Taste Nature

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Monday8:00 am – 6:00 pm.

Tuesday8:00 am – 6:00 pm.

Wednesday8:00 am – 6:00 pm.

Thursday8:00 am – 6:00 pm.

Friday8:00 am – 6:00 pm.

Saturday9:00 am – 4:00 pm.


131 High Street, Central Dunedin

03 474 0219

Tired of fluorescent lights, squeaky lino floors and endless rows of shiny packaged products with mysterious origins? Abandon the pushy queues, coupons and trolleys and give shopping a try at Taste Nature, an organic grocery store (and eatery, herbal dispensary and health clinic) in Dunedin’s central city. Well known for its commitment to organic food and sustainable living, Taste Nature is considered “the” organic shop in Dunedin by locals, selling a wide range of organic products (including beauty products, books and gardening supplies) from certified organic growers and producers.

In the grocery section you’ll find goods from local producers like Body of the Year bread, Kapowai Kombucha, Holy Cow milk and OCHO chocolate, as well as organic produce from Taste Nature’s very own 5 acre farm and meat from Deep Creek Deli, South Island Wild Game and Bostock Brothers. There are rows of oils, flours, pasta, nuts, seeds, vinegars, snacks and beverages to explore as well as homemade hummus, pesto, mayo (both vegan and classic), coconut yoghurt and more on offer.

Taste Nature is also home to the South Island’s largest Eco Store refillery range and stocks an impressive array of cleaning products, kitchen gadgets, bathroom supplies, cooking implements, reusable coffee cups, lunch boxes and storage containers. The organic makeup aisles are similarly robust and racks of organic clothing and footwear, plus a dedicated gardening and pet supply area, mean that Taste Nature really has got it all.

A relaxed environment set in a grand old building, this is grocery shopping at its finest. And the best bit? The self-service eatery dishing up a delicious lunch menu based on seasonal fruit and vegetables, with a properly rustic and handmade vibe. The amazing, sun-filled eatery also offers comforting cakes and slices with tea and hot chocolate. Taste Nature’s cafe also happens to be Dunedin’s first Coeliac Accredited Café and the only accredited 100% gluten-free café in NZ. All of the waste here goes back into the compost bin for use at Taste Nature’s farm.

Do your grocery shopping with a side of warm fuzzies and the option for a gourmet meal too! There’s something about this place that’ll leave you smiling every time.

Words by Grace Hall & Photography by Nancy Zhou

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131 High Street, Central Dunedin

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