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Third Place Cafe

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Bakery, Café, New Zealand, Family Fare
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35 Lake Road | Ohinemutu, Rotorua 3010, New Zealand
+64 7-349 4852
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7:30 am - 4:00 pm
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Hours:
Mon - Fri 7:30 am - 4:00 pm
Sat - Sun 7:30 am - 3:30 pm
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations
Description: Third Place Cafe has great views of Lake Rotorua from the indoor and...
Third Place Cafe has great views of Lake Rotorua from the indoor and outdoor tables. Fresh food made daily. Breakfast, Lunch, Morning and Afternoon tea. Great Coffee and fresh baking.
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Visitor rating
  • 61
    Excellent
  • 33
    Very good
  • 11
    Average
  • 2
    Poor
  • 2
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Most recent review
Cycling through Rotorua and what did we find

My wife and I were cycling through Rotorua having cycled down from Ngongataha We thought we would try this place - good decision Nice food, helpful staff, great views out over the lake from the churches below and the steam at the Ohinemutu village out to Mokoia island Well presented, clean and... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed January 24, 2015
Andie M
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NZ
Good for:
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Reservations
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NZ
Top Contributor
58 reviews 58 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2015 NEW

My wife and I were cycling through Rotorua having cycled down from Ngongataha We thought we would try this place - good decision Nice food, helpful staff, great views out over the lake from the churches below and the steam at the Ohinemutu village out to Mokoia island Well presented, clean and tidy - away from the cbd by a... More 

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Adelaide, Australia
Top Contributor
66 reviews 66 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2015

Ordered beetroot salad, steak sandwich, chicken snitzel burger and morrocan chicken salad. My salad dressing was on the too sweet side, but all other meals were great.

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London
Senior Contributor
32 reviews 32 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2015

Dropped in here after visiting church on the water and what seemed like an unassuming cafe was actually one of our best finds in NZ. Great view over the lakes, good coffee and yummy yummy food. Best carrot cake I have ever eaten and I have eaten a few. Could have happily whiled the day away in here. Go and... More 

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Sao Paulo, SP
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26 reviews 26 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2015

We've been there for breakfast. They have very good options of food and coffee (all day breakfast and brunch menu). It is a large place with a very nice view and parking available. Very good service too. Price is also fair.

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Sydney, Australia
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127 reviews 127 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2015

Good little cafe just outside of Ohinamutu village which is an eerie Moari village which is worth walking through. Then you can end up at the cafe and have a coffee or lunch. Very decent cafe.

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Rotorua NZ
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75 reviews 75 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2015

Took my sister in law and the wife to the 3rd place - once again -a quiet afternoon, not many people in there - which is unusual! and guess what - they had some custard slices left! I had my usual curried beef pie and orange juice! the two girls had the custard slices./ Service - as usual - brilliant,... More 

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New Zealand
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11 reviews 11 reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015

This cafe has a wide selection of tasty cafe food. I had the Moroccan chicken salad and had to give some to my husband as it was quite large. The staff are friendly and the service great.

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fionawithers, Owner at Third Place Cafe, responded to this review

We are very pleased that you enjoyed the food at our great cafe. We look forward to seeing you again. Kind regards from the team at Third place Cafe. More 

Auckland Region, New Zealand
Senior Contributor
37 reviews 37 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015

12 of us turned up for lunch without a booking; 6 kids ranging from 3 to 14 and 6 adults including a vegetarian. We were allowed to move the tables to accommodate us all; the menu was wide ranging with something for all of us. The staff were lovely and really friendly. We were served quickly and everything was beautifully... More 

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fionawithers, Owner at Third Place Cafe, responded to this review

Dear Pat Thank you for taking the time to post feedback on tripAdvisor regarding your experience at our cafe. We are thrilled that you enjoyed the food and service, we were very happy to accommodate your group. We hope you enjoy your time in Rotorua. Kind regards from the team at Third Place Cafe. More 

Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2015

It is a café, but do not expect anything fancy. Unfortunately, the outdoor terrace only has 3 tables to sit on. Furthermore the view is obstructed by a fence. If you have sensitive ears you can listen to people going to the restroom. Food wise, I had a hard time picking my lunch as I was looking for something healthy.... More 

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fionawithers, Owner at Third Place Cafe, responded to this review

Dear Jana Thank you for taking the time to give us feedback regarding our cafe. We strive to provide outstanding food and service to all our customers and we are disappointed we have not met your expectations on this occasion. We always have a minimum of 3 salads in our refrigerated display cabinet if you are looking for a healthy... More 

Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2015

Great food and coffee, a relief as it was closed over the holidays and we didn't know if this was another below average touristy diner.. No, it is excellent with a great menu, great views, clean and bright. Do come here :)

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 35 Lake Road | Ohinemutu, Rotorua 3010, New Zealand
  • Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  North Island  >  Bay of Plenty Region  >  Rotorua District  >  Rotorua
  • Phone Number: +64 7-349 4852

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 2 - 14
  • Cuisine: Bakery, Café, New Zealand, Family Fare

Description

Third Place Cafe has great views of Lake Rotorua from the indoor and outdoor tables. Fresh food made daily. Breakfast, Lunch, Morning and Afternoon tea. Great Coffee and fresh baking.
Open Hours
Sunday
7:30 am - 3:30 pm
Monday
7:30 am - 4:00 pm
Tuesday
7:30 am - 4:00 pm
Wednesday
7:30 am - 4:00 pm
Thursday
7:30 am - 4:00 pm
Friday
7:30 am - 4:00 pm
Saturday
7:30 am - 3:30 pm

Questions & Answers

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Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?