The Coffee Shack

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Monday6:30 am – 2:00 pm.

Tuesday6:30 am – 2:00 pm.

Wednesday6:30 am – 2:00 pm.

Thursday6:30 am – 2:00 pm.

Friday6:30 am – 2:00 pm.

Saturday8:00 am – 2:00 pm.


75 Brownston Street

021 635 584

Proof that good things come in small packages, The Coffee Shack serves up some of the best coffee in town from its pocket-sized interior. A converted garage, The Coffee Shack has kept some of its original look, with the roller door doubling as a blackboard coffee menu, and what this place lacks in height, it sure makes up for in reputation.

It’s no small feat being called the best coffee maker in town, but from the 85% graded green coffee beans to the perfectly steamed milk (almond, soy or regular), owner and operator Bonnie sure earns the title. The small team are expert baristas, and Bonnie is one of those impressive people who can steam milk, take you order, compliment your dog and look calm while doing so, which is not so surprising when you learn she’s been making perfect cups of the good stuff for 12 years.

Keen to keep Wānaka looking beautiful, The Coffee Shack plays its part by offering Innocent Packaging compostable cups, a discount for those who bring their own keep cup and even a ‘cup deposit’ where for $1 you can borrow a ceramic cup and return it next time you’re there to receive your money back. A small selection of sweet treats are ideal accompaniment to your coffee, and Bonnie even makes the sweet loaf herself.

Like fellow hospitality spots in Wānaka, this place has community written all over it, and even canine friends are more than welcome, with doggy treats for the pups who really know how to play the cute card.

Online ordering via an app means busy working locals or those heading up the mountain can order a good coffee on the run, but if you’re planning on drinking in, styley beanbags out front are an easy place to tally a while.

Words by Rosie Morrison & Photography by Anna Briggs

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