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Shopping, Markets

Cambridge, Waikato shopping, eat and drink guide

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Waikato, North Island

Where to go in Cambridge

Cambridge is an underrated foodie destination with an exciting weekend market brimming over with artisan food goodies, great restaurants and cafes. The traditional attractive main shopping street is packed with interesting art galleries, designer boutiques, crafty places and plenty of seating under shady trees.

Alpino restaurant Cambridge, Waikato, New Zealand
Alpino restaurant Cambridge, NZ

Top places to eat and drink in Cambridge

  • Superb translation of Malaysian food, Lotus licenced restaurant with a surprising twist, great cocktails
  • Alpino restaurant located on the main street with a sterling reputation for fine dining
  • A Cambridge microbrewery is a tad noisy with the kids, families and friends however the meals and brew is first class
  • Paddock, who cooks on holiday when you have paddock on the main street, check out the menu and plan accordingly
  • Homebrew Coffee, visited the museum, this is the place to queue with the locals for coffee and sweet delights
  • Over the Moon Deli, the perfect place for your picnic treats
  • Tote Burger, luscious, oozing with crafted sauce and loaded with goodies, a burger treat for holiday makers
Cambridge pavement tiles honouring thoroughbred horses, Waikato, New Zealand
Cambridge pavement tiles honouring thoroughbred horse, NZ
Cambridge weekend farmers market, Waikato, New Zealand
Cambridge weekend farmers market, NZ

In the centre of Cambridge is the grassed Victoria Square, the historic double tiered pavilion and the place to be on Saturday morning. The Cambridge weekend market is a foodie joy with artisan food producers in a rough semicircular setting up shop. From organic lettuce and milk to single origin farm meats accompanied by sauces, chutneys and condiments it is a market where food is the currency.

There are coffee carts and food on a go for an impromptu picnic under the massive oak and elm trees around the grassy borders.


Parking is at a premium.

Shopping, gifts, jewellery, bric a brac

Cambridge farmers market chidlren play with autumn leaves, Waikato, New Zealand
Cambridge farmers market chidlren play with autumn leaves, NZ
Old Creamery Cafe, Ohaupo, Waikato, Waikato, New Zealand
Old Creamery Cafe, Ohaupo, NZ
  • Edie & Co is a boutique yarn store located in the centre of town. Quality natural yarns from New Zealand and around the world are stocked. A small range of locally knit garments for children and adults is also in stock, as well as knitting tools and supplies. This is a must-pop in and browse store for crafty lovers. You will not leave without a package or two.
  • Elephant Ollie offers their own range of quality locally-made products, as well as specially-sourced handcrafted items from NZ and around the world. This is a fun store for aunts, grandmothers and lovers of children’s wear.

And there is more shopping joy on Cambridge’s Victoria Street, a traditional main street fringed with beautiful delicious trees, pavement tiles acknowledging the role of thoroughbred horses, cafes and plenty of seating to take the weight of your shopping bags.



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