Queenstown – one of the most scenic towns in New Zealand, is also one of the best foodie spots in the country, with an array of awesome eateries to choose from.
In my opinion, breakfast and brunch are the best meals to enjoy in town, with lots of great cafes to drink coffee in Queenstown, and restaurants offering up varied and delicious breakfast and brunch menus. In fact, of the 100+ restaurants in Queenstown, most of them offer some sort of breakfast or brunch menu.
Luckily for you, I’ve done the research by having breakfast and brunch at countless restaurants in Queenstown, so you don’t have to. And, I’ve narrowed it down to a couple of the absolute best places to eat breakfast in Queenstown!
In this blog, I list 10 of the best breakfast and brunch spots in Queenstown. I’ve included a fine dining restaurant set in a historic cottage and even a casual bakery with a very famous next-door neighbor. There’s something for every taste and budget on this list!
10 BEST Restaurants for Breakfast in Queenstown
1. Botswana Butchery
- Location: 17 Marine Parade, Queenstown town cener
- Average cost per meal: $20 NZD
- Hours: Open from 12 pm to 11 pm, 7 Days a week
One of the most popular fine-dining restaurants in Queenstown, Botswana Butchery on 17 Marine Parade within the historic Archer’s Cottage, also serves up a substantial breakfast menu starting from 8 am and finishing at 11:30 am.
Their breakfast cocktails are very popular. I especially love the Chai Martini, which has Havana Club Rum with sugar syrup and chai syrup. For food, you can’t go wrong with the triple-stacked buttermilk pancakes, or if you’re looking for something a little more savory, then the Botswana Breakfast, which is served with “the works,” as I like to call it (sausages, bacon, eggs, black pudding, and more!) is an excellent option.
The views overlooking Lake Wakatipu as well as Cecil Peak are a great wake-up call too.
Book this one in advance; it’s incredibly popular! You can check out Botswana Butchery’s menu here.
- Location: 14 Church Street, Queenstown town center
- Average cost per meal: $25 NZD
- Hours: Open from Tuesday to Sunday, 8 am to 3 pm (and until 12am on Thursdays & Fridays)
A quirky spot serving up food from all over the world, Yonder on 14 Church Street is especially popular with locals. It is home to the self-proclaimed “best coffee in Queenstown,” and I must admit it is very good (and strong!)
Their brunch menu is unique with options like the Passionfruit & Cheesecake French Toast and the Boysenberry & Apple Pancakes (which are dairy-free, gluten-free, and vegan), but there are also more traditional breakfast dishes like Avocado on Toast and the Full Yonder on offer.
Try to grab a table on the sunny outdoor patio on a fine day, or if you prefer dining indoors, there’s plenty of inside seating too. And the restaurant is spacious, bright, and colorful – so you’ll likely want to stay here longer than necessary.
What’s good too is the plenty of vegan, gluten-free, dairy-free, and vegetarian options they offer, such as the aforementioned Boysenberry Pancakes and the Miso Eggplant, which are gluten-free, dairy-free, and vegan.
Brunch at Yonder is served from 8 am to 3 pm every day besides Monday. Take a sneak peek at their delicious brunch menu!
- Location: 10/5 Hawthorne Drive, Frankton
- Average cost per meal: $19 NZD
- Hours: Open from 7:30 am to 4 pm, 7 days a week
Located in the suburb of Frankton near the airport, Odelay is one of my favorite spots for brunch in all of Queenstown. It’s where the long-term locals like to hang out, and their coffee and pastries are awesome!
When you first walk in, your stomach will rumble at the sight of their cabinet, which is jam-packed with pastries, cakes, and sandwiches. But save one of these to-go if possible because their hot food menu is delicious and has lots of options, such as the Superfood Smoothie Bowl and my go-to order, the Buttermilk Pancakes with maple syrup! There are also plenty of vegetarian options like the Brunch Plate, which is served with greens, free-range poached eggs, and potato croquettes.
There’s a large seating area inside, and it’s bright and spacious, but if it’s a nice day, try to grab one of the picnic benches outside.
What I will say is that Odelay can get very busy between 11 am and 2 pm, so try to get here earlier or later if you can!
Odelay is located at 5 Hawthorne Drive, Remarkables Park – a 15-minute drive from downtown Queenstown or the Number 1 bus will also get you here from town. You can find Odelay’s menu here.
4. Ivy & Lola’s Kitchen & Bar
- Location: 88 Beach Street, Queenstown town center on the Steamer Warf
- Average cost per meal: $20 NZD
- Hours: Open 9 am to 8:30 pm Tuesday to Saturday, and 9 am-2 pm on Sundays
With a prime waterfront position, Ivy & Lola’s is located on Steamer Wharf, just across from the famed TSS Earnslaw. It’s a popular dinner spot, but its breakfast which is served from 9 am until 2 pm, is excellent too.
Try their Chicken & Waffles served with a spicy jalapeno chutney or the Brioche French Toast – my two personal favorites. But they also serve a variety of other, more unique brunch dishes, including Bao Buns and Pumpkin Bruschetta.
Ivy & Lola’s is known for their specials board, which always has something mouth-wateringly good to offer. I always try to order from this board when I dine here, and I’ve never been disappointed.
This stylish eatery caters to most dietary requirements – just be sure to let your server know of any dietary issues you may have. Check out what’s on the menu at Ivy & Lola’s!
- Location: 40 Shotover Street,Queenstown town center
- Average cost per meal: $8 to $12 NZD
- Hours: Open Monday-Friday, 6 am to 10 pm and 6 am to 12 am on weekends
Renowned across the world for its decadent burgers, did you know, the famed Fergburger actually has an awesome bakery next door where you can enjoy a delicious breakfast-to-go. Choose from freshly made pastries, pies, and cakes, as well as a decent sandwich menu.
Adding to that the awesome coffee they serve up, it’s a great breakfast option if you’re in a hurry. Fergbaker opens at 6 am, so it’s the perfect stop before you hop on an early-morning tour.
My top tip is to grab a coffee and pastries to go and take them to the lakefront for a very scenic and cheap breakfast. Prices for their sandwiches start from as little as $6.90 NZD, which is very reasonable!
Fergbaker is located at 40 Shotover Street. Just look for the queues for Fergburger next door. Sometimes it can look like the long queue is for the bakery, so be sure to ask the person in front what they’re queuing for to save you wasting time in the wrong queue.
6. Bespoke Kitchen
- Location: 9 Isle Street, just outside of Queenstown town center near Brecon Street
- Average cost per meal: Around $20 NZD
- Hours: Open Monday-Sunday, 7:30 am to 4 pm
Just below the entrance to the famed Skyline Gondola on 9 Isle Street is one of the best brunch spots in Queenstown. Bespoke Kitchen is the best place in town if you have a sweet tooth, like me. Honestly, the cakes in their cabinet are amazing – Orange & Poppyseed and Tunisian Lemon are two of my favorite flavors on offer. They can also bake larger cakes for special occasions.
Bespoke Kitchen is known for using fresh, unprocessed, and local ingredients where possible, and they cater to all dietaries. Their all-day menu is served from 7:30 am to 3 pm, and some of the stand-out items for me are the Golden Smoothie Bowl which contains mango, pineapple, passionfruit, and coconut topped with nut crunch and seasonal fruit, and the Eggs Benedict. They have a great kids’ menu too.
Fun fact – Bespoke Kitchen is brought to you by the same owners of Vudu (more on that below) and has been featured in numerous publications.
There are great views of Queenstown and the lake from their small front patio, but personally, I love their side patio as it’s much more spacious. It even has a cozy open fireplace and blankets on its side patio, which is perfect for those colder days or while visiting Queensland in the winter.
You’ll definitely find something delicious to suit your taste buds on the menu at Bespoke Kitchen!
7. Vudu Café & Larder
- Location: 16 Rees Street, Queenstown town center
- Average cost per meal: $15 to $25 NZD
- Hours: Open 7:30 am to 3 pm, 7 days a week
One of the busiest Cafes in Queenstown, Vudu has been serving local Queenstowners and tourists since 1997. So, it’s definitely doing something right! Their coffee is strong, and their dishes feature local and seasonal produce where possible. Plus, they’ve won heaps of awards for both their food and coffee! It is one of the best cafes in Queenstown, after all.
The selection on offer at the counter is eye-watering, with delicious cakes, pastries, and huge sandwiches freshly made and displayed here daily. These are a great option if you’re in a rush or are not feeling too hungry. From the menu, the Vudu Benedict is a must. It has delicious pulled pork atop the traditional breakfast of Eggs Benedict. If you love sweet things, the Lemon Coconut Pancakes are delicious.
The interior is designed in a vintage style, and although the space is narrow, there’s plenty of seating inside. I recommend trying to nab a seat outside on the waterfront facing Lake Wakatipu if you can. That way, you can take in the epic views as well as listen to the awesome street performers who often perform here.
There are two entrances to Vudu – one on 16 Rees Street and the other via the lakefront. The Breakfast/brunch menu here is served from 7:30 am to 3 pm. Take a look at their menu to see all the dishes they have to offer!
8. The Exchange
- Location: 39 Ballarat Street, Queenstown town center
- Average cost per meal: $15 to $25 NZD
- Hours: Open 7:30 am to 4 pm, 7 days a week
Occupying a large space on 39 Ballarat Street, The Exchange is a relatively new addition to the cafe scene in Queenstown, having opened its doors in 2014. Here, they offer plenty of great daily specials, as well as gluten-free, vegetarian, vegan, and dairy-free options. They also have a pretty decent kids’ menu, and of course, their breakfast options make it one of the to places for breakie in Queenstown!
Fun fact – this building was once a telephone exchange where workers sat over a large switchboard and connected calls from all over the world.
The Morena Bowl is a great healthy option on the breakfast menu and is served with cranberry nut granola, yogurt, puffed quinoa, and fresh fruits. For something a little more substantial, you can’t go wrong with the Big Breakfast, which comes with streaky bacon, potato rosti, mushroom, sausages, eggs, and more!
They have a large indoor seating space and some outdoor seating – in fact, it’s a great brunch spot in Queenstown for larger groups or families because it’s so spacious.
Breakfast and brunch at The Exchange are served from 7:30 am to 3 pm every day. You can see all their tasty breakfast and brunch dishes on the menu here.
- Location: 9300/1 Earl Street, Queenstown town center
- Average cost per meal: $15 to $25 NZD
- Hours: Open from 7 am to 4 pm, 7 days a week
Excellent coffee is served here – I especially love their iced coffee on a warm day. The Breakfast Burrito is my go-to on the breakfast/brunch menu, but the Huevos Rancheros are equally awesome. They’re just a little more filling. For a sweeter option, the Blueberry Pancakes or French Toast is a great shout.
If you’re celebrating, why not try their Breakfast Cocktail, which has gin, orange liquor, and fresh lemon and lime!
Halo Forbidden Bite has a large sunny courtyard and lots of seating inside too, but if you do want a seat outside (there’s space for about 50 people here), be sure to get here before the breakfast and brunch rush.
Halo is open from 7 am to 4 pm every day. Take a look at what Halo has to offer on the menu!
Related Read: While you’re in town, be sure to check out the best adventure activities in Queenstown!
10. Joe’s Garage Queenstown
- Location: Searle Lane, Queenstown town center as well as a location at Five Mile in Frankton
- Average cost per meal: $20 to $25 NZD
- Hours: Open everyday from 7 am to 2 pm
Attracting a younger crowd, Joe’s Garage is a staple on the Queenstown breakfast scene. In fact, it’s always busy here no matter what time of day you come. This popular spot has two locations! It opened on Searle Lane in Queenstown in 2000. It recently opened a second location at Five Mile Retail Park in Frankton which is much larger, and located near many shopping centers and craft breweries in Queenstown.
Simple food done right is the motto here, and breakfast is served all day. I love their Gorgeous George, which is a breakfast bowl served with mashed potatoes, bacon, eggs, and hollandaise sauce. Another great option is The Local (which is huge) and comes with bacon, eggs, mushrooms, sausages, and mashed potatoes! You probably won’t need to eat lunch after consuming this feast!
In fact, their Queenstown location reminds me a lot of a traditional American Cafe – where the service is fast, and the food substantial – the portions at Joe’s are huge!
The interior of this Queenstown breakfast restaurant is dark and cozy, but there are lots of large picnic-style tables outside where you can sit and watch the world go by. Whereas out at Five Mile, the space is bright with large windows and some outdoor high-top tables.
Joe’s Queenstown is located at Searle Lane and is open from 7 am to 2 pm every day. Joe’s at Five Mile is located at 36 Grant Road, Five Mile, and its opening hours vary daily. Check out their breakfast menu here!
Thanks for reading!
One of my favorite things to do on vacation is to relax at a great cafe with an awesome breakfast or brunch (if I’ve had a sleep-in that morning). As you can see in Queenstown, there are plenty of great breakfast and brunch options, and there’s something for everyone! I hope I’ve helped you to find your next favorite brunch/breakfast spot in Queenstown on this list!
If you enjoyed this list of the best breakfast places in Queenstown, check out some of my related posts to find out what else Queensland has to offer!