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  • 2008 - Regional winner
  • 2006 - Regional runner up
  • 2004 - Regional winner
  • 2003 - Regional winner

Trip Advisor - “Excellent food, coffee, atmosphere” - "This is our regular lunch stop between Hamilton and Coromandel. The food is healthy and excellent quality, with a good range of options (the mushrooms are a favourite....), and the coffees also very good. Service is friendly and prompt. Good toilets, and we can buy a range of delicatessen goods such as speciality cheeses. Well worth stopping at."

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New Zealand's most popular review site - "We discovered Sola mid morning, one weekend on the way to the Coromandel ... the rest is history ... Sola is now our "regular" on the way to or from our holiday spot... food is fabulous... always hot, well presented and great valule for money!! Decor is bright and chirpy.. the changing array of artwork a pleasure to look forward too... toilet are always clean and accessable. Judging by the number of people who are able to be seated, Sola is a very popular place to eat!! COFFEE - ALWAYS GOOD. In fact, we don't have a harsh word to say... Each time we've paid a visit, the staff and management have been on the ball. Talking over the days orders, checking and rechecking... always a laugh and a joke... just what a traveller needs... so GOOD ON YOU GIRLS OF SOLA.. YOU'RE DOING A FABULOUS JOB!! All the best for 2011 and beyond."

Hauraki Herald

On arrival we found the place full and people were happily queuing at the door. A short wait and we were seated. Bright and cheerful smiles, lovely warm atmosphere, excellent food of great variety. All the staff greeted with a smile. The coffees were hot and of the highest standard. The salads crisp and beautiflly served and the cakes - decadent class - were so delicious and mouth watering.One could go on about other little services that make this cafe so inviting. Well done people. I will be back.

Marie Higgs, Picton

Couldn't agree more on all counts. It's one of the few cafes in Thames that consistantly have good coffee. And you know what thay say - lifes too short for bad coffee (not to mention bad food and service). Editor

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36 hours in Coromandel - by Maggie Wicks

"We get horribly lost in Pauanui and decide it'd be easier to cut back across the hills and through to Thames for a coffee. We've heard about this cafe, you see, Sola - a vegetarian place, and the only cafe open in Thames on a Sunday afternoon. The panini was made fresh, the burrito was huge and had a good salad on the side. The coffee was excellent - strong, tasty and thick. And the carrot cake? Moist and perfectly sweet, with not too much icing and far too much cream! Sublime."

Cuisine Magazine

This is the place to fill up before the espresso-less drive north. Sola is easily the hippest place to enjoy a short but sweet vegetarin menu, some freshly squeezed juice and great coffee.

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This alluring Cafe is where you go for the best espresso and vegetarian fare - including wheat and gluten free offerings. Original art from local artists adorn the tamarillo and zest colours walls, and various deli goods are displayed on shelves.

Celest Broard, Thames.

Each time we visit Sola Cafe the staff are "just right", they get the balance right, being friendly, but respect you have come in for a break, they all seem passionate about the food that thay sell, they are efficient and genuinely seem to enjoy being there. The food is beautiful - fresh ingredients, presented well, good variety, and tastes devine. Decor is modern but personal and relaxed.

We appreciate that Thames is a small town but word of mouth is the best recommendation and Sola certainly has ours.