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. 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

  • 4. 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

  • 5. 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

  • 6. 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

  • 7. 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

  • 8. 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

  • 9. 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

  • 10. 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

  • 11. Mainline Station Cafe

    $ | Café

    When traveling between Christchurch and Kaikoura, this café at Domett stands out among the slim eating options along the way. Built in the 100...Read More

  • 12. 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

  • 13. 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

  • 14. 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

  • 15. Penguino's Cafe

    $ | Café

    A cool source for delicious gelato, like Rosemary & White Chocolate, Blueberry & Guava, Earl Grey, Manuka Honey, or a Mango-Lassie sensation...Read More

  • 16. Red Barn Café

    $$ | Café

    About 10 km (6 miles) north of Murchison this rustic, rural café also has a small farm park with sheep, goats, donkeys, and emus. As cafés go...Read More

  • 17. Rivers Café

    $$ | Café

    Good food and good coffee is served every day in a welcoming, rustic setting. It's hard to find, tucked around a corner, so it's mostly frequented...Read More

  • 18. Slip Inn

    $$$ | Café

    Down at the marina, and overlooking the main boat ramp and working port area, this is a sunny spot to stop for a coffee, light lunch, or dinner...Read More

  • 19. Stella Cafe and Cheesery

    $$$ | Café

    A live bee display provides much of the honey used in menu dishes in this friendly spot where owner Rachel says, "a menu is just the start of...Read More

  • 20. The Store at Kekerengu

    $$$ | Café

    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, well...Read More

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