Local Secrets: Eateries

Whether you are looking for a delicious brunch to start your day, a refuel in the afternoon or somewhere for a special dinner, these local favourites are certain to hit the spot – and have you coming back time and time again!

Coffee, Cakes & Pastries

Beach Road Deli

5 Beach Rd, Paekakariki

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Beach Road Deli is the Paekākāriki locals' pantry and caffeine hub. Using a fair trade organic Wellington roasted coffee by The Immigrants Son, they thrive on making deluxe coffee.

Their baker is up at the crack of dawn, baking fresh rolls and baked goods. With the majority of baking done on-site, you can be sure it is just how your nana baked with no nasties or additives. Handmade artisan goodness at its finest. Keep an eye our for their pizza nights! Yum!

www.beachroaddeli.co.nz

The Lockup

52b Marine Parade , Paraparaumu

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Home of the famous Jackie’s Gems, Lockup is a fun, casual, takeaway eatery serving delicious home-style food and locally roasted Dark Horse Coffee. With a seated backyard it's a great place to enjoy delicious coffee and food! The Lockup is kid and dog friendly so there's no need to leave the messy ones at home!

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Joe and Joy

11 Mahara Place, Waikanae

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Coffee and freshly prepared food shared with loved ones is one of the great joys of life! Whether you are relaxing in Joe and Joy café with a coffee, choosing a special occasion cake from their range, ordering catering online for your next meeting, the delicious food and fantastic service will ensure your experience is a great one. Joe & Joy also offer year-round delivery - click on the link below for the latest info on how to order.

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www.joeandjoy.co.nz

Olde Beach Bakery

3 Ono St, Waikanae Beach, Waikanae

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An institution on the Coast, Olde Beach Bakery serves up delicious baked goods for the enjoyment of locals and visitors alike. 

Known to many for its original Waikanae location, it’s recently set up a second store in the heart Paekākāriki.

Offering an array of French style goodness including croissants, danishes, pan au raisins and the like, there’s also plenty to satisfy those after some classic kiwi baked goods too – quality pies, filled sandwiches and scones will have you coming back for more for sure.

www.foodfolk.co.nz/olde-beach-bakery

Ruth Pretty's Garden Room Cafe & Cooking School

41 School Road, Te Horo

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Pretty by name and nature, Ruth's place is a foodie's delight. Open Tuesday to Sunday 9am to 4pm, Ruth Pretty's kitchen shop and Garden Room Cafe is locally famous for their coffee and cake deal. Set in a rustic glass-covered outdoor area it is the perfect place to unwind.  The locals make a beeline for the Ginger Gems!

You're not a true foodie until you've graduated from one of Ruth's Cooking school classes! 

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Ruth Pretty's Garden Room

Breakfast, Brunch & Lunch

Perching Parrot

7 Beach Road, Paekakariki

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Great little cafe/coffee house right next to the best swimming beach on the Kāpiti Coast with plenty of outside seating to watch the world go by. With specials and delicious counter food, it's the cafe to go to in Paekākāriki.

Perching Parrot

Sunday Cantina

31 Poplar Avenue, Raumati South

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Sunday Cantina is in the business of providing customers with healthy, fresh food in a cheerful environment. 

Known for its owner-operator Fi Greig, who has a passion for raw and plant based food (she’s published a few cookbooks, too), at the heart of Sunday Cantina is quality fresh produce and delicious, healthy dishes. That being said, the menu is extensive, and there is plenty to choose from, including a big breakfast, pizza or pork belly sandwich.

Insider's secret: Fi hosts regular, ever-popular cooking classes to take your cooking to another level!

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www.sundaycantina.com

Two Fat Chefs

30 - 31 Marine Parade, Paraparaumu

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Nestled into the Paraparaumu waterfront is a fantastic cafe, after opening in 2019 it has quickly become a local favourite and is regularly packed out for Sunday brunches! Two Fat Chefs is the perfect place to sit down and watch Paraparaumu go by! 

Two Fat Chefs

Relish Cafe

12 Elizabeth Street, Waikanae

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Relish Cafe - An Iconic Cafe over the tracks in Waikanae.

The cosy 1923 built cottage now converted to Cafe, is on the corner of Elizabeth St & Anne St.

Relish Cafe

Bus Stop Cafe

55 Sims Rd, Te Horo Beach

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The fabulously quirky Bus Stop Cafe is a unique indoor, outdoor café, located off the beaten track in Te Horo, proving people will go anywhere for good food. It's a must-visit spot filled with homemade treats, rustic dishes and great coffee. Check the website for their latest hours.

Bus Stop Cafe

Dinner Spots

Salty’s Diner

44 Seaview Road, Paraparaumu Beach

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Calling itself the "rowdy little sister who gets away with anything", the Salty's team deliver good ole diner food served up with friendly and casual service, and a side of inappropriate kitchen banter. Salty's tasty eats & North End Brewing beers are served from a lovingly converted vintage Airstream inside the building - right in the heart of Paraparaumu Beach.

They promise to keep the food fresh with a big, bold and smokey menu that provides an epic tasting experience.  It's a place to catch up with mates, chill, and enjoy the feed. For the competitive types there's old-school pinball and arcade machines to while away your time.

 What more could you want?

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50-50

22 Maclean St, Paraparaumu Beach

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Awarded a coveted "HAT" in the 2021/22 Cuisine Good Food Awards, 50-50 was described as having "an exquisiteness to this experience clearly stamps 50– 50 as the best in Paraparaumu’s ever-growing dining cluster".

This praise is what happens when you blend the best local produce, meat and seafood with culinary tweaks, techniques and flavours from all over the world to make delicious modern New Zealand dishes.

Working around the world including for Gordon Ramsay in Tokyo and on super-yachts has honed chef Helen Turnbull's inventive take on food. At this stripped-back eatery she opened with maître d’ Eddy Kennedy, Helen takes admirable risks with an ever-changing menu. Michelin may never visit, but they should.

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50/50

Passo

159 Kāpiti Rd, Paraparaumu

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Passo means to pass, to stop by, to drop in. It’s the nickname of local chef and restaurateur, Michele Passarello and the original name of the street his family have been living on for generations.

Join Michele for authentic pizza, pasta, secondi, contorni and more, just like his Nonna used to make, but now combined with modern flavours and techniques. More than a restaurant, Passo is a place to get together offering genuine hospitality, great food and drinks and a warm, friendly atmosphere.

Stop in for coffee, lunch, dinner or a decadent dessert.

Take-out gelato anyone?

Passo

Tuatara Brewery & Tap Room

7 Sheffield Street , Paraparaumu

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Cool off from the coastal sunshine with a pint of locally brewed craft beer at the Tuatara Brewery & Tap room.

Whether you’re a beer connoisseur on strict tasting business or stopping by for a casual pint, a visit to the tap room is a great chance to taste their freshest brews and enjoy a bite to eat.

Offering a chilled out environment and live gigs and events, you can also kick it up a notch and book a tour of the brewery.

Tuatara Brewing

Long Beach Cafe and Tavern

40 Tutere Street, Waikanae Beach

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At Long Beach simplicity meets sheer quality with a menu dedicated to fresh and local ingredients.

The relaxed atmosphere, fair trade coffee, International beer/wine list and full bar all speak of the restaurant's originality and commitment to quality.  With heated seats and an outdoor fire, the Long Beach garden can be enjoyed year-round. 

 

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Salt and Wood BBQ

11 Ngaio Rd, Waikanae

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Tasty BBQ eats and smoked meats served with refreshing North End Brewing beers, Salt & Wood BBQ is unashamedly all about meat and beer.

Connected to the North End Brewery 
by a large glass wall, the Salt & Wood team insist that "there's no combo on earth like legit American BBQ and a cold pint".

Can't decide which of the 14 or so beers brewed at the on-site North End Brewery you should have with your meal? Ask the team which pairs best with your meal or share a 6-beer tasting tray with a friend and then have a pint of your favourite. 

There’s also a large wine and cocktail selection, and well-thought breakfast and burger menus for all-day dining.

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Salt and Wood BBQ

Gorge Cafe

50 Riverbank Rd, Otaki

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With a delicious menu using predominantly local produce and some of the best coffee on the Kāpiti Coast, Gorge Cafe is a great place for brunch, lunch or dinner. Based in Ōtaki, the cafe is the perfect stop as you explore the northern parts of the region!  Can't decide from the menu? Check out the amazing cabinet food or mix-and-match from the sides to make your own perfect meal. A great place to soak up the vibes while you try a locally-crafted, award-winning Elemental Cider.

Feeling hot and bothered? Grab a sorbet or gelato to eat in or takeaway. Delicious! 

Gorge Cafe

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