The Wayfarer Deli & Bistro is found in the heart of Downtown Wilmington along Front Street, and is a cool cafe that features bold cuisine with a surprising wealth of global influences. Never restricted to a certain type of flavor or food, this cozy restaurant that’s found in a circa 1900 historic building is a fine introduction to how uniquely flavorful the Port City can be.

Lunchtime and Happy Hour visitors will have a hard time deciding which corner of the globe to explore first, thanks to an extensive menu that borrows creative inspiration from all around the world. Focusing mainly on Paninis, sandwiches, and salads, (as well as homemade mac and cheese and soups), Wayfarer takes the “deli” concept to new and eclectic heights. Local favorites include the Chivito with seared Angus strip steak, smoked ham, hickory bacon, and fried eggs, as well as the Cuban Revolution with house-roasted pork, smoked ham, Swiss cheese, and spicy mayo. Can’t decide? Then go for the homemade meatloaf, which is a perfect example of southern home cooking in Panini form.

Always hopping, and always delicious, the Wayfarer Deli & Bistro is an elevated sandwich joint that will surprise visitors with its global creations, and all-around great taste.

  • Tuesday11:00am-5:00pm
  • Wednesday11:00am-5:00pm
  • Thursday11:00am-5:00pm
  • Friday11:00am-5:00pm
  • Saturday11:00am-5:00pm
Cape Fear Serpentarium

Cape Fear Serpentarium

Not for the squeamish, the Cape Fear Serpentarium will surely thrill all of the reptile lovers in your crew, with one of the largest collections of live exotic venomous snakes in the country. Serpentarium owner and founder Dean Ripa, as well as the Serpentarium itself, has had local and national notoriety as one of the best places to come virtually face-to-face with an exotic but deadly critter. The Serpentarium has even been the focal point of a number of magazine articles, news articles, and even an Animal Planet television show, Fatal Attractions.

Shell Island

Shell Island

Shell Island may not be a familiar term for new visitors to Wrightsville Beach, but it’s certainly well-known among locals and historians who like to explore the original roots of the area. Referring to the northern tip of Wrightsville Beach which was once the site of a popular resort, “Shell Island” is still an attractive destination for shell-seekers, fishermen, beachcombers, and anyone who likes a little peace and quiet in this otherwise bustling beach town.