Queenstown food and drink embodies the high quality you would expect from a resort town. The steady flow of tourist dollars has lured high-profile restaurateurs, hoteliers and chefs, each attempting to outdo the others with incredible food and dining experiences.
If you’re staying in the town proper, you’ll have your pick of everything the area has to offer in the form of cafes, bars, and restaurants. However, don’t forget to venture out of town to enjoy the wonderful wineries of the region.
Prefer to prepare your own food, even when you’re on holiday? Head to the Farmers’ Market on a Saturday morning to round up your favourite produce and support local growers. If you’re here between October and April, visit the Remarkables Market in the suburb of Frankton or drive 50 minutes east to Old Cromwell for the Central Otago Farmers Market.
The only Queenstown restaurant precincts are found in the town centre itself. Beyond this, a good proportion of the best restaurants in town are connected to hotels and other accommodation. The good news is that the range of cuisine is broad indeed, so even the pickiest eater will find a delicious meal to suit their taste and budget.
Want to get in a quiet drink at the end of a busy day or perhaps meet up with new friends for a fun night on the town? Queenstown bars and nightlife have everything you need. From humble pubs to upmarket wine and cocktail bars, there’s a venue to suit every mood, taste and budget. Again, beyond the town centre, check your hotel – many of the town’s best nightspots are attached to accommodation.
Queenstown cafes are everywhere, providing the perfect indoor sanctuaries for warming up on a cool day. After all, the area is well and truly in New Zealand’s snow country! A staunch competitor with Wellington for New Zealand’s best coffee, Queenstown baristas know their way around a roast. Grab a cup to un-numb your fingers and replenish your energy after a day on the slopes.
Looking for a more refined holiday experience? Wondering how you’ve ended up in a town where everyone loves jumping off things and sliding around? Never fear, culture vulture, because Queenstown wineries are here to give you a moment of respite. Book a day tour, get out of town for a while, and sample some of the finest wines the Otago region has to offer.