New Zealand has great cafe culture, and there’s certainly no shortage of cafes in Queenstown.To Try
- Joe’s Garage
- Bean Around the World
This is probably my favorite cafe. Consistently good coffee, desserts, and food. Inside, the tables are a bit cramped. Outside alleyway seating, with heat lamps. Magazines to browse, and a computer for quick web use.
This was voted runner-up for best Queenstown cafe in Cafe Magazine. It’s slightly out of the thick of things on Athol Street. Coffee is generally solid; flat whites are semi-Wellington style (smaller, but still not quite as flavor-packed). Desserts have been reasonable. High ceilings and big windows lend airiness and light. Coffee happy hour M-F 9-10am: $2 flat white or long black.
My mom thinks that the coffee here was the most flavorful, and I’d probably agree, but there have been a few times that it’s tasted slightly burnt. Again, slightly out of the way, on Shotover St., close to the bend into Beach St. Bright, slightly whimsical decor. Just tried the blueberry pancakes recently, and they get high marks (and I’m not even a pancake person usually!).
I was introduced to this place while I was still hostelling because they had a brilliant $10 pancake and coffee deal, which is sadly no longer in existence. The flat whites tend to be overly milky. Right in the bustle of Shotover St., dark decor, not a lot of light, a little cramped.
This place is tucked away in a walkway behind Monty’s, and it’s nice and bright, but also across from a current construction site that can be a bit noisy. Good coffee (Caffe L’Affare), and the one dessert I tried was tasty.
This is probably the most unique cafe. It’s inside the oldest building in Queenstown, and the space is multitasked to be a design store as well. There’s a lovely patio area for sunny days; if I recall correctly, there’s not much indoor cafe space. I’ve only been there once, but the coffee was good.
This was voted the best cafe in Queenstown in Cafe Magazine. They roast their own organic coffee, and they do indeed do coffee well. I’ve only tried the french toast foodwise, and it was my favorite place for that, but the last couple times it hasn’t been as good. Nice high ceilings. About a 15 minute walk from town on Gorge Rd.
Old Man Rock
Right in town on the Mall. Smallish interior with some bar type seats by the windows and a few tables, fairly ample outdoor seating. Flat white tasted a bit over-extracted when I went.