A quick guide to Hamilton's best eats

When it comes to foodie destinations, you think Wellington, Auckland... Hamilton probably isn't on your radar. Well, that needs to change, stat. The food scene in the Tron is alive and kicking, and getting better by the minute. For once, don't take that State Highway One detour and treat yoself to these relatively undiscovered eats!


Scotts Epicurean 

181 Victoria Street, Hamilton CBD 

This award winning cafe has been relied on by many Hamiltonians to ensure they get their morning Allpress coffee hit. The central eatery is constantly bustling with workers and students flocking to their cabinet full of savoury and sweet treats. 

Mavis & Co 

475 Grey Street, Hamilton East & Wintec House & Hamilton Airport

Another cult favourite for Hamiltonians, this boutique eatery has spread itself out over three gorgeous eateries. The menus boast an array of dishes, be sure to try the Mavis Waffles and the Pork Belly Benedict.

Mavis & Co Wintec House

Two Birds 

10-12/44 Clyde Street, Hamilton East 

Two Birds is a wholesome and raw foodies heaven on earth. You wouldn’t know that the oasis is there, hidden in the back of a corner in Hamilton East. Enjoy your smoothie bowl or raw treats from the cabinet while soaking up the sun in their courtyard. 

Punnet Eatery 

337 Newell Road, Tamahere 

The cafe of all cafes in the Waikato, this homely and rustic eatery is a regular hotspot for many. The dishes that are served up here are nearly to pretty to eat, they also have a flexible menu with many vegan, dairy-free and gluten-free options available.

Punnet Eatery


46a Victoria Street, Cambridge 

A favourite hotspot in the boutique town just a 20 minute drive from Hamilton. This cafe's a corner position in the middle of the town and has a lot of punch. Wether you’re going for a coffee or lunch with mates, Paddock has you covered. 



17 Grantham Street, Hamilton CBD

This mastermind of an eatery sits pretty alongside the river and boasts a grand patio! The theme is tapas and there’s plenty of cuisines and delicates to choose from. Be sure to try the spicy kim chi and pork dumplings and the Harissa chicken. 

Chim Choo Ree 

Brewery Building, 14 Anzac Parade, Hamilton CBD  

This restaurant is the finest of them all and has the awards to prove it. They have a distinct style here at Chim Choo Ree and have a reputation for providing impeccable cuisine. 

Mr Pickles 

298 Victoria Street, Hamilton CBD 

Mr Pickles, a new eatery, is situated down the end of an alley overlooking the river. At first sight they look like a casual bar but they have a fancy twist up their sleeves and you’ll come to learn this when you glance over their menu. 


55 Duke Street, Cambridge 

It was born a Tapa’s bar and has recently been reinvisioned to be a cantina loco restaurant  paying homage to the finer foods and street foods of Mexico, South America and new wave Asia. Be sure to try the duck confit bao and pork scratchings. 

Dough Bros 

250 Victoria Street, Hamilton CBD

For the best pizza you’ll ever have, look no further than Dough Bros. Situated in middle of Victoria Street this eatery serves up the most delicious sourdough wood-fired pizzas! My personal favourite is the house smoked chicken. Be sure to stay for dessert and try their doughnuts too. 

Dough Bros

Other must-not-miss eateries

Duck Island - for the best interesting ice cream you’ll ever find. Must try: Churros with Dulce De Luche

Winner Winner - CHICKEN DINNER! Must try: Chicken sandwich and poutine

Volare - for the best bread in town! Must try: Mediterranean chicken sandwich on sourdough 

Chilli House - known for the best dumplings in town! Must try: DUMPLINGS!

Bahn Mi Caphe - for the best Vietnamese street food! Must try: Banh Xeo, Vietnamese pancakes