About Vudu Cafe & larder
For years Queenstown patrons have made Vudu Café their regular, and now there is a second with Vudu Café and Larder having opened in a glorious lakefront spot.
Partners Michelle Freeman, Chris Vile and Rae Ellis have begotten a café that would be equally at home in a foodies city like Melbourne as it is in this mountainous resort town. Designed by Freeman, it is clearly an expression of her relentless creativity whether it be in the kitchen or in her studio.
The vintage industrial style is full of whimsy and quirks and has a hand-crafted tone without denying the need for robustness. Lasercut ply counters and green vinyl booth seats provide circulation for the long narrow space. A huge 1950's aerial photograph of Queenstown, custom-designed mahogany lab stools and a shimmering cluster of pendant lights made from preserving jars are arranged with a level of restraint and minimalism that amid the hustle, makes for a calming space.
There is a fresh, local, and organic philosophy behind both the food and coffee. Indeed it satiates in equal parts with the built environment. On spending time here one is left with the contentedness and satisfaction of having treated the senses without over-indulging.