A local food lovers guide to Central Otago

Central Otago is home to some of the most fabulous wineries and eateries in the South Island. If you’ve just moved to the Central Otago or are thinking about making the move, here are some dining places the locals like to eat and say you can’t miss whilst in Central Otago. Prepare your taste buds for an incredible experience.

  1. Restaurant & bars

Located in the iconic Bannockburn is the Black Rabbit Kitchen & bar absolutely adored and run by locals. This rustic restaurant can be called a café or a bar with its great coffee and extensive wine list, it certainly looks after the locals with fantastic dishes, beverages and entertainment.

Also located in Bannockburn is the Bannockburn Hotel just across the bridge from Cromwell. Enjoy panoramic mountain views in the garden or restaurant with some delicious tapas and platters reflecting Central Otago produce.

Olivers Restaurant and Bar presents a unique historic experience in Clyde. Slow down and relax with a great coffee in the courtyard or opt for a delicious meal in the historic restaurant. Olivers has it all, complete with accommodation and a brewery, make it a day out with the family.

Classic Cafes

If you’re looking for a place with tasty treats, coffee and brunch look no further than the Industry Lane Eatery in Alexandra. What makes this café stand out is their mobile app that allows you to order and pay for your coffee from your device. So, if you’re in for a quick stop in Alexandra Industry Lane Eatery is perfect for you.

Something different

Exciting, fresh and simple is Paulina’s situated in Alexandra who offer an abundance of international flavours. Sourcing the best quality produce the team at Paulina’s creates an unforgettable atmosphere and experience for all. Mixing European, Asian and South American flavours in both dishes and beverages this restaurant will have you enjoying every moment.

Stunning wineries

Tucked into small corners are some of the finest gems in Central Otago, one being Mt Difficulty, a truly spectacular winery. You can visit the restaurant and cellar door to enjoy panoramic views of Bannockburn and the Cromwell Basin. If you’re planning to eat- you had better book!