Monday, July 25, 2016

New Zealand South Island food & coffee hotspots

I could easily write a whole bunch of different reviews about restaurants and cafés I visited on New Zealand's South Island, but I thought I'd bundle them all up into one big post. I've written about food hotspots in Auckland and Wellington, and now it's time to focus on the South! A couple of breakfast, lunch and coffee places I think you will like. Although we mostly cooked ourselves since we travelled by camper van, it was nice to occasionally have a tasty coffee instead of freeze dried sachets, and a proper meal made up of more than 3 ingredients! 
New Zealand South Island food & coffee hotspots


Gusto Café | Picton

A small but cosy little café in Picton - the town where you arrive when you take the ferry from the Wellington on the North Island. Perfect to refuel before continuing your journey South. I had one of the most delicious vegetable soups ever and a strong coffee. Friendly staff and tasty home cooked food! 


New Zealand South Island food & coffee hotspots


The Gap Café | Greymouth

You pass Greymouth when you take State Highway 6. Gusto Café is a good spot for a quick lunch or coffee break on your road trip. They have some incredible homemade scones and cakes (the famous pumpkin kumara muffins with cream cheese icing are to die for) and a variety of lunch options. 

New Zealand South Island food & coffee hotspots


New Zealand South Island food & coffee hotspots


Full of Beans Café | Franz Josef 
There are a couple of cafés and restaurants at Franz Josef glacier, but we chose Full of Beans since it looked like the cosiest place. The menu is huge and there are some pretty mouthwatering brunch options. We only stopped here for a well-deserved hot chocolate after our hike from hell on Franz Josef, but if the food is just as good as the hot chocolate...

New Zealand South Island food & coffee hotspots

New Zealand South Island food & coffee hotspots


Boaboa Food Company | Wanaka 

Wanaka is a little skiing town you'll pass on State Highway 6 about one hour before reaching Queenstown. It's quite a touristy spot which also means there are many restaurants and cafés. Boaboa is a relaxed takeaway joint serving freshly made fast food. The chips are some of the best I had in New Zealand. Take your food and sit by the lake, the view is incredible!


New Zealand South Island food & coffee hotspots


New Zealand South Island food & coffee hotspots


New Zealand South Island food & coffee hotspots


New Zealand South Island food & coffee hotspots


Alchemy | Wanaka 

After Boaboa we had coffee at Alchemy, which is a charming coffee place with excellent coffee. They open early in the morning and close late at night, so you can have anything from breakfast to lunch to tapas & wine. 

New Zealand South Island food & coffee hotspots


New Zealand South Island food & coffee hotspots New Zealand South Island food & coffee hotspots


Vudu & Larder Café | Queenstown

I think this was my favourite place on The South Island, but at the same time, this was undoubtedly the busiest place I'd seen. Partly because Queenstown is a major tourist destination but I think mainly because Vudu Café has really lovely food. The prettiest vegan cakes with dried fruit and fresh flowers and the most delicious looking brunch dishes I've ever seen all prepared by striped-tee-wearing staff (hey it's the details that make the difference). Lovely place but come early to avoid the queue!

New Zealand South Island food & coffee hotspots


New Zealand South Island food & coffee hotspots

New Zealand South Island food & coffee hotspots




New Zealand South Island food & coffee hotspots


New Zealand South Island food & coffee hotspots


New Zealand South Island food & coffee hotspots

New Zealand South Island food & coffee hotspots


New Zealand South Island food & coffee hotspots




The Chop Shop Food Merchants | Arrowtown
This is a little restaurant tucked upstairs in a building on the main street of the charming Arrowtown. Despite the rude waiter and loud music, I quite liked this place. Although the wifi was "Only for staff" I cracked the password pretty easily (I believe it was simple chopshop). The food was Asian-inspired, fresh and flavourful. The coffees were on point and I saw some other people having breakfast which looked really great. 


New Zealand South Island food & coffee hotspots


New Zealand South Island food & coffee hotspots


New Zealand South Island food & coffee hotspots


New Zealand South Island food & coffee hotspots

New Zealand South Island food & coffee hotspots


Old Mountaineer's Café | Mount Cook Aoraki Village

Coming here is a very welcoming break from the hikes around the Mt Cook area. We took a break here between the Hooker Valley and the Tasman Valley trails. Excellent coffee and muffins! I was less impressed with the food I saw coming from the kitchen, but for a quick coffee with a lovely view, it's great!


New Zealand South Island food & coffee hotspots


New Zealand South Island food & coffee hotspots


Astro Café | Lake Tekapo

I was a bit worried we stepped into a big tourist trap when we were asked to pay $5 to drive up the winding road to Astro Café, but I must admit that it was worth it. This was the very best soy flat white I had in New Zealand, and the view on Lake Tekapo is pretty unbeatable (even better on a sunny day I believe!)

New Zealand South Island food & coffee hotspots

New Zealand South Island food & coffee hotspots


I hope you enjoyed this post! If you want to know anything else about New Zealand or more recommendations, shoot me a comment in the section below. 

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