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Travellers' Choice
Beautiful venue with the best views in Lake Wanaka, barista made coffee, local wine and beer on tap, top brunching location with tasty meals and sweet treats, fabulous tapas and mains served by our happy staff for dinner from 4pm everyday.
US$3 - US$21
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch
Cafe, New Zealand
Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service, Live Music
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Reviewed 6 October 2021 via mobile

Great and friendly service, lovely venue, food was amazing and the pancakes were yum yum yum ! Will visits again if ever in town.

Date of visit: October 2021
Reviewed 25 September 2021

We made a last-minute reservation on a busy Friday night and we warmly greeting with great service throughout the meal. The wine list is very thoughtful with great local and NZ options as well as excellent international options. The Poutine (with duck fat potatoes) was...incredible and a starter portion was perfect for 4 to share. The mains were ample and delicious. The duck confit was truly excellent - the best I've had outside of France. My only regret is that we had no room left for dessert. Highly recommended.More

Date of visit: September 2021
Reviewed 18 September 2021 via mobile

Great service and food, especially the cheese scones, and coffee soo good. Fantastic location opposite waterfront in the sun.

Date of visit: September 2021
Reviewed 1 August 2021

We had some great cocktails, tasty food and the service was amazing. We went back to try their deserts and as expected, we were not disappointed! The only little thing was that the fried chicken we ordered was not crispy although very tasty. Would definitely...recommend any day of the week!More

Date of visit: July 2021
Reviewed 31 July 2021 via mobile

Sorry to say our experience was pretty awful. We should have realised the food would be average when the staff were completely disinterested in 3 customers looking for a lunch table in a half empty restaurant. Would have said something about the crouqe monsieur being...inedible if anyone had come back to to table after dropping off the food. Poor service, unappetising food. Not recommended.More

Date of visit: July 2021
Reviewed 17 July 2021

Went for a drink before dining elsewhere. elsewheres ambiance was lacking compared to here so ditched and went back to where we were happy! Great cocktails and meals were lovely

Date of visit: July 2021
Reviewed 7 July 2021

We had to deal with terrible treatment by the member of staff. After our group of six ordered food my son couldn’t find anything suitable for him, because they run out of his chosen dish, I asked if we can have a bagel instead, but...it was available for breakfast, so in order for the group to stay for lunch in that cafe I suggested to buy sandwich next door for my son and the member of the staff said in this case my son will have to eat outside at subzero temperatures and pouring rain! I had to leave with my son and have my lunch in another place separately from our group.More

Date of visit: July 2021
Reviewed 2 February 2021 via mobile

We loved the food here. The coffee is even better. We waited quite awhile for our food but the place was very busy.

Date of visit: February 2021
Reviewed 25 January 2021

Alchemy is one of many good cafes in Wanaka, and can boast one of the best locations - just across the road from the waterfront and with a ramp for easy access. For this reason its is popular with visitors and can get very busy.

Date of visit: January 2021
Reviewed 11 January 2021

Second time we have been for breakfast here and again it didn’t disappoint. Hubby had a coffee and went back for another cup because he said it was so good. We know where we’re going when we come back.

Date of visit: January 2021
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11 March 2017|
Response from PadreNZ |
Best question ever Tracy B (note 0 reviews). I particularly enjoyed the complete lack of information you've provided about why your meal was terrible. Letting one meal ruin a whole weekend (unless you were subject to... More
Donna M
16 December 2016|
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Response from Carl H | Property representative |
Sorry we are closed christmas day and boxing day. Kind regards.
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Frequently Asked Questions about Alchemy

Yes, Alchemy offers takeaway services.

Alchemy is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travellers:
  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4.5
  • Value: 4