Quee­nies, the favourite haunt of the Free­man’s Bay set, is a Con­scious Con­sumer café, and serv­ing food and drinks to match.

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Quee­nies Lunch­room – so named due to owner Al­lana Owen’s long-time fas­ci­na­tion with a char­ac­ter of the same name from a Bar­bara An­der­son novel – is a feast for the senses. Owen puts it best: “This is what it is to be a New Zealan­der as far as I’m con­cerned. It’s not Ki­wiana, it’s not iconic – it’s sim­ply or­ganic.”

She refers to the build­ing it­self – built just four years ago, but in the style of build­ings of our clas­sic his­toric sub­urbs – and the dé­cor: try deer antler chan­de­liers, an­tique bird­cages, early por­traits of the queen and Maori aris­toc­racy, roy­al­ist mem­o­ra­bilia and wa­ter served in 600ml milk bot­tles.


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