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.

Beyond the Eggs Bene, Here's Where to Get Your Brunch Fix in Wānaka

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With plenty of beautiful fit-outs, premium roasted coffee and health- and earth-conscious brunch places, you’re sure to find one that suits you.

Kamino

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If you don’t know where Kamino is in the Star Wars galaxy, never fear.

General Service

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Tucked down an alleyway in the heart of Wānaka is a place where the inhabitants look forward to coming to work each day.

Wānaka Lavender Farm

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This is not your typical working farm.

Curbside Coffee & Bagels

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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.

The Precinct

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A stylish, shared complex in Wānaka with a range of alluring retail and hospitality stores.

Scroggin

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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 for a while.’

b.social

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The b.social taproom and eatery 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.

Urban Grind

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An all-day neighbourhood eatery that's been providing locals with delicious fare since 2011.

Impress Your Tastebuds with Wānaka's Most Delicious Dishes

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It’s important to get a taste of whatever place you’re visiting, and the best way to do that is to simply get out and about and sit yourself down at some of the neatest restaurants in town.

Dripping Bowl

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Well known for acai bowls, smoothies, divine soups and a niche coffee menu, Dripping Bowl has nutrition and sustainability at its heart.

Pembroke Pâtisserie

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Pembroke Pâtisserie offers hot pastries for your picnic, sweet pastries galore, or for those who like the finer things in life there are artistically prepared macarons and tiny tarts.

The Coffee Shack

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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.

Fedeli

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A deli with a difference, Fedeli speaks volumes about creating an aesthetically pleasing space that offers up salads, pastries and coffee done well.

Federal Diner

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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.

Big Fig

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Operating by the motto ‘slow food served fast’, Big Fig dishes up meals with a Middle Eastern twist.

Black Peak Gelato

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With the cheery motto ‘handcrafted happiness,’ Black Peak makes sure gelato treats are nothing short of exceptional.