• Fine Fettle Cafe

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Juice bar

Serves meat, vegan options available. Fresh juices, in-house baked breads, a separate vegan and vegetarian menu. Uses fresh & organic ingredients. Open Mon-Sun 8:00am-4:00pm.

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11 Reviews

First Review by Lea


Points +328

07 Mar 2023

What a breakfast!

Had the vegan breakfast and it was better than expected. Quite fulfilling and tasty. There is a (small) vegan menu.

Updated from previous review on 2023-03-07

Cons: Charges too much for plant based milk



Points +555

17 Jan 2023

delicious and filling

vegan breakfast is great, a bit expensive but all well made and super filling. milk alternatives available for drinks. cozy atmosphere. food came out super quick

Updated from previous review on 2023-01-17

Pros: vegan breakfast is great, separate vegan menu

Cons: expensive


Points +32

11 Oct 2019

Vegan burger and chips

Plenty of vegan options. Burger was good. Food came out super quick.


Points +18

01 Oct 2018

Very disappointing

Ordered the vegan stir fry with tofu and a soy flat white and my parter got the corn fritters with salmon from Fine Fettle today and were both left extremely disappointed with our meals.
The stir fry came in a broth with toast and tasted like it had been reheated. The corn fritters were plain bad. Coffee no good either and we both left feeling a bit sick
The worst thing though was that I tried to let the lady who took our order know how disappointed we were with the food and she did not care in the slightest.


Points +21

27 May 2017

Tasty Surprise

Hadn't been here since ownership changed. Very pleasantly surprised with the quality and taste of our dishes. The stir-fried tofu was excellent. I had the moroccan soup which was also very tasty. Our server was knowledgeable about the distinction between vegetarian and Vegan and made sure we got what we wanted in that respect. Will definitely return.


Points +360

22 Jan 2017


We lunched here a few days ago. There were a few vegan options and we went for a classical: creamy mushrooms on toast. The mushrooms were tough, the sauce salty and not creamy and the toast very plain. We did not finish our plates. The cappuccino did not earn our recommendation either.

Updated from previous review on 2017-01-22


Points +342

11 Jan 2017

Not too bad

They have a separate vegan menu with a few options. I got the vegetable panini and it was alright. But some of the veggies weren't cooked very well and it wasn't very tasty. Also got some crostini bread but it was very hard to eat. I was worried I'd break my teeth. I probably wouldn't go back here.


Points +47

29 Nov 2016

vegan gem

Really lovely service and delicious vegan options. We returned twice in less than 24 hours. Ask for other vegan options as not everything is listed in the menu. We had a vegan Christmas tart too :)


Points +36

31 May 2016

Separate vegan menu

Had the vegan breakfast. Really good. And great range of teas. Very enjoyable. It also states that vegan / vegetarian food is prepared separately.

Pros: Vegan menu

Cons: A little pricey


Points +1761

28 Dec 2014

Nothing special but not bad either

Nice café with lot of space both inside and outside.
There are some vegetarian options available but there the range of meat containing options is far bigger though.
Taste of the food more or less average. Coffee absolutely fine. Staff a bit sleepy but it was morning so understandable.

Pros: best choice in Taupo, lot of space

Cons: average, lot of meat


Points +415

31 Dec 2013

Great vegan menu

I would highly recommend this cafe to vegans travelling in the area. Although it unfortunately serves meat, it is nevertheless a haven for vegetarians in a cruel world! After leaving Auckland and driving around in volcano country for a few days, we thought we would not get a decent breakfast again until Wellington. Dry toast and bottled 'juice' was our typical fare. Most cafés in the tourist areas did not even have soy milk!!

At Fine Fettle all this changed. We got freshly squeezed juice. And fresh wholemeal bread straight out of the oven, made from organic flour they grind themselves. They have a separate menu listing all their vegan items, so you can feel completely confident in what you order, without worrying about suddenly getting a mouthful of mayonnaise in your sandwich, as happened in other places!

The full vegan breakfast had delicious flavourful sautéed mushrooms, grilled tomato, house made baked beans, salt and pepper crispy slices of tofu, hommus for the toast and, saving the best till last, the yummiest hash browns. They were actually like a crispy thin mashed potato cake with lots of finely chopped parsley. On a future visit I would ask for a whole plate of these! The coffee was mellow and rich flavoured. My only suggestion would be that they switch to a non-sweetened brand of soy milk, as it gave the coffee an odd taste.

The rest rooms were also very nice and clean, but this seems to be the norm in New Zealand (unlike Australia).

Pros: Vegan menu, Scrumptious hash browns, Extremely fresh food

Cons: Sweetened funny tasting soy milk

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