While it’s widely known as the adventure capital of the world, not enough is said about the fantastic Queenstown restaurants! In between all skydiving, bungee jumping, and other wild activities you’ll want to know where to eat the best food in Queenstown. Join us for a one-of-a-kind self guided tour as we share our favorite Queenstown foods and drinks!
Best Queenstown Restaurants
Breakfast at Bespoke Kitchen
Location: 9 Isle Street Queenstown
We stayed near Bespoke on our latest trip to the South Island, and it quickly became one of our favorite Queenstown restaurants! Located just outside the main part of town, this cafe style hangout features both meat and vegan options.
The tasty coffee and juices are only outdone by the setting overlooking town and the beautiful mountains. Be sure to try the muffins, desserts, and pancakes on the first stop of your Queenstown foods tour.
→ You can also visit their sister restaurant Vudu Cafe on the harbor.
Lunch at Fergburger
Location: 42 Shotover Street
You can’t talk about the best restaurants in Queenstown without mentioning Fergburger! What started as a local Queenstown food staple in 2001 is now world famous. These days the lines regularly stretch around the block on Shotover Street so you can imagine that this isn’t your average burger.
What makes the Fergburger so special is the size and juiciness. Once they add all the fixings on top it only adds to the out of this world flavor. Still hungry or thirsty? Right next door to this Queenstown restaurant is the Fergburger bakery, ice cream shop, and bar!
More Queenstown Food & Drinks
Location: 12 Church Street Queenstown
Before you head to the next stop on our Queenstown foods tour it’s time for a drink! There’s many places to enjoy a beverage in town, but our recommendation is World Bar near the water.
Here you can sip on a refreshing craft beer or Pinot Noir from one of the local wineries and have a snack with a view. After that, make the short walk down to watch the sunset on the lake. Be sure to ask about their happy hour beer and food deals!
Queenstown Happy Hour Spots
1876 Bar and Restaurant: Local favorite built in an old courthouse. Nice outdoor deck where you can enjoy $5 NZD beers and everyday Queenstown food specials.
Brazz: Just around the corner from 1876. Cheap pitchers and fun place if you’re looking for delicious food in Queenstown.
Perky’s Floating Bar: Stationary boat right on the lake, and a cool place to grab a drink. You’re also allowed bring your own Queenstown foods on board at Perky’s!
Public Kitchen and Bar: Perfectly positioned on the water facing the Remarkables mountain range. Definitely give their espresso martini a try.
Dinner at Atlas Beer Cafe
Location: Steamer Wharf 88 Beach Street Queenstown
Right next to Public Kitchen & Bar is one of the best restaurants in Queenstown to grab dinner! Atlas features some incredible meat and appetizers to go with a tasty beverage.
In particular, they’re famous for their rump steaks topped with Paris butter. With its location on the water and unique Queenstown food, this is a must stop in the city.
We just mentioned the fact that wineries produce some outstanding Pinot Noir around Queenstown. However, you should know there is also some great craft beer in New Zealand! All the best craft beers in the country are on display at Atlas and it will pair perfectly with a steak.
Dessert at Patagonia
Location: 2 Rees Street Queenstown
Hope you’re ready for something sweet! The last stop on our Queenstown restaurants tour is right in the center of town. If you’ve been following our blog for awhile now you know we take our desserts VERY seriously.
Honestly, the ice cream here is some of the best we’ve ever had! The special part about this Queenstown cafe is that they dip their cones in liquid chocolate. Take your pick from white, milk, or dark, and watch as they pour this magical sauce on your cone.
There’s no better way to end your afternoon than grabbing an ice cream from Patagonia, and walking down to eat it on the crystal clear lake. Another favorite in town is the famous Mrs Ferg Gelateria next to Fergburger.
Where To Stay In Queenstown New Zealand
Ultra Luxury – Queenstown Park Boutique Hotel – Looking for a little luxury in between all your Queenstown hikes? This beautiful boutique hotel has panoramic views of Southern Alps, a restaurant on-site, and is close to all the best ski resorts.
Fun Vacation – Kamana Lakehouse – Just 5 minutes drive from the center of Queenstown is this amazing accommodation right on Lake Wakatipu. Enjoy rooms with balconies and stunning views of the lake, and an art-deco style restaurant and bar.
Budget Travel – Mi-pad Smart Hotel – This high end, but budget friendly hotel is the perfect location near all the cities attractions. It’s just a short walk from start of the Tiki Trail, and where to eat in Queenstown.
Hostel Life – Tahuna Pod Hostel – This fun hostel is in the heart of Queenstown, and incorporates traditional Maori designs into its build. Choose from a multitude of pod rooms, or book a private room.
For more places to stay in Queenstown New Zealand you can explore the latest prices here!
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