Upon arriving in New Zealand’s fun little capital, you'll quickly stumble across your first Wellington café, because they are everywhere. With award-winning roasters and baristas, it's hard not to find a good cuppa in the capital. Rumoured to have more cafés, bars, and restaurants per capita than New York, the café scene in Wellington punches well above its weight on the world stage.

What To Eat In Porirua

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Whether you want a laidback brekkie at a beachside café or tasty burgers at a historical homestead, there's much to feast on in Porirua.

Belén

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The vision for Wellington bakery Belén was simple: to prove there are no limits to what can be created with plants.

Fred's

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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.

The Oatery

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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.

Myrtle

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Offering a local taste of New York chic, Myrtle is the spinoff bakery everybody wanted from one of Wellington’s most revered suburban eateries.

Duck Island Wellington

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It was only a matter of time before Hamilton’s Duck Island ice cream came knocking on Wellington’s door.

Zelati

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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.

Fidel's Café

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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.

The Lido Café

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The Lido has been a stalwart of the Wellington hospitality scene for almost 30 years, and one of the first spots in the capital to serve espresso.

9 of Our Favourite Wellington Brunch Spots Right Now

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From ocean vistas to inspired menu offerings, there’s never been a better time to get brunch in the nation's capital.

Ripe Coffee - Origin

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If you’re looking for a comfortable space in which to enjoy great coffee amongst the buzz of community then Origin is the spot for you.

Elements

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The tagline and ethos says it all, ‘Real food, everyday’, and this popular cafe is a destination for good reason.

Grace Patisserie

Flat lay of food and drink.
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Welcome to a considered space to drink your coffee and tea with mind-blowingly beautiful sweet eats,. Grace Patisserie will tick all your boxes.

Swimsuit

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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

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Peoples offer a range of artisan toasts again featuring Esthers range, or pick up something sweet, and the coffee can be trusted to be impeccable.

Qilin Tea House

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Qilin Tea House certainly feels a magical place to be if you’re a tea lover.

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.

Betsy

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In a suburb that seems like it’s perpetually on holiday, easy-going modern deli Betsy feels right at home in Island Bay.

Charley Noble

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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.

Maranui Café

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A café housed in a heritage surf lifesaving building that once had a close call with a fiery fate

Queen Sally's Diamond Deli

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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.

Goldmine Co.

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If a visit to Goldmine has you feeling like you’ve stumbled into a place fueled on caffeine that feels both solid and full of cheeky vibes, then you’re absolutely spot on.

Staple Espresso

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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

Hillside Kitchen & Cellar

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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.

Stories Espresso Bar

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Stories Espresso Bar is unique in more ways than one.

Black Coffee

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A coffee shop, music shop and art gallery all in one, Black Coffee has quickly cemented itself as one of the favourite Newtown hangouts.

Comes and Goes

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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.

Deluxe Espresso Bar

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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.

Empire Cinema & Eatery

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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.

Rich Coffee Roasters

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Although the relative new guys on the block, Rich Coffee Roasters are by no means amateurs.

Seashore Cabaret

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This café definitely takes out the title for best view of the city.

Customs by Coffee Supreme

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Customs is a bustling spot, and with good reason! It’s also well-positioned to take full advantage of Wellington’s erratic morning sunshine.

Best Ugly Bagels Wellington

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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.

Peoples Coffee

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Championing ethical and sustainable coffee from its Newtown cafe.

Olive

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Olive provides attentive service, luxurious ambiance, perfectly poached eggs and a top cup of black coffee.

Lamason Brew Bar

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From Ethiopian Sidamo to Guatemalan Huehuetenango and Mexican Chiapas, coffee beans at Lamasons are sourced far and wide the fair trade organic way.

Nikau Gallery Cafe

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Nikau is far from your boring, bog-standard museum café.

Havana Coffee Works

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This cozy, retro café on Tory Street moves through to an open-air, garage-style roastery.

Leeds Street Bakery

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Wouldn’t it be grand if there was somewhere you could consistently find fresh baked brioche or rye toast for breakfast in the morning?

Field & Green

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At Field & Green the menu changes weekly, breakfast is served all day, and specials come in two varieties - feast or frugal.

L'affare

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Twice the size of any regular coffee bar, L’affare’s status as a Wellington institution can be attested to by the cacophony of people inside on any given day.

Sweet Mother's Kitchen

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An old school, eclectic and slightly ramshackle American-style diner.

Gipsy Kitchen

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You have no doubt heard of this café’s laid-back vibes, easy-going staff and damn good food.

Tomboy

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A small boutique café, cakery and catering business with the feel of a country cottage kitchen.

Pickle and Pie

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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.

Machete

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Not offering your average New Zealand café options, Machete specialise instead in tacos and coffee ...

Bicycle Junction

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Catching on to the retro cycles trend, the clever people behind Bicycle Junction's new neighbourhood bikery, describe themselves as “Urban Specialists”.