Restaurants

Top Choice Burgers in Whanganui

Citadel

Looking for the best burgers on the North Island? Community-minded Citadel, 10 minutes' drive from Whanganui centre, is a contender. Alongside classics, the Eh Monster is a feat of endurance. Order it (alongside loa…
Top Choice Cafe in Whanganui

Mischief on Guyton

With cheeky signage and a flip calendar of quotes not suitable to print but good for a laugh with your coffee, Mischief on Guyton is true to its name. Step inside (or through to the courtyard) for a combined brunch …
Top Choice Cafe in Whanganui

Yellow House Cafe

Detour from the main drag for funky tunes, butterscotch pancakes, local art and courtyard tables beneath a chunky-trunk cherry blossom tree. Super-friendly staff bend over backwards to recommend what to do in town. …
Cafe in Whanganui

Big Orange

Inside a gorgeous old Whanganui red-brick building, Big Orange is a babbling espresso bar serving gourmet burgers, big breakfasts, muffins, cakes and sandwiches. The outdoor tables overlooking the roundabout are hot…
Modern NZ in Whanganui

Ceramic Lounge

In a split-business arrangement with adjacent Big Orange, Ceramic takes over for the dinner shift, serving upmarket food (including venison carpaccio and lamb rump with caramelised root veggies) in a low-lit, rust-c…
Cafe in Whanganui

Ambrosia

The counter at Ambrosia is full of fab pies and quiches (not to mention cinnamon scrolls!) or you can order something from the kitchen – perhaps a vegan 'buddha bowl', pizza or chunky sandwich. The deli section stoc…
Cafe in Whanganui

Villa Coffee House

Villa is a neat little weatherboard Victorian (painted black – how patriotic), with an equally neat menu of mainly toasted sandwiches plus an egg dish and some salads. But caffeine is why you're here (of the organic…
Cafe in Whanganui

Mud Ducks

Considering it's located within the i-SITE, Mud Ducks is a pretty spiffy cafe. With an outdoor deck and lovely timber beams, it's a good spot to rest and take advantage of free wi-fi. Brunch could be a breakfast but…
Indian in Whanganui

Spice Guru

There are a few Indian joints in the River City (an affinity with the Ganges, perhaps?), but the Guru takes the cake for its charismatic black-and-chocolate-coloured interior, attentive service and flavoursome dishe…
Japanese in Whanganui

Momiji

Understated but with warm decor and service, Momiji is a favourite among locals. The menu is split into entrees, rice bowls, curry, sushi and noodles, but the bento boxes are great value. Best washed down with a Jap…