Food Court Books



Wednesday11:00 am – 6:00 pm.

Thursday11:00 am – 6:00 pm.

Friday11:00 am – 6:00 pm.

Saturday11:00 am – 6:00 pm.

Sunday11:00 am – 6:00 pm.

84 Constable Street, Newtown

At the centre of one of Newtown’s most iconic streets, you’ll find a little bookshop that perfectly captures this Wellington suburb’s identity. Born out of its roots as a reading series, Food Court Books is a quintessential Newtown store that aims to shine a spotlight on those who need it most.

With a dedicated focus on local, independent publishers and zines, Food Court Books is small but loud and proud. The lime green frontage makes it impossible to miss, and founders Caro DeCarlo and Jackson Nieuwland, along with Dora the greyhound, are sure to give you a warm welcome. Cosy and compact, most items in the shop serve more than one purpose - the bookshelves, for instance, turn into a table when needed. The whole space has been designed to make you feel at home as if you’re curling up in a friend’s lounge with a good book.

A true creative hub, anyone is welcome to come and browse some titles, use the desk space to work on their own writing, or just hang out.

Most of the titles at Food Court Books are from small, New Zealand-based publishers, so it’s a great place to explore some local reads you might not otherwise come across. Zines are a core part of their history, and you’ll also find plenty of those here, crafted by local creatives. Meanwhile, trolleys perched by the front door stock second-hand books, all priced at $5.

In addition to being a bookshop, Food Court Books’ other main purpose is to provide a space for young, emerging and marginalised writers to share their work. Through providing an accessible workspace and hosting book launches, workshops, panels and other events, Caro and Jackson hope to give a platform for Wellington’s literary talent.

A vibrant business that also serves a crucial social purpose, Food Court Books is the city fringe spot where you can feast on all of your local literary desires.

Words by John Son & Photography by Anna Briggs

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84 Constable Street, Newtown

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