Upper South Island and the West Coast Restaurants

We’ve compiled the best of the best in Upper South Island and the West Coast - browse our top choices for Restaurants during your stay.

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  • 1. Hislops Wholefoods Café

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    This wholesome foodie café is a local institution, a few minutes' walk north of town and worth the trip. In the morning you'll find tasty...Read More

  • 2. Hopgoods & Co.

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    Chef–owner Kevin Hopgood focuses on using regional produce and regularly wins national restaurant awards for this small, eponymously named bistro-restaurant. Along with the à la...Read More

  • 3. Matheson Cafe

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    The food at this all-day café is great (a huge breakfast menu, burgers at lunch, beef rib eye, and lamb cutlets for dinner) but the...Read More

  • 4. Monteiths Brewing Company

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    They started brewing beer on the West Coast right here in 1868, and now the modern version of the brewery offers a full restaurant, a...Read More

  • 5. Mussel Inn

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    Swing by the Mussel Inn for a quintessential slice of Golden Bay life: music, craft beer, and darn good pub food. Locals come for the...Read More

  • 6. Pelorus Bridge Café

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    This is definitely one of the best on-the-road cafés in the whole area. Friendly locals serve great breakfasts and wholesome, homemade lunches to both passersby...Read More

  • 7. T.O.A.D. Hall

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    At this café, shop, and produce market in a former church, enjoy breakfasts of French toast, free-range eggs Benedict, or free-range eggs cooked any way...Read More

  • 8. The Alice May

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    One of those cozy, buzzing places so prevalent on the West Coast, The Alice May serves country fare that is good and plentiful, with a...Read More

  • 9. The Store at Kekerengu

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    This big, indoor–outdoor café–restaurant overlooking a rolling surf beach on State Highway 1 makes one of the best road stops in the area (maybe even...Read More

  • 10. Theatre Royal Hotel Kumara

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    The owners spent years restoring this old pub, and now the place hums with activity and tasty food. Locally cured bacon, venison patties, wild (bush)...Read More

  • 11. Arbour

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    A friendly and very stylish eatery, Arbour is innovative and critically acclaimed yet so laid-back and hospitable. The quality produce is matched with quality local...Read More

  • 12. Beechwoods Cafe

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    Lots of wholesome breakfast and lunch options, hot snacks, and sweet treats are offered here. Some popular choices include the snapper (fish) sandwich, Beechwood burgers,...Read More

  • 13. Blue Ice Café

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    Head here for quality New Zealand dishes and a bar that can carry you to the wee small hours of the morning. This place can...Read More

  • 14. Cafe Cortado

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    South American and Mediterranean influences are paired with top Marlborough wines and craft range beers at this prime waterfront spot with a laid-back atmosphere. The...Read More

  • 15. Café Encounter

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    Here's a bright outdoor eatery sharing space with the Dolphin and Albatross Encounter operations and a gallery/shop. Food is available off the all-day menu or...Read More

  • 16. Café Neve

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    This standout along Fox Glacier's main street sparks up no-nonsense options with fresh local flavors, such as the Neve pizza topped with mozzarella, ham, bacon,...Read More

  • 17. Courthouse Cafe

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    In the lovely old former Collingwood Courthouse, on the main crossroads into town, this laid-back and popular café makes good use of local produce. Their...Read More

  • 18. Denniston Dog

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    This old bank building is loaded with local character in its current guise as a cheerful pub and gathering spot. If the coal-mining heritage of...Read More

  • 19. Dodson Street Beer Garden

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    In this cheery beer garden–restaurant, hearty ales and craft brews are matched with traditional German cuisine, pizzas, gourmet burgers, and Kiwi fare. If beer is...Read More

  • 20. DP1 Cafe

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    Homey hospitality and a great vibe in this colorful, retro-style spot comes with house-cooked breakfasts (scrambled eggs are as good as you'll find anywhere), lunches,...Read More

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