The year-round, adrenaline-fuelled Queenstown has beautiful views as far as the eye can see. It’s undoubtedly New Zealand’s adventure capital and the ultimate weekend getaway, but also full of nationally-awarded cafes. Between skydiving and bungy jumping, you’ll want to ensure you hit up the following spots for a perfectly brewed coffee.
Here is where to find the best coffee in Queenstown.
Isle Street (near the base of the gondola)
Nestled on the hill, overlooking the bay and the Remarkables, it’s hard to believe Bespoke Kitchen is only a five-minute walk from central Queenstown. This specialty cafe has a carefully crafted menu, which prioritises health with fresh, unprocessed and local ingredients without compromising on flavour. Named New Zealand Cafe of the Year in 2015, you can expect perfectly crafted espresso alongside the best breakfast in town.
Vudu Cafe & Larder
Located in the heart of Queenstown with seating overlooking the picturesque Lake Wakatipu, Vudu Larder serves expertly made specialty coffee and quality food. The award-winning café continues to live up to its reputation and is popular with both locals and visitors. Needless to say, you’ll need to get there early to grab a seat.
The Chop Shop Merchants
Make the short jaunt over to historic Arrowtown and appreciate its gold mining past. When you’re there, make sure to pop into The Chop Shop Merchants. This hidden gem is set amongst the stone cottages, just behind the main historic street. If you have time on your side, settle in for an indulgent breakfast of ricotta hotcakes (served with tamarillo) or okonomiyaki alongside their ridiculously good coffee.
If you’re looking for the best coffee in Queenstown then Yonder is an all-hours hangout and a local favourite and a must-visit. With plenty of space both inside and out, we suggest hitting the patio for your morning cuppa. If you’re cutting back on caffeine, they also have turmeric, beetroot, black sesame and matcha lattes alongside a long list of teas.
The Boat Shed Cafe
If you like your coffee with a view (who doesn’t?) head to The Boat Shed Cafe at Sugar Lane in the Frankton Marina. Set in the restored New Zealand Railways Shipping Office, the building dates all the way back to 1869. With relaxed waterfront vibes and a delicious menu including brioche French toast and pulled pork eggs benedict, this kid-friendly cafe will tempt you to stay awhile. Luckily, it’s open from 8am to 5pm every day of the week.
Halo Forbidden Bite
This contemporary, sidewalk cafe is a lovely spot for your morning brew. Known for their vegan and vegetarian dishes, Halo is a firm favourite amongst coffee aficionados for quality coffee in all its forms. They conveniently open at 6am, by the way, so all early birds can grab a takeaway coffee to kickstart the day. It’s one of the best places for coffee in Queenstown.
A Frankton institution, you can expect excellent Allpress coffee and friendly service in a warm environment at Odelay. Located just a hop, skip and jump from the airport, it’s a great place to grab a cuppa on your way into or out of Queenstown—even better it offers spectacular panoramic views from Coronet Peak to the Remarkables. Here you’ll find fresh, seasonal dishes, made with locally sourced ingredients, so you’ll definitely want to come back for one of the best brunches in Queenstown.
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