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Cafe, New Zealand
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Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
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Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch
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Reviewed 7 March 2024 via mobile

The sign outside says AJ’s, inside decor says Hydro. Excellent yogurt bowl with fresh fruit, berry compote, house made granola, and chia. Hubby’s gf toast with eggs and streaky bacon was just what he was looking for. It’s in a small shopping center with several...interesting shops tooMore

Date of visit: March 2024
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Reviewed 15 July 2023

I went for breakfast and a Long Black coffee but the coffee was very bitter and was over extracted so I returned it and asked for a replacement please and explained that it was over extracted. I was met with a very chilled response with...no apology. The scrambled eggs were delicious but when the replacement coffee arrived from a stoney faced silent “Barista” it was no better. Sad that she couldn’t manage any conversation or apology, just a sour face. Never mind there’s other dining options in Twizel.More

Date of visit: July 2023
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Reviewed 7 July 2023 via mobile

We had an unplanned stop in Twyzel which called for a coffee break, wow what an incredible cafe. My husband had his mandatory cheese rolls which were up there with the best he’s had during our two weeks in South Island. I tried pea and...leek stacks, with a little extra bacon. Really enjoyed it and the coffee was delicious. Highly recommend a coffee break hereMore

Date of visit: July 2023
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Reviewed 7 July 2023

Nice good old fashioned Kiwi cafe. Friendly staff, great coffee and tasty scone, Will definitely be back.

Date of visit: June 2023
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Reviewed 11 April 2023 via mobile

We had a date scone and a GF orange cake. The date scone I am reliably informed was excellent. Lots of dates. The orange cake was okay but a bit of syrup, icing or yoghurt would have elevated it to very good. Coffee was strong...and the locally made mugs are wonderful. Friendly service.More

Date of visit: April 2023
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Reviewed 9 December 2022 via mobile

We stopped in Twizel in search of good coffee, Hydro Cafe met all expectations. Great coffee, great service and the date scones are amazing!

Date of visit: December 2022
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Reviewed 18 November 2022 via mobile

Always has great coffee . Best place in Twizel. Also make a good date scone. Slices look good but haven’t tried them as not much of a sweet tooth.

Date of visit: October 2022
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Reviewed 7 November 2022 via mobile

Very good hot coffee and real date scones. Nice vibe, friendly staff. Excellent starting point for lakes and mountains on way to Tekapo and Mt Cook Aoraki.

Date of visit: November 2022
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Reviewed 3 August 2022

Awesome food and service, pleasantly surprised with the funky cafe in Twizel. Will be back for sure, great variety of hot and cold food

Date of visit: August 2022
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Reviewed 5 February 2022

Obviously a local favourite and extra points for the adjacent bookstore. Good hot chocolate on a cold morning, appealing cabinet food although the staff looked a little under pressure - it can't be easy operating city-style fare in a village like Twizel. Good refuelling stop.

Date of visit: January 2022
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Reviewed 1 January 2022 via mobile

Pretty disappointed with the food. I ordered a chicken panini and the chicken was about the size of a .50 piece. The milkshake with ice cream was runny with no hints of ice cream. The upside was the sausage rolls were divine! Thankfully the kids...didn’t like them so I managed to get some food!More

Date of visit: December 2021
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Reviewed 7 December 2021 via mobile

We were recommended this cafe by a tourism provider to have breakfast at before leaving on our A2O. They proudly display a “we do not discriminate “ poster, and when I asked if she could scan my vaccine pass she said “ well you can...if you want to” I mentioned that they were required to if we wanted to be seated indoors and she said “ no you don’t , I know my rights and we won’t discriminate “ This is incredibly disappointing and I had a takeaway coffee and sat outside as I am unwilling to be seated inside with potentially unvaccinated people. The food looked good , what a shame they can’t care for their customers.More

Date of visit: December 2021
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Reviewed 4 October 2021 via mobile

Nice coffee, Awesome cheese scones and best of all close to Jake’s hardware stores so we hung out there while waiting for coffees

Date of visit: October 2021
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Reviewed 16 August 2021 via mobile

Nice coffee but rather appalling service!! Would recommend making it clear what you order if you are ordering two or more of the same dish!

Date of visit: August 2021
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Reviewed 28 April 2021 via mobile

Fresh food. Good range of cold and hot light dishes and cakes. Cosy and quirky environment. Good coffee. Good for kids too.

Date of visit: April 2021
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Hydro Cafe is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travellers:
  • Food: 4
  • Service: 4
  • Value: 4