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PLACE: DUNEDIN

DATE: De­cem­ber 2016

WEATHER: 20ºC, cool for sum­mer!

TRAV­ELLER: Oliver Phillips

NEW ZEALAND COUN­TRY:

DUNEDIN

WITH A BEAU­TI­FUL HARBOUR, vin­tage ar­chi­tec­ture, hilly streets and a large stu­dent pop­u­la­tion, DUNEDIN, is the South Is­land’s coolest city. It’s a great food town with cafés, bars and restau­rants that have ac­cess to fan­tas­tic seafood, lo­cally grown pro­duce, eth­i­cally raised an­i­mals and a host of ar­ti­sanal in­gre­di­ents. The ad­join­ing Otago Penin­sula is an eco­tourism hotspot where you can see al­ba­tross, sea lions and rare, yel­low- eyed pen­guins.

Surf’s Up

A stone's throw from the surf at St Clair Beach, Starfish Café and Bar is a Dunedin favourite, fea­tur­ing fresh, lo­cally sourced food, Dunedin-brewed Emer­son beers on tap, and great cof­fee by kiwi roast­ers, L'Af­fare. Side­walk seat­ing lets you soak up the sun and there's plenty of cozy in­side space if the weather takes a turn. www.starfish­cafe.co.nz

NICE SLICE

For dine-in or take out, Filadelfio's is the place for gourmet piz­zas in Dunedin. Wood-fired crusts are thin and blis­tered, top­pings range from tra­di­tional to so­phis­ti­cated. I rock the Hyde Park — with caramelised onions, mush­rooms and a hint of blue cheese. www.filadelfios.co.nz

BOND SIGHT­ING

If it's cool enough for 007, it's cool with me. Daniel Craig and his wife Rachel Weisz dined at No.7 Bal­mac when she was film­ing The Light Be­tween Oceans. They had br­uschetta, fish and a burger. I went for smashed av­o­cado on rye toast with heaps of ba­con. www.no7bal­mac.co.nz

Her­itage Hang­out

You can't miss the gi­ant fish mu­ral on the side of Vogel St Kitchen, pos­si­bly Dunedin's hippest hang­out. Sit­u­ated in the Ware­house Dis­trict, the loft space café has an in­dus­trial-chic vibe, great cof­fee and a menu with a ve­gan/whole food fo­cus. www.vo­gel­stk­itchen.co.nz

SPIKE A DONUT

Fronting Dunedin's cen­tral space — The Oc­tagon — Nova café's star at­trac­tion is a home­made donut that comes with a gi­ant sy­ringe. Stab that sucker into the donut and squirt un­til salted caramel, jam or what­ever fill­ing you chose over­flows onto the plate. Add some whipped cream and en­joy with a cup of awe­some All­press cof­fee. www.no­vadunedin.co.nz

Lo­ca­vore Hub

The Otago re­gion pro­duces some of the finest food and wine in New Zealand and the Satur­day morn­ing farm­ers' mar­ket at the Dunedin Rail­way Sta­tion brings it all to­gether in one place, with 65-plus ven­dors who grow, make, rear, catch, brew, pickle, smoke, roast and pro­duce the food they sell. Skip break­fast and go there hun­gry for a ba­con buttie. www.otago­farm­ers­mar­ket.org.nz

Vogel St Kitchen Starfish slid­ers

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