Dunedin is known for its locally grown and harvested produce – lending the city a reputation for serving some of New Zealand’s finest culinary delights.
An abundance of fresh seafood dishes, on menus throughout the region, reflects and praises Dunedin’s coastal locale. For a variety of seafood favourites drop by Carey’s Bay Historic Hotel; where pub fare – such as beer battered fish and chips, seafood chowder and classic fish pie – is served alongside fine dining options – like seafood platters, seafood curries and fresh fish. Try the clams… they are a south island specialty!
A gold rush in the 1860s prompted an influx of overseas migrants to relocate to Dunedin – a trend that grew the city’s multi-cultural dining scene. Dunedin’s Asian restaurants are renowned for being some of the best on offer in the country; Japanese restaurant The Jitsu comes particularly recommended. Italian is also a hit in the region, with the authentic Tuscan menu at Etrusco a local favourite.
It’s no secret that New Zealand has a long association with sheep. Making the most of the countries renowned lamb, The Palms restaurant provides a unique dining experience amidst the Queen’s Gardens in the city centre. The Palms has claimed the HANZ Best Lamb award for the past four consecutive years.
For the chocolate lovers, a trip to the Cadbury factory is a must. A guided tour through the factory proves to drive the senses into overload.
Dunedin has an exciting and lively shopping scene. Boutique stores complement large shopping malls, while antique dealers, artists’ workshops and galleries expose the city’s rich culture.
George Street in heart of the CBD is Dunedin’s fashion district. Local designers such as Tanya Carlson operate flagship stores side-by-side with boutiques like: Plume – which stocks international designers like Comme des Garcons alongside locals luminaries like Nom D and Zambesi; Dada Manifesto – which mixes local labels such as Helen Cherry, Karen Walker and To Sir With Love with their own vintage range; and Belle Bird – which stocks young Dunedin designers.
Also on George Street is the Meridian Shopping Centre – Dunedin’s biggest shopping mall. A one-stop destination for clothing, souvenirs, home wares and groceries, the centre houses over 40 specialty stores and an international food court.
For those fascinated by food and culture, the Otago markets are a must visit. Renowned throughout New Zealand, Otago is the pacific’s busiest farmer’s markets. Every Saturday morning, locals and visitors alike gather in Dunedin railway station’s north car park to peruse the endless laneways of food and cultural artefact stalls.
The city’s best variety of art can be found Gallery De Novo. Specialising in original works of art by New Zealand artists, the space exhibits photography, print making, mixed media, pencil drawing and painting.