If you’d ask me where my favourite place was in New Zealand it would definitely be Queenstown. Why? Well there are many reasons—not only is it the adrenaline capital of the world and home to some of the most beautiful scenery I have ever laid my eyes on, this town is a foodie’s absolute dream. Each eatery provides ridiculously unique gastronomical creations that will have you drooling just at the thought of it (consider this your fair warning).
Here are my top eight foodie spots you need to hit up on your next visit to Queenstown.
I think most people have heard about this legendary place. It’s basically reached rite of passage status, so eating a FergBurger whilst visiting Queenstown mandatory. Since opening in 2001, FergBurger’s popularity has quickly risen and claims to be home of the best burger in the world. In my opinion, they’re not wrong.
Offering options of beef, chicken, fish, venison, tofu and falafel burgers, there’s absolutely something for everyone here. Plus, it’s open till 5am every day—that’s not a typo, we really do mean they’re open all night long—so they’re always around to curb your late-night cravings. One visit might not be enough given all the delicious options, so my advice is to basically plan your trip around multiple visits.
2. Cookie Time
Hot gooey cookies that melt in your mouth, cookie-inspired milkshakes, flavoured hot chocolates and no-bake cookie dough served by the scoop: if anywhere in the world came close to Willy Wonka’s chocolate factory, Cookie Time would be the place. They even have milk (and chocolate milk) on tap plus vegan options so you can relive your childhood and send yourself into a sugar coma. They even vegan options as well. Top tip: head down to Cookie Time between 6pm and 7pm for their happy hour where you can get two cookies for $3.
Due to the success of FergBurger the anonymous owner chose to open a bakery located right next to FergBurger and once again, this is a must stop place for any foodie. From mouth-watering baguettes to pastries, pies, bread and cakes to boot, this place has got it all. Trust me you won’t have a bad meal if you visit this joint. Controversially, I’d say I even prefer the bakery to the actual FergBurger.
4. The Cow
Who doesn’t love Italian? That’s right, nobody. The Cow may be a long way from Italy but their food is top shelf and stands up to anything I have eaten in Rome. The ambience, the pasta and pizza is the stuff of dreams and if I were you, I’d order the garlic bread which is a literal loaf of bread. Yes, you read that right. A big loaf of bread baked to perfection and smothered in garlic. I’ll take two please!
5. The Bespoke Kitchen
This delightful eatery was recently voted as the #1 café in Queenstown and once you pay a visit, it’s not hard to see why. Nestled in the Queenstown hills and overlooking the bay, this café is location goals, but its menu is where this place truly shines, with each dish handcrafted to incorporate health and wellbeing without compromising on flavour. There’s a wide variety of sweet treats (like the pancakes pictured above), smoothies, speciality coffees and the best damn brunch I had in Queenstown. If you’ve read any of my previous articles, you’ll know I’m a low key Matcha addict, so my recommendation is the Matcha pancakes. They are heavenly.
6. Stratosfare Restaurant
While this may be a little on the pricey side, it’s worth splashing the cash at Stratosfare. Stratsofare offers a generous buffet meal with all the options you could wish for. The menu is inspired by iconic New Zealand cuisine but infused with international influences—I’m talking about sushi, prime cut meats, fresh seafood, vegetarian—the list goes on. There’s even an entire room dedicated for desserts and if you don’t go HAM in here on all the sweet treats, I’ll be disappointed. And don’t even get me started on the most insane view of Queenstown and Lake Wakatipu.
7. Fat Badgers
I have one word for you: pizza. Fresh dough, rich tomato sauce, and all the toppings a gal could ask for. This is the stuff of legends. Offering 12- and 20-inch New York style pizza, Fat Badger’s has become notorious among backpackers and that’s for good reason. Whether you’re after a late-night or post-night out feast, Fat Badger’s has got you covered. From vegan to vegetarian, meat lovers to picky eaters, there won’t be anyone left hungry when visiting this place.
8. Devil Burger
One burger joint that sadly often gets overlooked is Devil Burger. Devil Burger might not be the, ahem, most famous burger joint in town but it’s definitely worth a visit. Offering a wide range of burgers and wraps filled with all manner of delicious (think everything from beef to chicken, venison and vegetarian options too), this one gets a thumbs up from me. Plus, you can sit and enjoy your burger which is a rarity in some other burger spots.