With thousands of excellent cafes in New Zealand, it’s always difficult to work out which are the best to try, especially if you are new to a place.
Thankfully, the annual New Zealand Cafe of the Year awards help sort out the best through objective judging and public feedback.
The best cafes in the Waikato
Waikato cafes shortlisted by judges for the national awards:
Victoria’s Café Kitchen Bar
127 Tongariro Street, Taupo
LOLA Breakfast Bar & Licensed Café
2 Whatawhata Road, Dinsdale, Hamilton
Violets Coffee @ Pit Lane
40 Lake Road, Frankton, Hamilton
Sweet Painted Lady Cafe
52 Seddon Street, Waharoa, Matamata
Piccolo Licensed Café
43 Ruapehu Street, Taupo Town Centre, Taupo
Source: New Zealand Cafe of the Year Awards 2016, run by the Restaurant Association of New Zealand. Factors considered by the judges including atmosphere and appearance, menu and coffee, service, staff interaction and overall impression.