The Tart Tin

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Wednesday7:00 am – 1:00 pm.

Thursday7:00 am – 1:00 pm.

Friday7:00 am – 1:00 pm.

Saturday7:00 am – 1:00 pm.


42 Queens Gardens, Central Dunedin

021 827 862

The Tart Tin keeps limited hours and for good reason. All of their sweet treats are made on-site by just ‘two dudes’ – owner Matt and his best mate since age ten, Andy. They're only open Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, from 7am until 1pm when they are usually sold out!

When The Tart Tin opens, a queue of office workers, tourists, travellers and locals alike forms in just a few minutes. From then on, the flow remains steady until the cabinet is bare. Tart Tin’s menagerie of homemade cookies, cakes, pies, slices and pastries have certainly made a name for themselves.

On any given Wednesday, Thursday or Friday you’ll find items such as cinnamon sticky buns with apple compote, candy corn cupcakes, lemon mango cheesecake, cherry pie, fudge cake, macarons and salted caramel meringue cake on offer.

And what goes better with top-quality sweets than top-quality coffee? Tart Tin’s barista coffee is also done excellently and every beverage comes served with a small surprise. We’re talking mochaccinos with a fluffy homemade marshmallow and flat whites with a heart-shaped butter biscuit. The coffee beans and milks used are both sourced locally and make for a complete treat rather than a run-of-the-mill caffeine kick.

Owner, head chef and Dunedin local Matt has always been a chef with a keen focus on dessert. He started The Tart Tin at the Saturday Farmers Market well over a decade ago and over time has created a local hub for all things sweet.

If you can’t decide what to order, Matt's usually operating the till and can give you the low down on each item. His favourites include the chocolate eclair and lemon meringue pie. As he says, it’s not often that you get a bakery with a view and Tart Tin’s location opposite Queens Gardens has just that.

With a fully operational bakery out the back, a sunny shop front and delicious baked goods, Tart Tin is a Dunedin destination you don’t want to miss. Head over from doors open to purchase a sweet (or five!).

Cakes and tarts can be ordered by the slice in the shop or in full via their website.

Words by Olivia Sisson & Photography by Nancy Zhou

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42 Queens Gardens, Central Dunedin

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