Tuesday9:00 am – 8:00 pm.
Wednesday9:00 am – 8:00 pm.
Thursday9:00 am – 8:00 pm.
Friday9:00 am – 8:00 pm.
Saturday9:00 am – 8:00 pm.
Sunday9:00 am – 3:00 pm.
1263 Amohia Street
As the name suggests, this restaurant and café has somewhat of a magic touch to it, and that’s thanks to the mission to deliver good food and good vibes to the people of Rotorua. Set in a renovated 1940’s house, the rustic bohemian feel makes for a welcoming, comfortable space to set up for a couple of hours.
Bright, bold wall colours, greenery aplenty, and colourful cushions on bench seats give this eatery a cheerful, playful atmosphere. With plenty of small rooms to tuck away in, this is a popular spot to hold that morning meeting, or simply have that big catchup with a friend you’ve been meaning to do, without the interruptions of other customers bustling through. Come evening the covered garden bar out the back is the place to be. Dinners here are generous (coz who comes to a restaurant only half hungry anyway?) so be prepared to fill your belly with things with a Mexican and Morrocan twist like tagines, enchiladas, burritos and grainy salads. Happy to support local businesses, Abracadabra serves fresh fish, meats and produce from the region, and are proud users of Kokako organic fair trade coffee.
Feeling fun? Cocktails mixed by the smiley staff are an easy way to step your night up a notch - try the spiced kombucha sangria, the Hawaiian mai tai or taste the Abracadabra version of a margarita with pineapple and coconut. Stay late and soak up the ambience of a place that knows how to impress its guests.
Words by Rosie Morrison & Photography by Anna Briggs
1263 Amohia Street
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Social in name and character, this eatery is a bright and vibrant place to park up with a group of friends any time of the day.
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