Foodies are spoilt for choice in this beautiful town – award winning restaurants, quirky cafes, beer experiences, healthy fixes and more.
Echoes of Italian tradition is intertwined with modern culture at Alpino in the heart of Cambridge. Experience the warmth, flavour, and vivaciousness of Italy melded together with beautiful local produce and impeccable service. This is an immersive dining experience created to delight, indulge, and inspire your curiosity. From the kitchen to your plate there is nothing but passion, flavour and really good wine. www.alpino.co.nz
At Onyx, they take food seriously and only deliver the very best in range, taste & quality. They are passionate about hospitality and doing their bit for the environment. From big breakfasts & eggs benedict at brunch, salads & open steak sandwiches at lunch and fresh market fish, chicken, slow cooked lamb & sirloin steak at dinner, and gourmet pizzas day or night, they have a dish to delight everyone. The team are also known for excellence and friendliness, creating a loyal fan base. www.onyxcambridge.co.nz
St Kilda Café & Bistro
St Kilda Cafe & Bistro serves up seriously delicious, contemporary New Zealand bistro fare, and is a fantastic place to visit for a whole host of occasions. Be it an impromptu get together with friends, a special family celebration, or an informal business meeting, St Kilda Cafe & Bistro can cater to your needs. Bring the kids and enjoy watching on as they play in the adjacent playground (a favourite Friday afternoon pastime for locals!). Take a stroll around the St Kilda wetland, or cycle in from town on the dedicated cycle path and make an afternoon of it. Open for brunch through to dinner 7 days a week. www.stkildabistro.co.nz
Alpha St Kitchen and Bar
Alpha Street Kitchen & Bar is a modern eatery in the heart of Cambridge, offering one of the Waikato’s best dining experiences for lunch, dinner and everything in between. Serving fresh innovative food that’s delicious with just a little fuss. Their food is complemented with great coffee, hand-picked boutique wines and beers and professional friendly service. www.alphast.co.nz
Pony Bar + Provisions
Located in heart of Cambridge serving a menu which combines a mix of Spanish, Mexican & New Wave Asian influenced street food with an emphasis on delicious & interesting. They are known for their Tapas and also have a menu available for the little ones. Dine-in and enjoy the cosy, relaxed atmosphere or takeaway. Enjoy Pony’s great tasting cuisine backed by a friendly team with an interesting selection of drinks including a range of New Zealand wine, cocktails, tap beer and non-alcoholic drinks. www.ponycambridge.co.nz
Que Bar Cambridge serve delicious chef prepared meals paired with expertly matched wines from their vast selections. You will find Que Bar on Cambridge’s classy Empire street. This funky wine bar and eatery serve only the best, beautiful wines, and beverages from around the world. Paired up with fresh delicious food such as duck confit, market fish en papilotte or of course, classic cheese and charcuterie boards…… make it a regular stop. Sit inside or grab some sun at their footpath tables. www.quebar.co.nz
Smoke Collective Barbecue
The place to go ‘For The Best Barbecue In Town’…. Smoke Collective serving low ‘n slow smoked beef brisket, pork belly, ribs, burgers and more. Their meat is rubbed with herbs & spices then smoked from 6 to 14 hours with hickory and mesquite wood pallets. The beef patties are made in house with 100% NZ beef brisket then smoked and chargrilled for awesome flavour. Dine-in or Order Online and get a taste of food that feeds your soul! www.smokecollectivebarbecue.co.nz
Get together in this renovated church and large garden bar for good things – Good food, good beer and good company. This gastropub in the middle of Cambridge is a firm local favourite with friendly service and excellent modern pub fare. Good Union is the home of Good George Brewing in Cambridge. New Zealand-owned, world-class beer and cider, fresh and original, and proudly brewed in Hamilton. They’re cycle friendly, beer friendly and people friendly too. Groups are well catered for in either the Beer Garden, The Mezzanine or the intimate Alcov, a cozy nook perfect for that family get-together. www.goodunion.co.nz
Koi Lounge -Spice Craft and Whiskey
Koi is a modern Indian-Malaysian restaurant, offering authentic Indian and Malaysian inspired cuisine. Koi provide flavoursome cuisine, whether you dine-in for lunch or dinner in their contemporary restaurant or prefer the convenience of takeaway. Koi is fully licensed with a wide range of options from craft beers, wine, whiskey and other spirits. You will experience a warm welcome, friendly service and truly amazing Indian and Indian-Malaysian inspired meals. www.koilounge.co.nz
THE HEALTHY FIX
The Bikery Cafe
Life is all about balance at The Bikery Café – nourishing food, epic coffee + treats! Their menu uses good honest local and seasonal produce where possible, including free range and organic foods. They do their best to make sure there is something for every tummy with gluten free and dairy free options, as well as vegetarian and a vegan option or two. They create nearly everything inhouse and only buy in foodie items that some other special folk do much better. They are situated at a world class venue on the Te Awa River Trail – the perfect distance from town for a stroll or ride to earn that coffee and bite to eat www.thebikery.co.nz
Crave is a small but bustling contemporary healthy eating, “grab-and-go” cafe on the corner of Empire and Alpha streets, in the CBD of Cambridge. Here, they serve nothing but fresh and natural foods which are lovingly crafted to ensure it tastes like food you’d want to eat every single day. Fresh, homemade, delicious, healthy food, with vegan, vegetarian, and flexitarian options. Grab and go or get delivered to you within Cambridge. www.mycrave.co.nz
Serving up nutritious and wholesome food that tastes great. Forage Juice was developed to provide a range of products that are authentic and have been developed with the guidance of a nutritionist to maximise the impact the nutrition has on you. Supplying raw, pure whole food juices, smoothies, and salads to go.
From cold pressed smoothies to tonics, wholefood salads, raw sweet treats and more.
Forage is also a wholefoods and ecostore refillery. www.foragejuice.co.nz
Dedicated to lowering waste, Fill Good stocks all your pantry essentials in easily accessible bulk bins. You will find the highest quality organic products on offer to suit a variety of diets. Whether it be flour alternatives, natural cleaning options, or low waste accessories, they’ve got you covered. They also stock healthy meals and treats in their cabinet daily. www.fillgood.co.nz
Paddock embraces its small space in the middle of the main street, making delicious coffee and serving great food within a vibrant but chilled atmosphere. The young & talented team use the best produce available and make an effort to ensure use of organic seasonal fruits & vegetables & free-range meats, sourced locally where possible. Coffee is sourced from the amazing people at Supreme, providing delicious blends & single origins. Take out or eat in at their funky footpath tables. www.paddockcambridge.co.nz
Habitual Fix make delicious, fresh, healthy sandwiches, salads, wraps and smoothies all made right in front of you at Lakewood Development. All their fruits and vegetables are delivered fresh into store daily and their meats are of the highest deli grade. The signature home style bread is baked fresh early each morning.
What started off as the “pink food truck’ has morphed into a restaurant at the southern end of the main street – 40 Victoria street. Offering delicious, fresh, super tasty Vietnamese Street Food, Beef Pho, Rice Paper Rolls, broths and more. Book in at the restaurant or order online for pickup or delivery and enjoy this great tasting Vietnamese cuisine!!
COFFEE AND CASUAL
Reload coffee Shop
Reload Coffee is serving the best coffee across the bridge in Leamington. “Reload” quickly with great coffee & yummy food in a funky, friendly environment. Their ethos & coffee culture is to reduce, reuse, recycle & refill – including your coffee! Pick up a coffee, ice cold tropical slushie or smoothie and pair it up with sweet treats or grab your salad, savouries or sandwich to go. Visit Reload.
Homebrew make quality coffee just the way you like it. Convenient, delicious and handed to you by a barista who knows their stuff. They serve up New Zealand roasted, direct trade Ozone coffee, house-made sodas, Good Buzz kombucha and a variety of mouthwateringly good Volare treats that’ll make it difficult for you to choose from. Have your favourite drink made just the way you like it and enjoy the good vibes. www.homebrew.coffee
Absolute Coffee House
A Cambridge institution, Absolute Cafe prides itself on their unique presentation, great coffee & food and a hospitable atmosphere. With years of service in Cambridge, they’ve come to master the craft of an amazing cafe experience. Cabinet food and a’ la carte menu available. Check it out and chill in their back garden. Dog friendly. They are located in the heart of Cambridge, and thier mission is to deliver quality food to you with the best in local food and beverage delivery services. www.absolutecoffee.cafe
This quirky little cafe is situated in an old villa on the corner of Shakespeare and Campbell streets. Owned by award winning business Gourmet Delicious, and serving Raglan Roast. They serve fantastic brunch and lunch fare and have a middle eastern twist to many of their recipes. From raw pad thai, to smashed greens, sliders, to some serious keto sweets. Visit Ophelia
FOOD WITH A VIEW
The Boatshed Cafe
Nestled on the banks of beautiful Lake Karapiro, The Boatshed offers a spacious & tranquil setting for café dining or private hire. Gorgeous food, stunning views and a dedicated creative team serving vibrant, fresh and tasty food. Their unique location and gorgeous rustic building provide an amazing backdrop for weddings or for any get together with great food, stunning views & space for children to run about www.theboatshedkarapiro.co.nz
The Olde Creamery Cafe
Set amongst mature English trees and tranquil gardens, The Olde Creamery Cafe, creates a peaceful ambience Escape away from the city. It is now a fully licensed with a country Cafe, boutique wedding and conference venue . Also the home of The Kiwi Cookie Company ~ making hand-made designer cookies for special occasions. Originally built in 1892, the building served as a creamery for local farmers until the late 1930’s. The current owners have transformed the once derelict building into a beautiful historic cafe. www.oldecreamery.co.nz
Situated on the Monavale Blueberry farm (the largest BioGro certified organic blueberry orchard in Australasia,) The cafe can cater for up to 60 guests. With high ceilings and a rustic, country feel, this cafe is a great place to visit, relax and enjoy a cup of coffee and a meal, overlooking the organic blueberry orchard. The focus of the café is of course the delicious organic blueberries and organic blueberry products, as well as a fantastic all-day menu and cabinet food. The cafe also has stunning views towards Pirongia, Kakepuku and Maungatautari mountains. Huge decks and large windows give you the ability to sit and enjoy the views, inside or outside. www.cafeirresistiblue.co.nz
Podium is based at the Mighty River Domain Lake Karapiro. You can get your coffee and food fix here after strolling along the shores of lake Karapiro. Famous for their coffee, brunches and “bowls of goodness”. Visit Podium