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Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.

Restaurant
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“Near St. Clair beach, great for walking along the esplanade and watching the surfing. Only 10 minutes drive from here.”
  • 40 locals recommend
Natural Feature
“A unique slice of coastline. Spectacular views, great photo opportunities and interesting story.”
  • 29 locals recommend
Bar
“Good food walking distance from Aunties. Great cafe bar dining. Can be a bit noisy so not for an intimate dinner”
  • 22 locals recommend
Hot Spring
“St Clair Pool is an outdoor hot salt water pool built on a beautiful site at the southern end of St Clair beach. It is the only surviving salt water pool of several in Dunedin from the late 1800s. Its wonderful location on the beachfront makes it a highly pleasurable swimming experience. It is particularly suitable for those who love swimming in salt water, but may not wish to venture into the brisk ocean water. The pool is heated to 28 degrees Celsius.”
  • 22 locals recommend
Pizza Place
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“A must if you are going to St Clair. Amazing atmosphere with views over the beach. Great Coffee, Wine and Authentic Italian food. ”
  • 24 locals recommend
Grocery or Supermarket
“Sells all essentials. The Otago Markets at the Railway Station is fabulous for all things fresh and is open on Saturday mornings. The Friday Shop is only open Fridays and is on Highgate, Roslyn (close by) and sells croissants, quiche etc. and is owned by a Michelin chef.”
  • 10 locals recommend
Beach
“Perhaps Dunedin's most spectacular stretch of coast. The walk down is ~20minutes, return a bit slower. The light is best in morning, the wee beach is more accessible at low tide.”
  • 15 locals recommend
Pizza Place
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“This Italian restaurent is sister to No7 Balmac, need we say more. Take a walk on St Clair beach before cozying up at Esplanade.”
  • 14 locals recommend
Restaurant
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“This is also a great Rest. Food is wonderful and different to Starfish, so when one is full, you go to the other. Excellent food & close to the beach.”
  • 19 locals recommend
Beach
“Explore the sea-carved sandstone cliffs, rock arches and caves at Tunnel Beach; look for fossils as you descend through the pioneers' hand-carved tunnel.”
  • 9 locals recommend
Café
“Nice cafe, popular with locals. Delectable breakfast menu, more reasonably priced than No 7 down the road.”
  • 13 locals recommend
Bakery
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“Pastries, pies and sourdoughs all hand made on the premisis. And they are DELISCIOUS! ”
  • 10 locals recommend
Sublocality
“Walk along the promenade, see the surfers and the Salt Water Pool and dine or have a coffee in one of the Restaurants or cafes”
  • 9 locals recommend
Café
“Cafe in an old brick firehouse, choose a booth with views over the city! Great coffee but limited food service.”
  • 10 locals recommend
Asian Restaurant
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“Excellent Asian Restaurant. I have heard Rachel Weisz and Daniel Craig picked up a takeaway from here last time they were in Dunedin.”
  • 12 locals recommend
Grocery or Supermarket
“A super quick drive or five minute walk. Friendly neighbourhood store as is the neighbouring Leckies Butcher”
  • 10 locals recommend