Big Fig

Cafes key icon.
Cafes key icon.

Monday8:00 am – 8:30 pm.

Tuesday8:00 am – 8:30 pm.

Wednesday8:00 am – 8:30 pm.

Thursday8:00 am – 8:30 pm.

Friday8:00 am – 8:30 pm.

Saturday8:00 am – 8:30 pm.

Sunday8:00 am – 8:30 pm.

105 Ardmore Street

03 443 5023

Big Fig is responsible for a whole lot of smitten feelings and happy bellies wandering around Wānaka. Food is served up canteen style, but you can forget stale peas, soggy pasta and dry old bread – Big Fig does quick food with class.

Everything is made in-house, the fresh pitas included (the dusting of flour on the worktop and the chicken rotisserie in the background is all the evidence you need to see that things here are fresh). Championing ethical eating, the meat is free range, and free too are the sourdough starters on the counter. Served in tin plates reminiscent of camping days, expect to see variations of salads with couscous, bulgur wheat and lentils in the cabinet, and slow-cooked meats thanks to the Middle Eastern twist. Choose from small, medium or big servings and add meat depending on your taste.

Sweet things also show hints of foreign heritage – Persian cake with almonds and chocolate, lemon pistachio cake and carrot cake with cardamom and dukkah. If you’re coming for breakfast or to grab lunch on the run, the filled gozlemes are a hit, and the colourful smoothies are too pretty to pass up.

Open from early until late, Allpress coffee keeps caffeine fiends happy while hoppy happy beer drinkers will be pleased to see there’s craft on tap. Wine drinkers needn’t go without either, with a modest but definitive menu scrawled artfully on the blackboard behind the counter. Plenty of inside tables and big picnic benches out the front encourage eaters to stick around, although you’ll need to be in quick during the busy times – this place fills up fast.

Words by Rosie Morrison & Photography by Anna Briggs & Nancy Zhou

Information not correct? Report an error


105 Ardmore Street

Nearby Places

Inside Tattoo

Close up of tattooist drawing design at Inside Tattoo, Wānaka.
Place Wānaka
Services key icon.

Far from your average tattoo parlour. Inside Tattoo is a place to marvel at the artwork, ask questions and spark your curiosity.

Kai Whaka Pai

Diners sitting outside the bar.
Place Wānaka
Bars key icon.

An absolute town institution, this place is humming with people Monday to Sunday, Winter through to Summer.

47 Frocks

Yu Mei handbags sit on a shelf above a rack of hanging clothes.
Place Wānaka Editor's Pick
Fashion key icon.

Wānaka is no sleepy town when it comes to being on trend with the latest fashion. Thanks to the friendly team at 47 Frocks, you can wander the lakeside dressed to impress with the latest styles and accessories from NZ designers.

Wilson & Dorset

A leather armchair with a sheepskin cushion at Wilson & Dorset, Wānaka.
Place Wānaka

We love to sit down. But it wasn’t until we plonked ourselves on a Wilson & Dorset Shaggy Bean Bag and lounged on their sheepskin rugs that we realised just how good putting one’s feet up could be. What a revelation.

Similar Places

Ground Up

Glass of beer on the table.
Place Wānaka
Bars key icon.

A brewery and taproom in one, this local favourite continues to grow and impress.

Hāwea Hotel

Inside the restaurant where people are dining and looking out the windows over the lake.
Place Wānaka
Accommodation key icon. Bars key icon. Restaurants key icon.

How do you like the idea of enjoying your morning coffee from a private balcony, with uninterrupted views of mountains encircling one of the country’s largest lakes?


High angle view of a person cutting into a fish and citrus dish, wine and other dishes on the table at arc, Wānaka.
Place Wānaka
Cafes key icon. Restaurants key icon.

Owners of Wānaka restaurant arc, James Stapley and Sam Cooper know a thing or two about what makes a good eatery.

Wānaka Lavender Farm

In the middle of the Lavender Farm in Wānaka surrounded by lavender plants.
Place Wānaka
Cafes key icon.

This is not your typical working farm.