Newtown has a distinct scruffiness yet achingly cool feel. Originally a working-class suburb, in more recent years, Newtown has attracted a wave of students, immigrants and young creatives making the neighbourhood a place to seek out for many. The longstanding and much-loved Newtown Festival that takes place every year attracts Wellingtonians from across the city.
With diverse cuisine, exceptional coffee, vintage stores and bars, there's much to fall in love with on the quirky side of the city.
01 The Axe
193 Adelaide Road, Newtown
A beautifully curated furniture and homeware store with a twist.
3 Wilson Street, Newtown
A sign above the jet black entrance at Mason invites you to come as you are, and it's a tempting proposal.
03 Frank's Newtown
5 Riddiford Street, Newtown
Frank’s Newtown is a little replica of its sibling café on The Terrace and has found itself to be a quickly loved part of Newtown culture.
04 Food Court Books
84 Constable Street, Newtown
A little bookshop that perfectly captures Newtown's identity.
05 Rich Coffee Roasters
369 Adelaide Road, Newtown
Although the relative new guys on the block, Rich Coffee Roasters are by no means amateurs.
06 Viva Mexico Newtown
161 Riddiford Street, Newtown
Tired of cooking what Mexicans didn’t eat, Antonio Gonzales started Viva Mexico.
07 Cicio Cacio
behind Moon Bar 167 Riddiford Street, Newtown
You might try Cicio Cacio before a gig next door but the food in itself is worth a quick 10-minute bus trip or Uber from the city.
08 Peoples Coffee
12 Constable Street, Newtown
Championing ethical and sustainable coffee from its Newtown cafe.
09 Moon 1
167 Riddiford Street, Newtown
True to name, things gets pretty cosmic inside Moon 1.
10 The Ramen Shop
191 Riddiford Street, Newtown
Rain, gale or shine the Ramen Shop serves up well-priced feeds for travellers and locals in need.
11 Shoe School
247 Riddiford Street, Newtown
A school teaching you to make your own shoes from scratch.
12 Black Coffee
6021/133 Riddiford Street, Newtown
A coffee shop, music shop and art gallery all in one, Black Coffee has quickly cemented itself as one of the favourite Newtown hangouts.