Restaurants & Cafés
Some of the Waikato’s best eateries are hidden away in Cambridge or close by. If good food and drink are high on your priority list, the town’s hospitality scene won’t disappoint.
Breakfast, brunch and afternoon teas
The Bikery Café:
Visit The Bikery Café (on site at Avantidrome) for a nourishing lunch. This café offers local produce, a seasonal menu and guilt-free treats. There is an ample parking, or hire bikes from the i-site (link: www.cambridge.co.nz) (corner Queen and Victoria Streets in Cambridge town) and bike along the river to the Avantidrome.
Let the kids loose in the Bike Skills Park while you refuel.
Café Irresistiblue at Monavale Blueberries
With high ceilings and a rustic, country feel, Café Irresistiblue is a great place to visit, relax and enjoy a cup of organic coffee and a delicious fresh meal incorporating an enticing palate of local flavours, whilst overlooking an organic blueberry orchard and the mountains beyond. The cafe is also fully licensed and has disability access.
156 Turkington Road, Monavale, Cambridge
Open Monday – Sunday, 9.00am – 4.30pm www.cafeirresistiblue.co.nz
The Lily Pad Café
The Lily Pad Café is a ‘destination’, with the Garden Art Studio located adjacent, it creates a perfect location for a place to take some time out and enjoy a great meal or coffee. We offer a relaxing, family friendly environment with a country feel.
The Lily Pad Café offers an a la carte menu for breakfast and lunch and fresh homemade cakes in the cabinet for dessert, morning and afternoon teas.
1234 Kaipaki Rd, RD3, Cambridge
Open Tuesday – Friday 9.00am-3.30pm, Saturday – Sunday 8am-4pm www.thelilypadcafe.co.nz
Paddock serves fresh, tasty gourmet meals made with organic seasonal fruits & vegetables & locally sourced free-range meats.
46a Victoria Street, Cambridge (07) 827 4232 Open Monday – Thursday 8am-5pm, Friday – Saturday 8am-8pm, Sunday 8am-4pm
Pony Bar and Provisions
Call into Pony Bar and Provisions to prepare your palate for dinner. Sample the impressive selection of cocktails, New Zealand wines and beautifully presented tapas.
55 Duke St, Leamington, Cambridge
Open 7 days 12pm-late
Alpino Cucina & Vino
Tucked into the old post office building, Alpino serves modern Italian food and pizza, with a great list of local and international wine.
Alpha Street Kitchen
Home to local, fresh and innovative food, served in a relaxed dining experience. Alpha Street Kitchen offers small plates and large plates, mouth-watering cheese and dessert menus, and a kids menu.
47 Alpha Street, Cambridge
Open 7 days 11am-late www.alphast.co.nz
Good Union Cambridge
One of Cambridge’s newest watering holes, the Good Union is a popular spot for locals and out-of-towners. The folks behind Good Union are also behind Good George Brewing, which brews craft beer and cider in Hamilton which is distributed worldwide.
98 Victoria St, Cambridge
Mon – Fri 11am – late, Sat and Sun 8am – late www.goodunion.co.nz