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Driving Creek Cafe

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180 Driving Creek Road, Coromandel 3506, New Zealand
+64 7-866 7066
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Zurich, Switzerland
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3 reviews
Reviewed 2 March 2017 via mobile

The place is very cosy with a inviting atmosphere and a beautiful garden. Unfortunately the food was average and way overpriced (even for an enclosed town in New Zealand). In addition we had to interrupt our breakfast to pay the bill. Why they couldn't wait another 15 minutes so we could finish our meal is beyond my knowledge.

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Thank heugen
Invercargill, New Zealand
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198 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 92 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 February 2017

I found this slightly grubby but the food was delicious, it is unusual in its setting and if you love off the wall places you would like it.

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Thank ginadigger
Whitianga
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19 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 February 2017

Very interesting place and lovely food. Also a great 2nd hand book shop. The building is set amongst a nice garden and bush.

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Switzerland
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36 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 February 2017 via mobile

Such a beautiful, relaxing and peaceful place! Sitting there enjoying a lovely piece of cake and watching the nice garden is just great!

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Wolverhampton
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143 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 February 2017

Ideally placed for eating either before or after riding the DCR. No quick take away other than cake as everything freshly prepared. Sit outside or in. Vegetarian experience. Good place.

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Gairloch, United Kingdom
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67 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 February 2017 via mobile

Or of course before. A lovely day so coffee bought to us in the garden. All very pleasant and convivial with families and children all having a great day out.

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Auckland, New Zealand
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21 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 31 January 2017

It gets super packed after each ride so get there as soon as you leave the train. I didn't realise it only serves vegetarian food but you can still find nice treats there. Spend some time at the bookstore when you're waiting for your food, you may find some gems there.

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Thank ChloeOu
Gdansk, Poland
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392 reviews
200 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 104 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 January 2017

Fantastic cafe in garden little outide town, very nice decoration, athmosfere and vege food as well as very good cafe. Charming place

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Thank Dominik M
Wanaka, New Zealand
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26 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 January 2017 via mobile

Popped in here for tea ,cake and a browse of the extensive book collection. Friendly service . Tea and brownie with home made yoghurt did not disappoint. Delicious!Staying here for a week so will return.

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Soldotna, Alaska
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44 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 January 2017

We enjoyed this little café. It's vegan I believe which disappointed my husband but he didn't have any trouble at all eating 1/2 my yummy bagel choice!

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Thank Lori T

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Cuisine
Cafe, New Zealand, Healthy, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Free Wifi
Good for
Cheap Eats, Kids, Child-friendly
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 180 Driving Creek Road, Coromandel 3506, New Zealand
  • Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  North Island  >  Waikato Region  >  Coromandel Peninsula  >  Coromandel
  • Phone Number: +64 7-866 7066
Description
The Driving Creek Cafe is one of the best kept secrets of Coromandel Town - a warm and homely vegetarian cafe with a magical ambiance that may just keep you there enjoying the fine coffee or teas and delicious home made meals and cakes for much longer than you originally intended. Unless of course you're on a train, in which case we will prepare your order with much speed and gusto! You will also find fresh pressed juices, fresh fruit smoothies, and incredible homemade Chai whose recipe was procured after years of dedicated service to a Master Artisan. The Driving Creek Cafe has organic loose-leaf teas and great LaLa organic coffee. Enjoy our freshly baked gourmet cakes and scones, falafel burgers, breakfasts and a great range of toasted sandwiches, tasty beaches and salads. For keeping in contact we do have great unlimited free Wi-Fi. Allow yourself enough time to check out the collection of Mick the Plumber's stunning puzzle boxes showcasing Coromandel's unique tolerance for what may be considered art or drop in for one of our live rants. Discover the peace of our garden with a sandpit and playhouse for the children or put your feet up on the wide sun-drenched deck. Get ready for a treat. We look forward to serving you!

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?