Autumn Eats & Drinks
Find your happy place this autumn and dig into Dunedin’s ever-evolving collection of eateries and bars.
This entirely plant-based burger joint opened its doors in early February and already has legions of loyal customers. The mouth-watering menu doesn’t skimp on flavour, with tasty tempters such as the Mexi Burger and Big Boi delivering attitude in pure plant form and equally enticing sides dishes to match.
The latest foodie business to pop up in the stunning Blueskin Bay area, Harvey Street Merchants stock the best artisan goods and fresh produce from Dunedin and surrounds, alongside delicious gourmet ice-cream and hand-cut blooms. Stop in, stock up and soak up the feel-good vibe.
The team from Dunedin’s iconic Perc eateries have added their brand of magic to a new café and bar venue in Bath Street. With retro-esque fittings, a sun-drenched courtyard and live music at weekends, we’re predicting The Swan will soon take the crown for most popular inner city hang-out.
Vegan’s rejoice, there is yet another Dunedin outlet catering specifically to your tastes. The Vegan and Vegetarian Vault is tucked away down Wharf Street, not far from Bay Rd Peanut Butter and Ocho. With a wide range of fresh produce, hand-made goodies, fresh breads and condiments, it’s something of a one-stop-shop.
A popular Dunedin cafe with a healthy does of quirk and character. Modaks is one of the go-to spots for Dunedin Vegans and always offers an impressive range of tasty options. Word on the street says the fries and shakes are out of this world. Just another reason to add Modak's to your essential to visit list.
Specialising in toasted sandwiches and soups. These are seriously long and tasty sandwiches for the aficionados among us. A popular snack stop reaching cult status for those in the know.
Made from scratch every day, using fresh, wholesome, mainly organic ingredients, the menu at Good Earth Cafe has something for every dietary need. Also offering locally-roasted Fair Trade coffee and beautiful courtyard dining.
Plato has made its quirky home in a former hostel for seafarers from around the world. With an ever-changing menu that delights in the local abundance of all things seafood, this place is a firm favourite of locals. Plato also showcases a wide range of local beverages, and every visit should include a sampling of their very own house beers made onsite at Birch St Brewery.
Just a stroll towards the Octagon from Dunedin’s gorgeous railway station, you’ll find Potpourri Vegetarian Café which gets the ‘big vegan thumbs-up’ from its fans. Their vegan and gluten free chocolate doughnuts look dangerously good, and their waffles, pizzas and salads are guaranteed to satisfy.
For true taco aficionados, Johnnies Southern Kitchen or JSK is the place to go to worship at the altar of Mexican food. A tiny little shop on Lower Rattray Street, Johnnies serves up happiness in the form of tacos, quesadillas and daily special of southern comfort food. Grab something to go and chow down whilst touring the wealth of street art in the vicinity. Peace, love, tacos.
Ombrellos Kitchen and Bar is Dunedin's premium craft beer restaurant. With up to 15 craft beers, a quirky restaurant and cosy private dining rooms, along with a stunning courtyard – Ombrellos is also perfect for summer lunches and after-work drinks. Live music in the courtyard on Friday nights.
The first of Speights’ ale houses, this is the ideal autumn dining destination with its hearty meals and warm, woody interiors. Think southern fare classics like seafood chowder, blue cod, lamb shanks, steak and venison with a good array of vegetarian options as well. For beer aficionados this is the place to get your fix of special Speights brews, not available elsewhere in the country. All meals are expertly matched to one of our fine tap ales, plus a great range of other beverages.