Best places to brunch in Southland
Brunch is that in between time where it’s crucial to fill the hunger gap and tempting to quell your appetite with whatever seems most convenient.
To put it plainly, Southland has got brunch sorted.
Brunch menus at these Southland cafes feature everything from banana bread french toast to smoked salmon salad, sustainably hunted venison mince on toast and classics like eggs benedict. You’ll notice that ingredients are often sourced from the surrounding landscape and many dishes have a story behind them. All of these spots also serve top quality barista coffee so you’ll leave with a full tummy, a bit of a caffeine kick and maybe even a new friend or two.
Plan to visit these top Southland brunch cafes that offer speedy service, fresh local fare, strong coffee and great chat too ...
The Grille Café
24 Anglem Street, Hawthorndale, Invercargill
The Grille is attached to Bill Richardson Transport World but it is anything but a run-of-the-mill museum café. Brunch items like corned beef hash are comforting and flavoursome with crispy potato, wilted spinach, poached egg, sourdough and tomato salsa. The menu is constantly changing to feature seasonal flavours and local produce but no matter what you find on the list when you arrive, it will be well portioned and bursting with flavour. The decor is a treat in and of itself and features a 70’s inspired living room and 60’s inspired kitchen. After brunch explore Bill Richardson Transport World which also happens to be anything but a run-of-the-mill car museum.
173 Spey Street, Invercargill
This Invercargill café has been around for nearly a decade and isn’t going anywhere anytime soon. Everything right down to the jams, relishes and sauces are 100% homemade. The cabinet is always brimming with colourful sweet and savoury treats and the cheese scones have made a few headlines in their day. Brunch items like the ‘Small Fry’ come with potato rosti, smoked tomato batch jam, avocado, bacon and tomato. Avocado toast comes topped with the likes of beetroot and mint hummus, free range egg and dukkah. Head in for fresh, punchy bites and Hummingbird coffee.
The Auction House
20 Don Street, Invercargill
The Auction House’s outdoor courtyard is as vast as the menu meaning this spot has something for every brunch enthusiast out there. Dine inside or out and enjoy brunch items like eggs benedict or a honey hot pot featuring greek yoghurt, boysenberries and seeds. An extensive drinks list offers plenty of tipples to bring any normal brunch visit into the boozy realm. This spot has a buzzy energy, fresh approach to social dining and options, options, options.
The Black Shag
136 Dee Street, Invercargill
You won’t find a deep fryer here, just next level flavour, a thoughtfully designed brunch menu and friendly service. Items like wild venison mince on toast keep both hunger and ecosystem in check. The venison is sourced from local hunters tasked with controlling deer populations on surrounding DOC lands and is served on sourdough ciabatta (or gluten free bread) with a free range fried egg. Sweet options like the banana bread French toast come with coconut yoghurt, caramelized banana, candied almonds, maple syrup and blueberry chia jam or bacon. Nearly everything is homemade.
Niagara Falls Café
256 Niagara-Waikawa Road, Niagara
If you’re in the Catlins be careful not to miss Niagara Falls Café. This family owned café focuses on simple, natural fare and their noteworthy brunch is decadent and healthy in the right proportions. The summer salmon salad is supremely tasty, packed with nutrients and made with the freshest ingredients possible, while the home baked goods, including carrot cake, brownies and sticky date pudding, offer a sweet component and are top sellers. There’s plenty for kids here too in terms of tasty treats, lawn games and plenty of space to play.