Dunedin restaurants have won national recognition for outstanding food and service. The A-list includes Fleur’s Place (Moeraki), Pier 24 (hotel dining par excellence), Scotia (Scottish-themed), Bacchus (historic surrounds), Two Chefs (French bistro) and Plato (Cuisine Magazine Restaurant of the Year finalist four years in a row).
The sheer variety of dining options will surprise you. Funky or folky, Dunedin’s restaurants offer cuisine styles ranging from New Zealand contemporary to Japanese, Italian and Thai. Oysters, vinyl tablecloths and thinly sliced white bread are still served up at Stuart Street’s iconic Best Cafe.
Most Dunedin cafes offer everything from sumptuous snacks to substantial meals. Food choices range from strictly vegetarian and gluten-free to the more traditional carnivorous fare. Some cafes are strictly daytime operations, but many open late, providing food and refreshments for those out on the town. Many are licensed to sell alcohol.
Southerners love their pub grub. Cosy establishments like The Bog and the Speight's Ale House offer hearty fare, ranging from snacks and stews to traditional roast meals.
Variety is the key here – ethnic eateries line George and Princes Streets, while suburban fish and chip shops still do a roaring trade (Mosgiel and South Dunedin have the most per hectare). Go Turkish at Paasha or indulge yourself with a Velvet Lady at Dunedin’s very own Velvet Burger.
Coffee lovers are well catered for in Dunedin. Tables line the city’s Octagon and Esplanade, while the aroma of freshly roasted beans tempts one down alleyways and side streets. Good coffee has made it to suburbs like Maori Hill and Roslyn, and further afield to Port Chalmers, Middlemarch and Outram.
Those in the know rate The Fix, Strictly Coffee, Diesoline Espresso and Mazagran.
Misers take note: filter coffee can still be enjoyed at Governors!
The best thing about the short walk along the main street, is the fact that it can take an afternoon to chat to all the people that you know along the way! ..Dunedin is the friendliest little city in the world!
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