In the competitive stakes of which city boasts the best coffee, Dunedin could be mistaken for being the underdog. But with a seriously cool collection of cafes and boutique roasteries, this is a place not to be underestimated. Check out 10 of the best coffee spots in the city and stand by to savour some of the smoothest brews around.
Daily Coffee Company
The name says it all really, coffee so addictive that you’ll be making a regular habit of it. Retro coffee shop Daily Coffee Company on Princes Street is all about its hero ingredient, weaving magic with beans from Millers Coffee and DKD Espresso. If you like it strong, make the pilgrimage before 1pm and be transported to caffeine nirvana with a few mighty fine snacks on the side. Word on the street says the frozen flat white is an experience in itself.
The local coffee tribe have long been drawn to the cosy surrounds of the Perc in lower Stuart Street and throughout the day you’ll witness a steady flow of regulars, stopping by to top up their keep-cups. It doesn’t hurt that the food here is also pretty exceptional with a daily parade of cakes and slices offset by healthier cabinet options and an a la carte menu. Our intel reveals that the carrot cake is a particular winner and the brownies come a close second, but you decide.
This small yet mighty spot is a go-to for inner city peeps, hitting the palate with a powerful blast of house-roasted blends. Situated in the trendy corner of upper Moray Place which surrounds the Octagon, here you’ll likely rub shoulders with Dunedin’s creatives and artisans, who take their coffee as seriously as their art.
Vanguard Specialty Coffee
No mysteries here, it does what it says on the tin—very special coffee. The folks at Vanguard are the masters at their craft, ethically sourcing the tastiest beans and roasting them to perfection on the premises. Paired with the organic milks, locally-sourced and free-range ingredients and light and airy café space, this is the kind of destination you could happily lose a few hours in.
We all know that students only get through higher education only with the help of some serious caffeine and luckily Fluid Espresso is on hand to dish out the Supreme coffee goods. This thriving café is a great spot to fuel up between lectures and hands down has the most legendary daily gourmet doughnut concoctions around, which even for non-students it’s well worth venturing into scarfie-land.
Grid Coffee Roasters
Nothing says great coffee like an industrial heritage space and Grid Coffee Roasters have this nailed. Coffee is taken very seriously here, but not in a stand-offish kind of way, more like a liquid bullet of pure genius that penetrates every cell with its caffeinated goodness. Such purity cannot be tainted by the unnecessary addition of food, but if you’re feeling peckish never fear, the Good Food Company resides within the same space and right next door you can follow your coffee with a gourmet ice cream chaser at Patti’s and Cream.
Predominantly a roastery that supplies many Dunedin cafes’, you’ll need to get out Google Maps to hit up Common Ground or you can just follow the trail of aficionados from across the city. Squirrelled away in a South Dunedin industrial garage, coffee hounds flock here in all their guises, from sports mums and dads through to the hip boho crowd, all intent on getting a dose of the good stuff.
Wolf At The Door
An exceptionally hip little café in a lesser frequented part of the CBD, once you’ve stepped over the threshold a gallery of sorts unfolds before you. With street art on the walls, arcade games and booth tables, this is a veritable den of cool with excellent coffee to match. Sip your brew and chomp through a freshly-baked cinnamon brioche as you watch the roaster in action, surely the world’s best combo.
Java, cup of joe, rocket fuel…..whatever you want to call it, The Fix is a one-stop mecca for all things coffee. Strategically located in between the CBD and university campus, customers come from far and wide to pick up their favourite brew. The handy take-away window makes it easy to grab one on the go, or step inside and relax in the groovy café space.
Kūkū serves doses of happiness in the form of freshly roasted beans and coffees, all accompanied by a soundtrack of old skool tunes playing on the instore turntables. Bringing a fresh vibe to the quiet suburb of Caversham adjacent to the Southern Motorway, the crew at Kūkū know how to coffee and are also some of the friendliest baristas around.
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Image credit: Daily Coffee Company, Vanguard Specialty Coffee, Grid Coffee Roasters, Wolf at the Door, Kūkū, The Perc