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Metropolis Caffe

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British, Vegetarian, Vegan, New Zealand
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211 Victoria Street | Waikato, Hamilton 3240, New Zealand
6478342081
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7:00 am - 10:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun 7:00 am - 9:00 pm
Mon - Sat 7:00 am - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Breakfast, Dinner, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Delivery, Digital Payments, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Street Parking, Takeout, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Wine and Beer
Description: Metropolis Caffe has been a timeless gem in the heart of Hamilton CBD...
Metropolis Caffe has been a timeless gem in the heart of Hamilton CBD since 1991 serving breakfast, lunch, diners and out-caterings. It has been awarded multiple awards for the best cafe both locally and nationally. This place registered under Historic place trust of Hamilton, used to be known as 'Paul's Book Arcade' which was one of the 10th biggest books arcade at the time and relocated to this site in 1925 by William Paul, designed by Ernst Plischke. It's floor was covered by large black and white tiles in a chequer board pattern. This design was radically modern given the period and character of the small provincial town that Hamilton was at the time. Now, the only remains of Paul's Book Arcade appear to be a position of the black and white tiling, the street-front display cabinet and the mezzanine floor and stairs.
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Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3 of 5 stars
Great breakfast

We had breakfast with another couple. The restaurant was fairly quiet, the service very good, and certainly couldn't fault the food. Coffee good too! Very nice and would certainly return again.

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 7, 2015
Russdi
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Hamilton, New Zealand
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English first
Hamilton, New Zealand
1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2015

Heard great things about this place and met another couple for a Sunday early dinner. We were one of three when we arrived, and it was clear they just wanted us gone. Waitress asked for orders after we had been sat down for 30 seconds, then again a minute later - funnily enough it took 40 minutes to get our... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2015

We had breakfast with another couple. The restaurant was fairly quiet, the service very good, and certainly couldn't fault the food. Coffee good too! Very nice and would certainly return again.

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2015 via mobile

This is the first time I went to metropolis with my partner n tried their new dinner menu. Everything was looking so appealing and then the food was so yummy especially pork fillet n duck n service was excellent too. Definitely going back again👍👍

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Hamilton, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2015 via mobile

I hadn't been before but ny friend recommended it, so i went on sunday evening. Service was excellent as was the food. I had duck leg and waiteress suggested a glass of pinot noir ... Absolutly delicious Definetly will go again

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2015

We came for lunch and yes the atmosphere needs some work but we couldn't fault the service or the food. The pork belly had an Asian styled marinate which was unusual-but in a good way and the nachos were very addictive. The pork was supreme, succulent, juicy, melt in the mouth morsels. Pork belly is my go to dish and... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2015

Had brunch at metropolis as it had been a while since we had last visited. The place could do with a make over. There is no atmosphere, like soft music, nice lighting or even some heating,where we were sitting. It looked like the heater was out of order. My husband had the corn stack and I had the omelette. Both... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2015

A great place for a tasty and interesting breakfast, food is well presented and arrives in good time. A café with some character and easy to relax and enjoy the start to the day.

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2015

We visited Metropolis recently. The food was pretty close to inedible. The mince in the nachoes had no flavour and was really watery (obviously reheated from frozen) it made all the chips really soggy. The burger and chips that my partner had were lukewarm. He said the burger lacked any sort of flavour: probably heated from frozen. Shame as waitress... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2015 via mobile

Metropolis is open later than most coffee places. It should be an ideal spot for dessert and coffee. But, as I noted 18 months ago, this once popular place has slipped badly. We Gwent, reluctantly, for coffee and desserts. Cabinet cakes looked ok and one of my friends enjoyed his dessert. Not trusting the regular coffee, I opted for an... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2015

Was here with a big group for a farewell dinner. I had the lamb salad which was great! The staff did well coping with our increasing group size as more people arrived through the evening and were friendly. It is a little on the expensive side for what it is but the food was nice.

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Additional Information about Metropolis Caffe

Address: 211 Victoria Street | Waikato, Hamilton 3240, New Zealand
Phone Number: 6478342081
Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  North Island  >  Waikato Region  >  Hamilton
Open Hours:
Sunday 7:00 am - 9:00 pm
Monday 7:00 am - 10:00 pm
Tuesday 7:00 am - 10:00 pm
Wednesday 7:00 am - 10:00 pm
Thursday 7:00 am - 10:00 pm
Friday 7:00 am - 10:00 pm
Saturday 7:00 am - 10:00 pm
Average Prices: USD $5 to $20
Cuisine: British, Vegetarian, Vegan, New Zealand

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Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 211 Victoria Street | Waikato, Hamilton 3240, New Zealand
  • Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  North Island  >  Waikato Region  >  Hamilton
  • Phone Number: 6478342081

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD $5 to $20
  • Cuisine: British, Vegetarian, Vegan, New Zealand

Description

Metropolis Caffe has been a timeless gem in the heart of Hamilton CBD since 1991 serving breakfast, lunch, diners and out-caterings. It has been awarded multiple awards for the best cafe both locally and nationally. This place registered under Historic place trust of Hamilton, used to be known as 'Paul's Book Arcade' which was one of the 10th biggest books arcade at the time and relocated to this site in 1925 by William Paul, designed by Ernst Plischke. It's floor was covered by large black and white tiles in a chequer board pattern. This design was radically modern given the period and character of the small provincial town that Hamilton was at the time. Now, the only remains of Paul's Book Arcade appear to be a position of the black and white tiling, the street-front display cabinet and the mezzanine floor and stairs.
Open Hours
Sunday
7:00 am - 9:00 pm
Monday
7:00 am - 10:00 pm
Tuesday
7:00 am - 10:00 pm
Wednesday
7:00 am - 10:00 pm
Thursday
7:00 am - 10:00 pm
Friday
7:00 am - 10:00 pm
Saturday
7:00 am - 10:00 pm

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