We often stop at the Blue Bay Café in Timaru, mostly just for coffee, a cake or savoury snack from the cabinet, or a soup – and you do not get a lot more, as the menu is rather small.
The quality of the coffees and food is good – but the main reason for loving this place is its location, overlooking Caroline Bay. On a nice day you can see as far as Mt. Hutt – the view you can admire on my photo of the Timaru intro page. Sitting at one of the outside tables is great since they installed glass panels along the footpath, so you are protected from the wind.
The Blue Bay Café was named best café in South Canterbury 2008 in the Café Magazine.
You can see the café from the State Highway but it is located at the start of the low-traffic zone, named The Bay Hill. Turn off SH 1 towards the city centre (Sefton Street), and turn the next left into The Bay Hill. If you are lucky you find a carpark along the street close to the café.
Open daily 9am – 5pm
Great food at reasonable prices in a stunning character building. The menu has something for everyone, and includes a selection of vegetarian dishes.
The staff are friendly and helpful and the servings are generous.
It's warm and cosy in the colder months. In summer the outside dining area is sheltered and sunny.
Favorite Dish: It's hard for me to go past "Blue and Gold" - fresh blue cod in a beer batter with fresh salad and fries. With a Speight Pale Ale to wash it down.
friendly Atmosphere with fantastic food.....also for Vegetrians, and they put something together what ever you like in no time.....Internet Access to very reasonable price too....you got to ask, might have changed
or for Internet go to the Library, just a block away...even cheaper,
Favorite Dish: Latte with a vegetarien foccacio bread, garnished with egg and radish
this tip could als be a Local Customs. whenever your tummy need something yummy, go to the Bakery and ask for Lamington's or Custard Squares. Lamington's come in two flavours...Chocolateee or Rasberry, take your pick
Favorite Dish: goes well down with Latte or Cappuccino...have a look at the webpage provided, you'll find the recipe
This was voted South Island Cafe of the year 2002
Favorite Dish: open 7 days and good to sit and relax with coffee and fresh cakes any day of the week.