Travel: The best places to eat in Lake Taupo, New Zealand

Where to eat in Taupo? 

On a recent trip to the beautiful Lake Taupo  with all of its athletic pursuits such as MTB there is nothing better than chowing down on some superb and hearty food. Taupo has some great options which we tried and loved. For a quick and reasonably priced brunch, try Cafe Baku which has a relaxed bistro vibe and plenty of options for charging the batteries for the day. If you are after something a little more leisurely paced, quiet and also impeccably put together then try Spoon and Paddle, which is rated no.1 on Trip Advisor for a reason. Staff were attentive and the food was a bit experimental and yet superb. There are a few staples like Eggs Benie and English breakfast for people who are wanting to stick with the tried and tested.

Turkish style eggs at Spoon and Paddle
Turkish style eggs at Spoon and Paddle

For lunch, we didn’t ever have anything as we were normally out on the trails. However for dinner you can’t go past these places: Lotus Thai restaurant. This is rated no.1 on Tripadvisor which we found to be a pretty accurate description of the quality we got. In terms of service, super friendly and attentive and in terms of the food- spot on and highly tasty Thai food that was also reasonably priced. I would definitely go there again. We also had Indian one night at Malabar restaurant, also a highly rated venue on Tripadvisor. This place looks unassuming and almost a bit shabby from the outside but the food is incredible and it isn’t highly priced.

Pad Thai from Lotus Thai
Pad Thai from Lotus Thai





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