Cafe

Speciality Coffee, Artisan Treats & Arabic Food

A neighbourhood cafe serving speciality coffee and tea, delicious artisan treats and a tasty all day breakfast menu. Lunch menu to come, bringing authentic Arabic home cooking based on family recipes to Winchmore Hill.


Opening Hours

Hours will vary in line with changes to local restrictions. Check us out on Instagram or Facebook for the up-to-date hours.

Bookings

Table bookings: we operate a walk-in policy however our lovely team will do everything they can to accommodate.

Parties & events: need a space for a party, meeting or any sort of gathering? Give us a shout, we would be more than happy to help.

Facilities

  • Baby changing
  • Disabled and buggy access including accessible toilet
  • Dogs (very) welcome! We absolutely love dogs so you are more than welcome to bring your four-legged friend down. We have plenty of dog bowls and treats
  • Vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free and dairy-free options
  • Plugs for laptops and mobile phones
  • Super-fast Wi-Fi

How to Get Here

We are a 6min walk from Winchmore Hill train station.

Free parking

  • Green Lanes just outside the café – free parking for 2 hours
  • Elm Park Road, Firs Lane, Green Dragon Lane – free parking all day
  • Shrubbery Gardens – free parking apart from 10:30-11:30am Mon-Fri
  • Waitrose parking lot – free for 1 hour


Our Story

Hi there

My name is Hiyam and I am excited to welcome you to Wanasa (pronounced One-asa)! My family, originally hailing from Jordan, moved to Sweden in 1989 where I grew up, however I spent most of my childhood summers in Saudi Arabia with my wider family. Grannie Teta, known for her exquisite food and warm hospitality, was one of the most influential characters in my life, and, thanks to her, wholesome Arabic home cooking was at the heart of my upbringing. This is what I missed the most when I moved to London for university in 2008.

In 2019, I quit my corporate job to embark on my biggest adventure yet – bringing Wanasa to life. The aim is simple:

Introduce London to authentic Arabic home cooking, giving you a taste of the delicacies of Grannie Teta’s table, in a beautiful and relaxed setting, with a touch of the Scandinavian cafe culture I grew up with.

So…I hope you enjoy! We use the freshest ingredients sourced from the best producers to bring our family recipes to you. These are mainly from the Levant region, comprising Jordan, Syria, Lebanon and Palestine, but our specials also showcase favourite childhood dishes from other Arabic countries, like Egypt, Saudi Arabia and Algeria.

Wanasa means connecting with people in humble settings, usually with food and music involved. It is a unique Arabic word with no direct translation.

Shukran!
Hiyam



Contact us at [email protected]