Queenstown’s cafe scene is as buzzing as the resort town’s must-do experiences. Travellers can expect to find some of the best brews and plenty of sweet and savoury goodies as they go about their day. In fact, here are some of the finest coffee shops you’ll find while exploring New Zealand’s most dynamic tourist destination.
Joe’s Garage is among Queenstown’s best brunching destinations. Grab yourself a nice flat white, and take your pick of the incredible breakfast and lunch offerings on the menu. There are plenty of vegetarian and gluten-free options, and some items can be adapted to suit different dietary requirements too. For instance, the signature Local can either be filled with meat (streaky bacon, spicy bratwurst or kransky sausages) or it can include spinach and baked beans instead.
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Located right next to the Shotover River, Cavells Cafe and Bar is going to be the place to fuel up after an adrenaline rush. Freshly baked treats, all-day breakfast, hearty cabinet goodies, and a rich wine list will welcome all who come into this cafe to unwind. The river canyon views from this lovely coffee shop are an added bonus.
Nestled on a hillside location, at the quieter end of the bustling town centre, Bespoke Kitchen quickly earned a reputation in the local coffee shop scene. The venue was even crowned New Zealand’s Cafe of the Year in 2015. Organic and raw ingredients take precedence in their food selections, from their pancakes to their fresh salad options and home-made pastries.
A huge venue, sitting 40 people outside and 50 indoors, invites travellers to get into the Halo spirit. The cafe offers an eclectic mix of European staples (think pancakes, omelettes and eggs benedict) and Mexican favourites (huevos rancheros, burritos, jalapeno cornbread). All menus, from brunch right through to dinner, have their fill of vegetarian options too.
This lakefront café brings vintage flair to its substantial meals. Enter the Vudu Cafe and Larder to be welcomed by a massive 1950s aerial photograph of Queenstown, as well as a trove of delectable goodies to savour. The café’s carrot cake is a popular choice, as are their coffees and fantastic breakfast servings.
This is the perfect place to stop by if you’re exploring Queenstown’s lovely parks and gardens. The Bathhouse café is located right on Marine Parade, bringing you plenty of coastal vistas to relish during your meal. Grab a cuppa and bite to eat as you marvel at the magnificent Queenstown Bay. If you’re in the mood for something sweet, the Bathhouse’s “crème brûlée of the day” might be right up your alley. As the names suggests, no one flavour is quite the same.
This friendly, family-run, downtown gem makes a positive impression on the bustling Shotover Street. Bobs Weigh continues to be a hit among locals and visitors alike for their unique speciality coffees, fabulous cabinet food, and plentiful breakfast and lunch servings. Make sure to keep an eye on that retro decor – the pop art lining this café’s walls is always interesting.
The Exchange is a brilliant spot for breakfast or brunch. There are plenty of gluten-free options, a daily soup selection, and ample cabinet offerings to sink your teeth into. Breakfast favourites include the house-made baked beans, the buttermilk pancakes, and The Exchange eggs benedict. Make sure to keep an eye out for their ever-changing daily specials too.
Immerse yourself in exquisite lakeside views as you get your caffeine buzz from the Boat Shed Cafe. Along with the venue’s marvellous setting, you’ll get to relish in a diverse all-day food menu – which includes corn fritters with grilled haloumi, tomatoes and lentils; coconut chia pudding with berries and kiwifruit; and whitebait sliders with rocket and lemon aioli. If you come in before 9am, you’ll be able grab their earlybird breakfast: eggs in any style with toasted ciabatta and a complimentary cup of coffee.
Cakes, waffles, cheese rolls, hand cut chips, cauliflower & broccoli fritters… there’s a bit of everything for all palates on Cafe Society’s menu. This place is ideal for brunching crowds with finicky eaters, as well as adventurous coffee house explorers wanting to try something new. Whether you’re in the mood for a cup of coffee or a chai, a snack or a main meal, Cafe Society will definitely serve up the right flavours.