Florence's Foodstore & Cafe

Monday8:30 am – 3:00 pm.

Tuesday8:30 am – 3:00 pm.

Wednesday8:30 am – 3:00 pm.

Thursday8:30 am – 3:00 pm.

Friday8:30 am – 3:00 pm.

Saturday8:30 am – 3:00 pm.

Sunday8:30 am – 3:00 pm.

74 Cardrona Valley Road

03-443 7078

A foodstore and a café, Florence’s draws visitors from near and far, and both weary travellers and nearby neighbours all find a place here to rejuvenate. Surrounded by Central Otago hills, take a breath of fresh air and feel the sweet escape of country life.

Herbs aplenty at the front door are an early signal you’re about to walk into a foodie hub at Florence’s, and on entry it’s hard to be disappointed with a huge display of merchandise, a humming coffee machine and a glass cabinet crammed with goodies.

The bays of products to take home stack a large part of the building, resulting in customers being hard pressed to leave empty handed. Preserves, sauces, linen, tea lights, teas, cordials and ceramics are just some of the options available as a keepsake, and make the café an equally good gift buying destination.

A packed counter of baked goods (scones, croissants, cakes) teases the eye and leaves coffee orders feeling a little empty without an accompaniment. And hard to pass up too, is the cheery menu with all the classics involving free-range eggs as well as a few surprising additions – try a toasted coconut waffle for something different. Kids are welcome and are ensured a good time thanks to a specially designed sandpit, which family can keep an eye on from picnic tables in the expansive front courtyard.

Not uncommon in the Wanaka area, the passer-throughs have accents from all around the globe, and receive a generous welcome from those in charge of handing out the fare. A destination in itself, Florence’s is also a welcome retreat from the road when travelling both to and from Wanaka.

Words by Rosie Morrison & Photography by Anna Briggs

74 Cardrona Valley Road

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