If you are already wowed by Wellington’s eating and drinking scene, then the promise that you can also take some of the goods that you’ve been consuming home with you should come as tip top news.

Wellington food and beverage makers are a creative and hardworking bunch of crafters who don’t settle for anything but the best. Don’t go thinking that gives them a pretentious air though, Wellington goods makers are nothing but humble, honourable and legends in their craft. 

In true Wellington fashion, nothing is too far afield when it comes to buying goods - in fact some of the city’s favourite goods makers share laneways right in the centre city, meaning you can simply meander the streets and happen across some of the country’s best artisan goods. A bean-to-bar chocolate factory sits metres from Wellington’s own peanut butter makers, and the sweet cakes and bread you find at your local café have most likely come from food makers who reside just a stone’s throw away.

Pick up a jar of something pickled, a package of something grainy and grab a cake to-go and suddenly you’ve got an Instagram worthy Wellington lunch at home in your dining room - when you go to give thanks, simply look up on your way home, chances are you will be passing one of the local goods makers on your way from A to B.

The People Behind the Places: Meet the Food & Drink Heroes of Kāpiti Coast

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While Kāpiti Coast might be more commonly associated with a holiday destination where the classic fish n’ chips on the beach scenario is a fit-for-purpose culinary experience, scratch the surface, and you’ll find the region brimming with food and drink locations that will have you toss away the thought of eating off paper.

La Bella Italia

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Down an unassuming side street in industrial Petone, you’ll find La Bella Italia, Lower Hutt’s very own Little Italy.

Forage Merchants of Wellington

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Place Hutt Valley Lower Hutt
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With a range that includes food and drink, health and beauty, art, music and so much more, Forage Merchants celebrates the very best of what the greater Wellington region has to offer.

Jean's

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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...

The Dutch Shop

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The Dutch Shop is a perennial favourite among Petone locals and visitors alike - particularly for those with a penchant for cheese.

Penray Gardens

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Place Kāpiti Coast
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Penray Gardens is a pick-your-own paradise located in Ōtaki on the Kāpiti Coast.

Dough

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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.

Monkfish

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Place Wellington
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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.

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,

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

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Esther’s food production kitchen and her “flavours in jars” grew from requests from customers across Wellington.

Six Barrel Soda

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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.

Coffee Supreme Midland Park

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Midland Park marks new beginnings for Coffee Supreme.

ParrotDog Brewery & Nice. Takeaway

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Place Wellington
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Exuding 70’s retro vibes, ParrotDog’s cellar door (‘Nice.

Baker Gramercy

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Place Wellington
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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.

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.

Garage Project

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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.

Commonsense Kilbirnie

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A boutique and thoughtful shopping experience.

Commonsense Wellington City

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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.

Wellington Chocolate Factory

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Place Wellington
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A dangerously delicious spot for your hot chocolate and sweet treat fix.