Queenstown has cemented itself as a top destination for foodie travellers. It is literally a paradise for the taste buds, with its fresh, local produce and trendy eateries. There is a wide range of eating options around this Kiwi favourite, to suit everyone’s budget and style. Whether you’re in town for skiing and need a hearty, winter’s meal to keep you energised for the slopes, or you’re celebrating a hen’s weekend with your gal pals, and need gourmet food paired with wine, this place is definitely for you.
The Queenstown Favourite
Fergburger | 42 Shotover St, Queenstown
This might seem obvious, but when you first get into town and see the line outside this joint you will definitely think to yourself, “Nah, I’ll give it a miss this time”. Let me tell you, it’s worth the wait! The burgers here are world-renowned and very worthy of the praise. All the patties are made from 100 per cent, prime New Zealand beef, plus there are scrumptious chicken, tofu, falafel and even venison options.
A Fancy Night Out in Queenstown
Jervois Steak House | 8 Duke St, Queenstown
The best steak I have ever eaten and I’m not even much of a red meat eater! Spoil yourself and get the Wagyu Sirloin.
Botswana Butchery | 17 Marine Pde, Queenstown
Botswana Butchery is one of Queenstown’s most popular restaurants, so be sure to book a table well in advance. It sits right on the picturesque Lake Wakatipu, giving it a beautiful ambience. The menu is changed seasonally and focuses on strong flavour with fine-cut meats and locally-sourced produce.
The Bunker | Cow Lane, Queenstown
The Bunker dining experience was possibly my favourite during our recent stay in Queenstown. It is a TINY restaurant, hidden in a secret alleyway and behind a rustic, old, wooden door, with log fires and dim lighting adding beautiful ambience. Like the other two eateries in this category, the menu at The Bunker specialises in red meat and local produce.
Best Pizza in Queenstown
The Cow Restaurant | Cow Lane, Queenstown
The Cow is a Queenstown institution and the long wait for a table proves it. As soon as you enter the restaurant, your nose will be completely overwhelmed by the delicious scent of wood fired pizza. They haven’t changed their menu since they opened nearly 40 years ago. It’s not just pizza on the menu, they are well-known for their spaghetti too. Be warned; it’s a tiny place, so be prepared to get to know your eating neighbours very well!
Winnie’s Gourmet Pizza Bar | 7-9 The Mall, Queenstown
Another iconic pizza restaurant with a fun, vibrant atmosphere and lots of beer. There are some different pizza options on the menu, such as the ‘Mexican Fiesta’ including corn chips. They can open the roof if it gets a little stuffy inside, and it’s also a great place to go if you want to kick on dancing and drinking after dinner.
Best for a Family Meal in Queenstown
Lone Star Cafe & Restaurant | 14 Brecon St, Queenstown
The heading for this section might as well be, “BEST RIBS IN TOWN”, because the ribs here are to die for. Not to mention huge. The menu at this family-friendly pub has lots of variety, from burgers, to a delicious garlic prawns dish and burritos. Plus, there’s a really decent kids’ menu and in true Queenstown fashion, the produce is high quality.
Best for Breakfast and Coffee in Queenstown
Vudu Cafe | 23 Beach St, Queenstown
There are actually two Vudu Cafes, the original one in the centre of town and the other overlooking Lake Wakatipu. We ate at the original, which was obviously a good choice because it was super busy! The coffee was fantastic (we had two each) and the food perfectly fitting for a cold winter’s morning. We tried the Eggs Benedict and ‘Gibbston Agria Hash with Chilli Fried Eggs’. Delicious!
Fergbaker | 40 Shotover St, Queenstown
The sibling to Fergburger, Fergbaker bakery serves up great, early-morning coffee, as well as pastries and pies perfect for on-the-run, if you’re keen to get up onto the ski slopes quickly. The breakfast burrito is pretty darn good too.