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Ritual Espresso Cafe

Certificate of Excellence
££ - £££
Cafe, New Zealand, Gluten Free Options
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18 Helwick Street, Wanaka 9305, New Zealand
+64 3-443 6662
09:00 - 17:00
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Palmerston North
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14 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

Had read reviews and being coffee nuts had hoped to get some good coffee. Sorry to say it wasn't great. Food looked okay.

Thank David S
1 review
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Went to Ritual when travelling to Queenstown. We were exhausted after a long drive and wanted lunch and a cup of coffee since we hadn't eaten for a long time. We wanted to go somewhere with great food and after going for a look around we decided that Ritual looked decent. Ordered fish and chips. The kids fish was over... More 

Thank Marc E
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Had a coffee and some calamari after going for walk around lake. Very busy and lively and coffee was great

Thank Ella G
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19 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Have been here a few times before and each and every time the service, the food, the L'affare coffee have been top shelf. Soooo busy but boy do they thump out the product. But hands down. We will be back again and again due to the friendly and busy atmosphere. Best time

Thank ScottyMack2016
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98 reviews
72 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Quick stop here for coffee, the raspberry brownie was delicious. Only small downside is that when asked they couldn't make the smoothie dairy free, not hard to swap out milk and yoghurt for juice or water. But ah well their loss on $8.50 or was happy to pay more on a stinking hot day. But all in all a lovely... More 

Thank Kelly B
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50 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Went here for lunch today which was good. I had the chicken turkish with mango chutney heated it was very good. 2 others had vietnamese beef salad which was also good. The other person had a plaited brezel, which he said would have been better heated. The coffee was great. A very nice place to dine at

Thank shazmohillock
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7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We arrived in Wanaka and Ritual was inviting us in. However, the male in charge serving was quite rude when we asked what sandwiches they had available. We were told "check the cabinet there are plenty there". There weren't but we were to scared to differ. We did have 2 nice salads and a BLT but have not returned owing... More 

Thank MillieChristchurch
Christchurch, New Zealand
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32 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The middle age, grey haired man taking our order was so rude! When I asked what size coffee they do he told me all sizes (so not really an answer as there was nothing indicated on their board). He was not helpful and did not listen so I then had to repeat my order. Coffee was just ok, my milk... More 

Thank Zoe M
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869 reviews
206 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Even on Boxing Day following morning, most of the town remained shut down. Ritual Espresso Cafe was about the only spot open before noon and it was understandably packed despite the 15% holiday surcharge tacked on to an already expensive menu. The staff did a good job handling the nonstop influx of diners and their sandwiches and the English Breakfast... More 

Thank thelonious22
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13 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

The problem with coffee is that everyone loves it, so there's little motivation for a coffee shop to have really excellent coffee, it just needs to be good enough (just ask Starbucks...). For this reason it's often difficult to find good coffee outside of the big cities. This coffee shop is a really nice exception to the rule. Despite the... More 

Thank Angie Y

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Cafe, New Zealand, Gluten Free Options
Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Highchairs Available
Good for
Open Hours
09:00 - 17:00
09:00 - 17:00
09:00 - 17:00
09:00 - 17:00
09:00 - 17:00
09:00 - 17:00
09:00 - 17:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 18 Helwick Street, Wanaka 9305, New Zealand
  • Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  South Island  >  Otago Region  >  Wanaka
  • Phone Number: +64 3-443 6662
We are the locals choice of cafe with a deli cabinet full of freshly made salads,frittata, crepes, and more. There is a full range of breakfast and lunch options from our blackboard menu. We also serve freshly made muffins, scones and a selection of slices and cakes. In all cases there is a good selection of gluten free options.

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?