What could improve on having a factory making super fresh peanut butter in Dunedin? Having a café on the factory site – that’s what! Bay Road Peanut Butter has infused the food and beverages menu with seriously local flavour, with Common Ground Espresso, Windy Ridge Milk, toast from Spelt Bakery and jams from Eat with Kate all close at hand.
Ever the popular seaside haunt, Starfish really comes into its own in the summer months, when St Clair Beach is awash with sunseekers and holiday-makers taking a leisurely stroll. You can’t go wrong with the dazzlingly fresh and tasty menu and huge selection of counter food, washed down with a crisp glass of New Zealand wine.
Great Mexican food is worth celebrating. Mamacita Taqueria is one of Dunedin’s newest eateries. Happy customers rave about its mouth-watering take on the classics, quesadilla, taco and burritos. If you’re on the move you will love the super-fast takeaway service. Those with an eye for fun interior design will enjoy feasting their eyes on the rich décor which brings the beauty, vibrancy and flavours of Mexico to Dunedin
Legendary Dunedin suburban eatery, No. 7 Balmac now has a groovy new pop-up space in the heart of the city, the Octagon. Serving up their zesty fare and other mouth-watering dishes matched with organic and biodynamic wines, small batch tap beers and organic kombucha on tap. Al fresco seating makes for the perfect people watching spot over a lazy weekend lunch or mid-week supper.
“…used to go there with my grandparents – it’s just as I remember it”. Best Cafe is a Dunedin classic in the memories of long-time residents. Surrounded by 1950s décor, the Best Cafe owners serve Kiwi favourites such as fish and chips, seasonal whitebait patties and burgers, eat-in and takeaway. Found between Dunedin’s Octagon and the railway station, just look for the neon “Best Café”!
Such delicious healthy food! You’ll discover sugar free, gluten free and vegan options at this health food café and shop in the heart of Dunedin’s Roslyn Village. It ticks all the happy, healthy boxes with its seasonal, free-range and local produce. Sip their organic coffees and teas while browsing their inspiring range of natural health supplements and eco-products.
Nothing says Friday like a trip to New New New Corporation brewery and its ever changing line up of pop-up food stalls and entertainment. Open only on Friday afternoons until late, this is the cool kid on the block when it comes to seriously tasty and often surprising craft beer and general atmosphere, paired with morsels from Dunedin’s culinary masters and innovators.
A small unassuming place on St Andrew St that has upped the desert stakes in Dunedin. The small but interesting menu is never without a stunning selection of sweet treats, all made to perfection.
Taking holistic health to a whole new level, Daily Dose is a stylish and contemporary café that serves an impressive selection of menu items, tailored to all dietary requirements including specials for paleo diet followers. Sitting alongside a dispensary, this is a one stop shop for vitamin supplements, prescribed medicines and a well-balanced meal to boot. A great addition to South Dunedin, it’s Macandrew Road location has a relaxed and calming vibe.
A warm and inviting, central city restaurant, 50 Gorillas is family-friendly, serving food you can eat with your hands. Think stacks of sticky ribs, juicy gourmet burgers with no shortcuts, southern buttermilk fried chicken and start licking your fingers in anticipation. Also doubling as a venue for live gigs throughout the year, continuing the fine Dunedin tradition of being a music city.
A wide range of New Zealand craft beer, cider and wine is served at this friendly, chic bar. Regularly hosting ‘guest’ craft beers, and constantly updating their ‘on tap’ offerings, Sessions is fast becoming a ‘local’ for many Dunedinites. The menu reflects this, featuring plenty of food for sharing, along with dishes for you and only you.
Fresh off the shelf, this plant-based grocery, herbal dispensary and clinic is thriving in the revitalised Warehouse Precinct of Dunedin. So many goodies, groceries, fresh fruit and veges, artisan breads, drinks and treats. Kombucha in bulk! Bring your own bags and fill your own jar or bottle with yumminess.
Found in Dunedin’s bustling Roslyn village overlooking the harbour and city, Luna is a great spot for an evening drink or leisurely weekend meal with a view. The diverse menu features something to please almost every palate.
This iconic franchise now has a home in Dunedin. Tucked down Frederick Street, enroute to the university campus, Joe’s exudes its legendary cool vibe behind a steampunk-esque shopfront. The bright, industrial-chic interior sets the scene for Joe’s signature grills and other tasty treats, but is equally awesome for drinks.
The latest addition to the growing legion of food trucks in Dunedin, Patti’s and Cream will ensnare you with the cinnamon scent of hand-made waffle cones and the rich aroma of fresh patties on the grill. With imaginative flavours such as cheese and pear, organic apple pie, bacon infusions and beer, the ice cream is made in 5 litre batches, hand-added, hand-rolled featuring locally-sourced special guest ingredients such hazelnuts from Cromwell and honey from Central Otago. The burgers are simple and oh so good, served in soft milk buns to capture all the juiciness.
This funky Bedford Ambo Food Truck serves fast and delicious street food - Bao buns, loaded fries, burgers, tacos and roti. Asian-Mexican flavour combos. Seriously tasty! They are parked up on the streets of Dunedin every week - check their Facebook page to find their daily whereabouts. Message them for pre-orders, or just bowl on up to the truck and say hi.
A long-time legend in the halls of student fame, the Crusty Corner has literally risen from the ashes and is once again serving its authentic blend of freshly baked goodness and classics with a few new additions. Grab a bite and head to the Botanic Gardens opposite for a summer afternoon of lazing amongst the trees.
History and good food combine perfectly at 1908, a café/restaurant that offers quality imaginative, contemporary fare with traditional New Zealand flavours. Situated in the charming Portobello village on Otago Peninsula, the chef uses only fresh local produce to create an appetising menu with something for everyone. A great meal stop as part of a day trip along the Otago Peninsula or as a destination in its own right.
There’s a cheery yellow cottage café beckoning you to Brighton. Bright, airy and so relaxing, the emphasis at Brighton Beach Café is on fresh, fresh food. Weekly specials keep the menu on its toes, with dishes showing an exciting, globe-trotting influence. Praises for its seafood chowder glow as brightly as the café itself. Everyone’s sweet tooth will be catered for in the array of slices and cakes, which you can take away to savour at the beach across the road.
Look for the bright, friendly Churros Olé food truck serving churro, which is a fried dough or pastry. Popular all over the world, you can dip them in luxurious velvety Spanish hot chocolate, or perhaps the indulgent 'dulce de leche' (caramel sauce). Churros Olé makes vegan-friendly Churros that contain no sugar and vegan sauce is available. But if you smother these hot delicious sticks of joy in cinnamon sugar, you have a slice of heaven. Churros Olé has shakes, sundaes and hot chocolate, too!
3 friends with 2 names and shared passions of food, friendship and the future. They bring goodness, wholeness and freshness to you from their Yellow 1974 Zephyr Caravan! Bagels, cupcakes, coffee, and doughnuts.
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. 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.