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Cafes and Bakeries in Akaroa

By the Green

Just like the name, you overlook the Akaroa Green (Domain) in this trendy coffee bar. A breakfast selection which ranges from continental to eggs prepared many ways. Lunches include freshly made salads, sandwiches and seafood options. Serves superb coffee, or if you prefer, a glass of local wine. A great little cafe to relax and wile away the afternoon or people watch. The staff is always friendly. 

37 Rue Lavaud, Akaroa, Ph 03 304 7717


L’Escargot Rouge

Akaroa’s only French deli. With indoor and outdoor seating, it is a great place for breakfast or lunch. They offer a French style breakfast with homemade baguettes, croissants, Croque Monsieur and “pain au chocolate”. For lunch, there are great sandwiches and deli selections, and they serve fresh coffees, teas and cool refreshments. Not to be missed is their delicious homemade ice cream.

67 Beach Road, Akaroa, 03 304 8774


The Bach

The Bach Cafe and Bakery is an ideal place to stop off at for either breakfast or lunch. Offering a decent range of delicious burgers, pizzas, sandwiches and cakes, it is the ultimate place to kick back and relax. The chilled environment is great for those group bookings or even for a family get together. With reasonable prices, there isn't any reason not to try the food at The Bach. Open every day from 8am until 4pm and has excellent coffee. It is a great place to sit outside with tables in the shade or in the sun and plenty of indoor seating too. 

57 Rue lavaud, Akaroa, Ph 03 304 8039 


Harbar,  Beach Front Cafe

Sporadic opening hours, dictated by weather and demand, should not deter you from attempting a sundowner at Akaroa's favourite waterside bar. A crowd may gather, and a guitar may get strummed.

83 Rue Jollie, Ph 03 304 8889


Restaurants in Akaroa

The Little Bistro

The Little Bistro serves, locally sourced, seasonal food in a fantastic atmosphere. A New Zealand and French focused wine list completes the picture to wash down traditional french bistro inspired cuisine with a contemporary twist. If wine is not your thing, there are many craft beers, artisan sodas or even christchurch roasted coffee. With service that goes the extra mile, and an outlook over the green to the sea and volcanic hills of Akaroa, come join us for an unforgettable evening.

33 Rue Lavaud, Akaroa, 03 304 7314


The Trading Rooms Restaurant and Pantry 

Modern, innovative menus, full of local flavours from small artisan producers. The Trading Rooms has a brilliant location, right on the waterfront. Enjoy stunning harbour views with lunch of locally caught fish and chips, Akaroa Salmon and boutique Banks Peninsula wines. Dinner puts a local seasonal twist on European cuisine; Canterbury Lamb is a signature dish. Bookings recommended. 

71 Beach Road, Akaroa, Ph 03 304 7656


The Brasserie Kitchen, Wine Bar and Gardens 

Step through the gates and come and relax in their tranquil garden setting to escape the hustle and bustle outside. The focus is on fresh local seasonal ingredients from our cottage kitchen, friendly service, great Allpress coffee, relaxed atmosphere, live music, al fresco dining and boutique beers and wines.

41 Rue Lavaud, Akaroa, Ph 03 304 8585 


La Thai

With views overlooking the picturesque Akaroa Harbour, La Thai combines both the aromatic fragrances and sensational flavours of Thailand to create a memorable culinary experience. La Thai provides a child friendly environment, with a takeaway option available. Dine inside or out and enjoy the experience provided by the team of friendly, caring staff. Relax and taste their range of non-alcoholic beverages, beers and award-winning wines while savouring entrées or enjoying a meal prepared by the Thai chefs. 

69 Beach Road, Akaroa, Ph 03 304 8060


Bully Hayes

Open year round, 7 days for breakfast, lunch and dinner or enjoy a drink from their extensive beverage list. They offer a number of dining areas from the street frontage over looking the picturesque Akaroa harbour to a sheltered courtyard with childrens play area. They also have a children's menu.

57 beach Road, Akaroa, Ph 03 304 7533 



Bars in Akaroa

L'Hotel Le Restaurant Le Bar

Open 7 days until late L'hotel is situated right on the waters edge, with panoramic harbour views. L'hotel have an extensive menu using fresh local ingredients, also catering for food intolerances, with gluten free options on the menu. Central location and great bar & restaurant. L'Hotel is the perfect spot for your Akaroa dining and stay. Good off street parking. In the winter enjoy the open fire, candlelight dining and in the summer outdoor dining with live music on occasions.

75 Beach Road, Akaroa, Ph 03 304 7559

Market and Shopping in Akaroa

Cafes open onto the streets and harbour promenades, and boutique art and craft shops and galleries show off superb local works. Specialist shops offer a tempting variety of goods and those who enjoy walking will find charming lanes, colonial architecture and stunning views along the way. Akaroa is rich in Arts and Crafts with some exquisite local boutiques starting with a must see visit to the 'Little River Art Gallery' as you drive through Little River. You will love the shopping in Akaroa where you can walk from one end to the other in 15 minutes. And when you are tired of shopping, take a break in a local restaurant or cafe and replenish with a coffee or a wine at a table with a view of the harbour.


Akaroa Farmers Market

The Akaroa Farmers Market is open October to April every Saturday morning from 9.30 to 1pm.  Banks Peninsula has an abundance of produce and a great micro-climate and lots of passionate gardeners. For sale you will find locally grown fruit, veges, herbs, honey, olive oil, olives, nuts and flowers plus locally produced preserves, pickles, jams, sauces, bread, pastries, cheeses, honey, lavender products and plants and lots more. 

Every Saturday: 9.30am to 1pm at Madeira Car Park.

Pricing terms

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