From boutique delis, artisan bakeries to popular international fast food chains Taupo offers plenty of options. While there are plenty of fastfood options with even one of the world’s quirky McDonalds with a decommissioned DC3 plane folded into the store for seating with generous views of Lake Taupo parents and visitors alike sometimes want a change from takeaways. Taupo will not disappoint with all tastes catered for, from vegetarian, gluten free to buttery flakey French pastries.
Designed to tempt us with crafted salads, wholesome sandwiches and freshly prepared savoury and sweet treats the deli is the perfect answer for picnic ingredients (no actual work required).
1. RAW BALANCE
Raw Balance is a raw food deli in Oruanui Street, specialising in delicious raw takeaway foods, all gluten-free, dairy-free and free of refined sugar. Raw food takeaway deli and health shop in Taupo, New Zealand and mobile food truck to watch out for. The perfect place for an inspired fruit or vegetable smoothie without a preservative in sight.
2. SALUTE DELICATESSEN
Great food and delicious coffee”
Salute Delicatessen – in the heart of Taupo’s CBD – specialising in freshly prepared food, coffee and an awesome array of mediterranean Deli items. Salute has Taupo’s only Cheese room. Pop in for breakfast lunch or your counter food takeout.
3. MERCHANT OF TAUPO
The Merchant of Taupo is a great place to buy wine and food. The Merchant is especially useful for those occasions where a gift is necessary. Nothing like a hamper of goodies to make gift giving easy.
BAKERIES, PASTRIES & ARTISAN BREAD
4. BAKED WITH LOVE
Since swapping the corporate world in Auckland to the hospitality industry of Taupō, Kim and Scott Forsythe have hit the ground running. They both have a real passion for food which shines through the quality offering at Baked with Love.
The well known gluten free doughnuts are not just for gluten intolerants. Everyone can indulge in Baked with Love treats.
5. BEAUT BAKERY
A classic New Zealand bakery with award winning pies and excellent reviews. Beaut Bakery – Home is a stalwart and local favourite. Delicious sweet treats, cakes and biscuits are reasonably priced. The bakery offers takeaway and delivery services. In the peak holiday season you will need to book several days in advance.
6. INDUSTRIE FRENCH KITCHEN
Sandwiched between a petrol station, a subway outlet and located in a no nonsense industrial area of Taupo is a little slice of bakery heaven. The clue that you’ve found a bit of Paris is the queue out the door. And it is very reasonably priced.
Location: 1, Hilltop, Taupō 3330
7. PARIS DELICE
Nearby is PARIS DELICE another French bakery (approximately 1 minute walk) The Patisserie has classic French bakery goods together with kiwi pies and sausage rolls.
Location: Hilltop, Taupo
8. BAKED WITH LOVE
Baked With Love offers a wide variety of freshly prepared counter food ready for your picnic. For those with time the cafe menu is innovative and popular with locals. Artisan breads, cookies plus food to go. It does not get any better than Love Taupo style.
9. VICTORIA’S CAFE KITCHEN BAR
Victoria’s Cafe Kitchen Bar / Cafe, Pub & bar, Restaurant, Coffee house, Desserts. Vegetarian option, gluten free option and kids here is the place to be. Excellent coffee with an extensive selection of counter food as well as a sit down menu. The fluffies are beautifully presented for small people. As Victoria’s cafe states,’We do not need inspiration, we all need a good coffee.’
10. REPLETE CAFE & STORE
Replete Cafe & Store is the place to go if you really want to prepare a gourmet meal in a tent and forget the perfect knife in your drawer at home. Together with an extensive range of kitchenware and household goods Replete sells condiments for most cooking styles. There is a cafe where you perch on stools wondering why you do not yet have that gorgeous mortar and pestle you can see. Snack with tempting wares within your line of sight. Replete offers cooking workshops. Beware the foodie lover on holiday will have difficulty leaving the store.
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