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Six great spots to grab a cuppa 

There’s nothing like a fresh brew of coffee in your hands – from your first cup in the morning to that afternoon pick-me-up, here are some of the best places for coffee in Tairāwhiti.

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Far East Coffee

Tucked away in what looks like an industrial lot, Far East Coffee is a hidden gem that locals flock to for exceptional coffee lovingly produced in small batches. Locally roasted, fair trade and organic, this family-run business boasts 20 years’ experience in the coffee industry and is a funky little spot to eat, drink and be merry. Located around the corner from Gisborne i-SITE Visitor Information Centre on Awapuni Road behind John Deer Tractors, Far East Coffee is open Tuesday-Friday from 8 am – 3pm.

Aunty’s Café Tolaga Bay (previously known as Uawa Café)

Aunty’s Café in Tolaga Bay is the perfect pitstop for your State Highway 35 coastal roadie. Great coffee and a great feed – with fresh baking, salads, sammies, fish n chips, and their famous burgers all on the menu. Adjacent to the historic Tolaga Bay Inn, Aunty’s Café is the perfect spot to refuel after a stroll down the iconic Tolaga Bay Wharf or nearby Cook’s Cove Walkway.

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Gisborne Farmers Market

When the weekend rolls along, there’s no better place to be than the Gisborne Farmers Market. Far East Coffee has a coffee cart on-site for your coffee fix including espresso, filter drinks or coffee blends you can brew at home. By the time you’ve strolled around the awesome stalls of fresh baking, produce and locally grown goods at Gisborne Farmer’s Market, you will likely have been tempted to much more than just your morning cuppa. At least you’ve been warned.

Frank and Albie’s

Much more than just a coffee shop, Frank and Albie’s is a favourite central hotspot for great coffee, baking, bagels and lunch. Only open on weekdays for breakfast and lunch, it’s easy to fall in love with their menu complete with salads and sammies that are next level delish. Tasty creations like a blueberry ricotta bagel, a roast pork with applesauce sammie or a soy roasted mushroom salad on crispy noodles – all of which go hand in hand with your favourite cup of coffee. 

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Raglan Roast

Open daily so you never have to go without freshly roasted coffee, Raglan Roast Gisborne is located along Wainui Road in Inner Kaiti. Always buzzing with people, Raglan Roast is a great spot to chill and enjoy a superb cuppa - a relaxed and friendly gathering place for locals and travellers alike.

The East Cape Manuka Café

Situated at the eastern most corner of the East Cape in beautiful Te Araroa, you’ll have to make a bit of an effort to get to the East Cape Manuka Café. But it’s definitely worth it. The stunning coastal drive up State Highway 35 takes you on a 2.5 hr quest for excellent coffee, incredible pizzas and the most delicious home baking you can imagine – so much so that you wonder why everything tastes better in Te Araroa

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