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Fat Pigeon Cafe

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41 Moa Street, Piopio 3912, New Zealand
+64 7-877 8822
07:30 - 16:00
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Sun 08:00 - 16:00
Mon - Sat 07:30 - 16:00
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Melbourne, Australia
1 review
Reviewed yesterday NEW

Looooooovely staff, great coffee and even better raspberry chocolate brownie. I was recommended this place and I am glad I stopped by.

Thank erinandersonscott
1 review
Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Really not good food. I had the smashed avocado with salmon and poached eggs and it was terrible. Toasted ciabatta was so hard it cut my mouth, stingy with the avo and after paying $20.50 you still had to pay $1.50 for hollandaise. The salmon itself was nice, but not enough to save the overpriced dish. My husbands big breakfast... More 

Thank Helena R
New Plymouth, New Zealand
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5 reviews
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The Fat pigeon is a must if your traveling between New Plymouth/Hamilton. Have only ever have food from the cabinet but this is always delicious and fresh, great coffees and hot chocolates! never disappoints

Thank Tessnjosh
Mellons Bay, Auckland
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50 reviews
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

If you're driving on Highway #39 between Hamilton and New Plymouth, by the time you get to Piopio, you're ready for a break. The Fat Pigeon Café was a real find: the food was more innovative than the standard café fare, the coffee was good, the service was friendly. We were there about 11.30 am and by 12.00 it had... More 

Thank Doffo
Gisborne, NZ
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96 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

When we have passed this cafe previously, it has always appeared to be full. Good sigh, huh? Well this time we decided to stop and we're pleased we did. The selection of food in the cabinets was huge, and there was an extensive menu of other options. It was all generous portions of homemade happiness. The only problem was what... More 

Thank gnilloc
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7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

The Fat Pigeon is a regular stop for us on the journey from Taranaki to Auckland. There is a good variety of food and great coffee. The staff are obliging and will make your coffee just as you like it even if your request is more unusual. The outside eating area is a bonus and the proximity of the park... More 

Thank Helen W
New Zealand
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160 reviews
109 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 April 2017 via mobile

First disappointment was that there was one savoury scroll left in the cabinet - that was apparently unavailable. Disappointing as it was difficult to find savoury vegetarian in their cabinet. So I ordered an overpriced small hot cross bun ($4 - which would buy a whole half dozen at a bakery). The bun was stale, hard and dried out. Next... More 

Thank Queenslander2013
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30 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 17 April 2017

I mean to say you can count on good food and coffee at the Fat Pigeon. We look forward to our stop here midway our trip to see the grandchildren.

Thank marierG9465UA
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25 reviews
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Reviewed 12 April 2017

love comingt here any time of the day as always plenty of food to choose from . Wonderful staff and you can choose to sit inside or out

1 Thank Tania C
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Reviewed 11 April 2017 via mobile

We had great coffee & nice cabinet food when we stopped here for late lunch on our way home to Taranaki. The smell of the fat fryer is quite off putting tho & it's noticeable the minute you walk in. There are tables outside on the verandah & inside as well. Staff seemed a little vague & disinterested but we... More 

Thank Sally H

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
USD 5 - USD 17
Cafe, New Zealand, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options, Vegan Options
Lunch, Brunch, Breakfast
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi
Good for
Groups, Kids, Local cuisine, Child-friendly
Open Hours
08:00 - 16:00
07:30 - 16:00
07:30 - 16:00
07:30 - 16:00
07:30 - 16:00
07:30 - 16:00
07:30 - 16:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 41 Moa Street, Piopio 3912, New Zealand
  • Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  North Island  >  Waikato Region  >  Piopio
  • Phone Number: +64 7-877 8822
The Fat Pigeon is a purposely built cafe brillantly located next to Kara Park at the north end of Piopio. We offer a wide range of freshly made cafe fare, complemented by Ozone coffee. We have cabinet food as well as a board menu. Indoor and outdoor seating plus a play area for the littlies, and a sandpit outside. Possibly the best stopping point on the road to Taranaki.

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?