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Third Place Cafe

££ - £££Cafe, , Vegetarian Friendly
35 Lake Road | Ohinemutu, Rotorua 3010, New Zealand
+64 7-349 4852
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  • Excellent54%
  • Very good32%
  • Average9%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible2%
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“custard slice” (20 reviews)
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Cafe, New Zealand, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
££ - £££
35 Lake Road | Ohinemutu, Rotorua 3010, New Zealand
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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

We ate breakfast here. I ordered the BELT which arrived minus the egg. It was a plate full of fries and a tiny triangle of sandwich (maybe two bites). All for $19.50. Unbelievable!

1  Thank Hurricanemacca
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Beautiful friendly staff Great coffee Didn't eat but food going out to tables looked great. Clean and tidy place

Thank mchughs2016
fionawithers, Owner at Third Place Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

Thanks for your great feedback. We hope to see you again soon.

Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We stopped here for lunch having seen such great reviews on TripAdvisor and had a very poor experience. We ordered a couple of vegetarian meals and we had to ask twice for the second one to be delivered, and the first one was cold by...More

1  Thank BronwynH235
fionawithers, Owner at Third Place Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Dear Bronwyn, it would always be nice if you could let us know your concerns regarding our cafe while you are still at the cafe. This then gives us the opportunity to remedy any concerns you may have while you are here. We are a...More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

A great choice of wonderful food and the coffee is great also. It is often packed out for lunch so it pays to arrive early as dont think you are able to book. They are able to open at night if you require a family...More

Thank Fay O
fionawithers, Owner at Third Place Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Thank you Fay for your great feedback. We are happy to take bookings at the cafe for any time of the day, just give us a call. Some people book their custard slice when they book their table. We hope to see you again soon....More

Reviewed 6 August 2018

I may not be an expert but I know when something is absolutely fantastic. Getting a fresh custard slice here will definitely convince you that they are the best. If they have been refrigerated, they are slightly less than perfect but still wonderful. The only...More

Thank Cheryl K
fionawithers, Owner at Third Place Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 8 August 2018

Dear Cheryl, thank your for your lovely feedback regarding our famous custard slice. We make them fresh each morning and you are right, they sell out quickly. You are very welcome to phone the cafe and book your custard slice so you don't miss out....More

Reviewed 6 August 2018 via mobile

Always busy. Good food. Friendly informative staff who have always let us know there will be a wait for the food. Would recommend.

1  Thank Mathew B
fionawithers, Owner at Third Place Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 8 August 2018

Thanks for your great feedback Mathew. We hope to see you again soon.

Reviewed 24 July 2018

Though we only stopped for coffees, would definitely visit again. Staff were friendly and coffee was good. The view was great and the treats in the cabinet were very inviting.

Thank jersaremol
Reviewed 12 July 2018

Spacious, airy cafe perfect for a quick bite. The food was scrumptious, with generous sized portions and a little reading nook and play area for toddlers which works out perfectly for mothers keen for a bit of peace to thoroughly enjoy a meal. The staff...More

Thank Olivia T
fionawithers, Owner at Third Place Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 13 July 2018

Thanks Olivia. We hope you have a wonderful time here in Rotorua with your family. Let's hope the weather improves. Kind regards Fiona and the team.

Reviewed 4 July 2018

We wandered over to Third Place Cafe from the Rotorua Top 10, after a short visit to the market at Kuirau Park. We had a mini soak of our feet in the mineral pools, then wandered on to Third Place Cfe for mid morning coffee...More

Thank Greg W
fionawithers, Owner at Third Place Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 5 July 2018

Thanks Greg, sounds like you had a wonderful Saturday morning here in Rotorua. We look forward to seeing you again soon. Regards Fiona & the team.

Reviewed 3 July 2018

We came here on the advice of locals and I'm so pleased we did. It looks nothing much from the outside and is pretty cafe standard style look on the inside. But the food was fantastic. I decided to have a lamb platter and it...More

Thank travellingbuzz
fionawithers, Owner at Third Place Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 4 July 2018

Thank you very much for your great review of our cafe. We look forward to seeing you again when you are next in Rotorua.

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$2 - US$12
Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch, Drinks
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Serves Alcohol, Free Wifi, Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Wine and Beer, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Digital Payments, Accepts Credit Cards
Good for
Business meetings, Child-friendly, Kids, Groups, View, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine
Open Hours
07:30 - 15:30
07:30 - 16:00
07:30 - 16:00
07:30 - 16:00
07:30 - 16:00
07:30 - 16:00
07:30 - 15:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 35 Lake Road | Ohinemutu, Rotorua 3010, New Zealand
  • Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  North Island  >  Bay of Plenty Region  >  Rotorua District  >  Rotorua
  • Phone Number: +64 7-349 4852
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Third Place Cafe has great views of Lake Rotorua, Mokoia Island, Ohinemutu Geothermal Maori Village and Saint Faiths Historic Church from the indoor and outdoor tables. Fresh food made daily. Full breakfast and Lunch menus, Morning and Afternoon tea. Great Coffee and fresh daily baking. Range of salads, paninis, savouries and sweets. Large selection of cabinet food. Kids play area and baby change table in toilet. Free parking in large carpark next to the cafe. Take away food and beverages. Table service available.
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