Habebes Cafe

  • Veg-friendly Veg-friendly
    ( 21 reviews )

30 Shotover Street (at Beach St), Queenstown, New Zealand

Serves meat, vegan options available. Lebanese cuisine with a selection of vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free food. Has made-to-order wraps and whole-grain pies (vegan ones offered), daily vegan soups, and many different salads. Accepts EFTPOS. Location is in the first walkthrough down from the clock tower on the corner of Camp Street. Previously called 'Habebe's Lebanese and Vegetarian Takeaways', changed name some years ago. Accepts local bank cards only. Open Mon-Sun 8:00am-5:00pm.

Category: Vegan-friendly, Lacto, Take-out, Middle Eastern, Lebanese, Non-veg

Reviews (21)

First Review by SirEatsAlot

Excellent! - Edit

I had a very delicious, healthy and filling wrap, good value for money and loved it 100 pc.

Salad bar kind of a setting where u can choose what ingredients you want in the wrap, very vegan friendly. must try! The lentils in the salad was outstanding.

My husband who is a meat eater had something with chicken and loved it too

Pros: Easy to find, good location, Nice, friendly and helpful staff, Reasonably priced (for NZ standards)

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Great lunches - Edit

My place of choice for a decent filling lunch to takeaway. I would always run here on my lunch break and get a big box of all the salads or the veggie roll. They usually have a vegan soup and two vegan pies on offer stuffed with spicy lentils and potatoes and served with hummus. Simply delish healthy comfort food! I don't know how they make the vegan pastry but it's the best! Always fast, friendly service here too.

Pros: Just yummy, Healthy delicious salads, Decent portions

Cons: Not much seating

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Great Vegan Options - Edit

All the salad options are vegan - they have about 8-10 options and they're all different but delicious. There are fantastic vege rolls and a lentil pie. There are 3/4 sauces that are vegan and really tasty too. The staff are friendly and helpful, but serving sizes can depend on who you get/how busy it is. Their soups are vegan too but I haven't tried them yet.
The falafel isn't worth it if you've ever had authentic falafel.
For Queenstown food it's a decent amount for the price, particularly the vege roll - definitely the best bang for your buck.

Pros: Variety, Friendly Staff, Excellent Vege Roll

Cons: Falafel is crumbly and lacklustre

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Decent vegan options - Edit

A lot of different vegan options, but quite pricey given that the portions are rather small.
Food tastes alright, but could be better, especially the falafel and hummus, which don't seem to be very authentic.

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Definitely a good place to go in Queenstown! - Edit

We were surprised by the variety of offered salads and decided to have a wrap with falafel. (Wrap can be provided gluten free)
You can choose three salads, sauce and hummus for you wrap that comes either in small, medium or large.
I had the medium sized one for $ 12,50. It was delicious and very filling.

The desserts looked yummy as well... didn't try them though :) for sure next time.

Pros: friendly staff, fresh food, good atmosphere

Cons: hardly any daylight in the café but you could have

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Plenty of vegan options - Edit

The food is really good, a lot of choices of salads.
They do deserts as well that i didn t try yet but seems good.

The staff is friendly

The place is cozy

Would definitely recommend it

Pros: Choices, Environment, Staff

Cons: None

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Incredible lentil pie - Edit

I would give this restaurant five stars if possible! The lentil pie was awesome, humous was also top notch! Reasonably priced as well. Will be back again!

Pros: Lentil Pie. All vegetarian pies are vegan.

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Delicious - Edit

One of the few good veggie lunch options in Queenstown! Always loads of fresh salad options. I either go for the salad box when I'm feeling healthy or get the wrap. The only con I have is that it's such a small shop and not a lot of places to sit but then again I normally take it down to the lake and enjoy the view while enjoying this delicious lunch.

Pros: vegan options available, healthy, delicious

Cons: small seating area, quite pricey

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Hidden gem - Edit

This restaurant is a little out of the way, but worth the hunt! A good selection of food. I had the vegan lentil pie, which came with a good serving of hummus and sweet chilli sauce.

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Best lunch in Queenstown! 5 Stars! - Edit

My partner and I stopped into Habebe's for lunch on our last day in Queenstown and my only regret about the trip is that we didn't go sooner! We would have been back daily if we had known how great it was.
We tried their Lentil & Vegetable pie, felafels, some salads, coffee and hot chocolate. Everything was beautiful. The staff were very helpful with which things were vegan, what could be made vegan (HOT CHOCOLATE!!!) and they gave us a fantastic meal and a very reasonable price. I cannot recommend Habebe's more, for a very affordable place to eat right in the heart of town with plenty of vegan options.

Pros: So many vegan options!, Very helpful, happy, and kind staff, Incredible food

Cons: No cons at all, I wish I went there sooner!

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Mostly Vegan! - Edit

This is one of the best options for vegans in Queenstown. They offer a range of salads (all vegan) which they will smother in tahini and chilli sauce! They also have a couple of healthy vegan pie options and these can be served with hummus and chutney. We got takeaway a few times and took it on a picnic and even up to the snowfields. I loved that they open early (8am) and all the Vegan options are clearly labelled.

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An OK Falafel kebab...... - Edit

I ordered a medium Falafel kebab to go. It was made fresh and was an ok size for a lunch snack but only had 2 falafels put in it. Fresh ingredients and good service. The falafels weren't overly tasty but were ok.

They had several desserts on offer but only 1 vegan option. I tried it. It was called a 'flapjack' but was essentially a muesli slice that used golden syrup to sweeten/bind it together - it was very nice.

Not much of a dine-in experience here but it's only a short walk to the lake front where you can take your food to & eat amongst the beautiful scenery.

Pros: Fresh ingredients, Friendly service, Reasonable prices

Cons: Falafels could have been tastier

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Salads - Edit

We had just arrived in Queenstown and we were super hungry. We walked around all the restaurants and it was relatively hard to find vegan options. Then we found this restaurant! The food was incredible. I had the warm salad (a mix of salads: carrot, beet, spinach, quinoa) and the falafel. It was topped with a hummus and medium chili sauce. They have plenty of vegan options. Would recommend!

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Amazing kebab! - Edit

A hidden gem in Queenstown! Lovely staff and many vegan options. We had a falafel kebab with tabbouleh, cabbage, carrot, beetroot and garlic tahini - it was the best kebab I've ever had in my life!

Pros: Many vegan options, Made to order food, Vegan options clearly labelled

Cons: Also serves meat, A tad on the expensive side, Closes early, not open for dinner

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Delicious Veg-Roll! - Edit

I found this restaurant/cafe through HappyCow.net and I can really just recommend this place. I had a veg roll for 7.50€ and a quinoa salad for 2$. The roll itself would have been enough for me for lunch. And it was really delicicous! A lot of food for a small price.
They offer huge range of vegen salads, rolls, pies and coffee.

Pros: Small prices, Very tasty, Friendly staff

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Great find - Edit

Oh man, what a find. I'd describe this place as a vegan cafe that also sells meat options. You can't accidentally order something that isn't vegan.
I had the vegan vege roll pie (a very reasonable $7.50), two salads (green beans and potato salad) ($2 each) and a falafel to try.
The vege roll was spectacular. A massive serving that felt healthy and was absolutely delicious. A real attraction.
I chose a couple of salads to go along side it, though I felt pretty full from all the food I ended up with (and I'm a big eater). The green bean salad was light and refreshing, though wasn't quite a next level experience. The potato salad was largely along the same lines. Lots of other salad choices I'd like to try some time. One woman came in and ordered one of each!
The falafel was a little disappointing - quite dry and not as tasty as I would have liked. Obviously home made, however, and it felt made with love and wholesome ingredients.
Overall totally stoked with my meal here. I wish I was in Queenstown for more time to come back more!

Pros: Friendly staff, wholesome food, tonnes of vegan op

Cons: Some of the food a bit average

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Food OK except for falafel & hummus - Edit

Had a lentil pie (NZ$7.5) with four salads (NZ$2 each), plus two falafel and hummus. A big pile of food for less than NZ$20. Lots of vegan options. The pie was good even after reheated. The salads weren't too shabby either, clean, fresh tasting, and all vegan to boot. Hummus was on the mealy side and merely passable, while the falafel were downright horrible. They were dry, didn't taste like much, too chunky, and fell apart easily. Nothing in them reminded me of falafel. To call them as such is a complete travesty of the original food. Funny, two of Lebanese signature dishes turned out to be the worst things on the plate at a self-labeled Lebanese restaurant. That said, this place is still a good option in Queenstown where vegan food is surprisingly few and far between. One caveat: they are open till 5 pm only.

All things considered, this place is between a 3 and a 4 but probably closer to a 3.

Pros: good value, vegan options

Cons: horrible falafel & hummus, Not open for dinner

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lots of options - Edit

Hebebes is awesome, with so many vegan salads, rolls, and sopus! The place in Queenstown with the most vegan options!

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