yes
Reusable Cups – Dine in and stay for a hot ‘shinny dip


10. Abracadabra Cafe – Amohia Street

A popular cafe with the choice of cafe style seating inside or choose a cosy colourful room which is available for booking for small groups. There is also a back bar with more seating and an outside flow for children to spill out into and a garden area to play in. The owners and staff know their customers and provide a range of delicious food flavours and coffee that will impress.
Coffee Used: Kokako Coffee
Milk Alternatives – Yes
Reusable Cups – Yes

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