Discover a unique part of New Zealand from your base in Timaru, on the east coast of the central South Island.
There’s a lot of great things to do in Timaru District. Find out more.
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Great places to eat and drink in Timaru. Find out where to go.
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Cafes Galore: Food options for everyone
Come and taste at the Geraldine Orchard Farms with local produce available to buy, along with delicious cabinet and menu food. Great to take your family for an outing!
Located in the old Peel Street petrol station, you'll find great burgers, great coffee and shakes, and some sweet Kiwi favourites – you can't go past cheerios and sauce, or potato chips and dip.
At the top of Stafford Street sits Purple Lizard Café, the perfect place for a post-shopping treat, with the kids or a friend. The Purple Lizard serves a smashing breakfast, try the eggs benedict or a berry smoothie.
Arthur St Kitchen has created the perfect relaxed atmosphere in which to enjoy breakfast or lunch. Seating is available either inside the café in one of the three spacious rooms, or outside in the sunny courtyard. According to Lonely Planet it’s Timaru’s funkiest eatery!
Farmers Mill Café is a locally owned and operated Café in the Ken Wills complex on State Highway 1 in Washdyke. It also is a retail outlet for Farmers Mill flour and premix, including Gluten Free mixes.
Situated upstairs in Timaru’s Ballantynes department store, JB’s Café offers a selection of freshly made filos, salads, sandwiches, muffins, pizza and baked potatoes, followed by delicious cakes, slices and scones.
Renowned for its mouth-watering culinary delights, friendly staff and exceptional service. Sopheze Coffee Lounge or Sopheze Espresso Garden are perfect destinations, offering a huge range of delectable food to entice every taste bud
Located in the Highfield Mall, The Village Café offers a relaxing environment in which you can sit, enjoy time out or meet up with friends. It provides a delicious range of food options, savoury or sweet, gluten free, vegetarian, something for everyone and also an extensive range of beverages.
From artisan breads to kiwi-style soft breads, pastries, savouries, biscuits, slices, all-occasion cakes (including weddings), Bernie’s Bakery HQ produces goods for the wholesale and retail market, delivering throughout the South Island.
Come in for good coffee, good food and good times.
The Brewery Café is surrounded by the beauty of Gapes Valley farmland with inside and outside dining that gives you the opportunity to sample award-winning hand-crafted beers brewed on site in a relaxing environment. The menu reflects good honest, hearty fare that matches well with the beverages served in the restaurant.
Set in a relaxed off-street historic villa surrounded by an appealing outdoor garden, Verde is a popular Geraldine café offering an assortment of fresh home made cuisine with a menu tailored to each season. The perfect place to enjoy some wonderful South Canterbury flavours.