My Dunedin Itinerary

Hidden Dunedin Dining Spots

Foodies and coffee fiends on the hunt for amazing epicurean adventures will be spoilt for choice in this petite city.

Foodies and coffee fiends on the hunt for amazing epicurean adventures will be spoilt for choice in this petite city. An astounding array of eateries can be found cossetted away in Dunedin’s heritage buildings, down alleyways, on hilltops and other equally intriguing locations. Check out some of the below suggestions for spring:

Ali Baba BBQ

Cheap, cheerful and utterly delicious middle eastern cuisine served with plenty of zesty condiments. This unassuming restaurant on South Dunedin’s King Edward Street is well worth a stop, with some of the best Shwarma this side of the equator and super friendly service to match. A good pick for a day on the go or for a relaxed takeaway meal at the beach.

Glenfalloch Restaurant

It doesn’t get more hidden than Glenfalloch, which literally translates as hidden valley in Gaelic! Seekers of fine food will be well rewarded for their efforts as the restaurant is currently #1 on TripAdvisor for its mind-bogglingly delicious fare. Combine a trip down the peninsula with a stop at this fabulous dining spot, which is surrounded by beautifully tended gardens and walkways, perfect for a post lunch stroll.

Good Good

You can’t go wrong with a decent burger and the team at Good Good are the masters. Hidden behind Ocho Chocolate Café in the Warehouse Precinct, this funky newcomer channels the food truck vibe into an indoor space where a retro caravan come burger servery takes pride of place.

Heritage Coffee

Brought to you by the geniuses behind the Vogel Street Kitchen, Heritage Coffee is the latest shrine to caffeine and good eats to open in the Warehouse Precinct. Nestled on the corner of Vogel Street and Jetty Street overbridge, this den of cool dazzles with its funky design aesthetic, combining heritage with industrial touches and still manages to feel cosy. Check out the hidden courtyard with beautiful mural backdrop.

Inchbar

The quirkiest of venues with a Gaudi-esque feel and hidden courtyard, the Inchbar is an intimate space that regularly features live music, the perfect accompaniment to the impressive range of craft beers on tap. Opposite the Dunedin Botanic Gardens in Dunedin’s north end, it’s a great spot for refreshing evening bevvie.

Joe’s Garage

This iconic franchise now has a home in Dunedin. Tucked down Frederick Street en route to the university campus, Joe’s exudes its legendary cool vibe behind a steampunk-esque shopfront. The bright, industrial-chic interior sets the scene for Joe’s signature grills and other tasty treats, but is equally awesome for drinks.

Johnnies Southern Kitchen

For true taco aficionados, Johnnies Southern Kitchen or JSK is the place to go to worship at the altar of Mexican food. A tiny little shop on Lower Rattray Street, Johnnies serves up happiness in the form of tacos, quesadillas and daily special of southern comfort food. Grab something to go and chow down whilst touring the wealth of street art in the vicinity. Peace, love, tacos.

Moiety

A revelation in taste, newcomer Moiety is an exciting addition to Dunedin’s funky Warehouse Precinct. The ever-changing menu reads like a list of surprising ingredients and features enticing snack options or a more decadent five-course degustation-style option. It’s impossible to define a particular style of food here, but there is an undercurrent of Japanese flavours that runs throughout the menu and everything is almost religiously based on locally-sourced, seasonal ingredients.

No. 7 Balmac Pop Up

This acclaimed Dunedin eatery is taking it to the people this spring, with a pop-up restaurant in the lower Octagon, right beside the Regent Theatre. There is much to love about No. 7 Balmac, a relaxed vibe paired with sophisticated bistro cuisine and goodies cooked over applewood in the Texan wood grill. Throw in al fresco seating and you’ve got the makings of an exceptional dining adventure.

Ombrellos

Ombrellos has often been lauded as one of Dunedin’s best café bars, with a huge selection of craft beers on tap and a large and varied menu. Set in a converted villa close to the Otago Museum, it is something of a Tardis, with an unexpectedly large dining area complete with covered courtyard. Perfect for drinks or a leisurely weekend brunches, there are regular live music gigs and other events during the week.

Pequeno

To find Pequeno, you’ll need to look out for a particular piece of street art by Phlegm which guards the entrance to an otherwise ordinary-looking alleyway in upper Moray Place. This intimate bar has an excellent selection of beers, wines and cocktails and is the late-night venue of choice for those that prefer a quirkier yet sophisticated vibe.

Spirit House

With mesmerising views over St. Clair Beach and delicious pan-Asian cuisine, Spirit House serves up an evocative dining experience. The moody oriental décor goes hand in hand with stunning bursts of exotic flavours that will take you back to memories of holidays beneath palm trees and heady evenings at the night markets.

Starfish

Possibly the best breakfasts in town and more to boot, Starfish is a mecca on the weekends when the brunch crowd descends for their beachside food fix. St Clair Beach is practically on the doorstep so the outdoor tables are an excellent spot to soak up the sun and people watch.

Zanzibar

Dunedin’s very own gin palace where over 60 different varieties from across the world converge in one unique little bar. With an explorers-club-at-the-edge-of-civilisation feel, Zanzibar serves a range of gin cocktails including: martini, gimlet, white lady, pink gin and a gin slap.