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Cafe, New Zealand
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Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
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Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The go to place for a paua pie, really good, pity they only had one left or I would have bought a second one for dinner when I got home

Date of visit: March 2024
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Don't go past Vanessa's Cafe. The food is simply delicious and the service is amazing. We enjoyed the homemade pies and berry muffins. 😋 One of the best cafes we visited in our month of travelling the South Island. The locals and some passerbys know...where to go for good food!!!More

Date of visit: February 2024
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Reviewed 28 January 2024

The food here is just delicious, never had a dud meal or coffee and the muffins or scones are excellent if just wanting to snack

Date of visit: January 2024
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Reviewed 29 December 2023

Great variety of breakfast dishes - very popular with locals and travelling customers - friendly staff with quick/efficient service.

Date of visit: December 2023
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Reviewed 5 August 2023 via mobile

Very large meal, heaps to choose from. Hard to decide from the cabinet menu, everything looked delicious. We had a sit down meal and took a cake home for later.

Date of visit: August 2023
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Reviewed 9 March 2023 via mobile

Absolutely top-notch! We go out of our way to go there at least twice a week, and have been for the last 8-9 years! The food is fantastic! The pies are outstanding, and everything is fresh! The service is on another level great! My favourite...cafe by a mile!More

Date of visit: March 2023
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Reviewed 14 February 2023

Lovely atmosphere , food, and coffee, service superb nothings a problem, so nice to find nice people happy to serve you and engage in conversation.

Date of visit: February 2023
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Reviewed 7 February 2023 via mobile

Booked a table for 11am Waitangi Day for 6 people for brunch, we all had great food big breakfast to die for staff very friendly coffee tops if your passing you have to sample there food thanks again barry Marlene jack Helen graham Maxine from...rolleston/Lincoln/ AshburtonMore

Date of visit: February 2023
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Reviewed 16 January 2023 via mobile

A great little character Cafe, with wonderful service & delicious 😋 food. Ordered eggs on toast & pleasantly surprised to get dark rye toast. You can't go wrong here.

Date of visit: January 2023
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Reviewed 23 July 2022

I'm a long haul driver and know most food stops. Vanessa runs the best anywhere. I've been stopping here for many years. Our other drivers got sick of me telling them how great Vanessa's is, so then I made it a rule that if you...were travelling south you had to stop here. Some ignored my unofficial rule, so on April 1st some years ago I conspired with our South island manager to send a message to all of the drivers. Something like..... " It has come to my attention, that some drivers are failing to stop at Vanessa's. This is unsatisfactory and you are to see that it is rectified as soon as possible."More

Date of visit: July 2022
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Reviewed 23 February 2022 via mobile

Had the most amazing coffee and cooked breakfast. Friendly staff and lovely place to sit and relax. Really really happy we stopped here!! Highly recommend. Also recommend getting one of their home made pies!!!

Date of visit: February 2022
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Reviewed 18 January 2022

Stopped in Hampden for a breakfast break on a long drive from Dunedin. The cafe was bustling and obviously popular with both locals and travellers. We were served quickly and efficiently by pleasant wait staff. Recommend a stop.

Date of visit: January 2022
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Reviewed 8 December 2021

Huge variety of delicious looking cabinet food, but we ordered bacon and eggs. Scrambled and poached and both were ok but next stop we would order from the cabinet. The coffee was super.

Date of visit: December 2021
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Reviewed 28 July 2021 via mobile

Plan your trip around Vanessa’s. The range of cabinet food is amazing. All made on the premises. The coffee is excellent. A cosy welcoming atmosphere. Lovely chatty staff (family I think). They work huge hours - Open @ 5.30AM!!!! All day breakfast & lunch menu...looks very tempting. I look forward to an excuse to return. Congratulations Vanessa & CoMore

Date of visit: July 2021
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Reviewed 16 May 2021

Friendly staff, good coffee and an amazing array of cabinet food or meals are available. Big muffins and the freshness of everything is the draw card.

Date of visit: May 2021
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Vanessas Cottage Cafe is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travellers:
  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 5
  • Value: 4.5
  • Atmosphere: 4.5