Ode to Long Lunches

People having a long lunch at Tussock Hill Vineyard, Christchurch.
Is there anything more satisfying than a lingering long lunch?

Sentinel Café

Lighting at Sentinel Cafe in Hamilton.
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Sentinel Café is everything you'd want from your weekday coffee spot. Offering an expertly crafted menu, calming decor and even executive meeting rooms for hire, it’s the ideal place for a catch-up with colleagues.

Scotts Epicurean

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For a feast full of heart and soul, you’ll want to send Scotts Epicurean to the top of your brunching list.

Cream Eatery

Counter at Cream Eatery in Hamilton.
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From the legends behind cult-favourite eatery, Winner Winner Chicken Shop comes a new venture sure to satisfy foodies from all corners of Hamilton.

Café Kopi

Seating area at Cafe Kopi.
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One thing is for sure—only good things come out of Riverbank Lane. So it’s safe to say when Café Kopi found a home in this community, we were pretty stoked. The vibe of this little caffeine haven is pretty chic, to say the least.

Dumpling House

Lanterns at Dumpling House.
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For hearty, authentic Chinese food, head straight to Dumpling House, a wholesome eatery serving up friendly vibes and even better dumplings. After operating for 12 years and opening two venues, this family-run establishment has truly made its mark on the Hamilton food scene.

On A Roll

Dumplings in a bowl from On A Roll.
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On A Roll have clocked up a devout following of local foodies from all around Hamilton. The eatery itself is the embodiment of good vibes, whilst the menu will leave you salivating.

Lovegrove Lane

Lovegrove Lane in Hamilton.
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Bring your basket, your yoga mat and positive vibes, and walk away charmed by Lovegrove Lane.

Punnet Eatery

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Nestled amongst fruit trees, herb bushes and shrubs, Punnet Eatery is a home away from home for frequent visitors thanks to its homely interior, epic kids playground and family-run ethos.

Riverbank Lane

Looking down the lane towards the river.
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A place to meet, eat and drink, Riverbank Lane is home to a number of bespoke businesses that together create a charming difference to Hamilton's main street.

Bootleg Brewery

Customers having a drink at an outside table.
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A good ol’ bit of Kiwi ingenuity and a whole lot of hard work has created a watering hole in Matangi, made for locals, by locals. A couple of Hamilton mates came together with a love of home brewing and a bloody good tipple.

The River Kitchen

Waitress holding plate with pancakes.
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The River Kitchen team believes life is too short for generic eating experiences and uses food as more than just fuel, but a way to foster community. Dining here feels like a true celebration of local flavours, and local people.

The Chilli House

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This (not so) hidden gem located in the CBD of Hamilton is somewhere you’ll want to put on your to-do list if you are traveling to Hamilton any time soon.

We’ve Found 8 Of The Best Chinese Restaurants In Hamilton

Bowl of dumplings in broth from Chinese restaurant in Hamilton.
Consider Friday night feasts for the next eight weeks sorted.

Casabella Lane

Sills and Co sign in laneway
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Casabella Lane is as enchanting as it sounds - but you’d miss it if you weren’t paying attention. This little lane between Barton and Anglesea Streets is bursting full of treasures, and with 17 locally-owned stores, there’ll be something that catches your eye no matter your interests.

Saigon Noon

Couple sat at a table at Saigon Noon.
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Located in the bustling city center, Saigon Noon sits amongst unassuming cafes and shops dotted around Alexandra Street, but they’re definitely worth the inevitable...

The Bearded Weasel

Man holding basket of fried chicken.
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With the bustling restaurant culture of Hamilton on the rise, The Bearded Weasel brought to you by the creators of Mr Pickles is the fun, cheeky younger sibling serving up fried chicken to the masses.

Frank

Interior view of the counter and seating area at Frank in Hamilton.
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Clean, polished and contemporary, there’s no doubt plenty of thought has been put into the swish design of Frank.

Get Your Foodie Fix At Hamilton’s Best Healthy Eateries

Person holding healthy bowl of muesli from Frank, Hamilton.
Sink a superfood smoothie or smash back a vegan feast as you eat your way around Hamilton's wholesome food scene.

Zealong Tea Estate

Hand holding tea leaves at Zealong Tea Estate, Hamilton.
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A tea estate worth it's weight in gold.

The Lost Boys

Outside of The Lost Boys, Hamilton.
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A café tucked away in the back streets of Frankton.

Mr. Pickles

The bar stools at Mr. Pickles, Hamilton.
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A fancy yet cheeky bar and restaurant all in one, come here for your after work drinks.

Manuka Brothers

Man puts coffee on table at Manuka Brothers, Hamilton.
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A family business and cafe selling coffee beans roasted over manuka wood.

Garden Place Noodle Bar

Two customers at a table in Garden Place Noodle Bar, Hamilton.
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Noodle lovers you’re about to win big, and that’s coz we’re going to tell you where to get some of the best noodles in town.

Banh Mi Caphe

Woman eating at Banh Mi Caphe, Hamilton.
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A visit to Banh Mi Caphe is going to transport you straight to street side in South East Asia.

Brewaucracy

Two glass flagons at Brewaucracy, Hamilton.
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The headquarters for Hamilton brewers Brewaucracy. Come in to fill up flagons or try the latest brews.

Volare

Coffee beans in the grinder.
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Spacious, light and airy, the café makes a great spot to look out at passersbys or settle in with a magazine and coffee for the morning.

Anne Fern Coffee Shop

Flat white on the table.
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An unassuming, simple and stylish cafe.

GG's

Tables and displays at  GG's, Hamilton.
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A thriving cafe that feels like a beach holiday.

Winner Winner

Two people share chips and burgers at Winner Winner, Hamilton.
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East Hamilton is the lucky home of this wonderful joint, providing delicious American-style, Southern fried meals for lunch and dinner.

Duck Island

Woman enjoying the ice cream outside.
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Offering a staggering range of ice creams from popcorn, condensed milk and toasted marshmallows, this is the place to come for your next sweet treat.

Dial-Up Summer With 10 Of The Best Things To Do In Hamilton

Surrealist gardens at Hamilton Gardens.
If there’s one way to make our favourite season even better, this is it.

Hayes Common

A glass of rosé and food at Hayes Common, Hamilton.
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This restaurant has large tables to fit the whole family, as well as cosy nooks to curl up in with a cup of Atomic coffee.

Chim Choo Ree

Front entrance to Chim Choo Ree, Hamilton.
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An award winning restaurant that has a proud name for delicious cuisine.

Madam Woo

Customer uses chopsticks on a meal.
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The flavours at Madam Woo are unmistakably fresh.

Milton's Canteen

Barista pours coffee behind the counter at Miltons Canteen, Hamilton.
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Milton's style is bright, modern and refreshing, and with free WIFI too, you may want to order a couple of coffees and enjoy the atmosphere for a while.

4 of the best Hand-Pulled Noodle Spots in NZ

A woman eating a bowl of noodles at Miss Peppercorn in Christchurch.
Great hand-pulled noodles are silky, springy, chewy ribbons to savour. Here are a few places across Aotearoa to find the best.

Gothenburg

Woman sitting outside.
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Escape the city, come to the riverside and enjoy the best of Waikato cuisine at Gothenburg.

Grey Street Kitchen

Waiter puts burger on the table at Grey Street Kitchen, Hamilton.
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An East Hamilton community favourite.

Whole Heart

Plants and food on display.
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Visit Wholeheart for organic vegetables, eco-friendly cleaning products, or simply to connect with other like-minded individuals striving to live a healthy life.

Rocket Coffee Roasters

Entrance to Rocket Coffee Roasters.
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A café and roastery that plays by it's own rules, Rocket Coffee really isn't like anything else.

Wonder Horse

Cocktail in the making at Wonder Horse, Hamilton.
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The place for good chats, group hangs or after dinner drinks.

Good George Dining Hall

The outside of Good George Dining Hall, Hamilton.
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With a large outdoor area in amongst the brewing tanks, Good George is the perfect spot for enjoying a glass of beer in the sunshine.

Demi-Urgos

The barista behind the counter.
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This cosy cafe has fostered a loyal band of followers with it’s quirky sense of humour and it’s die-hard passion for coffee.

Gather Food House

Sweet treats on display at Gather Foodhouse, Hamilton.
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Presentation is key to the ethos at Gather.

Craft

Two pizzas served up on the table.
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A friendly bar with knowledgeable staff, offering 15 rotating craft beers on tap from all over the globe.

Nivara Lounge

Red light decorations shines on drinks.
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Well regarded as the ‘place’ to listen to live music in Hamilton.

Volare Bakehouse

Worker grabs out loaf at Volare, Hamilton.
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Bread worth trekking over town for.

Union Espresso

Gleaming coffee machine and seating.
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This little coffee shop is a one-man show.

Butter up, This Is the Tried and Tested Guide to Hamilton's Best Scones

A scone on a table at Miltons Canteen cafe Hamilton.
Put the apron back in the drawer and save the Edmonds recipe for another day, because when it comes to delicious scones, Hamilton hospitality spots have you covered.

Treat Your Mate to a Date at These 4 Charming Places in Hamilton

People dining inside Gothenburg restaurant in Hamilton.
Maybe it's a first date, or maybe you're celebrating a big old anniversary. Put on your best dress, grab your partner, and head on out to some of the neatest date spots in town.