Seven Vegetarian Spots to Travel for this Meat Free May

Waiter holding two vegan dishes at Hillside Kitchen in Wellington.
Challenge yourself and go Meat Free this May. The planet, the animals and your body will thank you for it.

Belén

Exterior of Belén, Wellington.
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The vision for Wellington bakery Belén was simple: to prove there are no limits to what can be created with plants.

Fred's

Sandwich on a wooden bench top at Fred's, Wellington.
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Wellington loves a little food bar and a small but punchy Cuba Street shop simply named Fred's might just be the hottest place in town to grab a sandwich.

The Oatery

The Oatery exterior.
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Having built a reputation for feeding Wellingtonians healthy breakfasts on the go, it was only a matter of time before food caravan The Oatery set up a permanent shop.

Myrtle

Plate of pastrami sandwiches for sale at Myrtle, Wellington.
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Offering a local taste of New York chic, Myrtle is the spinoff bakery everybody wanted from one of Wellington’s most revered suburban eateries.

Monkfish

Strongwater fridge filled with chilled drinks at Monkfish.
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A cosy refillery and off-licence that’s strictly about good vibes, Monkfish is your Vivian Street stop for your beer, wine, and spirits needs.

Next Door

Owner, Matt Hawkes, standing outside Next Door, Wellington.
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Newtown has added yet another string to its bow with the opening of Matt Hawkes’ new bar.

Vic Books Kelburn

Classics selection on bookshelves at Vic Books', Wellington.
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Vic Books flagship on Kelburn Parade is Wellington’s top destination for your next book. They serve delicious hot Coffee Supreme coffee too making it a dream for any bibliophile.

Dragons

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A name synonymous with yum cha in Wellington, Dragons is an institution in the capital’s Asian dining scene.

Amok

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Seamlessly blending the nostalgic with the new, the local with the exotic, Amok’s out to show that going out to a restaurant can, and should, be fun.

Duck Island Wellington

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It was only a matter of time before Hamilton’s Duck Island ice cream came knocking on Wellington’s door.

Fortune Favours

Fortune Favours wooden hand holding sign.
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A giant wooden hand reaches out from the side of the building, beckoning passersby with a simple proposition: Fortune Favours the brave.

Wilson Barbecue

Customer at Wilson Barbecue enjoying the food.
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Wilson Barbecue has a new permanent home after wowing Wellingtonian's with their food truck delights and pop-up stints. Wilson Barbecue is loudly and proudly “all about the meat”, and their brisket, ribs, and pulled pork, all cooked low ‘n slow, enjoy a richly deserved reputation.

Ode to Long Lunches

People having a long lunch at Tussock Hill Vineyard, Christchurch.
Is there anything more satisfying than a lingering long lunch?

Soul Shack

Burgers and fried chicken on a bench.
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Ask any Wellingtonian where to get the best fried chicken and chances are they’ll point you in Soul Shack’s direction.

Mason

A plant and table and chairs.
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A sign above the jet black entrance at Mason invites you to come as you are, and it's a tempting proposal.

TJ Katsu

Man pouring soy sauce on a plate of sushi.
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Wellington restaurant TJ Katsu serves fresh, exciting Japanese food from multiple locations in the central city.

Los Banditos

Colourful Mexican bar at Los Banditos
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Los Banditos brings Wellington flavoursome Mexican food, a lively atmosphere, exciting drinks and friendly service.

What To Eat In Porirua

Artwork on the wall above table at Gear Eatery, Porirua.
Whether you want a laidback brekkie at a beachside café or tasty burgers at a historical homestead, there's much to feast on in Porirua.

Bottega

New Italian deli food shop Bottega.
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Authentic Italian delicatessen Bottega is borne from a desire to bring a taste of home to the neighbourly suburb of Berhampore,

Mockingbird

Large restaurant space downstairs with wooden walls and colourful seating.
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Mockingbird serves the capital’s plant-based and open minded omnivorous population with beautiful vegan ‘junk food’.

Zelati

Woman holding ice cream on cone.
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From the texture to the rich, bright flavours, their range of sorbet and gelato offerings are impressive on the palate and pleasing to the eye.

Six Barrel Soda Co.

Blue and pink soda bottles.
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Summer is officially here, and local favourite Six Barrel Soda Co. has opened their Lukes Lane soda factory to the public for a cellar door experience.

Fidel's Café

Viva Fidels signage on a villa wall.
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Fidel's is a Cuba St institution and a go-to for those in search of great food, sharp service and good vibes in the heart of the city.

The Lido Café

Gold metal plated bar in a snake shape.
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The Lido has been a stalwart of the Wellington hospitality scene for almost 30 years, and one of the first spots in the capital to serve espresso.

Puffin

Bar sign in a dark hallway.
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Welcome to Puffin, a “wine bar with a focus on organic and minimal intervention wines”.

Rogue Burger

Hands holding a burger.
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Touting itself as the “cheekiest little burger bar” in the capital, Rogue takes burgers back to basics—and does it extremely well.

Ripe Coffee - Origin

Man serving behind a wooden counter.
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If you’re looking for a comfortable space in which to enjoy great coffee amongst the buzz of community then Origin is the spot for you.

Elements

Black exterior with outdoor seating.
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The tagline and ethos says it all, ‘Real food, everyday’, and this popular cafe is a destination for good reason.

Highwater Eatery

Long narrow restaurant with people dining in rows.
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This new eatery combines its efforts of sustainability with celebrating the good times - meaning you can eat and drink and have a great time with the knowledge that you're supporting the good guys.

Taste of Home

Woman eating noodle bowl.
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This place has a cult following simply due to word of mouth - proof that the flavours here are something Wellingtonians just can’t get enough of.

7 Best Porirua Walks and Where to Treat Yourself Afterwards

Pukerua Bay in Porirua.
Explore the great outdoors (and hospitality) with these walks in the Porirua region.

Grace Patisserie

Flat lay of food and drink.
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Welcome to a considered space to drink your coffee and tea with mind-blowingly beautiful sweet eats,. Grace Patisserie will tick all your boxes.

Swimsuit

Exterior blue cafe with patrons eating outside.
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Community is definitely the feel you get here too - expect to see people reading books, catching up on university goss, and all with impeccable coffee in hand.

El Culo Del Mundo

Red and orange plates of food with cocktails.
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El Culo del Mundo is a laid-back bar and eatery that is reminiscent of those traveller-favourite hole-in-the-wall restaurants throughout Latin America.

Peoples Coffee - Lukes Lane

Man pours a coffee.
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Peoples offer a range of artisan toasts again featuring Esthers range, or pick up something sweet, and the coffee can be trusted to be impeccable.

9 of Our Favourite Wellington Brunch Spots Right Now

People eating at Fidel's Cafe on Cuba Street in Wellington.
From ocean vistas to inspired menu offerings, there’s never been a better time to get brunch in the nation's capital.

Qilin Tea House

Tea House entrance
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Qilin Tea House certainly feels a magical place to be if you’re a tea lover.

Betsy

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In a suburb that seems like it’s perpetually on holiday, easy-going modern deli Betsy feels right at home in Island Bay.

Coffee Supreme Midland Park

Customer reads a journal at Coffee Supreme Midland Park, Wellington.
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Midland Park marks new beginnings for Coffee Supreme.

Charley Noble

Chef at work in the kitchen at Charley Noble, Wellington.
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A favourite spot for nearby business people, don't be surprised to see Charley Noble buzzing with guests even early in the week right through from breakfast till dinnertime.

Heyday

Outdoor courtyard at Heyday, Wellington.
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A fun and easy going brewery and bar, with plenty of games (including table tennis!) to keep you entertained.

1154

Waiter holds three dishes at 1154, Wellington.
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A pastaria with style in the heart of Cuba Street.

Parrotdog Bar

The outside of Parrotdog Bar.
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A brilliant retro-fit bar that welcomes tradies, business folk, families, children and even dogs.

Burger Liquor

The entrance to Burger Liquor.
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Here, the burgers are fist-sized and delicious.

Maranui Café

A woman looking out towards the ocean from a seat inside Maranui cafe Wellington.
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A café housed in a heritage surf lifesaving building that once had a close call with a fiery fate

Queen Sally's Diamond Deli

The building exterior of Queen Sally's Diamond Deli and cafe Wellington.
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A Lyall Bay mainstay, Queen Sally's is the amazingly kitsch and eclectic café which services the residents of, and visitors to, this rather lovely Wellington suburb.

Frank's Newtown

Doughnuts on a counter inside Frank's Newtown cafe in Newtown Wellington.
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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.

Press Hall

Tables and chairs.
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Press Hall is proof there’s a new age of food court style eateries in town.

4 of the best Hand-Pulled Noodle Spots in NZ

A woman eating a bowl of noodles at Miss Peppercorn in Christchurch.
Great hand-pulled noodles are silky, springy, chewy ribbons to savour. Here are a few places across Aotearoa to find the best.

Ombra

Flatlay of food on the table.
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Ombra goes to show that great food and great service are a winning combination every time.

Goldmine Co.

Signage.
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If a visit to Goldmine has you feeling like you’ve stumbled into a place fueled on caffeine that feels both solid and full of cheeky vibes, then you’re absolutely spot on.

Staple Espresso

A woman pouring coffee.
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Sleek and simple, Staple Espresso speaks volumes about letting a product do the talking – and in this case it’s the coffee that’s got people chatting

LUCKY

Burger and fries.
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Keeping things simple, LUCKY takes its vibes from the West Coast skate scene, where doing your own thing comes with a hint of rebellion.

Cure Your Cravings With 10 Locally Made Craft Chocolates

A stack of Bennetto chocolate.
Embrace your inner Willy Wonka, here’s the golden ticket to ten of the best craft chocolatiers in Aotearoa.

The Third Eye

Close up of beer taps.
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Tuatara's 'temple of taste' gives one of New Zealand's largest craft brewers a claw-hold in the city of beer.

Havana Bar

Cocktails being made.
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Part restaurant, part bar, Havana is an absolute essential in every sense of those two words.

Baker Gramercy

A woman making coffee.
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It’s the kind of simplistically stylish bakery you’d expect to find on a New York avenue or down a European side street.

Wellington Chocolate Factory

A man picking out chocolate.
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A dangerously delicious spot for your hot chocolate and sweet treat fix.

Customs by Coffee Supreme

Pouring coffee.
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Customs is a bustling spot, and with good reason! It’s also well-positioned to take full advantage of Wellington’s erratic morning sunshine.

Moon 1

Record player.
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True to name, things gets pretty cosmic inside Moon 1.

The Library

A booth beneath a shelves of books at The Library bar Wellington.
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Hidden behind an unassuming ground floor entrance, The Library is another well-known establishment that overlooks the go-go crowd of Courtenay Place.

Nikau Gallery Cafe

Long table seating with stool chairs.
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Nikau is far from your boring, bog-standard museum café.

Havana Coffee Works

Interior view of Havana Coffee Works.
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This cozy, retro café on Tory Street moves through to an open-air, garage-style roastery.

Ortega Fish Shack

Table by photo frames on wall.
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A favourite amongst Wellingtonians, Ortega Fish Shack is a must go-to seafood restaurant within the city.

Garage Project

Coloured framed art on wall.
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Situated in an old petrol station in the Aro Valley, Garage Project’s vibe is all about producing experimental beers in a perfect, yet unexpected setting.

Crumpet

A man working behind the bar.
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Crumpet on Manners Street is a quaint café / bar and quite possibly Wellington’s best kept secret.

Where to get Down with Donuts

A tray of doughnuts from Baked.
Doughnuts or donuts--who really cares? We've rounded up the best doughy deliciousness you can find in NZ.

Olive

Plants in outside area.
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Olive provides attentive service, luxurious ambiance, perfectly poached eggs and a top cup of black coffee.

Leeds Street Bakery

The front window.
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Wouldn’t it be grand if there was somewhere you could consistently find fresh baked brioche or rye toast for breakfast in the morning?

Field & Green

Table inside by window.
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At Field & Green the menu changes weekly, breakfast is served all day, and specials come in two varieties - feast or frugal.

Egmont Street Eatery

Exterior with outside lighting.
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Leeds Street may be leading Wellington's hidden heritage revival, but brick-lined Egmont might be in line to carve a niche for itself, if this elegant eatery is anything to go by.

Fried chicken and friends

A hand reaching for a chicken burger.
Here are our top five fried chicken places to grab a bite to eat in Wellington.

Little Beer Quarter

Yellow exterior of Little Beer Quarter.
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With 12 craft beers on tap and over 100 bottles of beer from New Zealand and around the globe this inner-city pub truly is a gem.

L'affare

Old framed posters on the wall at L'affare cafe Wellington.
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Twice the size of any regular coffee bar, L’affare’s status as a Wellington institution can be attested to by the cacophony of people inside on any given day.

Hillside Kitchen & Cellar

Seating inside the restaurant.
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Without any conventional marketing, Hillside’s profile has been built by partnering with great local producers like Six Barrel Soda, Fig & Fog, Two Sisters wine, and Noble Estate Olive Oil.

V1 Vegan Store

The shop space.
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A place with surprises on every shelf, from jerky and milks, to a fridge full of ready-to-eat meals.

Golding's Free Dive Bar

People hanging out at the bar.
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The ideal no-nonsense neighbourhood bar.

Cult Wine

An outdoor sign.
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A wine merchant with a difference.

Rogue & Vagabond

People in the bar.
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A great spot for meeting friends, socialising or just watching the Wellington crowd do their thing.

Cicio Cacio

Art on white brick.
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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.

The Ramen Shop

Three men sitting at a table.
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Rain, gale or shine the Ramen Shop serves up well-priced feeds for travellers and locals in need.

Scopa Pizzeria

Close up of pizza.
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A great option for pizza or a late night chocolate hit, this little landmark has you covered.

Shepherd Restaurant

The inside of the restaurant.
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A modern dining experience that pays tribute to values of sustainability, quality and comfort.

Stories Espresso Bar

Coffee cups on the machine.
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Stories Espresso Bar is unique in more ways than one.

Flavours in Jars: Talking 'feel good food' with Esther Lewis

Jar of pickle against a blue wall.
Esther’s food production kitchen and her “flavours in jars” grew from requests from customers across Wellington.

Sweet Mother's Kitchen

The cafe space.
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An old school, eclectic and slightly ramshackle American-style diner.

The Fisherman’s Plate

Two women eating.
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An unassuming place punching well above its weight.

Viva Mexico Newtown

Art on an exterior wall.
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Tired of cooking what Mexicans didn’t eat, Antonio Gonzales started Viva Mexico.

Gipsy Kitchen

The entrance to Gispy Kitchen cafe Wellington.
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You have no doubt heard of this café’s laid-back vibes, easy-going staff and damn good food.

Sweet eats for Easter in Wellington

A slice of cake and a cake for Easter at Sweet Bakery and Cakery Wellington.
Whether you celebrate Easter or not, we reckon there’s still no better time of year to delve into some chocolately cravings and support some clever local traders at the same time.

Commonsense Wellington City

Crates of fresh produce.
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For all things organic, Commonsense Organics is the place to visit – and luckily for Wellingtonians there are four stores to choose from.

Chook Wagon

The Chook Wagon Wellington.
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Moore Wilson’s Chook Wagon has you covered for spontaneous picnics or a desultory dinner at home.

Pickle and Pie

Close up of pickles.
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After many a lunchtime spent hankering for just a ‘good old sandwich’, Tim Tracey and Mia Freeman decided to take matters into their own hands.

Meow

The outside the bar.
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Live music, slam poetry readings, stand-up comedy and a thumping happy hour make Meow a versatile venue.

Pizza Pomodoro

A pizza fresh out of the oven.
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Wellington's favourite Neapolitan pizza.

Moore Wilson's Tory Street

Fresh fruit and vegetables.
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If you’re into food there’s no doubt you’ll be into Moore Wilson's.

Comes and Goes

Close up of food.
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Comes and Goes is a brilliant addition to the Wellington café scene, bringing an explosion of edible flowers and culinary masterpieces that Wellingtonians are welcoming with open arms.

Hawthorn Lounge

Green lamps on bar counter.
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The service at Hawthorn Lounge is impeccable, in the sense that they're attentive without being overbearing. It's novel enough to make you realise that most places have forgotten the hospitable out of hospitality.

Deluxe Espresso Bar

Red framed Deluxe front entrance.
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Open till late in the evening, this has for years been a popular coffee spot with young and old, hipsters and working folk – anything goes.

Empire Cinema & Eatery

Serving tables in aprons.
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Empire is fitting for a cinema that pre-dated ‘talkies’ when it played its first reel in 1925, but as far as movie theatres go, this one is more for those who’d pick pinot over popcorn.

Tomboy

Exterior of Tomboy, Wellington.
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A small boutique café, cakery and catering business with the feel of a country cottage kitchen.

Rich Coffee Roasters

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Although the relative new guys on the block, Rich Coffee Roasters are by no means amateurs.

Loretta

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The menu at Loretta speaks of simple food done well.

Seashore Cabaret

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This café definitely takes out the title for best view of the city.

Apache

Inside the restaurant.
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Apachè takes a modern approach to Vietnamese hawker food.

Best Ugly Bagels Wellington

Best Ugly Bagel front sign.
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Located in the lively neighbourhood of Te Aro, they serve what they do best, delicious bagels accompanied with classic Havana coffee.

Salty Pidgin

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A suburban eatery with city sophistication.

Commonsense Kilbirnie

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A boutique and thoughtful shopping experience.

Peoples Coffee

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Championing ethical and sustainable coffee from its Newtown cafe.

Hanging Ditch

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Hanging Ditch, for those who are yet to visit, is Leeds’ Street best little slice of stealth.

Lamason Brew Bar

Making coffee.
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From Ethiopian Sidamo to Guatemalan Huehuetenango and Mexican Chiapas, coffee beans at Lamasons are sourced far and wide the fair trade organic way.

Mr Go's

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A happy mix of West meets East, pink meets green, and beer meets bao, Mr Go’s is proof itself an eatery needn’t stick to one concrete theme.

Machete

A staff member behnd in the counter at Machete Cafe in Wellington.
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Not offering your average New Zealand café options, Machete specialise instead in tacos and coffee ...

Bicycle Junction

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Catching on to the retro cycles trend, the clever people behind Bicycle Junction's new neighbourhood bikery, describe themselves as “Urban Specialists”.

Black Coffee

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A coffee shop, music shop and art gallery all in one, Black Coffee has quickly cemented itself as one of the favourite Newtown hangouts.

91 Aro

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Welcome to hop-head heaven.

Fix and Fogg

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The artisan, Wellington-made peanut butter that has taken the country by storm.