Where the Wild Things Are
What’s that you say? ‘Dunedin is a tartan snore, full of the staid and plaid?’ You could not be more wrong. Yes, Dunedin is a great place to snuggle up with a book and a glass of wine after warping the credit card but the city has always been red in tooth and claw, a last bastion before penguins, ever since the first sealers landed at Port Chambers and waded through hip-high mud to build a pub. A hairy-chested metropolis basking under green aurora’d skies, there’s plenty here to take you out of your comfort zone.
Nestled in the heart of Musselburgh between a hairdresser, real estate agent and bakery sits a gorgeous little cafe and restaurant called Brew.
To the stranger walking past it looks like a little hole in the wall; it's anything but. This little gem is filled with character - you feel like you could have been transported into a bar in the middle of New Orleans. Although not massive, it would sit up to 30 people comfortably.
Copper Restaurant and Cafe
erched on Highgate - Maori Hill end - is Copper Restaurant and Cafe. New owners, Scotty and Christine, stepped up to the plate last year and brought a new look and a lease of life to the place. Scotty, who doubles as head chef, has done an amazing job of putting his years of experience and passion into an ever-evolving menu, using Dunedin's own Strictly Coffee as a bean, Emerson's beers and local produce to showcase some of Dunedin's best.
The old psychiatric hospital Cherry Farm (also known as Hawkesbury Village) closed in 1992 and the former residential care facilities are now home to a growing number of families and a small selection of boutique food outlets.
Evansdale cheeses have had a factory here for more than a decade, and the increasing number of tourists stopping for a wedge of New Zealand brie is drawing more cottage businesses to this unusual shopping quarter.
SWIWI - Designer Love
Hoi (Swiss for Kia Ora)! To Joerg (Jörg) Agostini and Nicole Fehlmann, a Swiss couple gone Noozilid down to the boardies in Dunners. Joerg and Nicole live together and work together. I’m talking every day, people. Don’t know about you, but I can hardly stand the sight of myself most mornings, so struggle to imagine running a successful international design company with my Snugglebumpkins. What if you’re having a sh*t day and you hate each other? “Then you hate each other,” says Joerg. “There’s always plenty of work to be done, either way,” says Nicole. They started SWIWI Design (Swiss Kiwi – which makes me think of a kiwifruit covered in chocolate, or gumboots on snow) specialising in design for anything print or web, in January 2014 and have been together 10 years this January. “We start everything in January,” says Nicole.