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The boutique shopping village of Taupo is full of eclectic shops, designer labels, outdoor adventure stores, and quaint eateries. With free parking along the tree lined streets, take a stroll, shop till you drop and relax at some of New Zealand’s award winning cafes, restaurants or bars.
If you are in Taupo on a Saturday make sure you check out the Riverside Market. It runs every Saturday morning from 10am-1pm and you will find local fresh produce, arts & crafts, clothing, and so much more. If you are looking for that perfect piece of kiwiana or contemporary and unique New Zealand art then stop by Verge Art & Design Gallery or ZeaYou Gallery. Both these places feature vibrant and diverse ranges of local art and jewellery. For the foodies with a sweet tooth you must pay a visit to Sweet As and Robyn’s Handmade Chocolates. Sweet As is a fabulous candy shop specialising in all kinds of sweet treats from around the world. Robyn’s Handmade Chocolates make their chocolate and fudge on site and her creations really are sublime. All food and wine lovers should also see The Merchant of Taupo, the largest wine and gourmet food store in the Central NorthIand. Their shelves are stocked with an exciting and delicious selection of local and imported products.
Cafes & Restaurants
A real favourite hangout for us locals is Eruption Cafe, a little off the beaten track but the coffees worth it. Salute Delicatessen offers the only Cheese Room in the central North Island, and boasts an amazing array of European and New Zealand deli items. Stir Cafe Taupo is right on the harbour and according to Lonely Planet offers “killer coffee, scrumptious sweet and savoury crepes” and we have to agree! For Taupo’s organic whole food cafe check out Fine Fettle Cafe. Here you can also pick up yummy gluten and additive free jams, chutneys and sauces. For an award winning meal eat at Plateau Restaurant & Bar. This local favourite serves the finest Kiwi inspired food and New Zealand craft beers. A new venue to Taupo is the Vine Eatery who have designed a menu of fresh, seasonal and delicious plates, and offer the Scenic Cellars complete wine collection to choose from. Look out for Jolly Good Fellows Restaurant & Bar, a casual British Pub themed dining experience that has become an icon in Taupo. Not only to they offer excellent food and service but their views of the lake are some of the best in town.
We could go on... Taupo township really does have a fantastic selection of shops and eating places to suit all tastes and budgets. If you want more advice on where to go and what to do, then please come see us at The Reef Resort and we’ll provide a great base and information hub for your stay in Taupo.
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