Seven Vegetarian Spots to Travel for this Meat Free May

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Challenge yourself and go Meat Free this May. The planet, the animals and your body will thank you for it.

Prohibition Smokehouse

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Prohibition Smokehouse sits handsomely on The Octagon in Dunedin, and has earned a reputation as the pièce de résistance for those seeking superb cuts of dry...

Steamer Basin Brewery & Taproom

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Steamer Basin is hidden, yes. Secret, no. The journey may begin to feel like a wild goose chase but persevere and you’ll be rewarded with micro-brewing gold.

The Daily Coffee Co

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The Daily Coffee Co has a refreshingly specific offering - as the name suggests they’re all about coffee, espresso specifically. Expect a caffeine kick you won’t soon forget.

The Swan

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An eatery and taproom with great vibes, local flavours, live gigs, fresh coffee, cosy nooks and a sunshine laden, outdoor seating area.

Side-on

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Step inside and be instantly immersed into the vibey, calming atmosphere of Side-On.

Plato

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Hidden under the Otago Peninsula Road overpass you will find Plato, an eatery that is retro both inside and out.

Woof!

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A one stop shop for any and all libations.

The Esplanade

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Beachfront and Italian may not be the most common marriage on New Zealand shores, but it’s a marriage that works well at St Clair’s The Esplanade.

Good Good

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A mean spot for burgers, beers and vibey energy.

tītī

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Offering experiential dining in a way that is extremely high quality but also completely approachable.

Kiki Beware

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You won’t find anything quite like Kiki down George Street.

OCHO Chocolate Factory

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Artisanal chocolate made in small batches with cocoa sourced from small, family growers around the Pacific.

Ode to Long Lunches

People having a long lunch at Tussock Hill Vineyard, Christchurch.
Is there anything more satisfying than a lingering long lunch?

Heritage Coffee

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For a café experience that is local in every sense of the word.

Arc Brewing Co

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A 20ish minute jaunt from the Dunedin CBD, and well worth the trip.

Beam Me Up Bagels

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A cult classic here in Dunedin.

The Tart Tin

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The Tart Tin keeps limited hours and for good reason.

A Beer Lover's Guide to Eating and Drinking in Dunedin

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Home to the oldest beer in the country, the Dunedin brewing scene is buzzing.

Buster Greens

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This spot satisfies modern brunchers and big brekkie enthusiasts alike.

Catalyst

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Catalyst is all about mindful eating and conscious consuming. Even the name speaks to this mission.

Morning Magpie

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Morning Magpie has gained a reputation for their ridiculously good coffee, food and healthy smoothies.

Patti's & Cream

The Patti's food truck.
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You’ll find burgers and scoops on the menu here that will simply knock your socks off.

Pequeño Lounge Bar

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Spanish for small, Pequeño lives up to its name.

No.7 Balmac

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The kind of restaurant that every neighbourhood ought to be lucky enough to have.

Common Ground Espresso

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Pop in for a coffee, a look and leave with a bag of your favourite beans for home brewing.

Union Co

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An excellent spot for espresso, baked goods and savoury fare.

Taste Nature

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Well known for its commitment to organic food and sustainable living, Taste Nature is considered “the” organic shop in Dunedin by locals.

Grid Coffee + Good Food Co.

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Visit Grid Coffee and Good Food Co. for single origin coffees and artisanal grocery items.

Jizo Japanese Café and Bar

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The food covers all bases when it comes to Japanese cuisine at Jizo.

ADJØ

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Visit ADJØ for comforting Scandinavian dishes, barista coffee, housemade schnapps, NZ wines and local art.

Cure Your Cravings With 10 Locally Made Craft Chocolates

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Embrace your inner Willy Wonka, here’s the golden ticket to ten of the best craft chocolatiers in Aotearoa.

Bay Rd Peanut Butter

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Peanut butter has been and will continue to be, the unsung hero of breakfast and lunches everywhere.

Princes St Butcher

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A complete foodie destination.

Moiety

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Moiety wows with a tasting menu that is refined and approachable all at once.

New New New

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A truly experimental brewery with state of the art equipment, food that holds its own and a retro persona that’s totally unique.

Where to get Down with Donuts

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Doughnuts or donuts--who really cares? We've rounded up the best doughy deliciousness you can find in NZ.

The Good Earth

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A popular haunt with university students, this café makes everything from scratch every day.

Carey's Bay Hotel

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Dating back to 1874, Carey’s Bay Historical Hotel is one of the most popular pubs in Dunedin.

Best Café

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This Dunedin institution is well worth a visit and perhaps a return to your student days.

Mazagran Espresso Bar

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This hard-working little café is a hive of activity all day long and a great spot for grabbing a coffee-to-go before work.

Vogel Street Kitchen

Fish graffiti on the side of Vogel Street Kitchen, Dunedin.
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The Vogel Street Kitchen wins people over with their impeccable service, awesome interior and delicious food.

Wolf at the Door

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Whether grabbing a takeaway coffee, or stopping in for the rest of the day, Wolf at the Door is the perfect place to escape the cold Dunedin weather.

The Portsider

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A cosy pub in Port Chalmers with a full menu and huge selection of craft beer.

Mamma Mia Pizza

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Serving up authentic Italian pizza from a traditional wood-fired oven, you can expect fresh, hot, traditional pizza ‘just like Mamma used to make.’

Vanguard Specialty Coffee Co.

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A fresh look and take on the independent coffee scene in Dunedin.

Modaks Espresso

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Taking inspiration from the 1970s, Modaks is kitted out in a cool granny style.

Allpress Espresso Roastery Café

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Share in the precise craft of coffee, Allpress style.

Rhubarb

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A bright and sunny spot to eat an eggs benedict and read the newspaper, or squeeze your prams in for a date with the young parents.

Come Hungry, Here's Exactly What You Need to Devour in and Around Dunedin

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Otago is spoiled for choice when it comes to food.

The Perc

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Whatever the weather and whatever your mood, The Perc is bound to satisfy.

Albar

Interior view of Albar, Dunedin.
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A local favourite and the social hub of many.

Dog with Two Tails

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Dog with Two Tails’ top priority is quality.

Potpourri Vegetarian Café

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Potpourri serves vegetarian cuisine in a warm and friendly atmosphere.

6 of the Best Brunch Spots in Dunedin

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Brunch combines two daily meals, which means it’s got to be doubly good. These Dunedin cafés and restaurants do it best with a range of classic dishes, modern takes and plant based options that all hinge on supreme quality and taste.

Marbecks Foodstore

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At Marbecks Foodstore the shelves are stocked with a huge variety of nationally and internationally sourced specialty food products.