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Peoples Coffee Roastery
Head to Newtown, venture a bit further past the chaotic and colourful Riddiford Street, and you’ll stumble across Peoples Coffee’s roastery HQ café, the...
Boasting an almost 1,000-strong wine list, it’s no surprise that Noble Rot is widely considered Wellington's premier wine bar.
Wellington’s city streets are constantly humming with life and energy, but for a playful excursion that breaks the norm, you’ll want to head underground.
Upper Hutt’s Fergusson Drive may often feel like a long, monotonous road, but thanks to its little boutique shops like Jeans, you can find plenty of life and character...
K C Café & Takeaway
An unassuming takeaway in the eyes of the casual visitor to Wellington, KC Cafe is so ingrained in the culinary history of the capital that it may as well have heritage status.
Just a short stroll from Oriental Bay in Wellington, Indian Alley is a classy little restaurant that offers something new and exciting to even the most seasoned enthusiasts...
Nestled near the corner of popular Blair Street, Squirrel offers a warm and inviting haven complemented by a menu that showcases the best of Wellington’s producers and suppliers.
Dark Horse Coffee co. has been providing the people of Kāpiti Coast and beyond with delicious artisan coffee since 2016.
The Raumati Social Club
Raumati Social Club is a bit of an institution at Kāpiti Coast.
Duncan's Brewing Company
Even though Duncan’s Brewing Company’s production warehouse and off-licence in Paraparaumu is tucked down an alleyway, keep your eyes peeled for a full wall...
You wouldn’t necessarily expect to stumble upon an authentic Sicilian restaurant serving up mouthwatering dishes in the heart of Paraparaumu, but Passo is here to...
Adding a splash of colour and fun to the Poplar Ave corner at Raumati South, Sunday Cantina is in the business of providing customers with healthy, fresh food in a cheerful...
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Beach Road Deli
On the main street of the cute seaside township of Paekākāriki, you’ll find Beach Road Deli – a bright and beachy café offering great coffee and quality...
The Common Room
If you’re wondering where to grab a great coffee from while out exploring Kāpiti Coast, a simple answer is: The Common Room.
Olde Beach Bakery
Olde Beach Bakery pumps out delicious baked goods in the heart of Paekākāriki for the enjoyment of locals and visitors alike.
Located in the heart of the township of Paraparaumu Beach on Kāpiti Coast, 50-50 is a destination restaurant that offers a dining experience not to be missed.
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Salty’s is an experience not to be missed while visiting the Kāpiti Coast.
Some of the finest coffee in town since 2010, Wellington's Customs is the flagship café co-owned by Coffee Supreme and their long-time employee, Tim Norriss.
CGR Merchant & Co
Look for an unassuming red door in the heart of Courtenay Place in Wellington and you’ll be whisked away to one of the city’s best cocktail lounges.
You’re in good hands at Hataitai’s very own neo-Japanese paradise.
Tucked away in the heart of Newtown in Wellington is the little restaurant, Margot.
It may trace its roots to Upper Hutt, but Dough has certainly made a name for itself among bread lovers in Wellington’s city centre.
Graze Wine Bar
Wellington’s central city eateries are revered across the country, and for good reason.
Huckle & Co
The perfect summer afternoon doesn’t exis… oh wait, it does, and you’ll find it in Seatoun in Wellington.
August conjures many things in the minds of Wellingtonians: the last throes of a bitingly cold winter, the promise of warmer days ahead, the prospect of the country’s...
Middle Eastern dining revolves around sharing - of food, conversation, and good times.
When it comes to evoking a sense of identity through spatial design, few restaurants in the capital do it better than Mabel’s.
The vision for Wellington bakery Belén was simple: to prove there are no limits to what can be created with plants.
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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.
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.
Offering a local taste of New York chic, Myrtle is the spinoff bakery everybody wanted from one of Wellington’s most revered suburban eateries.
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.
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Positioned right next to neighbourhood favourite Margot, Next Door makes up one...
A name synonymous with yum cha in Wellington, Dragons is an institution in the capital’s Asian dining scene.
Duck Island Wellington
It was only a matter of time before Hamilton’s Duck Island ice cream came knocking on Wellington’s door.
A giant wooden hand reaches out from the side of the building, beckoning passersby with a simple proposition: Fortune Favours the brave.
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.
Ask any Wellingtonian where to get the best fried chicken and chances are they’ll point you in Soul Shack’s direction.
Los Banditos brings Wellington flavoursome Mexican food, a lively atmosphere, exciting drinks and friendly service.
Authentic Italian delicatessen Bottega is borne from a desire to bring a taste of home to the neighbourly suburb of Berhampore,
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
Summer is officially here, and local favourite Six Barrel Soda has opened their Lukes Lane soda factory to the public for a cellar door experience.
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.
Welcome to Puffin, a “wine bar with a focus on organic and minimal intervention wines”.
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The tagline and ethos at Elements say it all, ‘Real food, everyday’, and this popular Wellington café is a destination for good reason.
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
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.
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.
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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.
Peoples Coffee - Lukes Lane
Peoples offers a range of artisan toasts and sweet things, and the coffee can be trusted to be impeccable.
Qilin Tea House
Qilin Tea House certainly feels a magical place to be if you’re a tea lover.
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
Midland Park marks new beginnings for Coffee Supreme.
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.
A fun and easy going brewery and bar, with plenty of games (including table tennis!) to keep you entertained.
A pastaria with style in the heart of Cuba Street.
A brilliant retro-fit bar that welcomes tradies, business folk, families, children and even dogs.
Queen Sally's Diamond Deli
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.
A café housed in a heritage surf lifesaving building that once had a close call with a fiery fate
Here, the burgers are fist-sized and delicious.
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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.
Ombra goes to show that great food and great service are a winning combination every time.
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
Keeping things simple, LUCKY takes its vibes from the West Coast skate scene, where doing your own thing comes with a hint of rebellion.
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Egmont Street Eatery
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.
ParrotDog Brewery & Nice. Takeaway
Exuding 70’s retro vibes, ParrotDog’s cellar door (‘Nice.
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.
Wellington's favourite Neapolitan pizza.
A happy mix of West meets East, pink meets green, and beer meets bao, Mr Go’s is proof that an eatery needn’t stick to one concrete theme.
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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.
Olive provides attentive service, luxurious ambiance, perfectly poached eggs and a top cup of black coffee.
Hidden behind an unassuming ground floor entrance, The Library is another well-known establishment that overlooks the go-go crowd of Courtenay Place.
Field & Green
At Field & Green the menu changes weekly, breakfast is served all day, and specials come in two varieties - feast or frugal.
Championing ethical and sustainable coffee from its Newtown cafe.
V1 Vegan Store
A place with surprises on every shelf, from jerky and milks, to a fridge full of ready-to-eat meals.
Rogue & Vagabond
A great spot for meeting friends, socialising or just watching the Wellington crowd do their thing.
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You have no doubt heard of this café’s laid-back vibes, easy-going staff and damn good food.
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.
It’s the kind of simplistically stylish bakery you’d expect to find on a New York avenue or down a European side street.
Deluxe Espresso Bar
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.
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Wellington Chocolate Factory
A dangerously delicious spot for your hot chocolate and sweet treat fix.
A modern dining experience that pays tribute to values of sustainability, quality and comfort.
Empire Cinema & Eatery
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.
Live music, slam poetry readings, stand-up comedy and a thumping happy hour make Meow a versatile venue.
Part restaurant, part bar, Havana is an absolute essential in every sense of those two words.
Moore Wilson's Tory Street
If you’re into food there’s no doubt you’ll be into Moore Wilson's.
Hanging Ditch, for those who are yet to visit, is Leeds’ Street best little slice of stealth.
Comes and Goes
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.
Commonsense Wellington City
For all things organic, Commonsense Organics is the place to visit – and luckily for Wellingtonians there are four stores to choose from.
Little Beer Quarter
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.
Rich Coffee Roasters
Although the relative new guys on the block, Rich Coffee Roasters are by no means amateurs.
True to name, things gets pretty cosmic inside Moon 1.
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Ortega Fish Shack
A favourite amongst Wellingtonians, Ortega Fish Shack is a must go-to seafood restaurant within the city.
Pickle and Pie
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.
A great option for pizza or a late night chocolate hit, this little landmark has you covered.
This café definitely takes out the title for best view of the city.
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A boutique and thoughtful shopping experience.
Stories Espresso Bar
Stories Espresso Bar is unique in more ways than one.
A small boutique café, cakery and catering business with the feel of a country cottage kitchen.
Catching on to the retro cycles trend, the clever people behind Bicycle Junction's new neighbourhood bikery, describe themselves as “Urban Specialists”.
Welcome to hop-head heaven.
A suburban eatery with city sophistication.
Golding's Free Dive Bar
The ideal no-nonsense neighbourhood bar.
A coffee shop, music shop and art gallery all in one, Black Coffee has quickly cemented itself as one of the favourite Newtown hangouts.
Havana Coffee Works
This cozy, retro café on Tory Street moves through to an open-air, garage-style roastery.
Crumpet on Manners Street is a quaint café / bar and quite possibly Wellington’s best kept secret.
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.
Hillside Kitchen & Cellar
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.
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Apachè takes a modern approach to Vietnamese hawker food.