Monday8:00 am – 4:00 pm.

Tuesday8:00 am – 4:00 pm.

Wednesday8:00 am – 4:00 pm.

Thursday8:00 am – 4:00 pm.

Friday8:00 am – 4:00 pm.

Saturday9:00 am – 4:00 pm.

Sunday9:00 am – 4:00 pm.

15 Marion Street, Te Aro

The weirder the more wonderful seems to be the rule at FiFi’s where curious pieces of art and vibrant murals take up large parts of the wall space, and effectively add to this chilled out café where it’s all friendliness and no pretentiousness. Calling some of Wellington’s most talented female artists friends made it an easy choice for owner Fi to fit out the space with powerful and punchy art, and the same ethos connects the fun food choices on the menu too.

The team make everything themselves here (bar the bread which comes from Shelly Bay bakery), and with nothing over $14 on the menu it’s a very accessible place to come even when you’re a week away from payday. Try a Green Goddess sandwich packed with pea smash, feta, rocket, avocado and cucumber for something that your insides will rejoice about, add a hemp milk and banana smoothie for a real kick, or treat yourself to fresh baking straight out of the cabinet. Good Fortune Coffee is what the baristas are pouring here (with retail beans available too), otherwise there’s local cold drinks in the fridge, and by the looks of things some regulars are here so often to get their caffeine hit that the place feels more like a friendly hang out spot than a café where you’re just another nameless customer.

The piano in the corner was donated by friends down the road at Bicycle Junction when it was discovered that they needed the space for more bikes (naturally), and Fi reports it’s in tune and ready to be played by whoever has the talent of tickling the keys. Any café that has a resident dog sitting outside the entrance is a café off to a good start, and Peaches the pooch is somewhat of a mascot for the space, where dog owners are actively encouraged to bring their pups in to hang out, and it’s not uncommon to hear the spot affectionately called a ‘doggy daycare’ too.

Words by Rosie Morrison & Photography by Anna Briggs

15 Marion Street, Te Aro

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