Lying within the Southern Alps, Queenstown, New Zealand is surrounded by breathtaking landscapes and plays host to travellers visiting for the various adventure sports that make Queenstown so exciting and those travellers looking to relax among the fantastic views. While busy skiing, whitewater rafting, or even shopping, it is inevitable that you’ll work up an appetite. Queenstown, in all of its charm and quaintness, beholds lots of lovely cafes. Here are some of our favourites for you to take in the sights and sounds while enjoying a hot beverage or bite to eat.

Vudu Cafe

Perhaps one of the most popular cafes in Queenstown, with two locations, you are sure to find resonance with one of the two establishments. As a staple in Queenstown, they strive to use local and organic where possible and, as described “consistently deliver superbly made coffee and top quality honest food.” In the summer, you can enjoy the sunshine in the beautiful courtyard area or, to fight off the chill, warm up by the roaring log burner in the winter.  You can try such specialties as the toasted banana bread, the breakfast quesadilla, organic quinoa and goat’s cheese salad or the field mushrooms and lentil burger.

Gibbston Valley Cheese

Take a lovely drive out to the countryside and enjoy a light meal while breathing in the fresh air. Famous for their sheep’s milk fine cheeses, you can share a platter with friends while sipping on a lovely glass of wine. If you were hoping for something with more substance, you can enjoy such delicacies as the Alpine Flatbread or Toasted Doorstop Sandwich.

Old Man Rock

In a quaint little cafe with weathered shingles and red pillars, you can find a bountiful breakfast and a cosy fire for fending off the chill of the cooler months. One of Queenstown’s most historic buildings, this establishment was built during the gold rush of 1864, originally deemed the Colonial Bank of New Zealand. 145 years later, it stands as an enjoyable atmosphere with great food, overlooking the mall. Try out one of the many vegan and vegetarian dishes or grab a quick sandwich for lunch.

Joe’s Garage

In a little old garage in Queenstown, Joe’s Garage started. Now in a newer location, you can still find the original meals on the menu that first made this spot so popular. You can enjoy breakfast items such as the Porridge or Muesli all day or have one of the many sandwiches such as the BLT or M1. For a more filling dinner, you can try the John Shaft or Teddy Best, each an excellent option.

Walnut Cottage

Built in 1870 and named after the enormous 100-year old walnut tree behind it, this establishment has had a long, illustrious history. Initially standing as the office for a local flourmill and then the residence for one of the last “old wagoners,” Wagoner Jack, this cottage was finally restored to its present state by Jack’s son where he and his wife sold various arts and crafts along with historical items. A local couple acquired it and eventually transformed it into the cafe establishment it is today. All day you can enjoy Homemade Granola Muesli, Banana Pancakes, Belgian Waffles or a variety of lunch specialities. From the lunch items you can enjoy a cheeseburger or Gado Gado (an Indonesian-style warm salad) among others.

When you are deciding where to enjoy your meal, ask around. Find out the favourite of locals or when you arrive at the restaurant, find out what the specials are. Try out a new dish that you can’t often receive in your hometown.  Stepping outside your comfort zone is what it’s all about when you’re on holiday and when you’re sitting down to meal, you can apply this thinking! Getting out of your comfort zone is usually a great time, but in the off chance something goes awry during your holiday in Queenstown, you’ll want a travel insurance policyin your back pocket to help out.

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