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“The BEST Cafe in New Zealand.”

Ritual Espresso Cafe
Ranked #1 of 1 Coffee & Tea in Wanaka
Certificate of Excellence
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Dining options: Breakfast
Description: 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.
Wanaka, New Zealand
Level 3 Contributor
24 reviews
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“The BEST Cafe in New Zealand.”
Reviewed January 21, 2012

My Husband and I travel a lot and just having finished a road trip from Dunedin to Kaitia taking in every Cafe we could along the way .I swear NO ONE has as fresh food and variety on a changeing basis as Rituals. There were some wonderful little places with small amounts of fresh lovely food,but no one does it like Ritual. The coffees are consistently hot and well made.The service is sleek and even when the place is full, your Coffee turns up within a few minutes.If you sit and watch the staff ( about 6-8 of them) they work like clockwork. My understanding is they are like one big family just working well together. For the owners it's seems to be all about the freshest way to produce food,including Alot of Gluten free goodies that look and taste like real food! Sure they have Carb stuff but it JUST Tastes different.The Muffins are soooooo good that they are almost addictive. Breakfasts are beautiful The best part is the attitude of the staff.They seem to enjoy their jobs and it shows by the way they always smile and have fun interacting with their customers.Im sure they have off days but it never seems to show.We now have trouble going to other Cafes and getting bad slow service and boring food. WELL DONE RITUAL!! Keep up the good work.

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Chris H, Owner at Ritual Espresso Cafe, responded to this review, April 10, 2012
As one of the owners of Ritual Espresso Cafe I would like to thank all the reviewers for their comments they make the hard work worthwhile, BUT we could not do it without our amazing staff. So thank you everyone
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Toddington, United Kingdom
Level 5 Contributor
63 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
“My girlfriends favorite Wanaka haunt!”
Reviewed August 6, 2011

Great little cafe in the centre of Wanaka. Wide selection of tasty freshly made food with a lean towards healthy options. Particularly good for vegetarians.

Personal recommendation would be the smoothies and bruschetta!

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Perth, Australia
Level 3 Contributor
10 reviews
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“Became our Ritual!”
Reviewed July 19, 2010

This place was recommended to us by Wanaka Hire Car, and we loved it. The coffee was fantastic and the food was excellent. Great atmosphere with a corner that was perfect for our family with toys, etc.

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Auckland
2 reviews
“Food, at its best being served by lovely people..not just ordinary staff”
Reviewed April 7, 2010

If I ever want a cheese cake with coffee there is no way I am ever going to go to any other cafe in Wanaka.
The rest of the food is as lovely as the serving and cooking team is.
Keep up good work.

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Thank ForrDavid
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wanaka, NZ
Level 2 Contributor
8 reviews
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“best coffee, and cafe food in wanaka”
Reviewed November 17, 2009

the best consistent food and coffee for a cafe in wanaka, fast efficient and delicious, very casual and not great surroundings, but if you wana buy a quick eat this is your place

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