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Mabel's

Flowers on the table at Mabel's, Wellington.
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When it comes to evoking a sense of identity through spatial design, few restaurants in the capital do it better than Mabel’s.

Belén

Person holding a vegan pastry with strawberries at Belén, Wellington.
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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.

The Oatery

The Oatery exterior.
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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.

Next Door

Owner, Matt Hawkes, standing outside Next Door, Wellington.
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Newtown has added yet another string to its bow with the opening of Matt Hawkes’ new bar.

Dragons

Two seater table under artwork on the wall.
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A name synonymous with yum cha in Wellington, Dragons is an institution in the capital’s Asian dining scene.

Soul Shack

Burgers and fried chicken on a bench.
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Ask any Wellingtonian where to get the best fried chicken and chances are they’ll point you in Soul Shack’s direction.

Mason

A plant and table and chairs.
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A sign above the jet black entrance at Mason invites you to come as you are, and it's a tempting proposal.

Los Banditos

Colourful Mexican bar at Los Banditos
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Los Banditos brings Wellington flavoursome Mexican food, a lively atmosphere, exciting drinks and friendly service.

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,

Fidel's Café

Viva Fidels signage on a villa wall.
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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.

Six Barrel Soda Co.

Blue and pink soda bottles.
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Summer is officially here, and local favourite Six Barrel Soda Co. has opened their Lukes Lane soda factory to the public for a cellar door experience.

Elements

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

Coffee Supreme Midland Park

Customer reads a journal at Coffee Supreme Midland Park, Wellington.
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Midland Park marks new beginnings for Coffee Supreme.

Heyday

Outdoor courtyard at Heyday, Wellington.
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A fun and easy going brewery and bar, with plenty of games (including table tennis!) to keep you entertained.

1154

Waiter holds three dishes at 1154, Wellington.
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A pastaria with style in the heart of Cuba Street.

Parrotdog Bar

The outside of Parrotdog Bar.
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A brilliant retro-fit bar that welcomes tradies, business folk, families, children and even dogs.

Queen Sally's Diamond Deli

The building exterior of Queen Sally's Diamond Deli and cafe Wellington.
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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.

Burger Liquor

The entrance to Burger Liquor.
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Here, the burgers are fist-sized and delicious.

Ombra

Flatlay of food on the table.
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Ombra goes to show that great food and great service are a winning combination every time.

Goldmine Co.

Signage.
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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.

Loretta

A woman behind the counter.
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The menu at Loretta speaks of simple food done well.

Havana Coffee Works

Interior view of 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

The front window.
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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?

The Fisherman’s Plate

Two women eating.
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An unassuming place punching well above its weight.

Mr Go's

Flatlay of plates of food.
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A happy mix of West meets East, pink meets green, and beer meets bao, Mr Go’s is proof itself an eatery needn’t stick to one concrete theme.

Havana Bar

Cocktails being made.
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Part restaurant, part bar, Havana is an absolute essential in every sense of those two words.

91 Aro

A man pouring beer.
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Welcome to hop-head heaven.

Machete

A staff member behnd in the counter at Machete Cafe in Wellington.
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Not offering your average New Zealand café options, Machete specialise instead in tacos and coffee ...

Gipsy Kitchen

The entrance to Gispy Kitchen cafe Wellington.
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You have no doubt heard of this café’s laid-back vibes, easy-going staff and damn good food.

Viva Mexico Newtown

Art on an exterior wall.
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Tired of cooking what Mexicans didn’t eat, Antonio Gonzales started Viva Mexico.

The Ramen Shop

Three men sitting at a table.
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Rain, gale or shine the Ramen Shop serves up well-priced feeds for travellers and locals in need.