5 Cool Restaurants in Wanaka, New Zealand

Wanaka’s beauty is some out of the world. If you are planning to visit New Zealand, a day trip to this South Island town will help you enjoy your New Zealand trip and its culture.

Here are 12 of the coolest restaurants you’ll find in this less popular New Zealand destination.

1. Francesca’s Italian Kitchen

Francesca’s Italian Kitchen is known for its authentic flavors. This is a spacious restaurant that has a trove of traditional Italian dishes, with many options for vegetarian and gluten-free diners also. Here wine and other produce are locally sourced, and it is also popular to serve New Zealand brewed Allpress coffee also.

2. Big Fig


This restaurant also serves up excellent food for non-vegan and vegetarians alike. This restaurant does not operate on “reservations” basis. You just have to visit the place and feel at home, browse diverse Mediterranean/Middle Eastern menu and order. Some of the favorite food it serves include the meatballs, flavorsome salads, stuffed pittas, and plenty of baked products for sweet-toothed customers.

4. Federal Diner


Federal Diner offers you contemporary classics as their specialty. You can relish the diner’s signature cheese scones and amazing coffee blends. In lunch, you can select from an interesting selection of salads and sandwiches. On dinner, you can have Kiwi staples which include slow-roasted lamb, and fish and prawn curry as unique offerings.

5. The White House Café and Bar


The White House is known for its delicious food, rustic interior, and quaint charm. Working as a 1930s Art Deco style building, this restaurant is popular for its Mediterranean and Middle Eastern food with a mixed New Zealand flair. They offer a wide list of wine exclusivity to local blends, and their food menu is always as per the seasonal changes.

6. The Spice Room

This restaurant is known for its Indian food and spices that are paired with the Otago region’s finest wine. You can drop by late night for a takeaway meal, and there are a special NZ$20 curry, rice and popodum feast that will keep you full. Other specialties include malai kofta (house-made vegetarian potato dumplings) and the classic butter chicken.

7. Thai Siam


Thai Siam will always keep you satisfied whether you’re out there for lunch or dinner. You can find here with a range of Thai cuisine essentials, Pad Thai, including spring rolls, and a large assortment of curries. Better to visit this restaurant before the lunch/dinnertime rush as the place gets quite busy soon.


These are some of the most amazing and popular restaurants in Wanaka, New Zealand where you can tantalize your taste buds and enjoy your food!

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