Queenstown is home to some of the best restaurants, cafes and bars in New Zealand - but how to choose? We’ve picked our favourite Autumn spots to wine and dine in Queenstown...

top 5 places to eat and drink in queenstown 2017 public kitchen and bar

Public Kitchen

The Public Kitchen, perched on the beautiful lakefront in Queenstown, is the bar to beat this Autumn. With fresh and colourful deco, it’s a relaxed space to have a drink or try their delicious tapas and mains for all-day dining. 

Tastebud’s verdict:

All-round great place! Our waitress Bella was lovely, suggesting some delicious dishes for us to share, like the classic cheese rolls, mushroom gyoza and sticky pork belly sticks. My tastebud teamie gorged on fresh green lip mussels and southern clams, whilst I got stuck into the filo tart and white bean dip. We’d definitely come back!

top 5 places to eat and drink in queenstown 2017 the world bar

World Bar

Home of the iconic Teapot Cocktails since 1996, the World Bar is a favourite for locals and visitors alike. With a fresh new kitchen, gorgeous sun deck and live music every night, the World Bar offers up a fun atmosphere and honest pub grub in Queenstown.

Tastebud’s verdict:

This is one of Queenstown’s liveliest pubs - it’s always buzzing and yummy-looking food seems to fly out the kitchen. As soon as we sit down, we order the famous deep fried Mac N’ Cheese balls (literally deep fried cheesy pasta) and were drooling at first bite. The Pulled Pork bun and Falafel burgers were top notch, and their Mojitos had one mighty kick!

top 5 places to eat and drink in queenstown 2017 the bathhouse


Tucked away between the trees on the beach of Lake Wakatipu, the Bathhouse is one of Queenstown’s best-placed restaurants. With floor-to-ceiling windows and an outdoor deck right on the lake front, it’s perfect for escaping the crowds and relaxing in the sun. 

Tastebud’s verdict:

The Bathhouse location is amazing - but the food was exceptional. We went for the gnocchi starter, which was so colourful and beautifully arranged I felt rude eating it! The crumbed aubergine melted in the mouth and the chocolate fondant was a show-stopper. The Bathhouse is truly one of Queenstown’s hidden gems for a peaceful, delightful dinner.

top 5 places to eat and drink in queenstown 2017 patagonia chocolates


Welcome to a chocoholic’s paradise… Patagonia is one of Queenstown’s favourite spots for chocolate, ice cream and sweet treats. This local business has taken the town by storm with its award winning gelatos, scrumptious churros and of course, every kind of chocolate you could dream of.

Tastebud’s verdict:

With two Patagonia cafes to choose from, both on the lake front, we were spoilt for choice to get an ice cream on the beach! We opted for a scoop of dark chocolate and macadamia gelato (a smooth, rich mouthful of deliciousness), perfectly complimented with a wake-you-up coffee. Patagonia is now officially our go-to place for a sweet treat by the lake!

top 5 places to eat and drink in queenstown 2017 pub on wharf

Pub on Wharf

Pub on Wharf is one of Queenstown’s favourite laid-back Kiwi pubs. With local ales, live music and all meals guaranteed to be less than $20, it’s a go-to pub to meet family and friends by the lakeside.

Tastebud’s verdict:

We sat outside on a sunny evening at Pub on Wharf, sipping at the local cider and watching Queenstown walk by. We went for a tapas-style dinner, and got the Ugly Bread (a messy baguette of scrummy melted cheese and chutney), plus a Cheese Board and the delicious Slow Cooked Beef. The place has a great laid-back feel, ideal for an informal dinner.