A Foodie’s Guide to Eating in _____ is a delicious series exploring blogger’s favorite foodie cities! Each month, we’ll highlight a different city known for its culinary prowess, and hit the streets on search for best foods they have to offer. This month we travel to Queenstown, New Zealand with Sarah from Gluten Free Travellers as she shares her best tips for eating in Queenstown.
Queenstown is otherwise known as the adrenaline capital of the world; jet boating, white water rafting and home to AJ Hackett – the world’s first commercial bungy jump, which was built there in 1988. Queenstown is my favorite place in New Zealand not just for it’s adventure but its stunning scenery and amazing food and wine scene.
All the adventure is sure to leave you starving and Queenstown isn’t lacking in culinary wonders to leave your mouth watering. Here are my foodie spots not to be missed while eating in Queenstown, New Zealand:
Since opening in 2001, Fergburger has become a rite of passage for visitors to Queenstown, it’s declaration of the ‘best burger in the world’ travels before it! They’re not wrong, it is one of the best burgers I’ve ever had. Serving up chicken, beef, lamb, fish, venison, tofu and falafel burgers there’s definitely something for everyone.
Tip – phone in your order just before you want it to skip the queues!
42 Shotover Street
Due to the success of FergBurger, they have opened up a bakery right next door offering baguettes, bread, pastries, cakes and pies.
40 Shotover Street
Eriks Fish and Chips
Eriks Fish and Chips even has a dedicated gluten-free kitchen which I was very happy about, it’s been years since I could eat fish and chips! In fact Queenstown in general was fantastic for catering to dietary requirements.
13 Earl Street
The Bespoke Kitchen
Previously voted the number 1 cafe in Queenstown, the Bespoke Kitchen has the best brunch in town. Sweet treats, smoothies, coffees and all your usual brunch options, each dish is carefully planned to incorporate health and wellbeing. Plus the location overlooking the lake is stunning.
9 Isle Street
Patagonia’s flagship cafe is located on the lakefront in Queenstown. Go there for breakfasts, juices, smoothies, their own-blend coffee but most importantly the ice cream and decadent desserts and chocolates!
Cookie milkshakes, hot chocolates, chocolate milk on tap, no-bake cookie dough and gooey cookies. Plus they have vegan options too.
Tip – they have a happy hour 6-7pm where you can get two cookies for $3.
18 Camp Street
Specializing in New York Style Pizza Fat Badgers is very popular with backpackers for late night munchies. Their 12 and 20” pizzas won’t leave you hungry. Plus vegetarian and vegan options too!
33 Camp Street
Often overlooked due to the popularity of FergBurger, Devil Burger is not to be missed. Burgers and wraps in every meat plus vegetarian options too and you can sit in and eat.
5/11 Church Street
The Remarkable Sweet Shop
This sweet shop is just like a traditional English sweet shop, stocked to the ceiling with penny sweets and features homemade fudge in a huge variety of delectable flavors.
39 Beach Street
Skyline Gondola – Stratosfare Restaurant
If only for the spectacular view you have to take a trip up the Skyline Gondola. The Stratosfare Restaurant at the top offers a huge buffet at lunch and dinner of New Zealand cuisine infused with international favorites. Have a go on the Luge while you’re there too!
Tip – book your reservations in advance.
The sourdough from European Bakery is the most amazing, authentic sourdough I have ever tasted. Stocked at Raeward Fresh.
The Junction – 53 Robins Road
Whitestone Cheese whilst made in Oamaru, has a cheese aging and tasting room and shop at Wet Jacket Winery.
1 Bendemeer Lane, Lake Hayes
Provisions’ Quince Paste
Quincessential is hands down the best quince paste I have ever tasted – fruity and sweet it goes perfectly with blue cheese or pate. The fresh fruit and veg shop next to Misha’s Vineyard in Cromwell stock it but I imagine you can find it in other stores in Queenstown as well.
Green Lipped Mussels
While on New Zealand’s South Island you have to try steamed Green Lipped Mussels. Havelock is known as the ‘mussel capital of the world’ but you’ll find them served up on menus in Queenstown and throughout the South Island.
Central Otago Wineries
You can’t pay a visit to Queenstown without exploring the excellent wineries in the Central Otago region. Famous for their Pinot Noir, the region has even had dedicated glassware made especially for them by Reidel.
Nearby Cromwell is home to the 4 Barrels Walking Wine Trail – the trail features four wineries within walking distance of each other, Misha’s Vineyard, Aurum Wines, Scott Base and Wooing Tree Vineyard.
Enjoy a stroll around Cromwell’s beautiful lake and taste wine along the way but an absolute must is Scott Base’s cheese board, it is too die for! Featuring cheese from Whitestone Cheese, Provisions’ Quince paste and sourdough from European Bakery all made locally.
If you don’t have time to venture out on a wine tour, The Winery Bar in Queenstown has a great selection of over 80 local wines and a unique tasting system. Collect a card, slot it into the machine and press the button to select a tasting or full glass of the wine you wish to try. The card keeps track of your spend and lets you know as you go.
So there you have it, a whole heap of gastronomical treats to keep you busy (and full) in while eating in Queenstown, New Zealand.