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All 109 Taupo Restaurants

Licorice Cafe

57 State Highway One | Motuoapa, Taupo 3382, New Zealand
+64 7-386 5551
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Ranked #53 of 109 Restaurants in Taupo
Price range: $6 - $13
Cuisines: Café
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Good for: Outdoor seating
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch
Description: Licorice is an award-winning cafe located on State Highway 1 at Motuoapa on the south-eastern edge of Lake Taupo. Motuoapa is approximately 9km north of Turangi and 30 mins south of Taupo. Licorice Cafe, is open weekdays from 8am till 3pm and 8am till 4pm on Saturday and Sunday, serving breakfasts and lunch with a comprehensive range of cabinet food and Supreme Coffee. Licorice also offers a selection of gourmet products (bread, cheeses etc.) In the deli. Children are well catered for. Sit outside in our lovely garden in summer or by the fireplace for winter.
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Tauranga
Senior Contributor
39 reviews 39 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2014

This café is hard to beat for coffee and delectable food on a trip south of Taupo. We always time our departure so we are here for lunch. Everything about this place is good...the homemade food with flair, the coffee, the setting with outdoor and indoor spaces (and a roaring log fire in cold weather), right down to the delightful... More

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Brisbane, Australia
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46 reviews 46 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2014 via mobile

We initially found out about the cafe from the compendium in our room at Creel Lodge and decided to have our breakfast the next day on the way to Rotorua. This was the first place I decided to try New Zealand's Rocket Fuel sauce on my eggs and sausages and it's really quite tasty, sweetish with a hint of spiciness.... More

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LicoriceCafe, Owner at Licorice Cafe, responded to this review

Tony, thanks very much for stopping by and for the great feedback. We hope to see you again soon. Kind regards, Bob and Shirley. More

Katikati, New Zealand
Senior Contributor
35 reviews 35 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2014

One of those places you can drive past, but next time you should stop - you wont be disappointed Lovely home made food that you can trust. Super service and very friendly. Worth timing your trip to stop for lunch !

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Hilary W, Owner at Licorice Cafe, responded to this review

Andrew, thank you very much for dropping in and for your kind comments. We look forward to seeing you again next time. Kind regards Shirley and Bob More

NZ
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20 reviews 20 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014

Every time we drive south towards National Park we stop here for coffee and, yes that's right, I have to have the macadamia brittle which is superb. Although I have noticed in the last couple of years the selection in the food cabinet has decreased, what is on offer is presented beautifully and what we have bought has tasted as... More

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Hilary W, Owner at Licorice Cafe, responded to this review

Hello there, Thank you for taking the time to write such a considered review. We are thrilled that you enjoy our food and service. The Macadamia Brittle is definitely a crowd pleaser!. We look forward to welcoming you again soon. Kind regards Shirley & Bob More

Auckland Region, New Zealand
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15 reviews 15 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2014

Helpful friendly staff, good breakfast went the next day for breakfast as well, good value for money

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Hilary W, Owner at Licorice Cafe, responded to this review

Hello Andrew, Many thanks for your feedback and for dropping in for breakfast (twice)! We look forward to welcoming you back to Licorice in the future. Kind regards Shirley & Bob More

Rotorua, New Zealand
Senior Contributor
21 reviews 21 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014

This little café is located on the roadside just before Turangi heading South has consistently provided great food and service over the times I have passed through. On occasions we travel down to the area to bike the lovely Tongaririo River trails and without fail make this place a stop over. Normally you talk about the food and the coffee... More

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Tauranga
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40 reviews 40 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

Stopped off here because we have good memories of eating here before and again we were glad we did and we were not disappointed. Coffee was excellent as was the homemade food, service and cleanliness. The lady behind the counter (who we took to be the owner) was very nice and her staff were friendly too. It was near closing... More

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Hilary W, Owner at Licorice Cafe, responded to this review

Hello, this is Shirley Smith, owner of Licorice Cafe. Thank you so much for taking the time to comment on your time at Licorice. We are delighted that you enjoyed the experience and look forward to seeing you again. Kind regards Shirley More

Auckland, New Zealand
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3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

Loved the Coffee here was really very well made, while the lady was making it she started a conversation with me it really made my day Evie I think her name was lovely Italian woman. Will remember her and her beautiful coffee she made us.

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Hilary W, Owner at Licorice Cafe, responded to this review

Hello Karen, This is Shirley Smith, the owner of Licorice Cafe. Thank you so much for visiting and taking the time to post this review about the lovely Evie and the coffee she made for you. We are happy you enjoyed it and hope to see you again. Take care, Shirley Smith More

Senior Contributor
25 reviews 25 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014

We stopped briefly and were greeted by friendly staff. They had a lovely selection of food, drinks and ice creams. The premises were well-presented and clean. We would stop again.

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Hilary W, Owner at Licorice Cafe, responded to this review

Hello, This is Shirley, owner of Licorice Cafe. I'd like to thank you for visiting Licorice and posting your comments regarding your time here. We are delighted you had a lovely time and hope to see you again. Many thanks Shirley More

Brisbane, Australia
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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014

Where else could you find a coffee shop on Lake taupo that boasts an Italian Barista?, This place has great food and coffee and is ultra convenient on State Highway 1 at Motuoapa. The local owners and staff are very helpful and obliging. Highly recommended.

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Additional Information about Licorice Cafe

Address: 57 State Highway One | Motuoapa, Taupo 3382, New Zealand
Phone Number: +64 7-386 5551
Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  North Island  >  Waikato Region  >  Taupo
Average Prices: USD 6 - 13
Cuisine: Café

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