10 Best Cafes in Queenstown For The Best Food and Coffee

Queenstown is New Zealand’s renowned adventure spot and tourists from across the globe flock the city throughout the year. The city is abuzz with outdoor activities and has several cafés where crowds can unwind. Cafés in Queenstown are hangout spots that serve expertly brewed coffee accompanied by light meals. The attention to detail in these trendy cafés and their delightful food makes them a coffee lovers dream.

To make sure you don’t miss your coffee from your favourite coffee shop back home we have listed down top cafés in Queenstown. So make sure you get your dose of caffeine before you head out on your adventure for the day.

1. Bespoke Kitchen

Located in Central Queenstown near the gondola, Bespoke Kitchen is the place to be for a hearty breakfast. They brew the best coffee and serve fresh meals prepared using organically grown local produce. The menu may get revised depending upon the season and availability of unprocessed ingredients. Bespoke Kitchen has a contemporary vibe with refreshing views of the hills and is among the awarded Cafés in Queenstown.
Location: 9 Isle Street, Queenstown
Opening Hours: 7:30 AM to 5:00 PM
Cuisine: Café bites, Vegetarian and Vegan options
Vibe: Contemporary
Specials: Coffee, Pancakes, Salmon, Eggs Benedict
Approximate Cost for two: NZD 50

2. VuDu Cafe and Larder

Overlooking the picturesque Lake Wakatipu, VuDu Café and Larder is a handy café in the center of the city. The café sports a massive 1950s aerial photograph of Queenstown and has a vintage vibe. It is the perfect place for a whole-hearted brunch after watching the sunrise at the Queenstown Hill Walkway. The menu comprises of nutritious to decadent goodies prepared using fresh seasonal ingredients. The delectable dishes can be enjoyed with wine, beer or a well-crafted cup of coffee. The gorgeous views and friendly ambiance make it the most showcased cafés in Queenstown.
Location: 16 Rees Street, Queenstown
Opening Hours: 7:30 AM to 5:00 PM
Cuisine: Café bites, Vegetarian and Vegan options
Vibe: Vintage
Specials: Coffee, Burgers, Pancakes, Carrot Cake, Eggs Benedict, Beef Burger, Salmon
Approximate Cost for two: NZD 50

3. The Exchange

Famous for its breakfast spread, The Exchange is one of the most popular cafés in Queenstown. The small café has made a special place in the hearts of the locals and is equally loved by tourists. The comfortable indoor and outdoor seating options with great views make it a peaceful spot. Their menu keeps changing and they offer daily specials but their coffee is consistently great.
Location: 39 Ballarat Street, Queenstown
Opening Hours: Monday to Friday 7:00 AM to 5:00 PM; Saturday & Sunday 7:30 AM to 5:00 PM
Cuisine: Café bites, European, Vegetarian, Vegan, and Gluten-free options
Vibe: Local
Specials: Coffee, Hot Chocolate, Eggs Benedict, Potato Rosti, Salad, Cakes
Approximate Cost for two: NZD 45

4. Balls and Bangles

Ball and Bagels is the perfect spot for a fun and yummy breakfast. It offers the best comfort food in the city. Unlike other cafés in Queenstown, it doesn’t offer an extensive menu but the food is fresh and delectable. You can indulge in a variety of donut balls and bagels topped and filled with flavorsome toppings. Pair them up with delicious coffee or some over the top freak shakes.
Location: 15 Church Street, Queenstown
Opening Hours: Sunday to Thursday 8:00 AM to 9:00 PM; Friday & Saturday 8:00 AM to 10:00 PM
Cuisine: Café bites, Bakes
Vibe: Fun
Specials: Freak Shakes, Donuts, Bagels
Approximate Cost for two: NZD 24

5. Big Fig

A large beautiful space with Moroccan décor, Big Fig is a casual dining place that tops the go-to list of locals and tourists. Unlike other cafés in Queenstown, it is an all-day open outlet that serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Breakfast is served deli-style with chia and bircher pots, gozleme, pancakes, shakshuka, creamy mushrooms, harissa beans and of course coffee. Lunch and dinner are on a plate basis where you can choose the size of your plate and fill in with all that you like. All dishes are jammed with flavor and prepared with love. They also serve yummy vegetarian and vegan dishes.   
Location: 62 Shotover Street, Queenstown
Opening Hours: 8:00 AM to 9:00 PM
Cuisine: Café bites, Kiwi, Desserts, Vegetarian and Vegan options
Vibe: Casual
Specials: Coffee, Frittata, Slow Cooked Meats, Oven Roasted Veggies
Approximate Cost for two: NZD 50

6. Yonder

Yonder is a pretty little café on Church Street that focuses on Good Time dining. Rated among the best cafés in Queenstown, it is open till late and has a welcoming vibe. They offer comfortable indoor and outdoor seating and quick service. The food served is fresh and has an eclectic mix of flavors. You can visit them for healthy and indulgent delights and enjoy the city’s best coffee, baked goodies, craft beer, and cocktails.
Location: 14 Church Street, Queenstown
Opening Hours: 8:00 AM to 1:30 AM
Cuisine: Bar - European, Café bites
Vibe: Casual
Specials: Beef Brisket, Bacon Butty, Pancakes, Fritters, Coffee
Approximate Cost for two: NZD 30 

7. Odelay

Located just across the road from Remarkables Park Town Centre, Odelay is the go-to caffeine spot among locals. They offer high-quality coffee made with Allpress beans which goes perfectly with the panoramic views of the city from Coronet Peak to the Remarkables. Their scrumptious spread consists of freshly prepared delicious dishes made with locally sourced ingredients. You can also enjoy gluten-free and dairy-free food at Odelay.
Location: 10/5 Hawthorne Drive, The Landing, Remarkables Park, Frankton, Queenstown
Opening Hours: 7:30 AM to 4:00 PM
Cuisine: European, Café bites, Gluten-free and Dairy-free options
Vibe: Friendly
Specials: Coffee, Eggs Benedict, Cheese Scones, Cakes, Fresh salads
Approximate Cost for two: NZD 50

8. The Boat Shed Café & Bistro

The Boat Shed Café & Bistro is located on the Sugar Lane in the historic New Zealand Railways Shipping Office. The café building dates back to 1869 and it was restored in 2013. It offers spectacular waterfront views of Lake Wakatipu and a laid-back ambiance. The delicious menu, cozy setting, and friendly staff have made it one of the most popular cafés in Queenstown. It is frequented by locals and tourists for breakfast, brunch, and lunch.
Location: 9300/847 Frankton Road, Frankton, Queenstown
Opening Hours: 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Cuisine: Vegetarian, Vegan & Gluten-Free Options
Vibe: Contemporary
Specials: Coffee, Sticky Bun, Mixed Grill, Waffles, Big Breakfast
Approximate Cost for two: NZD 50 

9. Joe’s Garage

The original Joe’s Garage started in 2000 and has been one of the most loved cafés in Queenstown. They offer delicious Kiwi-comfort food and a laid back atmosphere perfect for unwinding. You can enjoy classics such as burgers, rolls, steaks, and hot chips or indulge in decadent oriental flavors. They also serve Estrella Damm, local craft beers, wines, cocktails, milkshakes, and fresh fruit smoothies. The spot is perfect for every occasion from a family feast, a friendly get-together to a romantic getaway.
Location: Searle Lane, Town Centre, Queenstown
Opening Hours: 7:00 AM to 10:00 PM
Cuisine: Café bites, Kiwi
Vibe: Relaxed
Specials: Coffee, Chips, Porridge, Big Breakfast, Burgers
Approximate Cost for two: NZD 50

10. The Bath House Café, Bar & Restaurant

The Bath House Café,  Bar & Restaurant was built in 1911 and is known for its regal architecture. It is a notch above the other cafés in Queenstown and is the perfect spot for relaxing amidst nature. The building overlooks Lake Wakatipu and its floor to ceiling windows let you enjoy uninterrupted views of the bay and surrounding mountains. They serve delectable Kiwi dishes along with local wines and craft beers. It is undoubtedly the best place to enjoy astounding views while you enjoy your hot cuppa.
Location: 38 Marine Parade, Queenstown Town Centre
Opening Hours: 9:00 AM to 9:00 PM
Cuisine: European, Café bites
Vibe: Elegant
Specials: Signature Seafood Chowder, Beef Brisket, Desserts, Big Breakfast
Approximate Cost for two: NZD 90

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