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. 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

  • 2. 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

  • 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. 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

  • 7. 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

  • 8. 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

  • 9. 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

  • 10. 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

  • 11. 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

  • 12. 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

  • 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. 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

  • 16. 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

  • 17. 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

  • 18. Stationhouse Café

    $$$ | Eclectic

    You can come to beautiful Lake Brunner on a day drive from Greymouth, as part of a round-the-lake trip, or stop off the TranzAlpine train for...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 Brigand

    $$$ | New Zealand

    This day/night bar and café is in a lovely old house on Takaka's main street and has a sunny courtyard, impressive handmade furniture, plenty...Read More

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