From a caffeine fix to fine dining, this is where to eat in Queenstown.
Awarded New Zealand Café of the Year 2016, Bespoke Kitchen offers extensive organic, vegetarian, vegan, raw, diary-free and gluten-free options so no-one is left out. It’s bursting with locals so you may have to wait for a table but it’s well worth it. On a sunny day, grab a table outside and admire the views of The Remarkables mountain range across Lake Wakatipu. Open daily from 8am.
Tucked away in Searle Lane in the heart of town, Joe’s Garage serves superb coffee from 7am to 4pm every day. Everyone can get their caffeine fix, from flat whites to Americanos. Popular with locals, Joe’s Garage is the perfect spot for families as it has plenty of seating, a kids’ menu and a laid-back, welcoming atmosphere.
For a quintessential Queenstown experience, grab a famous Fergburger. It’s hard to go past the original Fergburger, although the Bombay Chicken burger is just as tempting. There are also worthy vegetarian options. With limited seating, it’s best to pick up your order and then grab a secluded spot, a short walk away, down by Lake Wakatipu. Another hot tip: order online and skip the queues.
Dinner and drinks
Located in the Steamer Wharf by the water at Lake Wakatipu, Little Blackwood is a cosy spot for a relaxed, casual dinner and drinks. Order an artisan cheese and meat board or divvy up a number of delectable share plates. On a chilly Queenstown evening, sit by the fireplace; or, if the sun is still shining, find a spot on the deck and enjoy live music on selected evenings.
Don’t let the name fool you – indulge in an evening of fine dining at Botswana Butchery on the Lake Wakatipu foreshore. Well established in Queenstown, this place oozes class and comfort. Sit downstairs and steal a view of the lake or head upstairs for a range of private dining rooms suitable for small to large groups. All will be impressed with the extensive wine list showcasing an array of New Zealand’s best. Botswana Butchery is suitable for leisure and business travellers alike so book well in advance.