For a township that loves high-energy outdoor pursuits, it pays to keep them going all day long - hence why there’s a thriving number of cafés in Wanaka, it’s to ensure the resident population here doesn’t go un-caffeinated for long.
The real pleasure is it’s damn good coffee too; from the quick take away joints operating out of former garages, to the sit and stay a while cafés, Wanaka is home to plenty of spots to rest and recharge. Come holiday season, expect to find all these Wanaka cafes fair bursting at the seams, because everyone here wants in on a bit of the eating and drinking fun.
If it’s good food you’re after, then you’re in luck there too, Wanaka cafés make sure to keep their people fuelled with delicious meals as well as coffee. Settle in for a brunch or lunch or a snack on the go - whichever it is know that it will be served up with a cheery smile and a hearty sense of small town openness. And don’t go thinking that a small population means a dicey quality of food offerings, Wanaka cafés are crisp, modern, top rate establishments where presentation of meals is as important as flavours and price. For a holiday that you’ll remember deep in your taste bud memories for a long time after, make sure to visit plenty of Wanaka cafés while you’re there.
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Curbside Coffee & Bagels
If the timber letters spelling out ‘Coffee & Bagels’ overhead aren’t an obvious enough announcement of your arrival at Curbside then the aroma of freshly ground coffee and the sounds of a busy barista working the machine will certainly grab your attention.
Tucked down an alleyway in the heart of Wānaka is a place where the inhabitants look forward to coming to work each day.
Owners of Wānaka restaurant arc, James Stapley and Sam Cooper, know a thing or two about what makes a good eatery.
While Kamino is known first and foremost as a coffee shop and milkbar, this place is no one trick pony.
The Precinct came on the Wānaka scene in late 2020 as a stylish, shared complex with a range of alluring retail and hospitality stores.
With a Scandinavian-inspired fit out to match the mountains and adventures to be had in Wānaka, you'll quickly understand why this coffee and eatery’s tagline is ‘Gather, feast, stay a while.’
The b.social Brewery and Bar is a great spot for eating and drinking that is worthy of a visit (or many), whether you’re just in town for the weekend or call this beautiful region home year round.
An all day neighbourhood eatery poviding locals with delicious daily fare since 2011.
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Well known for their acai bowls, smoothies, devine soups and niche coffee menu, Dripping Bowl has nutrition and sustainability at its heart.
Pembroke Pâtisserie offers hot pastries for your picnic, sweet pastries galore, or for those who like the finer things in life there’s artistically prepared macarons and tiny tarts.
The Coffee Shack
Proof that good things come in small packages, The Coffee Shack serves up some of the best coffee in town from its pocket-sized converted garage interior.
Hidden down an alleyway, Federal is a Wānaka best kept secret and a favourite with the locals thanks to its great food, speciality coffee and relaxed atmosphere.
A deli with a difference, Fedeli speaks volumes about creating an aesthetically pleasing space and offering up salads, pastries and coffee done well.
Operating by the motto ‘slow food served fast’, Big Fig dishes up meals with a Middle Eastern twist.
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Black Peak Gelato
With the cheery motto ‘handcrafted happiness’, Black Peak makes sure gelato treats are nothing short of exceptional.