While Queenstown itself isn’t a large city by any standards, the choice of food and establishments in which to procure some certainly isn’t lacking. With over one hundred different restaurants, coffee houses, sandwich bars, takeaways as well as an indoor food court which you will find in O’Connell’s Shopping Centre, a full spectrum of options is provided to cater for all tastes. And, as if this wasn’t enough the majority of bars and pubs in Queenstown also serve large portions of excellent food at very reasonable prices.
Among the specialties on the menu in most restaurants are the wonderful selection of local food and wines. With so many wineries nearby, this particular tipple is extremely plentiful, of excellent quality and won’t cost the earth because it’s produced locally. And in the food department, the seafood caught each day in nearby Fiordland is especially delicious.
Another quirky attraction when it comes to eating out in the city is the way in which restaurants vary to suit the seasons. For example, those of you visiting in summer can enjoy wonderful al fresco meals on the waterfront in the number of outdoor seating areas on offer. If you visit in winter, however, don’t worry about missing out because you will have big roaring open fires to help add to the atmosphere.
Finally, those of you who take your cuisine particularly seriously should check out the Queenstown Wine and Food Festival which takes place in February every year.
14 Brecon Street, Queenstown, New Zealand
Excellent Texas style restaurant with superb menu and huge portions. Specialising in steaks and ribs, the seafood is really good too as is the selection of sixties and seventies music played in the bar.
WestpacTrust Arcade, Beach Street, Queenstown, New Zealand
The only authentic Mexican eatery in Queenstown, this place is also renowned for its excellent selection of vegetarian cuisine and its legendary margaritas.
11 Shotover Street, Queenstown, New Zealand
Another popular choice, this restaurant serves an extensive collection of delicious Indian specialties all of which are also available to take away.
9 Beach Street, Queenstown, New Zealand
With a menu consisting of both Cantonese and Malaysian favourites, a meal in this restaurant is a very pleasant experience and the service is fast and friendly too which is always an added bonus.
Brecon Street, Queenstown, New Zealand
A rather exclusive establishment which sits at the top of Bob’s Peak offering unrivalled views of the city and allows you to see the whole thing as you treat yourself to the ‘Taste of New Zealand’ buffet. A little pricey but worth every penny. Books are essential.
40 Shotover Street, Queenstown, New Zealand
The best native meat there is cooked to your own personal taste and served with a baked potato and free salad. Also has chicken and seafood dishes. Good fun in a medieval atmosphere where you dine by candlelight.
Cow Lane, Queenstown, New Zealand
Renowned pizza house which has been in the city for over a quarter of a century, this restaurant is packed every night thanks to superb food at very reasonable prices. Also has a great selection of pasta dishes.
Steamer Wharf, Beach Street, Queenstown, New Zealand
An excellent place to go for a healthy breakfast or lunch, this restaurant serves some of the South Island’s best coffee. The juices are superb too as is the view thanks to its location on the waterfront.
The Mall, Queenstown, New Zealand
Located in a replica of an old English galleon the emphasis in the HMS is on seafood but you will find both meat and vegetarian dishes too. Décor is excellent as is the food and the prices aren’t bad either.
3 Brecon Street, Queenstown, New Zealand
Very popular Italian eatery located in the centre of town, the food and the wine here is second to none. Also has a BYO license. Warm, friendly service and atmosphere and offers a pleasant dining experience every time.