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Local’s guide to New Plymouth: new eateries, coffee spots and hidden gems

Local’s guide to New Plymouth: new eateries, coffee spots and hidden gems

New Plymouth's resident foodies let us in on the best-kept secrets of Taranaki.

Local’s guide to New Plymouth: new eateries, coffee spots and hidden gems

After living abroad for the past few years, chef Carl Maunder and his partner Jade Lucas have returned to New Zealand to take on three new hospitality businesses, including handmade pasta eatery State Pasta, and 90s-influenced State Bistro.

With its stunning snow-capped scenery, endless stretches of black-sand beaches and lush rainforests and parks, New Plymouth is a true North Island gem. But its landscape is only part of the appeal. The coffee-loving, laid-back surfer town is a treasure trove of delicious cuisine, art and creativity, festivals and fascinating history.

So, where to start? the New Plymouth locals share their favourite spots…

Best coffee in town...We have to say Joe’s Garage! New Plymouth is spoiled for choice when it comes to coffee – our other favourites are Ozone Coffee (we use their Hudson Blend at home) and Bleached.

Favourite brunch spot… Monica’s. If you have a sweet tooth the Tiramisu French Toast is to die for, or, if you prefer savoury you can’t beat the Kedgeree.

Favourite date-night restaurant… State Bar & Bistro. When we do venture out we love Social Kitchen.

Dining at Social Kitchen.

Boutique shop you love… Et Vous for beautifully curated clothing and homewares. Plus you can get your hands on the stunning, locally-made Brooke Barrett range (featured in British Vogue no less!).

Best place to go for a dose of nature… If you love the beach, head out to Oakura for a walk on the wild west coast (and pop into Toret for their woodfired pizza after). If you’re short on time pop into Pukekura Park in town. There’s plenty of trails and the gardens throughout are gorgeous.

Beautiful spot to watch the sunset… Back Beach! Take in spectacular views out to the Sugarloaf Islands with Paritutu by your side. It’s worth packing a picnic hamper and drinks.

Hidden gem… The Fitzroy Hot Bread Shop does the best classic apple donuts for $3. We actually can’t drive past without stopping in.

A great place to take the kids… The Brooklands Zoo in Pukekura Park. It has monkeys, a decent playground and best of all it’s free! Fitzroy beach is also a great spot with a coffee kiosk, playground, and free kids pools during the summer months.

Local food producer you have to try…We are massive fans of Billow Bakery. Their sourdough loaves are the best in town.

Pick up STYLE Autumn for our full interview with Maunder and Lucas.

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