15 Spots To Get A Great Coffee in Dunedin

An Appalling State of Affairs

It’s come to my attention that I have no idea where to get a good coffee here in Dunedin. This appalling state of affairs came to my attention when I realised that if I was asked ‘where’s good?’ I wouldn’t have the faintest idea where to suggest. Indeed my only advice to someone seeking a decent ‘cup of joe and a meal’ would probably have to be more based on a guess rather than imparting some deep local wisdom built from years of insider experience. In fact, the only establishments I possess knowledge of serve beer, pizza, a plate of chips and screen rugby. Having come to this embarrassing realisation, I decided that this situation needed fixing immediately 

To help fill the void in my coffee culture knowledge, I knew I would need serious help. I decided to turn to the one person I know who spends a decent chunk of their time in the local coffee spots, my daughter Henessey (you might know her from her articles in ‘Critic’ or from Radio One or as ‘That Logan Paul Girl’). So after conducting some personal research and taste testing, with laptop at the ready and no established criteria apart from the question where’s good? We listed 15 places to get great coffee and food in Dunedin.

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15 Places To Get A Great Coffee in Dunedin (in no particular order).

Heritage Coffee
A very popular place that has great coffee and wonderful service in a unique heritage building.
What’s good: Bagel with poached chicken, herb mayo, roquette pesto and toasted almonds. The French Toast is also pretty outstanding.
Address: Corner Jetty and Vogel Street.
Open: Monday – Friday 7am till 2:30pm, Saturday – Sunday 8:30am till 2:30pm.


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Kiki Beware
It’s hard to find a bad review about this place. From the food, the drinks, the decor, it’s a very popular spot in town with both locals and tourists.
What’s good: Deluxe Bacon Buttie Bagel with Streaky Bacon, Swiss Cheese, Tomato, Mesclun and Kiki’s Sweet & Tangy Mayo. The Iced Coffee is pretty popular as well. 
Address: 344 George Street. 
Open: Monday – Friday 9am till 7pm, Saturday 9am till 4:30pm and Sunday 10am till 4:30pm.

RDC Cafe Dunedin
This place has an awesome outdoor seating area that is a great place to stop for a coffee and take in some sun. 
What’s good: The amazing locally roasted coffee they serve.
Address: 346 George Street.
Open: Monday – Friday 7am till 3pm. Saturday and Sunday Closed.

Starfish
A very popular local Dunedin spot right by the beach that is always full and open into the evening as well. 
What’s good: Pulled Porkbelly Sliders (x3) – slow cooked porkbelly with spiced apple chutney, pickled fennel and lime mayo. 
Address: St Clair Esplanade (240 Forbury Road), St Clair, Dunedin. 
Open: Monday 6:30am till 5pm, Tuesday – Thursday 6:30am till 10pm, Friday 6:30am till 12am, Saturday 6:30am till 10pm, Sunday 6:30am – 5pm.

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Salt Bar and Restaurant
Set right by the beach in busy St Clair. This is another place that always seems to be full of people. Not only do they do a great coffee and have a popular food menu, they also open late into the evening for something stronger as well. 
What’s good: Any burger from the Bedford range are well worth a try. 
Address: St Clair Esplanade (240 Forbury Road), St Clair, Dunedin. Open:  Monday – Wednesday 10am till 10pm, Thursday – Friday 10am till 11pm, Friday 6:30am till 12am, Saturday 9am till 11pm, Sunday 9am – 10pm.

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The Precinct
You won’t be disappointed by The Precinct which you can find in Vogel Street which has great coffee.
What’s good: Blueberry Dutch Hotcake – Vanilla Bean Marscarpone, Blueberry Leather, Ricotta Crumble (v).
Address:  125 Vogel Street, Dunedin.
Open: Monday – Friday 8am till 4pm, Saturday 9am till 4pm, Sunday – Closed.

Coffee Culture
Set in the old Roslyn Fire Station, make sure you get a seat by the window for a great view of Dunedin city.  
What’s good: The coffee’s good but the cakes are what people talk about. Especially the chocolate mousse cake.
Address: 50 City Road, Roslyn, Dunedin.
Open: Monday – Friday 7am till 10pm, Saturday – Sunday 8am – 10pm

Morning Magpie
This place is a gem and a ‘my go-to cafe’ for many locals. It has a really beautiful eclectic, retro, artsy design with amazing food and coffee. 
What’s good: The cinnamon rolls are incredible! 
Address: 46 Stuart Street, Central Dunedin. 
Open: Monday – Friday 7am till 4pm, Saturday 8am till 3:30pm, Sunday  8:30am till 3pm.

Watson’s Eatery
Located in Wall Street, their website states that they have simply good food that just happens to be vegan and that seems pretty bang-on the money.
What’s good: One of the best vegan places in town with both the Laksa and Pumpkin Salad being delicious. 
Address: Wall Street Mall, Central Dunedin.
Open: Monday – Friday 9am till 5pm. Saturday and Sunday 10am till 5pm.

Buster Greens
Located right on the edge of the student quarter, this place has been buzzing since it opened with it’s delicious menu and superb coffee. 
What’s good:  The raw slices in the cabinet are full of colour, flavour and deliciousness.
Address: 466 George Street, Central Dunedin. 
Open: Monday – Friday 6:30am till 3:30pm. Saturday 7:30am – 3:30am, Sunday 8:30am till 3:30pm.

ADJØ
Right beside the Botanical Gardens this great little place offers beautifully made and absolutely delicious Scandinavian food. 
What’s good: Try out the pork smørrebrød, with crispy crackling, avocado, and pickled red cabbage salad.
Address: 10 Bank Street, North East Valley, Dunedin
Open: Monday Closed, Tuesday – Friday 7:30am – 4pm, Saturday – Sunday 10am till 4pm.

Aika
Featured in the Lonely Planet guide, this tiny place is always full of people and is a top caffeine-refuelling spot. 
What’s good: The coffee is always consistently great. 
Address: 357 George Street, Central Dunedin
Open: Monday – Thursday 7:30am till 5pm, Friday 7:30am till 7pm. Saturday 9am – 7pm, Sunday 9am till 3pm.

Beam Me Up Bagels
These guys can be found at the Otago Farmers Market and also in North East Valley and feature hand rolled boiled bagels made from local ingredients.
What’s good: 2000 and Juan – Mexican corn, quinoa & black bean patty, served with avocado smash, sliced tomato, pickled red onion, fresh market lettuce, chipotle mayo & corn chips
Address: 9 North Road, North East Valley, Dunedin. 
Open: Monday – Sunday 8am till 2:30pm.

Oaken
This place is always a popular meeting place and filled with people either eating or getting their daily caffeine intake. 
What’s good: The coffee is always good and the breakfast menu will keep you very happy all day long. 
Address: 538A Great King Street
Open: Monday – Friday 7am till 3pm, Saturday – Sunday 8am till 3pm.

Daily Coffee Co
Possibly the best cup of coffee in Dunedin. 
What’s good: They just do coffee and do it extremely well! 
Address: 366a Princes Street, Central Dunedin. 
Open: Monday – Saturday 7:30am till 2:30pm, Sunday Closed

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