Best cafes in the Waikato

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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:

Best Metro/CBD

Victoria’s Café Kitchen Bar 

127 Tongariro Street, Taupo

Best Suburban

LOLA Breakfast Bar & Licensed Café

2 Whatawhata Road, Dinsdale, Hamilton

Violets Coffee @ Pit Lane 

40 Lake Road, Frankton, Hamilton

Classic Kiwi

Sweet Painted Lady Cafe 

52 Seddon Street, Waharoa, Matamata

People’s Choice

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.

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