Jandals Café is a welcoming, beachside café in the picturesque seaside town of Whitianga, Coromandel. Established in 2010 by Lawrence and Paula MacKenzie, Jandals is a firm favourite with the locals offering delicious home-made food and they also run a successful catering business.
As you step into Jandals you are greeted by friendly staff who enjoy a chat, making you feel like you are home away from home. Jandals definitely provides the best coffee in town, creating their coffees from award winning Celcius Coffee, a full-bodied pick me up right down to the last drop. To accompany your coffee there is an array of homemade treats, both savoury and sweet. I enjoyed the lemon posset tart with fresh cream and on a second occasion, the gluten free plum and vanilla cheesecake. There were also portions of lasagne which looked perfect for dinner, but unfortunately I was heading back on the road home.
Along with great coffee and great food there is a lovely long outdoor courtyard to enjoy and relax. On leaving Jandals Café check out the smattering of local art work which would brighten any room in the home.
Right next door to Jandals Café is the Buffalo Takeaways which has the best fish and chips I have had in a long time. Crumbed John Dory so delicious you could imagine yourself sitting in a five star restaurant. Both establishments are a stones-throw from the beach, the perfect spot for coffee and treat or fish and chips.
If you are travelling to the Coromandel I highly recommend a coffee and sustenance break at Jandals Café. Whitianga itself is a lovely relaxing spot with a multitude of surrounding activities to choose from up and down the coast. Or if you would rather just sit back and relax; enjoy the views, peacefulness and fine coffee from Jandals Café.