Nothing works up an appetite like the outdoors and adventure sports Queenstown is famous for! Here's where the locals go for cheap eats, fine dining, craft beer and everything in between.
26 Hansen Road, Frankton. A local gem housed in a repurposed sheep shearing shed, this charming spot is perfect for sampling the local goods. There’s excellent coffee, fantastic food and even a playground. Visitors can learn how to make soap, candles, lip balm and honey hand cream — and find honey, wine and cheese tasting too. In fact, Mount Michael Wines operates a cellar door here.
by Frank's is Queenstown's latest restaurant to open with the same reputation of great food that we all love Frank’s for. This little café is located in the Ramada Queenstown Central hotel and only a 5 minute walk from downtown Queenstown. Coco Cabana by Frank's is a colourful, fun cafe with a tropical Tiki bar theme, pizza hut vibe. Great if you’re staying at Holiday Inn Express & Suites or Garden Court Suites & Apartments.
Patagonia Ice Creamery & Chocolaterie
Located on the Whakatipu lakefront, Patagonia is the place to go if you want to experience mouth-watering ice cream and decadent desserts, an absolute local favourite!
Cow Lane, Queenstown. Tucked down Cow Lane, this local favourite is quite often missed by tourists. Housed in an old stone barn, it’s got charming atmosphere to accompany the deliciously hearty pizza and pasta dishes.
9300/847 Frankton Road, Frankton. Just near the new marina and right on the Frankton bike track, The Boadshed is perfect for a light bite or big lunch — plus delicious scones and cakes anytime.
827 Frankton Road, Frankton. This little secret started as a side project of Altitude’s brewers and has become a local favourite spot for jars with mates after a day outdoors.
Atlas Beer Café
Steamer Wharf, 88 Beach Street, Queenstown. Another firm favourite for locals for its outstanding craft beer, spectacular lake views and friendly service.
18 Buckingham Street, Arrowtown. Tucked behind its namesake blue door is a cosy, intimate bar with a fantastic wine selection and roaring fire. Pull up a seat but be careful: You can easily lose hours relaxing here!
23 Hawthorn Avenue, Frankton. Find this popular farmer’s market every Saturday from 9am-2pm until 3rd April. Shop locally made crafts and wearables, grab delicious takeaway goodies and stay for the live music — Very family-friendly!
14 Cow Lane, Queenstown. A discreet exterior belies an intoxicating mix of rustic fine dining and chic lounge cocktails. Open log fires, leather couches, an impressive wine list and Central Otago produce make this restaurant an absolute find.
12 Industrial Place, Queenstown. Tucked well off the beaten track in an industrial space, this one’s for locals through and through — and well away from the hustle and bustle. Expect quality tap beers, satisfying food, live music and the occasional quiz night.
18 Buckingham Street, Arrowtown. After a bit of entertainment with your tipple? Look no further than this beautiful boutique cinema and fully licenced bar. We love the cosy fire and large, cosy seats. It’s something special!
The Chop Shop
Arrow Lane, Arrowtown. With an ever-changing menu, excellent coffee and great atmosphere, this little gem is perfect for taking a break from sightseeing in Arrowtown. Grab a table on the large sunny deck.
Is the bambino of renowned Aosta restaurant in Arrowtown, hidden down the alley behind its big brother. This family-friendly, fast-paced trattoria offers dine-in and takeaway options for locals and visitors to Arrowtown.