Time for great coffee!
There's no shortage of fantastic cafes on the Coast where you can grab a fabulous barista-made coffee, delicious lunch or a late morning brunch. Yum!
36 Marine Parade, Paraparaumu Beach
With a huge selection of meals - and a variety of menus that cater to almost any dietary requirements, Ambience is the must-stop cafe for many locals. Be warned - the servings are huge and the cakes are delicious so plan on taking away your leftovers or going for a much-needed stroll along the beach afterwards!
6 Alexander Road, Raumati Beach
Michelle & the team welcome you to No.6 Licensed Cafe for great coffee and Mexican & Creole-inspired menu & counter food to enjoy in the comfortable café atmosphere or sunny courtyard.
Can't stay? All food and drinks can be taken "to go". Bookings are welcome and available for functions.
1 Maclean Street, Paraparaumu Beach
Next time you are taking in the sea air at Paraparaumu Beach, nip across the road to the famous-in-Kāpiti Cafe Lane ice cream window! Choose from Tip Top or Kāpiti ice cream - they've got all your favourite flavours. Available in a regular cone, waffle cone or tub you don't even need to wipe the sand off your feet!
Feel like something a bit more substantial? Cafe Lane also offers a huge range of baked goods that have been lovingly made on site. Pair their fabulous food with their great coffee for a perfect brunch, lunch or afternoon tea.
7 Iver Trask Place, Paraparaumu
Welcome to the home of the daily special scone - including sweet pinwheel scones on Tuesdays and Thursdays! Nestled next to the Paraparaumu Library, Cafe Novella offers a delicious range of counter and al la carte delights for breakfast, lunch and that afternoon fix. Eat-in or takeaway.
Kapiti Lights Complex, 11 Amohia Street, Paraparaumu
A relaxed, friendly cafe with quality home-style food and barista coffee served inside or outside in the sunshine. Cafe Palms offer a full menu daily as well as cabinet food, fresh scones and muffins baked every day. Gluten-free options available.
Custard Pie Cakery
1 Realm Drive, Paraparaumu
Operating out of their very cool geometric coffee "pod", the Custard Pie Cakery and Espresso Bar offer a fantastic selection of divine treats and great coffee. Just of the expressway on the corner or Mazengarb Road and Realm Drive it is well worth a slight detour for goodies!
Dark Horse Coffee
2 Sheffield St, Paraparaumu
Tucked right in the heart of the industrial zone of the Kāpiti Coast, Dark Horse Roastery and Takeaway Coffee Bar is fast becoming an institution for those that take their coffee seriously.
Operating as both a roastery and takeaway espresso bar, you will find everything you need, from a quick caffeine fix to freshly roasted beans and a range of brewing gear for home. If you share our passion for great tasting coffee and want to see how it all happens, then come on down and get a taste of the Dark Horse magic.
The Front Room Coastal Eatery
42 Tutere Street, Waikanae Beach
With a delightful front room looking out onto a park, and a fabulous back garden, The Front Room Coastal Eatery is fabulous to visit whether for a deliciously fresh breakfast, lunch or dinner, or an afternoon beverage.
Bev, Blair and the team will make you feel at home, rested and well-fed. Divine!
Joe and Joy
11 Mahara Place, Waikanae
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.
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!
Long Beach Cafe and Tavern
40 Tutere Street, Waikanae
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. Long Beach - a collaborative effort, led by its owners, is proud of its relationship with its loyal patrons, staff and local producers.
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!
Coastlands Shopping Centre, Paraparaumu
Oasis Coffee can be found on both sides of Coastlands. The coffee cart opposite Countdown and the coffee bar in Takiri House South opposite Spark serve consistently great takeaway coffee, snacks and cold drinks. Friendly service always with a smile.
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.
Olive Grove Cafe
16 Mahara Place, Waikanae
Nestled in the heart of Mahara Place, the Olive Grove Cafe is a great spot for coffee, brunch, lunch or afternoon tea. The friendly team at Olive Grove Cafe serves consistently great coffee, the best freshly baked delicious treats and pre-made meals.
30 Main Street, Otaki
Located in the heart of historic Ōtaki village, the Ōtaki Kitchen is a wonderfully cosy boutique cafe/restaurant serving a delicious range of a la carte and counter food.
Situated in the Family Hotel building, which was completed in 1881, the interior is a modern nod to bygone times while the simple yet clever combinations of flavours and textures make dining here a delight. Courtyard dining next to the recently re-furbished Civic Theatre provides a fabulous way to watch the world pass by.
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?
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!
121 Rosetta Road, Raumati South
Visit the charming Rosetta Cafe for a delightful meal or snack alongside locally roasted Dark Horse Coffee. A mouth-watering menu that also offers vegan and keto options will have you salivating and struggling to decide. You'll simply have to visit more than once!
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.
31 Poplar Avenue, Raumati South
The Sunday Cantina Kitchen makes the most of the abundance of fresh local produce this region has to 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 a guilt-free brunch to get you started for the day!
Tom Thumb Cafe
Shop 5/2 Donovan Road, Paraparaumu Beach
Tom Thumb is the destination of choice for discerning coffee drinkers and foodies alike due to their selection of delicious and wholesome things to eat and drink as well as allergy-friendly, vegan and vegetarian options.
Open Monday to Saturday offering a variety of freshly baked goods, raw and vegan treats, gourmet toasted sandwiches and wraps plus seasonal salads. They also have a retail section, stocking eco-friendly products, and crafts from local NZ creatives.
Vintage Village Cafe
2A Raumati Road, Raumati Beach
Vintage Village Cafe in the heart of Raumati Village, offers a huge range of breakfast, lunch and dessert options. Across the road from Marine Gardens and only 3 minutes stroll from Raumati Beach their spacious lounge and outdoor sitting arrangements offer an experience for everyone. Make sure you have extra time to peruse the art on display from local artists as part of the Art Everywhere project.