If you’re looking for a light bite to eat or your daily fix of coffee, Napier has a wide choice of excellent coffee shops to check out. It can easily rival any other city in New Zealand when it comes to restaurant and cafe options!
Serving delicious local food and great coffees, you’ll find everything from the classic New Zealand flat white to rich cakes and savoury meals. Whether you’re after breakfast, brunch, or a quick cup of coffee, here are the top cafes in Napier!
This chic, French-style restaurant cafe is located right in the middle of town. This makes it the perfect place to relax your weary feet after exploring, before heading back to your hotel. Inside, you’ll find a gorgeous blend of Art Deco and French decor. If the sun’s shining, you can soak up the rays in the alfresco seating, with a view of the iconic Napier streets.
All the food served at Cafe Tennyson is homemade from the freshest seasonal ingredients, and they team up with local drinks and food supplies to provide an incredible menu. The organic coffee is among the best we’ve ever tasted – add one of their cakes or pastries if you’re feeling decadent.
Cafe Tennyson is also a great place to stop for lunch. You can choose from mouth-watering dishes like southern fried chicken or seared tuna with vegetables and Asian-style dressing. Vegetarians and vegans will find plenty of options on the restaurant menu, too. Every dish is perfectly complemented by a range of craft beers and Hawke’s Bay wine options. The full menu is available here on Facebook.
Crazy Good Coffee
True to their name, the folks at Crazy Good Coffee are passionate about making the best coffee around. Crazy Good Coffee uses beans roasted right in Hawke’s Bay, so it’s local as well as delicious. You’ll find Crazy Good in the Ahuriri suburb of Napier, where you’re sure to feel welcome in the relaxed ambience. Make sure to treat yourself to one of their pastries, fresh from the nearby French bakery, Y’a Bon.
F.G. Smith Eatery
Another little gem in Ahuriri, head to F.G. Smith (or Smith’s, as the locals call it) for a hearty breakfast, lunch, or just your next caffeine dose. You can get a top espresso or cold brew coffee here, made from beans roasted in New Zealand. Plus, there are lots of sweet treats to tempt you in their cabinet.
You can also enjoy a filling sandwich, fresh juice, or home-cooked meal at Smiths Eatery. The gorgeous restaurant courtyard is a real sun trap, the perfect place to enjoy a drink or bite to eat on a summer’s day. The bar stocks a range of local New Zealand wines, with excellent wine pairings for all the dishes! Families with young children are also welcome here, and the staff are friendly and helpful.
Georgia on Tennyson
Coffee lovers, listen up. Don’t miss Georgia on Tennyson, a unique little cafe that takes its coffee seriously. If your highlight of the day is a cup of coffee made to perfection, you need to visit Georgia. The atmosphere is welcoming, the service is impeccable, and the baristas will get your order just right.
If you’re not a coffee drinker, you’ll love the range of speciality teas on offer, too. And it’s hard not to be tempted by the mouth-watering cakes, croissants, and snacks on display in the cabinets. The comfy chairs invite you to linger, and there’s a range of current newspapers and magazines to browse. So don’t rush – plan in a leisurely visit, if you have the time! Check them out here on Facebook
Six Sisters Coffee House
The Six Sisters Coffee House is located in an 1890’s seaside villa, one of the few buildings that survived the 1930 earthquake. The name comes from the six surviving villas, the ‘Six Sisters’ of Napier. If you’re looking for somewhere to sip a warming brew with an ocean view, head to this charming coffee house. Their flat whites are second to none, and they serve up a mean bagel, too. Depending on the weather, you can cosy up inside or enjoy the fresh air on the porch and that dazzling sea view. Afterwards, enjoy a leisurely stroll along the beach!
The Kolachi Eatery only opened in 2018, but it’s quickly made its mark on downtown Napier. Locals and tourists alike flock here, and it’s an obvious place to rest when you need a break from exploring the city. You can enjoy an espresso made from Hawthorne coffee beans, roasted locally in Havelock North.
If you’re feeling peckish, take your pick from favourites like beef burgers, pulled pork bao buns, and nachos. And if you can’t wait to get back to sightseeing, the grab-and-go food is superb, too. Find them here on Facebook.
Looking for a bite to eat on a budget? Head to The Kitchen on Hastings Street for healthy, affordable, and delicious meals. The generous slices of sourdough are amazing, as are the buckwheat pancakes with blackcurrant compote, coconut yoghurt, and maple syrup. After something savoury? Go for the incredible tacos with all the extras!
You’ll find plenty of vegan, vegetarian, gluten free, and dairy free options from the restaurant here, so it’s stress-free for anyone with allergies or dietary needs. The Kitchen is open every day of the week, from 7:30 am – 4 pm Monday-Saturday, and from 8 am – 3:30 pm on Sundays.
Milk & Honey
Milk & Honey is a laidback, unpretentious cafe on Ahuriri Point, New Zealand, near the Crown Hotel. Here, you’ll find delicious, no-nonsense food, superb coffee, and that jaw-dropping sea view! With a relaxed decor featuring natural elements from Hawke’s Bay, this is the sort of restaurant cafe you won’t want to leave.
With a broad menu covering everything from cereal, waffles, and omelettes to bao bacon butties and salmon fish kedgeree, you’ll be spoilt for choice. People come for the view, but they keep coming back for the exquisite dishes and wine on offer!
For larger parties of 6+ people, we recommend booking in advance, so you’re not disappointed. You might have heard that coffee shops in New Zealand closed early, but you’ll be happy to know that Milk & Honey stays open late.
The Wrap Up
You won’t be short on places to stop for a coffee, quick bite, or lazy lunch in Napier. From speciality coffee houses to cafes serving up hearty homemade food, Napier has it all. Many of the hotels also have a cafe or restaurant, and there are great little independent coffee shops to visit, too.
To help you on your search, we’ve compiled this list of the hottest spots in Napier to enjoy an amazing coffee or a glass of wine. No matter the time of day, you’ll find a superb cafe, restaurant, or bar in the Art Deco City! If you found this article helpful, feel free to share it on Facebook! Don’t miss our guide to the top restaurant options in Napier, too.