• Astro Cafe

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  • White Veg-options

Serves meat, vegan options available. Small, upscale cafe on site at the Mount John observatory with views of the lake. Has vegan sandwich options such as falafel wraps and coffees with soy, almond or coconut milk. Closes an hour earlier during winter. Open Mon-Sun 9:00am-5:30pm.

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8 Reviews

First Review by ACCVeg


Points +1492

08 Jul 2023


Vegan falafel wrap, almond milk flat white, and a vegan chocolate berry cheesecake. 😋
Not a whole lot of options but I'm grateful.



Points +302

09 Apr 2023

Awesome place to eat

Eating on top of the world, with friendly staff and nice food. How could it get better? I had a falafel wrap and very nice tea with soy milk. Eyed up the very nice looking vegan chocolate berry cheesecake 😉

Pros: Vegan options, Friendly staff, Amazing view out of this world


Points +214

28 Jan 2023

Yummy wrap

We got a delicious vegan falafel wrap, happily would have had a second one! Great views and they do have oat milk etc for coffees. Also had a vegan cheesecake in the cabinet.

Pros: Wrap was really yum, Awesome view

Cons: Could have more options


Points +138

21 Aug 2021

Great coffee with amazing view

Enjoyed a lovely astro-themed cappuccino and a vegan magnum icecream. That was a few months back though, not sure if they are still active and working.


Points +30

10 Jan 2021

Limited options currently

Not even hot drinks. Call them to verify. Lack of tourist due to closed borders is difficult for this great location.


Points +191

06 Mar 2020

Amazing place with amazing food

Amazing view, lovely latte art, delicious vegan coconut cake and vegan falafell baguette.


Points +8370

10 Feb 2019

Don’t miss this place!

It isn’t often that we’d call a non-veg spot a “must-see” on HappyCow, but this one has five great qualities that earn that distinction.

1. The views from the cafe are world-class. Photos don’t do them justice (though they’ll give you a hint). The mountains, the turquoise lakes... an awe-inspiring panorama.

2. Excellent vegan coffees. We had the best vegan cappuccinos we’ve had anywhere in NZ (coconut, almond, or soy milks available, and I preferred the coconut). I fancied one for the road and they were happy to serve it in my own bamboo travel cup.

3. Delicious vegan sweets. There was a raspberry-coconut pie (marked vegan in the display case), which was delicious, and also some vegan ice cream bars (though not all are vegan, so look closely at ingredients).

4. Ecological sensitivity. They serve drinks in glass when dining in, and for take-away they use eco-friendly containers and are happy to let you use your own reusable containers. They also recycle almost everything, that including napkins, etc.

5. Very warm and friendly service. The sweet folks running this place were kind and very helpful even when they were slammed with a rush of customers.

Note that there’s an $8 fee (per vehicle) to use the private road to get there, so be prepared for that unless you’re hiking up. The cafe closes at 5:30 (4:30 in winter) though during our visit they were still kindly taking last-minute orders a bit beyond that) and the park itself closes at 6pm (5pm in winter).


Points +1335

27 Jan 2019

Spectacular view and very good vegan eats

The view from this cafe may well be one of the most beautiful in the Southern Alps, overlooking Lake Tekapo and the surrounding area. We were pleasantly surprised by the vegan offerings and enjoyed a warm falafel wrap and a coffee with soy milk (they also had almond and coconut) out on the terrace.

Pros: Two vegan menu choices, Incredible view

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