Coffee and tea lovers are ridiculously well catered for in Dunedin. We've randomly plucked five of the best to showcase, visit www.insidersdunedin.co.nz/culinary-insider or www.tripadvisor.co.nz for more.
Starfish Café & Bar
Is St Clair the most photogenic beach in New Zealand? Fresh, local, and by the sea, Starfish Café is a perfect fit for its stunning surrounds, with a delish and rather unique menu (coconut turmeric late anyone?), freshly roasted L'affare coffee, local Emerson beers and a fantastic selection of wines. Oh, and they were the regional winner in the 2017 Cafe of the Year Awards.
The Esplanade, St Clair
If you’re looking for baking like your grandmother used to do, The Perc Cafe is your go-to destination. Choco-caramel, Tan slice and banana bread are the true standouts, although many would argue that the real highlight of the menu is the bagels. There's always a range of gluten-free and vegan items, the delicious All Press coffee is top quality, and the staff are super-lovely.
142 Stuart St
The Good Earth Cafe
Made from scratch everyday, 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.
765 Cumberland St
Vanguard Specialty Coffee Co.
The Vanguard business ethic is "do no harm". Vanguard source all their coffee ethically, either straight from the farmer or through a network of trading partners, ensuring quality, transparency and a fair price paid. Without exception, all the milk they use is organic, and all the animal products are free range. The food is seasonal and amazing, and well worth a wee wander from the Octagon.
329 Princes St
The Bay Cafe
Gorgeous food and great service combined with yet another daydream- inducing Dunedin waterfront view. Or grab your food to go and wander across the road to paddle your toes as you munch.
494 Portobello Rd, Macandrew Bay
This bustling rural café and eatery is run by people who take real pride in what they offer you. Right in the heart of Outram village on the Taieri Plain, it’s a great day trip from Dunedin, or a place for a tasty snack as you drive towards Middlemarch. They serve quality Fat Cat roasted coffee and mouth-watering eats, aiming to give you an unforgettably good taste in every cup and freshness with every bite. At the weekend you’ll find plenty of leisure cyclists resting there after a ride from Dunedin city, gathering their energy for the journey home.
Keen to support sustainable café crawling? Check out UYOC.CO.NZ an online café guide. It stands for Use Your Own Cup and represents cafes who are committed minimising their environmental impact by welcoming you to use you own cups when buying take out. You can find out where participating cafes are all over New Zealand and whether they have cool stuff such as free WiFi, ethically sourced beans, responsible food waste systems and other excellent initiatives.