10 treats to eat & drink in Wanaka

From award winning restaurants to acclaimed gin, wine and beer - Wanaka has more reasons to celebrate than you'd expect from a town this size.

Check out our excellent restaurants and cafes, wineries, breweries, food trucks and artisan distillery,  

1. Kika

Kika, recently named in the 2018 Cuisine Top 100 Restaurants list, offers "feed me" and innovative sharing style plates in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere. 

2. Bistro Gentil

Bistro Gentil offers modern French cuisine showcasing Central Otago’s finest ingredients and harvests from their kitchen garden. It's beautiful garden setting overlooking the mountains of Wanaka make it a great place to wile away an afternoon or evening with friends. 

3. Big Fig

Big Fig dishes are packed with flavour, made with love and ready to go. Best of all you get to fill your plate the way you want. 

4. Pembroke Patisserie

Pembroke Patisserie now have a shop in Albert Town so you don't have wait for market day to get your hands on their legendary custard squares and donuts. Or maybe their award winning gingerbread biscuits and savouries are more to your taste? 

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My playground at @pembrokepatisserie

5. Soulfood Organics

Soulfood Organic is Wanaka's first and oldest organic store and cafe. Delicious cafe food all made onsite from organic GF ingredients - perfect for a guilt free lunch. Try their bliss balls! 

6. Best for breakfast

Federal DinerKai Whaka Pai Relishes Cafe are all great spots for breakfast or a late brunch (#TripAdvisor June 2019). Dripping Bowl is another option worth checking out for 100% refined sugar free, with an array of choices for gluten-free, dairy-free, vegetarian and vegans.

7. Craft brews to try

With over half a dozen local craft breweries operating in Wanaka, you'll be spoilt for choice and deciding which one you like the best might make for a memorable holiday - or maybe not? Try Wanaka BeerworksRhyme & Reason, Ground Up Brewing, B-Effect, Maverick and Sidewinder. 

8. Vineyards & Distillery

If wine, whiskey or gin is more to your liking then visit one of our tasting rooms or take the easy option on a guided tour. Rippon Vineyard, Maude Tasting Room and Nanny Goat (formerly Archangel) make stunning wines while the Cardrona Distillery will happily teach you about the entire spirit making process, from grain to glass.