The Swan

Monday8:00 am – 4:00 pm.

Tuesday8:00 am – 4:00 pm.

Wednesday8:00 am – 4:00 pm.

Thursday8:00 am – 4:00 pm.

Friday8:00 am – 12:00 am.

Saturday9:00 am – 12:00 am.


23 Bath Street, Dunedin Central

03-479 0017

Located in John Swan’s old engraving workshop, The Swan Café and Bar is an eatery and taproom with great vibes, local flavours, live gigs, fresh coffee, cosy nooks and a sunshine laden, outdoor seating area. Tucked away behind the octagon on Bath Street, The Swan has a huge local following and you’ll soon understand why.

On the menu you’ll find Salmon Tostada made with house smoked salmon, fried potatoes, capers, greens, poached eggs, and dill hollandaise topped with colourful flowers from The Swan’s courtyard garden. The Lentil Herb Rosti, another crowd pleaser, comes with basil cashew pesto, beetroot cream, pickled beetroot, fresh greens and a zingy orange fennel dressing. Classics are done beautifully here too, and the Bubble and Squeak is served with roasted veg, pickled shallots, creamed eggs, dill and puffed grains with smoked salmon, braised lamb or bacon. 

Breads, sauces, pickles, desserts and dukkah - nearly everything at The Swan is made on site by local chefs who love to forage. That thyme in your Lamb Sub, for example, was growing wild in the Central Otago hills not that long ago and those walnuts on your Swan Platter were gathered from a giant tree in Clyde.

With an Allpress roastery located in Dunedin and ten years experience behind both head baristas, The Swan creates the perfect cup every time. Takeaways are available and you can even pick up handmade ceramics from West Coast Stoneware to ease the guilt that often comes with a disposable. Then again, why would you want to leave one of the most stylish spaces in Dunedin? Towards the back of the café you’ll find a gas fire and an oversized leather couch accompanied by lush velvet chairs - it’s an ideal area for quiet contemplation or a coffee/wine catchup with friends.

The Swan isn’t just a café though. On Fridays the tap beers start pouring and the nighttime scene hits full throttle. On Saturdays there is often live music and private catered parties.  As the sky goes dark The Swan keeps its laid back feel but offers evening fare, a Central Otago wine list and local brews from the ever popular Garage Project and Dunedin based NEW NEW NEW. So pull up a chair, order a beer and stay awhile...

Words by Olivia Sisson & Photography by Nancy Zhou

23 Bath Street, Dunedin Central

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