Ambrosia Deli & Café
Monday8:00 am – 3:00 pm.
Tuesday8:00 am – 3:00 pm.
Wednesday8:00 am – 3:00 pm.
Thursday8:00 am – 3:00 pm.
Friday8:00 am – 3:00 pm.
63 Ridgway Street
From Sicilian marmalade to Belgian hot chocolate, and maple syrup straight from Canada, this little delicatessen sources the best of the best from around the world and gathers it all together in one easy place. Once a hotel, the 100 year old building has seen plenty of comings and goings in its time, and now has keen coffee drinkers sipping flat whites within its walls thanks to Ambrosia adding a café to its already bustling delicatessen.
Nougat to gnocchi, if you’re craving something from that European trip a lifetime ago, or want to recreate something from the foodie mags, then Ambrosia is the place to come for specialty ingredient shopping. Not dissimilar to a street side eatery you’d find in small European townships, Ambrosia takes the style of its contemporaries and funnily enough, it fits in perfectly on the streets of Whanganui.
Local foodies also take centre stage here, with clever folks at Mashtun Crackers turning a beer by-product into a delicious cheese platter addition. Otamatea Oils prove very popular and need constant restocking on the shelves as locals come for their extra virgin olive oil grown on the outskirts of Whanganui township. Lonely Goat also sell their award winning cheeses here, and with their creators also calling the area home, it means supporting local businesses has never been so easy for customers.
A 10am rush and a busy lunchtime spell sees Ambrosia staff busy on their feet, with out of towners from the likes of Palmerston and Feilding stopping in too to see what the fuss is all about too. A decent brunch and lunch menu and a cabinet overflowing with homemade salads, pies and sweets make this place an easy favourite lunch time spot.
Words by Rosie Morrison & Photography by Anna Briggs
63 Ridgway Street
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