Southland has its very own style of cuisine - hearty meals made from fresh, local ingredients and generous portion sizes.
We like plenty of good, fresh food - and the city has numerous restaurants, cafes and bars that offer just that.
Seafood is a speciality of Invercargill and Bluff. From freshly caught fish, to crayfish and of course the famous Bluff Oyster, this is the best city in New Zealand for a meal of top quality seafood.
Southland's most famous culinary creation is the Cheese Roll - sometimes referred to as "Southland Sushi". Everyone has their own secret cheese roll recipe - so make sure you get along to one of our cafes or bakeries and try out a Southland Cheese Roll. Even celebrity chef Nigella Lawson asked to try a Southland Cheese Roll during a recent visit to Invercargill. Put it on your Bucket List for your visit to Invercargill!
Another Southland favourite - and a staple at children's birthday parties - is Lolly Cake. This colourful, fudge-like creation features multicoloured lollies (sweets that are usually a firm marshmallow-like consistency). It can be found at most cafes and bakeries in the city centre - and is definitely worth a try, especially if you have a sweet tooth!