Best cafes in the Bay of Plenty

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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 Bay of Plenty

National winner – Best Metro/CBD

Elizabeth Cafe & Larder 

247 Cameron Road, Tauranga

Best of the others

Bay of Plenty cafes shortlisted by judges for the national awards:

Best Metro/CBD

Abracadabra Café & Bar 

1263 Amohia Street, Victoria, Rotorua

Elizabeth Café & Larder 

247 Cameron Road, Tauranga

Best Suburban

Central Deli 

520 Maunganui Road, Mount Maunganui

Best Rural


Shop 7, 73 The Strand, Whakatane

Classic Kiwi

Baxters Café

208 The Strand, Whakatane

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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