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 New Zealand hub 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 Queenstown food guide will help decide where to eat in Queenstown to ensure you have a satisfying stay.
Where to Eat in Queenstown
If you asked anyone who has visited this gorgeous town where to eat in Queenstown during your stay, Fergburger will most likely always be one of the first places they’ll recommend. When you 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.
I enjoyed the best steak I have ever eaten at Jervois Steak House and I’m not even much of a red meat eater. Spoil yourself and get the Wagyu Sirloin.
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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 dining experience was possibly my favourite during our recent stay in Queenstown. One of the features that surely helps its ranking as one of the best Queenstown restaurants in the fact that it is so intimate. 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.
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!
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.
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.
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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’.
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.
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