Eating out in Queenstown, NZ

A local chef shares her foodie tips

A glass of cocktail with lime served by the bartender.
  • Ainsley Rose Thompson, Head chef, Sherwood
  • July 2015

Best Café: Vudu Larder on Beach Street is awesome. I’m never disappointed with their big menu of juices and lush cabinet food.

Your favourite restaurant: I’m gluten free and prefer vegetarian when I go out, so I love the lighter Asian-style food at Madam Woos or Blue Kanu. The food at both is packed with flavour, and the atmosphere and service are excellent!

Best for a date: Start with cocktails at La Rumbla in Arrowtown. PJ and her team make a night out special.

Best cheap eat: Queenstown’s local craft beer bar Atlas Beer Café on Steamer Wharf does a roast beef sandwich that goes down a treat. It also has a cool selection of beers.

Best brunch: Without a doubt, my favourite weekend eatery is The Chop Shop Food Merchants in Arrowtown. Fi’s bubbly service is a breath of fresh air and I love every dish on Chris’ fresh, clean menu.

A secret spot: Zamora. The awesome Argentinian butchers, Nick and Matt, do fantastic sandwiches. You can also pick up some lovely sausages for dinner while you’re there.

Tell us about Sherwood: It’s a recently upcycled hotel and restaurant. We have a yoga studio, dual slalom bike track, organic vegie garden, wholefoods restaurant and cocktail bar with an extensive natural wine list and epic, live music every week. In the restaurant, the menu is designed to be shared, so it suits groups. We also have loads of big, communal tables to make for a fun dining experience. opens in new window