We scoured the region to find Southland's best cafés.

Discover them with our Neat Places guide.

5 Sweet Treats to Try in Invercargill

Cabinet of cakes at Black Shag Espresso.
From doughnuts to slices, we’ve rounded up five of the best places to satisfy your sweet tooth in Invercargill.

Meccaspresso

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Ago-to café whether you’re stopping by to see the classic motorcycle collection at Mecca, or just looking for a satisfying meal in the heart of the city.

Black Shag Boutique Café

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Head to Black Shag for the perfect trifecta of coffee, food and service.

Toasted

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Serving up New York Style bagels that are made with hand-picked ingredients, this casual breakfast and lunch stop is a tried-and-true favourite amongst students and local office workers.

Industry

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At the only café in Invercargill’s northwest corner, expect to nd delicious baked goods all made in house, hearty breakfast and lunch dishes and plenty of options for dietary restrictions.

Tuatara Café & Bar

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A brewery, craft beer bar and pizzeria rolled into one, visit Tuatara Café to enjoy all of the above in one of Dee Street’s historic buildings.

The Auction House

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Open for breakfast through to dinner, expect tasty tapas, a wide range of mains, funky cocktails, an expansive NZ wine list and frequent live music events in the spacious, modern courtyard that often play into the night.

The Grille Café

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The Grille has been lovingly curated and decked out with relics of days gone by.

The Crib Café

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The Crib has something for everyone and is reminiscent of the 90’s most laid back beach cafés.

The First Timer’s Guide To Dining In Invercargill

We’ve rounded up the seven best places to eat in Invercargill, no matter the occasion.

The Batch

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Enjoy epic brunch items like avocado toast with beetroot and mint hummus, sourdough, dukkah and free range egg while relaxing in one of Southland’s most well designed cafés.

The Green Room

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A hub for barista coffee and homemade Kiwi café favourites.

Fat Bastard Pies

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Honest and extremely moreish pies likely to bring out your inner Fat Bastard in the best kind of way.

Seriously Good Chocolate Company

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A tiny store using chocolate as a medium with which to promote Southland to the world.

Tumu Toka CurioScape

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One of the Catlins most intriguing aspects is the petrified forest at Curio Bay. But how does a forest become perfectly preserved in stone?

Niagara Falls Café

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A magical café run by a local family in a one room school house constructed in 1893.

Order up Your Brunch Fave at 4 of the Finest Cafés in Southland

A flatlay of brunch meals on a table at The Batch in Invercargill.
Brunch is that in between time where it’s crucial to fill the hunger gap and tempting to quell your appetite with whatever seems most convenient.

Small Prophet & Co

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Pop into this studio to check out their art, upholstering and refurbishment work alongside other local wares.