Monday7:00 am - 7:00 pm.
Tuesday7:00 am - 7:00 pm.
Wednesday7:00 am - 7:00 pm.
Thursday7:00 am - 7:00 pm.
Friday7:00 am - 7:00 pm.
Saturday9:00 am - 3:00 pm.
78 Willis Street, Wellington
Long gone are the days of low lit grimy food courts, and Press Hall is proof there’s a new age of eateries in town. From burritos to baos to vegan bowls, the eclectic mix of facilities here all have one thing in common – their enthusiasm to bring fresh food to the busy people of Wellington.
With the early success of Press Hall already off the charts, it’s hard to believe this up class eatery started off as a complete accident. The laneway that’s synonymous with delicious food on the go was only made possible when the owner of the former Community House thought it would be a neat idea to have access to Willis Street, and so demolished the tired property in front to create this now hustling bustling walkway.
Community House was originally the spot where the Evening Post was printed, and with fifty years of churning out news to the people, it felt only right for new owners to name their collection of eateries after those early newspaper pioneers. A heritage listed building, the sense of history remains thanks to the clever design of old meets new, where the industrial feel remains while simultaneously made fresher thanks to the string lighting, hanging lanterns and bright young workers taking the reins behind the counters.
First up in the laneway lineup is Tommy Millions who no doubt brings curious pizza lovers in from the street, while Nam D is next and often sees lines of hungry customers at lunchtime. Inside you’ll find The Lab, Mad Mex, Aroha, Bao Boys and Fratelli, with more to follow as this place grows. Luckily it attracts such friendly people too, because come lunch time you may just have to cosy up at a table with strangers, as hungry punters from all over town flock here to enjoy a huge handful of food options in one easy place.
Words by Rosie Morrison & Photography by Anna Briggs