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There is plenty of choice for cafes in Wanaka and whenever we are in town we love to go out for a coffee. Wanaka is the town to sip a coffee and let the hours slip on by.

Here’s a list of a few of our favourites.

Soulfood Organic Cafe – lovely summer garden out the back. Organic milk and coffee. I like to support this cafe as I like the fact that cafes like this still exist. The old hippy in me fits right in here.

The Cheeky Monkey Cafe for is at the front of the Wanaka Hotel. Delicious home baking – Melting Moments {which are far too fiddley too bake} with passionfruit icing. The kids like the “Little Monkey” – cheese toasties and chips for lunch. They can roam around on the lawn and give their mother some peace. I like the comfy chairs and the 70’s pink and grey bathroom, a remnant from the buildings history as part of the Tourist Hotel Corporation.

Kai Whakapai on the waterfront the lake. Open from7am til late. It is fun down there after skiing for a beer. They have our local, delicious Brewski beer on tap there. People grooving out the front, good place to people watch.

Cafe Fe – on the way to Cardrona.  Child friendly, nice in the summer.

Ardmore Street Food Co – my husband says “it’s very Auckland”. We are from Auckland but I know what he means. Slick, polished, beautiful space and location. This cafe was runner-up in the 2008 Best Café Award.

Edgewater Resort– sometimes we take a drive around to Edgewater, or it is good stop after a walk around the lake front. Nice comfy sofas. This is not a cafe but you can get a coffee in the lounge of this resort. The kids like to chase the ducks and play on the play ground that is in the grounds. Nice for a drink and some fries after a day at Treble Cone. It is good place for a big group of people  to meet.

Yohei Cafe – tucked in the mall opposite the New World. Funky spot. coffee plus delicious fresh juices and sushi. Check out the YoTube clips. love the red t-shirts for sale that say “Love Wanaka, Long Time”

My coffee aficionado recommends Cafe Gusto. Nice location if you have to spend any time at the Dinosaur Park and need some refreshments afterwards.

I am open to any other suggestions!

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