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“Family friendly including the dog!”
Review of The French Cafe - CLOSED

The French Cafe
Price range: $4 - $20
Cuisines: French
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Dining options: Breakfast, Reservations
Description: Open 7 days from 8 a.M to 4 p.M, and open for dinner on fridays and saturdays evenings ( different menu ). Bookings required for dinners. Home made French cakes every day. Parking facilities, children playground, petanque area.
Reviewed April 23, 2014

I've only eaten an almond croissant here (many times given I have a bit of a fetish for them!) but the coffee is good and the setting is quaint, lots of unique French touches and different from the other cafes in Taupo which is refreshing given how many cafes there are to choose from. The big difference with this cafe however is the effort it goes to in accommodating children and dogs! I have witnessed whilst sitting outside on the cute deck with French music playing in the background, customers walking into the lovely garden area, tie their dog up to a tree or table with tree cover and enter the cafe. Whilst they are deciding which of the traditional French yummy offerings in the cabinet or on the menu to have one of the staff have delivered to their loved pet a bowl of water. There is also a small play area for the children which is more rustic than plastic and again under cover by the canopy of the trees. Added to this is the petanque court and the cafe is licensed so really it covers the needs of everyone. Perfect on a sunny day in Taupo for sitting outside and listening to the music; inside is rather cosy with two separate rooms to choose to sit - the views from the south room are fabulous looking out towards the lake and the three majestic mountains; Ruapehu, Ngaruhoe and Tongariro. They also offer a set French menu on Friday and Saturday nights - something I am yet to try and looking forward to.

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2  Thank DenMarkNz
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Reviewed April 22, 2014 via mobile

Had breakfast here and it was so marvelous we went back for afternoon coffee & cake. Great coffee, great food, great service, great price...You can't go wrong. And the outdoor eating area with play area for the children is great too. Well done to the owners and staff.

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1  Thank 229PaulineW
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Reviewed March 22, 2014

Recommended by the owner at out Motel, delighted we took her advice. Authentic French establishment that must be a huge plus for the town. We had brunch that involved a couple of crepes, a french breakfast and coffee. All excellent, and served with a smile. Reasonably priced especially compared with the big brekkie on offer down the road for $25,,,

Do not hesitate particularly if you are a bit of a francophile or simply interested. Top spot.

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1  Thank middleageoe
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Reviewed March 15, 2014

We couldn't get in for dinner so went for lunch the next day. Great food and service and cakes to die for.

1  Thank Mrtynz
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Reviewed March 15, 2014

Great Food, Service very good, Excellent Parking facilities, Children,s Playground. Walking distance from Town Centre.
Building Old, & a shortage of Seating inside.
The only French Café in Taupo.

1  Thank Johnsand2014
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