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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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Today
7:30 am - 4:00 pm
Closed now
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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
  • 65
    Excellent
  • 34
    Very good
  • 13
    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
Delicious breakfast with a view

4 of us had breakfast here on our last day in Rotorua. The cafe has a great view of some lovely buildings by the lake which looked amazing with the thermal steam rising. Unfortunately the cafe isn't really built to take best advantage of the views with the windows built too high, but we found a... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed February 19, 2015
Robert B
Good for:
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Reservations
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English first
Senior Contributor
21 reviews 21 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

4 of us had breakfast here on our last day in Rotorua. The cafe has a great view of some lovely buildings by the lake which looked amazing with the thermal steam rising. Unfortunately the cafe isn't really built to take best advantage of the views with the windows built too high, but we found a spot outside we could... More 

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

We appreciate your feedback. We strive to meet and exceed all our customers expectations and I am pleased to hear you enjoyed our food. We try to be friendly and professional while being efficient. I am disappointed to hear that you did not find our staff friendly. Regards from the team at Third Place. More 

Sydney, Australia
Top Contributor
55 reviews 55 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

This is a great café - the breakfasts are excellent - service is great. Nothing to dislike - I believe the custard slices are to die for!

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

So pleased you enjoyed our cafe. Hope you can make it back soon for a custard slice! More 

Auckland Region, New Zealand
Senior Contributor
26 reviews 26 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2015

very delicious breakfast. Good food good price. We will definitely go back there again when we go back to Rotorua next time.

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Rotorua, New Zealand
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14 reviews 14 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 5, 2015

I have regularly been at this cafe for work lunches and weekend family brunches. Bit disappointed at last visit, seems the kitchen on weekends not at same standard as during the week. Friendly and relaxed cafe, good coffee, great cabinet food however the chicken schnitzel foccacia which is usually my favourite was soggy and disappointing when I visited with family... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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76 reviews 76 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2015

The service was lovely, the coffees were lovely and we particularly enjoyed the breakfast. Through the back windows you can see the lake so make sure to get a tanle there. You might want to call in and book as it is quite popular with the locals. Down at the water is a Maori village with an old church and... More 

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Nelson-Tasman Region, New Zealand
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10 reviews 10 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2015

A great location overlooking the lake at Rotorua. Indoor and outdoor seating allows you to sit and enjoy the beautiful view. Arrangement of seating allows for plenty of room between tables, and enables you to have (private) conversations. I had a delicious hot chocolate. I only drink hot chocolate, so I'm somewhat of a connoisseur when it comes to hot... More 

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NZ
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58 reviews 58 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2015

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
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67 reviews 67 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
39 helpful votes 39 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
7 helpful votes 7 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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28 reviews 28 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 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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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

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