Doesn’t sound as romantic as Breakfast at Tiffany’s but don’t let that put you off. The Fat Dog Cafe and Bar in Rotorua is not to be missed. This is the sort of place that people travel out of their way for. It’s that good.
The Fat Dog is on Arawa Street at the lake end of Fenton Street, the main road that cuts through Rotorua. It’s the one lined with motels. On a recent brief visit to Rotorua we popped in for an afternoon coffee, then returned later for dessert and again the following day for breakfast. There’s a lot on the menu and everything looks and tastes great. At breakfast we joined business people having early meetings, people dropping in for takeaway coffees, and backpackers settling in to plan the next stage of their journey or update their blog. In the afternoon we parked ourselves on the comfy sofas by the window and did a bit of Facebook updating ourselves. It’s the kind of place where it’s OK to hang out for a while with your laptop (and there’s free wifi, ask for a voucher at the cash desk).
What really makes the Fat Dog cafe a standout is the quirky decor. You’ll get an idea from the bright yellow, blue and green on the outside. Inside it’s the same. Artwork on the walls, tables and chairs painted in bright red and blue, and paw prints and inspiring quotes everywhere. It’s cheerful and different and who doesn’t need a blast of inspiration now and then?
The Fat Dog cafe is at1159 Arawa Street and is open Mon–Wed: 7:00 –21:00; Thurs –Sat: 7:00 –21:30; Sun: 07:00–21:00. It’s fully licensed but your can BYO wine ($4 corkage)
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