Coffee & Brunch

Start your day off right with whatever charges you up: a jolt of caffeine or a hearty brunch.

Caffeine Boost

We take our café culture seriously, and you’ll be hard-pressed to find a bad cup of coffee in Whanganui.  If you’re looking to relax over a great cup of coffee in the heart of our creative scene, grab a seat at the big table at Article on Saturday morning.

Jolt and Origins are both great options on the bottom block of Vic Ave for a quick cup. Just look for the crowds of people sitting out on the footpath.

As well as making a darn good coffee, Elixir is a fabulous juice and smoothie bar. They use locally sourced ingredients as much as possible, so you know your drink is super fresh.

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Need a little sweet to go with your coffee? The Burrow is a gourmet deli and fine purveyor of French pastries. Their almond croissants are to die for. On a Saturday morning, you can also find freshly baked cinnamon scrolls at the Cinnamonui stall at the River Traders Market.

The works

Fuel up for a big day of activities with a big brunch. There are some great options.

There’s nothing like a view over the river to help you ease your way into the day. Mud Ducks by the i-SITE has a long outdoor deck, as well as a very stylish interior, with a good range of cabinet food and menu items.

Caroline’s Boatshed Bar and Eatery does a classic brekkie menu with river views from the deck. Set in a charming villa, The Yellow House is close to the riverside walking and cycle path. The first Sunday of every month is the Petrolhead’s brekkie so you’ll also get a look at some vintage cars.

High-Kut Bistro on Victoria Ave is a bistro place for a great brunch or lunch. Delicious mocktails and a great kids’ menu too.

Little Curious Bagels on Glasgow St. Little Curious is a local favourite for “boujie bagels”, organic coffee, and freshly baked treats.

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