This breakfast hotspot – with the best coffee in Central Otago – is hard to find even if you’re looking for it, thanks to its location at the back of a main street and up a winding flight of stairs in sleepy Arrowtown. This is where Queenstowners head after a big night out to feast on ricotta hotcakes with roasted quince and vanilla mascarpone or poached eggs with garlic, dill and chilli. Spend a whole morning here admiring the decor that take upcycling to a whole new level – vintage sewing machines have been turned into tables and coffee sacks stitched into cushion covers. And when it’s time for lunch, just make your way outside to the deck – an ideal space to take in the goings-on of Arrowtown, not to mention the crisp duck salad with chimichurri.
The Chop Shop Food Merchants | 44 Buckingham Street, Arrowtown | +64 3 442 1116