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

A group of people sat around a table drinking beer at Steamer Basin, Dunedin.
Home to the oldest beer in the country, the Dunedin brewing scene is buzzing.


A staff member standing behind the counter.
Place Dunedin

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


Interior view of Albar, Dunedin.
Place Dunedin

A local favourite and the social hub of many.

Allpress Espresso Roastery Café

Front of Allpress cafe in Dunedin.
Place Dunedin

Share in the precise craft of coffee, Allpress style.

Arc Brewing Co

Beer being poured into riggers.
Place Dunedin

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

Bay Rd Peanut Butter

Peanut butter being spread on to toast.
Place Dunedin

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

Beam Me Up Bagels

A bagel being wrapped.
Place Dunedin

A cult classic here in Dunedin.

Best Café

Orange neon sign on the exterior of the cafe.
Place Dunedin

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

Buster Greens

Inside the cafe.
Place Dunedin

This spot satisfies modern brunchers and big brekkie enthusiasts alike.

Carey's Bay Hotel

Stone exterior of the hotel.
Place Dunedin

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


A customer eating waffles.
Place Dunedin

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

Common Ground Espresso

Staff working.
Place Dunedin

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

Dog with Two Tails

Vintage seating and lighting by window.
Place Dunedin

Dog with Two Tails’ top priority is quality.

Cure Your Cravings With 10 Locally Made Craft Chocolates

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

Good Good

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Place Dunedin

A mean spot for burgers, beers and vibey energy.

Grid Coffee + Good Food Co.

Table of homewares for sale at Good Food Co.
Place Dunedin

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

Heritage Coffee

A customer ordering at the counter.
Place Dunedin

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

Jizo Japanese Café and Bar

Sushi on plates.
Place Dunedin

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

Where to get Down with Donuts

A tray of doughnuts from Baked.
Doughnuts or donuts--who really cares? We've rounded up the best doughy deliciousness you can find in NZ.

Kiki Beware

The tables.
Place Dunedin

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

Mamma Mia Pizza

Hands reaching for a pizza.
Place Dunedin

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

Marbecks Foodstore

Glass counters with black lights hanging from roof.
Place Dunedin

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

Mazagran Espresso Bar

Silver metal coffee roaster.
Place Dunedin

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.

Modaks Espresso

Indoor seating.
Place Dunedin

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


A chef working in the kitchen.
Place Dunedin

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

Morning Magpie

Dining inside with colourful hanging lights.
Place Dunedin

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

New New New

Burgers on a table.
Place Dunedin

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

No.7 Balmac

Set table inside by aCustomers dining. window with brown leather booth seating.
Place Dunedin

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

OCHO Chocolate Factory

Close up of chocolate bars.
Place Dunedin

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

Patti's & Cream

The Patti's food truck.
Place Dunedin

You’ll find burgers and scoops on the menu here that will simply knock your socks off.

Pequeño Lounge Bar

A staff member working.
Place Dunedin

Spanish for small, Pequeño lives up to its name.

6 of the Best Brunch Spots in Dunedin

A plate of brunch on a table at Buster Greens.
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.


A plate of food.
Place Dunedin

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

Potpourri Vegetarian Café

Stained glass window inside.
Place Dunedin

Potpourri serves vegetarian cuisine in a warm and friendly atmosphere.

Princes St Butcher

Meat accompaniments on display.
Place Dunedin

A complete foodie destination.


A table full of food.
Place Dunedin

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

Close up of a burger.
Otago is spoiled for choice when it comes to food.


Bread on display.
Place Dunedin

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

Taste Nature

Entrance to the building.
Place Dunedin

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

The Daily Coffee Co

Couple at a table having coffee.
Place Dunedin

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 Esplanade

A corner seating area.
Place Dunedin

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.

The Good Earth

Customers dining in at tables by the window.
Place Dunedin

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

The Perc

Cake and coffee on a table.
Place Dunedin

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

The Portsider

Close up of beres on the bar.
Place Dunedin

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

The Swan

The exterior of the building.
Place Dunedin

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

The Tart Tin

The owner behind the counter looking to camera.
Place Dunedin

The Tart Tin keeps limited hours and for good reason.


A plate of food.
Place Dunedin

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

Union Co

Customers dining at the window seats.
Place Dunedin

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

Vanguard Specialty Coffee Co.

Seating area in Vanguard with big monstera plant.
Place Dunedin

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

Vogel Street Kitchen

Fish graffiti on the side of Vogel Street Kitchen, Dunedin.
Place Dunedin

The Vogel Street Kitchen wins people over with their impeccable service, awesome interior and delicious food.

Wolf at the Door

Women at a window.
Place Dunedin

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.


A staff member working.
Place Dunedin

A one stop shop for any and all libations.