We were in Queenstown for just three short days, with most of that out of the city centre being dazzled, awe-struck and repeatedly amazed by the gorgeous surrounds. However, we still managed to track down a decent selection of vegan treats.
Vudu Café and Larder was somewhere we’d heard a lot about; specifically, that it had stunning interior décor and good coffee. Both were true.
There were some clearly marked vegan sweets on their counter. We tried the mandarin macaroon and vegan Bounty-style bar. Surprisingly, we both picked the mandarin one as our favourite, but the Bounty was great too – especially for lovers of dark chocolate.
We didn’t get a chance to order anything from their menu, but you’ll want to go for breakfast. They offer a bircher muesli with grated apple, toasted hazelnuts, yoghurt, dates and raspberry purée (hopefully vegan, sans yoghurt); and dairy- and gluten-free summer bowl of goodness, which is a brown rice and quinoa coconut rice pudding with stewed nectarines and lime toffee. I think that’s worth a trip back to Queenstown. Please don’t take it off the menu, Vudu!
They do a great soy flat white, too:
Then, of course, a trip to the much talked about Fergburger. They have two vegetarian burgers on their menu: the Holier than Thou and Bun Laden. Fergburger are open to customisation, so either burger can be made vegan-friendly.
We both opted for Holier than Thou. Crispy, golden tempura-coated silken tofu, salad and crunchy snow pea shoots. If you want the Holier than Thou to be vegan, you’ll have to ditch the spicy satay sauce and aioli (such a shame, because satay sauces are typically dairy-free). We didn’t try the Bun Laden, but without the lemon yoghurt and aioli it’s also vegan. You can replace them with sauces from other burgers on their menu.
The wait time was 25 minutes, so we placed our order (doesn’t take long to get to the front of the order queue) and then went and had a coffee elsewhere.
Another place recommended to us was Wine Tastes on Beach Street. It looks like a retail shop from the outside, but inside it boasts more than 90 wines from around the country that you can sample. You take a card around with you and swipe for sips (a taste, half, or full glasses are options) and then pay at the end for what you tried. The staff are happy to explain which wines are vegan-friendly and they customised our bread and dips to replace aioli with a dish of Sicilian olives.
And of course, you must visit Rata when you’re in Queenstown. Read all about our vegan experience at Rata here. Thanks Queenstown, we’ll be back.