Kāpiti Coast Dining Guide
Whether you are looking for a delicious brunch to start your day, a refuel in the afternoon or somewhere for a special dinner, there’s a world of flavours to sip and sample on the Kāpiti Coast. Here's just a few options.
7 Beach Road, Paekakariki
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.
Beach Road Deli
5 Beach Rd, Paekakariki
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!
Olde Beach Bakery
1 Beach Road, Paekākāriki
Well-known Waikanae staple Old Beach Bakery have opened up their second store in the recently refurbished and delightfully pink Holtoms Building in Paekākāriki.
Head there before (or after) your Escarpment Track walk, a trip to the beach or a meander around the Holtoms artist's studios.
Beach Road, Paekākāriki
Only a short walk from the beach, in the heart of the village you will find Finns Paekākāriki - the local restaurant, bar and accommodation provider.
Finn's Paekākāriki is a modern boutique hotel that is far enough away from SH1 (at Transmission Gully) to be quiet, yet close enough to be convenient. Finns offers superior studio units with spa baths, king-size beds, microwave, tea and coffee-making facilities and has a café and bar onsite serving good old pub-grub. Perfect after a day at the beach!
31 Poplar Avenue, Raumati South
Well known for their spectacular salads and divine raw baking, the Sunday Cantina kitchen makes the most of the abundance of local produce the region has on offer. Not only is the food fresh and full of flavour the ingredients also tell the stories of the amazing local people who, with love, grow and produce food for their community.
It's the perfect place for food that will delight all of your senses.
Insider's secret: join one of chef Fi's famous cooking classes to take your cooking to another level!
Margaret Road Bistro & Wine Bar
9 Margaret Road, Raumati Village, Raumati Beach
The delightful Margaret Road Bistro & Wine Bar provides a sumptuous new dining experience right in the heart of Raumati Beach Village. Relax inside with the delicious menu or, if the weather is playing nicely, sit outside in the garden courtyard and share a selection of small plates. Margaret Road Bistro & Wine Bar is the perfect place to spend time with the special people in your life.
Louis Sergeant French Patisserie
8 Margaret Road, Raumati
No trip to the Kāpiti Coast is complete without a visit to the divine Louis Sergeant French Patisserie. Indulge in Wellington-famous macarons, spectacular cakes and delicious pastries, or prepare a savoury delight with bread, artisan paté, terrines, Saucisson, cheeses and gourmet sandwiches.
Louis Sergeant has two Kāpiti sites, one in Raumati Village and their newest site on Rimu Road, where they not only offer their divine pastries but also have their commercial bakery and an eat-in cafe option. For a special occasion, why not order one of their High Tea Towers to take along? C'est délicieux!
Boundary Tap & Kitchen
3 Raumati Rd, Raumati Beach
Boundary Tap & Kitchen, in the heart of Raumati Beach village, really does have something for everyone. With relaxed inside and outside dining areas and a fantastic food and drinks menu, it is the perfect spot for a quick snack after the beach, a light lunch in the sun, a cosy dinner with the better half or a fantastic 3-course meal with friends and family. Delicious!
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Waterfront Bar & Kitchen
3 Garden Road, Raumati Beach
Now with new owners, the Waterfront Bar & Kitchen is going from strength to strength. If you are looking for great food, fantastic drinks and spectacular views, then you can't go past the Waterfront Bar & Kitchen. With unbroken views of Kapiti Island and Raumati Beach, if you time it right, you might catch one of the phenomenal sunsets over Kapiti Island!
22 Maclean St, Paraparaumu Beach
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.
The Common Room
9 Maclean Street, Paraparaumu Beach
An intimate family-owned and operated coffee shop, big on great service. Serving delicious People's coffee and phenomenal keto/gluten-free cabinet options!
52b Marine Parade , Paraparaumu
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!
Marine Parade Eatery
50 Marine Parade, Paraparaumu Beach
The team at Marine Parade Eatery serve great coffee and mouth-watering food from an outstanding menu. With its quirky, beachy interior it is a place where the entire family can enjoy great meals from breakfast to lunch - and any time in between!
24 Marine Parade, Paraparaumu Beach
A culinary treat at the beach, choose the eatery that suits your mood!
Hola Street Food
Downstairs is where the Hola modern kitchen meets Mexican street food! The menu is full of flavour, colour and authenticity that delight taste buds Delicioso!
Hola Bar & Grill
Upstairs you'll find creative contemporary Mexican cuisine showcasing local suppliers of meat and fresh produce, with imported ingredients from Mexico.
44 Seaview Road, Paraparaumu Beach
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?
Copperfield Complex, 7 Seaview Road, Paraparaumu Beach
Soprano Ristorante offers great tasting and good value Italian cuisine. The relaxed and soothing atmosphere is inviting for a romantic dinner for 2, casual dinner with friends or large family/group functions.
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The Surfer's Mistress
10 Seaview Road, Paraparaumu Beach
The best way to finish off a day at the beach is with delicious food - and The Surfer's Mistress is the ideal place to go! Hand made Pasta, delicious authentic Italian Pizza, grilled steaks and fresh fish! What more could you want?
Two Fat Chefs
30 - 31 Marine Parade, Paraparaumu
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!
The Jolly Pub & Kitchen
93 Mazengarb Road, Paraparaumu
The chefs at the Jolly Kitchen use the freshest ingredients to create meals that not only delight your tastebuds, but they also look fantastic as well! Their curry night is a huge local favourite and often sells out quickly. The outdoor seating area provides the perfect spot for a sunny evening dinner.
159 Kāpiti Rd, Paraparaumu
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?
Mediterranean Foods Trattoria and Deli
Coastlands Shopping Town, near old SH1, Paraparaumu
Pop into the Mediterranean Foods Trattoria and Deli for your fix of fabulous Mediterranean foods and products.
Fresh from the pizzeria, an amazing range of pizzas, pasta and more. Browse the shop for authentic Mediterranean products. Delicioso!
Salt and Wood BBQ
11 Ngaio Rd, Waikanae
The Salt & Wood BBQ brew-pub 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.
Karl Felipe Patisserie
Shop 8, 2 Mahara Place, Waikanae
Karl Felipe is a boutique patisserie based in Mahara Place, Waikanae. Specialising in desserts and pastries, make sure you don't come hungry or you will be going away with far too many delights that please not only the eyes but also the taste buds! A great place to sneak to for a special treat during the day!
6 Mahara Place, Waikanae
Siggy's boast that they make the heartiest, tastiest and just downright bestest pies in the known universe...in Waikanae on the gorgeous Kāpiti Coast.
Catering to both omnivores and herbivores (and gluten free on request), plus ongoing flavour combinations being created, Siggy's have turned the classic kiwi pie up to 11!
Offering contactless pick up during Level 3 - order at the window.
Olde Beach Bakery
3 Ono St, Waikanae Beach, Waikanae
Olde Beach Bakery is the first bakery in Waikanae Beach, and little sister to Long Beach Tavern.
A casual, cheerful, friendly and beautified corner of Waikanae Beach, where people of all walks of life enjoy the delicious baked goods as well as the garden and seating area. The open kitchen design provides customers the opportunity to see the processes involved in creating world class baked goods and this also helps promote dialogue between our bakers and our community.
Olde Beach Bakery offers the best cheese scones, traditional French breads and pastries, delicious handmade pies, as well as milkshake syrups made from scratch.
Hey Coastie Eatery
42 Tutere Street, Waikanae Beach
Based at Waikanae Beach, in the old "Front Room" building, Hey Coastie is the newest eatery from WAH - the We Are Hospo group.
Hey Coastie's kitchen has something for everyone, from epic brunches to lunch & dinner, with a selection of modern New Zealand share plates. Park up in the garden with the family, choose from a selection of local beverages and epic cocktails, and indulge in the delightful variety of flavours that come with tapas-style eating.
Long Beach Cafe and Tavern
40 Tutere Street, Waikanae Beach
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.
Tuk Tuk Thai Waimea
1 Waimea Road, Waikanae Beach
A much-loved Wellington favourite, Tuk Tuk Thai is now in Kāpiti! Based in the beachfront Waimea building at Waikanae Beach, Daeng & Team Tuk Tuk welcome you to enjoy their home-style Thai food with a difference. Using only the freshest and most authentic ingredients in their cooking this is authentic Thai food made with a passion. Their tom-yum soup is delicious!
Ruth Pretty's Garden Room Cafe & Cooking School
41 School Road, Te Horo
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!
Bus Stop Cafe
55 Sims Rd, Te Horo Beach
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.
The Winemaker's Daughter
1081 State Highway 1, Te Horo
You'll be surprised by The Winemaker's Daughter! Found down a long drive off State Highway 1, The Winemaker's Daughter is in a beautiful rural setting, with tables under flowering bougainvillea. The delicious menu includes a huge range of vegan options, making the Winemaker's perfect for a delightful dinner for two or an intimate function, luncheon or wedding.
Antonio's Restaurant and Bar
Opposite Otaki Railway Station, Otaki
A little bit of New York, a little bit of Italy, Antonio's offer pizza, pasta and salad with options for vegetarians and meat lovers as well as special meals for the keto-lover in your life. For something just a tad luxe, try their authentic Italian-styled gelato. With eat-in or take-out options, make sure that you leave room for their tiramisu!
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50 Riverbank Rd, Otaki
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!
57 Main Street, Otaki
In the heart of Ōtaki village, you will find Curry Town - serving absolutely delicious authentic Indian and Malaysian Cuisine either in their restaurant or as a takeaway option. Don't be put off by the name. The food here is really good!
Te Chur-ch Cafe
84 Moana Street, Ōtaki Beach
Created to complement the gallery of well-known artist The Hori, Te Chur-ch Cafe at Ōtaki Beach delivers delicious coffee, snacks and a truly unique experience. Operating a koha system, they ask you to pay what you think a great coffee is worth. While you are waiting for your coffee to be crafted head into The Hori gallery and absorb stunning artwork that may just challenge you.
Te Chur-ch Cafe is a firm local favourite which means there may not be room to sit - grab your treats and head one street over to the beach to enjoy.
170 Main Highway , Otaki
A relaxed, friendly cafe with quality home-style food and barista coffee served inside or on the garden deck in the sunshine.
Riverstone Cafe offers a full menu daily from 6.30am till 3pm, as well as cabinet food, fresh scones and muffins baked every day. Gluten-free options and very family-friendly. Their custard slice is a must try!