Need a well-deserved break from the hustle and bustle of city life? Head out to our favourite little slice of French paradise – Akaroa.
Head down to Rona’s at 74 Rue Lavaud; find a spot in the garden, sit back in the sun and enjoy a light breakfast or lunch, or pop in for a coffee and croissant to take away. A seasonal menu features a range of mouth-watering, healthy dishes that incorporate ingredients sourced from around Banks Peninsula region, such as free-range chicken, lamb and eggs. With a fantastic vibe, top-notch coffee and a view to Akaroa’s glistening blue waters, Rona’s is a must-try!
2. The Wharf
Seafood lovers – this one’s for you. The Wharf, situated in the heart of Akaroa’s waterfront at 75 Beach Road, prides themselves on sourcing the finest seafood the nation has to offer. Book a table for two and indulge in a delectable dinner on the waterfront with a loved one, or perch yourself at the beautifully appointed bar and peruse a fine selection of gins, cocktails, wines and tap/craft beers.
3. The Little Bistro
Exquisite seasonal fare awaits at 33 Rue Lavaud, home to The Little Bistro. Focusing on using organic, locally grown produce, Josh (new owner and chef) and his team whip up unique, beautifully presented starters, mains and desserts which are perfectly complemented by a glass or two of refreshing New Zealand wine. So what are you waiting for? Book yourself a table at this sweet little gem and prepare to have your tastebuds tantalised.
4. The Brasserie
Step into a tranquil garden and soak up Akaroa’s atmosphere with an al fresco breakfast, lunch or dinner at The Brasserie. This cute cottage-style restaurant offers a French/European-inspired menu that utilises local, seasonal ingredients – including Asian and European herbs from their very own garden! Head along to 41 Rue Lavaud for dishes-to-die-for, or why not be tempted by their delicious Allpress coffee and range of pastries, muffins and scones…
5. Ma Maison
There’s no better place to kick back in the summer sun than Ma Maison’s stunning outside dining area, complete with picturesque views of the wharf and the Akaroa Harbour. Peruse a selection of entrees, mains and desserts – take note: the Bitter Chocolate Torte is something seriously special! A true crowd favourite, Ma Maison is sure to please!
Perched on the water’s edge with the ocean just mere metres away, Harbar is your go-to for gastro-style pub fare, sharing plates or an evening tipple as the sun goes down. Will it be fresh Akaroa salmon or classic fish and chips? For those who can’t decide, take a risk with the ‘Trust the Chef’ option, the most popular way to dine.