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The Store

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$$ - $$$
Cafe, Soups, New Zealand, Gluten Free Options
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State Highway 1, Kekerengu, New Zealand
+64 3-575 8600
08:00 - 17:00
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11 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Best cafe stop on the way to Kiakoura. Nice view of the ocean, clean and beautiful! Lovely staff and portion of food was nice and comforting!

Thank Jerry L
Queen Creek, Arizona
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17 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 December 2016

what a wonderful stay found off the side of the road to Blenheim. The view was spectacular and the food was just as wonderful. Loved the décor and modern feel. Everything seemed clean and well managed. The bathrooms were off site was the only downside (but close). This is a place we would stop at again without hesitation!

Thank dargerfamily
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43 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 November 2016

An oasis on a very long Route 1 drive but well worth the stop. We were there in June so it was too cold to be out side but the views are beautiful, a nice fire in the fireplace helped warm it up but the room needs a little more to feel homey. Though the food was wonderful and the... More 

Thank mgray733
Aberdeen, United Kingdom
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437 reviews
119 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 131 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 November 2016

This is a big spacious homely cafe with a log fire and nice selection of home bakes,drinks and meals . Staff were welcoming and friendly. Beautiful view down to the Pacific ocean- which has steps from the decking if you want to go down. However, Cutlery was on the table and could definitely have been cleaner. Goods on sale were... More 

Thank Brandylady
Gold Coast Queensland
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92 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2016 via mobile

We called in twice as it was recommended. A bit late for food heading to Blenheim, so tried again and had lunch returning to Christchurch. My seafood chowder was pretty chewy with only a few calamari & very small mussels with that nasty shell crunch. Not much of a chowder! Was thinking anything seafood was going to be a hit!... More 

Thank incink
Dunstable, Bedfordshire, England
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647 reviews
317 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 336 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 October 2016

This place jumped out on us out of nowhere as we were driving from Kaikoura down to Picton. We braked a little harder than intended, and ground to a halt a few inches before their front porch. Phew. We just wanted coffees, but then spotted the range of quiches, pies, tarts, cakes, scones, and ended up having an early lunch,... More 

Thank Andy-S60
Perth, Australia
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102 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 October 2016

Cosy atmosphere with open fire. Inside and outside seating with views over the Pacific and seals on the sore. Coffee was excellent and gluten free cake option available.

Thank RoyOz2016
Brunswick Heads, Australia
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11 restaurant reviews
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 September 2016 via mobile

After a recommendation to stop at The Store, we were bitterly disappointed. From the poor service to "hot pies" that were stone cold in the middle, we were glad to leave this place. Even on leaving, one of our group gave up after 5 minutes waiting to purchase a glass of water.

2 Thank chicko7
Queenstown, New Zealand
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3 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 September 2016 via mobile

Most stylish cafe in the world - quite a surprise to find on the Pacific Rd SH1 in Kekerengu. Great breakfast horror & coffee!

Thank bodhisattva001
New Zealand
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75 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 September 2016

Great coffee, great food, great service. A wonderful place to take a break in the drive down the South Island's east coast. A roaring fire, friendly staff, and a small but well selected collection of treasures to browse & buy after enjoying lunch with a great view.

Thank ExplorerMeg

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Cafe, Soups, New Zealand, Gluten Free Options
Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Free Wifi, Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Reservations
Good for
Local cuisine, View, Kids, Child-friendly, Groups
Open Hours
08:00 - 17:00
08:00 - 17:00
08:00 - 17:00
08:00 - 17:00
08:00 - 17:00
08:00 - 17:00
08:00 - 17:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: State Highway 1, Kekerengu, New Zealand
  • Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  South Island  >  Canterbury Region  >  Kekerengu
  • Phone Number: +64 3-575 8600

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