Whanganui has all you need (and then some) for an enjoyable study-away-from-home experience.

Whether you are fueling up for a late night study session or socialising with friends, Whanganui caters to your food requirements.

We have an excellent selection of cafes, restaurants and take-away outlets in the centre of town, as well as in some cool spots around the suburbs. If you are feeling like a cultural dining experience you can take your pick of Chinese, Japanase, Thai, Indian, Mexican and more… or if you are after something more “kiwi” (New Zealand) then many of our café and restaurants serve up delicious plates of european-infusion food.

A number of cafes reflect Whanganui’s vibrant arts scene with live music playing and local artists’ work displayed. It’s not uncommon in Whanganui, for the cafés to switch from serving great coffee and breakfast into an afternoon or evening music venue where beats and bands play for enthusistic event goers.

The River Traders Market that takes place on Saturday mornings along the banks of the Whanganui River has many food stalls with loads of tasty treats such as woodfired pizza, crepes, burgers and much more. Here you can also sample some traditional kai (food) such as hangi (traditional Maori cooking of meat and vegetables in ovens in a pit under the ground) and seasonal whitebait fritters.

See just a few of our many food options below

Big Orange Cafe

The local Whanganui Cafe for great coffee and food on the go

Mischief on Guyton

Food with soul & coffee with attitude, we’ve got it goin’ on at Mischief!

Mint Cafe and Bar

Mint as cafe in Whanganui, majestic square opposite memorial hall

The Citadel

See what a beautiful place we live in whilst eating some of the best food and drink this town has to offer!

Spice Guru

Experience our quality menu at Whanganui’s most popular Indian restaurant.

Manna Sushi

Tasty sushi place with super friendly staff. Great selection and healthy options.

Frank. Eatery + Bar

A funky bar located in the heart of Whanganui. The place to go for a great night out.

Lucky Bar + Kitchen

Bar and Eatery with live music, DJs and performance and art.


Article houses good coffee, amazing art, vintage clothes and unique products.

Caroline’s Boatshed

Wanganui’s best gastro style pub with a great atmosphere and friendly staff that make sure your experience with us is the best it can be.

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