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 Café

    $$$ | Café

    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 free...Read More

  • 2. Beechwoods Cafe

    $$ | Café

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

  • 3. Café Affair

    $$$$ | New Zealand

    This busy city restaurant is a favorite with both locals and travelers looking for a quick-but-substantial meal. Morning options range from...Read More

  • 4. Cafe Cortado

    $$$ | Café

    With a blend of South American and Mediterranean influences, tapas, seafood, and pizza are paired with top Marlborough wines and craft range...Read More

  • 5. Café Encounter

    $$ | Café

    Here's a bright eatery along the Esplanade, sharing space with the Dolphin and Albatross Encounter operations and a pleasant gallery/shop. The...Read More

  • 6. Cafe Home

    $ | Café

    Pop in for brunch, coffee, or lunch. The breakfast menu runs all day on the weekends, with options like hotcakes or toasted cranberry and orange...Read More

  • 7. Café Neve

    $$$ | New Zealand

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

  • 8. Courthouse Cafe

    $$ | New Zealand

    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...Read More

  • 9. Denniston Dog

    $$$ | Café

    This old bank building, complete with a vault, is loaded with local character in its new guise as a cheerful pub and gathering spot. If the...Read More

  • 10. DP1 Cafe

    $$ | Café

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

  • 11. Fords Restaurant & Bar

    $$$$ | New Zealand

    Dining here is great throughout the day. Breakfast might be fish with tatties and house-made hollandaise or a carnivore’s mixed grill delight...Read More

  • 12. Freddy's

    $$ | Café

    For a bright and breezy café stop, try this downtown favorite. They serve good coffee and all-day breakfast—their free-range eggs and a West...Read More

  • 13. Jester House Cafe

    $$ | Café

    This funky place is as much fun as the name suggests, and is a great spot to bring the kids. The café is built in an eco-friendly style, echoing...Read More

  • 14. Le Café

    $$$ | Café

    Sitting outside Le Café on the waterfront you can look right down Queen Charlotte Sound and watch the local boats and the big Cook Strait ferries...Read More

  • 15. Matheson Cafe

    $$$$ | Café

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

  • 16. Morri Street

    $$ | Eclectic

    With its pleasant outdoor terrace and open indoor spaces, this upbeat café is a favorite with the locals, and has great coffee. Along with a...Read More

  • 17. Pancake Rocks Cafe

    $$ | Café

    Not surprisingly, a pancake stack (edible) is the signature menu item at this busy little café and shop, directly opposite the Pancake Rocks...Read More

  • 18. Pelorus Bridge Café

    $ | Café

    One of the better on-the-road cafés in the area (actually one of the few) serves great breakfasts and wholesome, homemade lunches to both passersby...Read More

  • 19. PortSide Bistro & Bar

    $$$$ | New Zealand

    They’re proud of their signature fish-and-chips on Friday. The fish is delivered straight off the boat, and there’s also a huge range of other...Read More

  • 20. Raupo

    $$$ | New Zealand

    An imposing structure of glass, wood, and river stone sits beautifully on a small bend in the Taylor River, and is named for the nearby bulrushes...Read More

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