Wine Tour in Central Otago
From the fine-dining experience of the award-winning The Bunker to the notorious Fergburger fast-food joint, Queenstown CBD might be a small in comparison to New Zealand’s larger hubs like Auckland and Christchurch, but its fare is mighty and iconic.
For an elegant eating experience pick one of the many lakeside restaurants for high quality cuisine and views to match. Or head downtown for more affordable fare, a bevy of bars and late-night atmosphere. If you have time, visit the nearby wine regions of Gibbston, Cromwell and Wanaka to savour the area’s best tipples.
Whatever your tastes, these are the restaurants and cafes to hit up for a flavour sensation in Queenstown.
An icon of the city, The Bunker is a restaurant and cocktail bar that’s ideal for late night meals and even later wind downs from a long day sightseeing. You’ll find this one hidden down a back alley in the heart of Queenstown – search for a rustic wooden door and you’ll know you’re in the right place.
The atmosphere is cosy, with a crackling fire during the winter, and the menu is packed with New Zealand game meats such as venison, hare and quail.
14 Cow Lane, Queenstown
Winner of the TripAdvisor Travellers’ Choice Awards in 2016, Rata Dining is constantly featured on top food lists for Queenstown – and with good reason! Its cuisine is by definition: mouth-watering. The dishes are modern New Zealand and the service is impeccable.
Similar to The Bunker, Rata Dining is tucked in an alley between two bars, no less, and is all atmosphere. It’s open for lunch or dinner and has feast menus for two as well as four and five course set menus for the indulgent.
43 Ballarat Street, Queenstown
Hailed by New Zealand Tourism as one of the places to be, Public Kitchen and Bar is a lakeside gourmet dining venue that features locally sourced fresh ingredients including lamb from Cardrona Valley and South Island seafood “caught from down the road” as its menu states.
Located on the Steamer Wharf, this is a casual outfit for breakfast, lunch or dinner with a view that won’t below the budget.
Ground Floor, Steamer Wharf, Beach Street, Queenstown
A Queenstown institution that needs no introduction, if there’s one late-night food you must tuck into after barrelling down the slopes of the nearby mountains or gazing upon the clear blues of the lake, it’s Fergburger.
All its beef patties use prime New Zealand beef and are some of the juiciest and most generous burgers in town. The shop is open 21 hours a day and is accompanied by Fergbaker pastry outlet and ice-cream joint Mrs Ferg.
42 Shotover Street, Queenstown
For the ultimate novelty in Queenstown, head up Bob’s Peak via the gondola to Stratosfare Restaurant.
Open for lunch or dinner, Stratosfare boasts the best views in town – with lake and mountain lookouts from each and every table. The fare is modern with international influences – and if the $65 gondola and lunch deal is beyond your budget (it’s the cheapest option to date), you can hit up the bar instead for a drink with the same exceptional views.
9348, Brecon St, Queenstown
This humble cafe is the third venture by the creators of other local favourites Vudu Cafe and Vudu Cafe & Larder. Although hasn’t quite caught as much attention – yet – we’re sure it’s only a matter of time!
The menu drips with crowd-pleasing classics, and offers more than a handful of vegan and dairy-free options. For its winter 2016 menu this includes black rice and coconut sugar pudding and cinnamon spiced pancakes.
9 Isle Street, Queenstown
Admittedly, this one is a chain, but if you’re looking to eat like a local on a budget then go see Joe.
He’s open for breakfast and lunch feeding the masses all the good stuff – from muesli in the morning to burgers by lunchtime. Joe’s also comes with a kids’ menu so you can bring the brood along for a feed with meals that the whole family can get stuck into.
Searle Lane, Queenstown
When surrounded by so many high quality wines, a visit to Queenstown wouldn’t be complete without a winery tour. Or two. Or three.
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