Nikau Gallery Cafe

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Tuesday8:00 am – 3:00 pm.

Wednesday8:00 am – 3:00 pm.

Thursday8:00 am – 3:00 pm.

Friday8:00 am – 3:00 pm, 6:30 – 8:30 pm.

Saturday9:00 am – 3:00 pm, 6:30 – 8:30 pm.

Sunday9:00 am – 3:00 pm.

City Gallery Wellington, Te Ngākau Civic Square, 101 Wakefield Street, Wellington Central

04 801 4168

The steady stream of customers at Nikau makes it clear that this really is one of Wellington’s favourite cafés. Situated at the Wellington City Art Gallery, Nikau is far from your boring, bog-standard museum café.

Nikau’s décor is minimalistic yet stylish – think clean lines, beautiful white washed walls and an almost industrial feel with concrete floors. Despite this, it’s certainly warm and cosy, light and airy. The outdoor seating is also excellent on a warm Wellington day, with a good view of waterfront revelers.

The small (but high quality) brunch and lunch menu at Nikau is ever-changing and incredibly interesting with its emphasis on local, organic and seasonal produce. The grilled haloumi (a bit of a mainstay on the menu) is delicious – even more so during spring when it’s often accompanied by seasonal asparagus. There’s also a delicious selection of cabinet food (the doughnuts have a strong following here in Wellington!) and a good range of coffee, tea and other beverages on offer.

Clearly evident is the influence of Nikau’s art gallery location – the café is full of great art, menus are attached to quirky clipboards made using cardboard from boxes that food has been delivered in, and larger tables are set with beautiful flower arrangements. There is also a great selection of magazines and newspapers available to peruse.

Nikau is a popular spot with arty types, families, students and nearby office staff alike. It’s definitely worth a visit, whether you’re stopping in at the gallery or not.

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City Gallery Wellington, Te Ngākau Civic Square, 101 Wakefield Street, Wellington Central

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