132 Cuba Street, Te Aro
A pastaria with style in the heart of Cuba Street.
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Flavours in Jars: Talking 'feel good food' with Esther Lewis
Esther’s food production kitchen and her “flavours in jars” grew from requests from customers across Wellington.
132 Cuba Street, Te Aro
A pastaria with style in the heart of Cuba Street.
Welcome to hop-head heaven.
122 Wakefield Street, Te Aro
Apachè takes a modern approach to Vietnamese hawker food.
99-109 Saint Andrews Road, Plimmerton, Porirua
Backyard Café in Porirua knows that seed shopping isn’t complete without some coffee and scones on the side.
470 Adelaide Road, Berhampore
It’s the kind of simplistically stylish bakery you’d expect to find on a New York avenue or down a European side street.
Best Ugly Bagels
5 Swan Lane, Te Aro
Located in the lively neighbourhood of Te Aro, they serve what they do best, delicious bagels accompanied with classic Havana coffee.
221 The Parade
In a suburb that seems like it’s perpetually on holiday, easy-going modern deli Betsy feels right at home in Island Bay.
1 Marion Street, Te Aro
Catching on to the retro cycles trend, the clever people behind Bicycle Junction's new neighbourhood bikery, describe themselves as “Urban Specialists”.
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.
23 Kent Terrace, Mount Victoria
Boquita has set tongues wagging since the day it opened doors on Kent Terrace.
462 Adelaide Road, Berhampore
Authentic Italian delicatessen Bottega is borne from a desire to bring a taste of home to the neighbourly suburb of Berhampore,
129 Willis Street, Te Aro
Here, the burgers are fist-sized and delicious.
17 Parumoana Street, Porirua
Café Kaizen is the kind of well-oiled machine that you can tell has been a locals favourite hangout for a long time.
Ground Huddart Parker Building, 1 Post Office Square
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.
Corner of Tory Street and, College Street, Te Aro
Moore Wilson’s Chook Wagon has you covered for spontaneous picnics or a desultory dinner at home.
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.
Coffee Supreme Midland Park
31 Waring Taylor Street
Midland Park marks new beginnings for Coffee Supreme.
Comes and Goes
259 Jackson Street, Petone, Lower Hutt
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.
37 Rongotai Road, Kilbirnie
A boutique and thoughtful shopping experience.
Commonsense Wellington City
147 Tory Street, Te Aro
For all things organic, Commonsense Organics is the place to visit – and luckily for Wellingtonians there are four stores to choose from.
109 Manners Street, Te Aro
Crumpet on Manners Street is a quaint café / bar and quite possibly Wellington’s best kept secret.
A wine merchant with a difference.
Customs by Coffee Supreme
39 Ghuznee Street, Te Aro
Customs is a bustling spot, and with good reason! It’s also well-positioned to take full advantage of Wellington’s erratic morning sunshine.
Deluxe Espresso Bar
10 Kent Terrace, Mount Victoria
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.
Duck Island Wellington
168 Cuba Street, Te Aro
It was only a matter of time before Hamilton’s Duck Island ice cream came knocking on Wellington’s door.
Egmont Street Eatery
11 Egmont Street, Te Aro
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.
El Culo Del Mundo
2 Roxburgh Street, Mount Victoria
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.
It’s time to waltz right up to Elemental Eats and fill your belly on some good quality food.
144 Onepu Road, Lyall Bay
The tagline and ethos says it all, ‘Real food, everyday’, and this popular cafe is a destination for good reason.
Empire Cinema & Eatery
214 The Parade, Island Bay
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.
234 Cuba Street, Te Aro
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.
Field & Green
262 Wakefield Street, Te Aro
At Field & Green the menu changes weekly, breakfast is served all day, and specials come in two varieties - feast or frugal.
1C Hagley Street, Porirua City Centre, Porirua
There’s something special about eating at a place that serves up as much kindness as it does kai, and Filo certainly champions both.
Fix and Fogg
5 Eva Street, Te Aro
The artisan, Wellington-made peanut butter that has taken the country by storm.
A giant wooden hand reaches out from the side of the building, beckoning passersby with a simple proposition: Fortune Favours the brave.
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.
5 Tangare Drive, Takapūwāhia, Porirua
Fryday Donuts food truck is there for your donut hit or your superfood smoothie.
68/70 Aro Street, Aro Valley
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.
4 Glamis Avenue, Strathmore Park
You have no doubt heard of this café’s laid-back vibes, easy-going staff and damn good food.
Goldie Milkbar & Eatery
75 Taranaki Street, Te Aro
One step through the door at Goldie Milkbar & Eatery and you’ll immediately confirm what you’ve likely heard through the grapevine … there really is no other eatery quite like it.
Golding's Free Dive Bar
The ideal no-nonsense neighbourhood bar.
171 Willis Street, Te Aro
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.
Shop 6/100 Tory Street, Te Aro
Welcome to a considered space to drink your coffee and tea with mind-blowingly beautiful sweet eats,. Grace Patisserie will tick all your boxes.
Greedy and Co.
98 Rawhiti Road
More often than not, keeping it simple has the most impact. In introducing a caffeine culture to Pukerua Bay, this is exactly what Greedy and Co.
Hanging Ditch, for those who are yet to visit, is Leeds’ Street best little slice of stealth.
Harbours Edge Pop-Up: Get Fixed Bicycle Cafe + Blue Bell Club
10 Wi Neera Drive, Porirua
A pop-up that fixes bikes as well as your caffeine cravings, a cafe and a neighbouring homewares shop.
32a/34 Wigan Street
Part restaurant, part bar, Havana is an absolute essential in every sense of those two words.
Havana Brothers Bakehouse
2/19 Arthur St
It may be small inside Havana Brothers Bakehouse, but this place is brewing big things.
Havana Coffee Works
163 Tory Street, Te Aro
This cozy, retro café on Tory Street moves through to an open-air, garage-style roastery.
82 Tory Street, Te Aro
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.
264a Cuba Street, Te Aro
A fun and easy going brewery and bar, with plenty of games (including table tennis!) to keep you entertained.
54 Cuba Street
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.
Hillside Kitchen & Cellar
241 Tinakori Road, Thorndon
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.
27 College Street
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.
Lamason Brew Bar
Corner of Lombard and Bond Street
From Ethiopian Sidamo to Guatemalan Huehuetenango and Mexican Chiapas, coffee beans at Lamasons are sourced far and wide the fair trade organic way.
1/31 Dixon Street, Te Aro
Catering to a very sweet market, Lashings is the go to spot if you like brownies, and especially brownies covered in ice cream, sauces and toppings.
Leeds Street Bakery
unit 6G/14 Leeds Street, Te Aro
Wouldn’t it be grand if there was somewhere you could consistently find fresh baked brioche or rye toast for breakfast in the morning?
Little Beer Quarter
6 Edward Street, Te Aro
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.
Little Black Coffee Truck
Dolly Varden Beach, Porirua
Little Black Coffee Truck does everything perfectly from start to finish.
shop 1/1 Walton Leigh Avenue, Porirua
Less about enforcing rules and more about creating a chill place to enjoy good coffee and food, Local Authority is a pocket-sized coffee spot that packs a punch.
181 Cuba Street, Te Aro
The menu at Loretta speaks of simple food done well.
19 Blair Street, Te Aro
Los Banditos brings Wellington flavoursome Mexican food, a lively atmosphere, exciting drinks and friendly service.
105 Courtenay Place
Keeping things simple, LUCKY takes its vibes from the West Coast skate scene, where doing your own thing comes with a hint of rebellion.
9 Boulcott Street, Te Aro
Not offering your average New Zealand café options, Machete specialise instead in tacos and coffee ...
Lvl1, 7A Lyall Parade, Lyall Bay
A cafe housed in a heritage surf lifesaving building that once had a close call with a fiery fate
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.
9 Edward Street, Te Aro
Live music, slam poetry readings, stand-up comedy and a thumping happy hour make Meow a versatile venue.
35 Ghuznee Street, Te Aro
A Wellington staple and community hub proving the old adage that good things come in small packages.
Miyabi Sushi Japanese Cafe
3/148 Willis Street, Te Aro
Miyabi Sushi Japanese Café is an obvious choice for either lunch or dinner.
8 Courtenay Place, Te Aro
Mockingbird serves the capital’s plant-based and open minded omnivorous population with beautiful vegan ‘junk food’.
167 Riddiford Street, Newtown
True to name, things gets pretty cosmic inside Moon 1.
Moore Wilson's Tory Street
Corner of Tory Street and, College Street, Te Aro
If you’re into food there’s no doubt you’ll be into Moore Wilson's.
59 Taranaki Street, Te Aro
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.
Nikau Gallery Cafe
City Gallery Wellington, Te Ngākau Civic Square, 101 Wakefield Street
Nikau is far from your boring, bog-standard museum café.
69a Discovery Drive, Whitby, Porirua
A small, modest spot in the heart of the Whitby shopping precinct, Nish Cafe may look unassuming but it packs a whole lot of heart.
170-172 Cuba Street, Te Aro
Olive provides attentive service, luxurious ambiance, perfectly poached eggs and a top cup of black coffee.
199 Cuba Street, Te Aro
Ombra goes to show that great food and great service are a winning combination every time.
Ortega Fish Shack
16 Majoribanks Street, Mount Victoria
A favourite amongst Wellingtonians, Ortega Fish Shack is a must go-to seafood restaurant within the city.
66 Kingsford Smith Street, Rongotai
A brilliant retro-fit bar that welcomes tradies, business folk, families, children and even dogs.
60/66 Kingsford Smith Street, Lyall Bay
Exuding 70’s retro vibes, ParrotDog’s cellar door in Lyall Bay, Nice.Takeaway, is a welcome addition to the increasingly popular seaside suburb.
12 Constable Street, Newtown
Championing ethical and sustainable coffee from its Newtown cafe.
Peoples Coffee - Lukes Lane
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.
91 Park Road, Miramar
Peoples Provisions is tucked away in Wellington's Miramar - what started as a pop-up concept - is now a fully fledged boutique store offering organic produce, seasonal goods, and great coffee to the local community and beyond.
Pickle and Pie
2 Lombard Street
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.
unit 24, ground floor/13 Leeds Street, Te Aro
Wellington's favourite Neapolitan pizza.
Plimmerton Fish Supply
2 Beach Road
Every happy neighbourhood needs a good fish and chip spot to hangout at, so lucky for Plimmerton locals that exists in the form of Plimmerton Fish Supply.
3/51 Kenepuru Drive, Porirua
Plimmerton Kombucha is delivering super delicious kombucha and teaching others the art.
14 Jessie Street, Te Aro
A cafe and community hub in the heart of the windy city.
78 Willis Street, Wellington
Press Hall is proof there’s a new age of eateries in town.
60 Ghuznee Street, Te Aro
Welcome to Puffin, a “wine bar with a focus on organic and minimal intervention wines”.
Qilin Tea House
8/64 Dixon Street, Te Aro
Qilin Tea House certainly feels a magical place to be if you’re a tea lover.
Queen Sally's Diamond Deli
6022/200 Queens Drive, Lyall Bay
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.
Rich Coffee Roasters
369 Adelaide Road, Newtown
Although the relative new guys on the block, Rich Coffee Roasters are by no means amateurs.
Ripe Coffee - Origin
182 Jackson Street, Petone, Lower Hutt
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.
101 The Terrace, Te Aro
Touting itself as the “cheekiest little burger bar” in the capital, Rogue takes burgers back to basics—and does it extremely well.
Rogue & Vagabond
18 Garrett Street
A great spot for meeting friends, socialising or just watching the Wellington crowd do their thing.
5 Todman Street, Brooklyn
A suburban eatery with city sophistication.
2 Commerce Crescent, Waitangirua, Porirua
If you’ve called Samoa home at some point in your life then this place is undoubtedly going to stir up all kinds of nostalgia.
141 Cuba Street, Te Aro
A great option for pizza or a late night chocolate hit, this little landmark has you covered.
160 The Esplanade, Petone, Lower Hutt
This café definitely takes out the title for best view of the city.
1/5 Eva Street, Te Aro
A modern dining experience that pays tribute to values of sustainability, quality and comfort.
Six Barrel Soda Co.
Lukes Lane, 40 Taranaki Street, Te Aro
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.
38 Dixon Street, Te Aro
Ask any Wellingtonian where to get the best fried chicken and chances are they’ll point you in Soul Shack’s direction.
175 Victoria Street, Te Aro
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
Left Bank Lane, Te Aro
In a world where everything seems to be changing at rapid speed, it’s nice to know that when you turn up to Starta what’s on offer in the cabinet is consistent, freshly baked and seasonal.
Stories Espresso Bar
40 Cuba Street, Wellington
Stories Espresso Bar is unique in more ways than one.
Sweet Bakery & Cakery
268 Cuba Street, Te Aro
Sweet Bakery and Cakery have come into town!
Sweet Mother's Kitchen
5 Courtenay Place, Te Aro
An old school, eclectic and slightly ramshackle American-style diner.
38 Dixon Street, Te Aro
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.
Taste of Home
128 Vivian Street, Te Aro
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.
2/55 Ghuznee Street, Te Aro
Hotdogs and wine might seem like an unlikely combination, but at The Ascot, no one’s going to judge you holding a glass of wine in one hand and a saucy dog in the other.
The Big Salami
2 Steyne Avenue, Plimmerton, Porirua
The Big Salami is where locals come to get super tasty pizza, coffee on the go and sweet slices like you remember from your childhood days.
The Fisherman’s Plate
12 Bond Street, Te Aro
An unassuming place punching well above its weight.
1/53 Courtenay Place, Te Aro
Hidden behind an unassuming ground floor entrance, The Library is another well-known establishment that overlooks the go-go crowd of Courtenay Place.
The Lido Cafe
81 Victoria Street
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.
The Little Goat + La Cabrita
Cobham Court, Porirua
Once a travelling food truck, The Little Goat is now set firmly in its little spot, serving delicious fare based on Mediterranean recipes.
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.
The Third Eye
30 Arthur Street, Te Aro
Tuatara's 'temple of taste' gives one of New Zealand's largest craft brewers a claw-hold in the city of beer.
The Village Coffee Bar
44 Steyne Avenue, Plimmerton, Porirua
This easy-going little spot is big on keeping it simple, and offering Flight coffee and smoothies alongside a select few baked goods.
Ti Kouka Cafe
76 Willis Street, Wellington Central
Offering a breakfast, lunch and brunch menu, the emphasis at Ti Kouka is to use local, organic and seasonal produce.
88-90 Manners Street, Te Aro
Wellington restaurant TJ Katsu serves fresh, exciting Japanese food from multiple locations in the central city.
21 Majoribanks Street, Mount Victoria
A small boutique café, cakery and catering business with the feel of a country cottage kitchen.
101/103 Courtenay Place, Te Aro
Tommy keeps things simple with old mates like margherita and pepperoni.
3 Beach Road, Plimmerton, Porirua
Those clued up on Polish cuisine will feel right at home at Topor Bistro with a menu featuring the classics: dig into all the pierogi, bigos, and golabki.
Tuk Tuk Thai Kitchen
Aside from serving excellent food, Tuk Tuk Thai has one clear goal: to make customers feel like they’re in Thailand without even leaving Porirua.
V1 Vegan Store
207 Cuba Street, Te Aro
A place with surprises on every shelf, from jerky and milks, to a fridge full of ready-to-eat meals.
Viva Mexico Newtown
161 Riddiford Street, Newtown
Tired of cooking what Mexicans didn’t eat, Antonio Gonzales started Viva Mexico.
Wellington Chocolate Factory
5 Eva Street, Te Aro
A dangerously delicious spot for your hot chocolate and sweet treat fix.
17 Johnsonville Road, Johnsonville
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.
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.