Shelly Bay Baker on Leeds Street

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When the call of carbs rings out loudly in Wellington, follow the scent of freshly baked bread down Leeds Street and through the door of Shelly Bay Baker.

Glou Glou

Wooden bar leaner with green tiles holding plates of sweet and savoury crumpets and ube and matcha lattes
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Located inside Wellington’s iconic Exchange Building on Allen Street, Glou Glou is an upmarket casual cafe that is ultra sleek yet laid-back enough to warrant a daily...

La Bella Italia

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Place Hutt Valley
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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.

Bellbird Eatery

Scrambled egg and mushrooms on toast.
Place Hutt Valley
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Museum and art gallery cafes have really upped their game in recent years, evolving from simple refreshment pit stops to become attractions in their own right.

Brewtown Eat & Drink

Full of people eating and drinking at Brewtown.
Place Hutt Valley
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Widely regarded as Wellington’s premier craft beer destination, Brewtown isn’t just a mecca for beer lovers, but also for those who simply appreciate good food...

Humble & Grand

Homewares on display on shelves at a retail store in Upper Hutt.
Place Hutt Valley

Making its home in Upper Hutt is Humble & Grand, a homeware store stocking an assortment of contemporary and classic goodies.

Seashore Cabaret

View from inside the first floor Seashore Cabaret cafe out to their deck area where people are dining with a view across the harbour to Wellington city beyond.
Place Hutt Valley
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This café definitely takes out the title for best view of the city.

Take Me Back Traders

Eclectic mix of ceramics and vintage prints on walls and shelves of vintage secondhand shop
Place Hutt Valley Upper Hutt

Take a trip down memory lane at Take Me Back Traders, a family-run vintage and retro store that specialises in sourcing one-off treasures – from unique collectables to furniture and homeware.

Keihei Chicken

A plate of fried chickens and burgers.
Place Hutt Valley
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A bright, bold splash of yellow on Fergusson Drive, Keihei Chicken brings more than just warmth and colour to this otherwise grey corner of Upper Hutt.

The Dowse

The white exterior of The Dowse Museum in Lower Hutt.
Place Hutt Valley
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Renowned for its creative spirit, the Wellington region is home to an enviable array of world-class art galleries and museums.

Whirinaki Whare Taonga

The large imposing exterior of Whirinaki Whare Taonga in Upper Hutt.
Place Hutt Valley
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Whether it’s dinosaurs or the Mona Lisa, Whirinaki Whare Taonga is an arts centre that simply refuses to do boring.

Jean's

The blue and gold outside of Jeans in Upper Hutt.
Place Hutt Valley Upper Hutt
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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...

Schrödinger's Books

Male worker behind the counter of an independent bookstore in Petone Lower Hutt
Place Hutt Valley Lower Hutt

As the winner of NZ's Best Bookshop Award in 2021, Schrödinger's Books will hold any bookworm captive with its well-curated selection of books housed in a beautifully restored space in Petone.

Trade School Kitchen

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Place Hutt Valley Lower Hutt
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Described as the ‘living room of the Naenae community’, Trade School Kitchen is a not-for-profit community based cafe doing what it can to give back to its people.

Kaitoke Regional Park

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Place Hutt Valley Upper Hutt
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A lush sanctuary nestled in the foothills of the Tararua mountains, Kaitoke Regional Park has an ethereal allure that captivates visitors new and old alike - and it’s not just down to its Lord of the Rings connections.

Cake & Kitchen

A fake living wall inside a brightly lit cafe.
Place Hutt Valley Upper Hutt
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Cake & Kitchen is a cafe in Upper Hutt, bringing people together over delicious food and coffee.

Maidstone Max

A skate ramp a Maidstone Max on a sunny day.
Place Hutt Valley
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Only a hop, skip and throw from Upper Hutt’s CBD is Maidstone Park.

Twenty Eight

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Place Hutt Valley Lower Hutt
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Named for their address on Cornwall Street, Twenty Eight is a modern, well lit and welcoming Lower Hutt cafe serving up interesting cabinet food, a thoughtfully crafted...

Staglands

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Place Hutt Valley Upper Hutt
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Tucked away deep in the Akatarawa Valley, Staglands is a serene wildlife reserve with a focus on encouraging each visitor to nurture a genuine connection to and appreciation...

The Merry Go Round

Retro posters on the wall, an old Space Invaders arcade game, and a vintage wooden table laden with retro crockery for sale at The Merry Go Around.
Place Hutt Valley
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Head to The Merry Go Round to find out why one man’s trash is another man’s treasure.

Baylands Brewery

Interior of taproom at Baylands Brewery in Lower Hutt
Place Hutt Valley Lower Hutt
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Based in Petone, Baylands Brewery and Taproom is a relaxed, welcoming space offering up a wide range of fresh beer and tasty food.

Goodness Boutique

Street view looking into clothing store Goodness in Lower Hutt Wellington
Place Hutt Valley Lower Hutt
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Goodness Boutique is a mainstay on Jackson Street, Petone, providing great wardrobe choices to the fine people of greater Wellington since 2005.

Viva Mexico

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Place Hutt Valley Lower Hutt
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This is not the place to be ordering chili con carne or hard-shell tacos. At Viva Mexico, you'll be treated to a true taste of Mexican in the Hutt.

Percy Scenic Reserve

Grassy picnic spot with benches and ducks wandering around in Percy Scenic Reserve
Place Hutt Valley Lower Hutt
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Once a private family garden in the late 1800s, Percy Scenic Reserve is today one of Lower Hutt's most cherished public spaces to take in serene vistas, explore historic plant collections and picnic by the duck pond.

Wanda Harland Design Store

Colourful clothes and candles displayed inside Wanda Harland in Petone.
Place Hutt Valley
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Balancing fun and frivolity with being kind to our planet, Wanda Harland is a store in Petone that sells a range of sustainable home goods designed to last the distance.

Tartines French Cafe

Fresh tuna salad and aperol spritz on an outdoor French style table
Place Hutt Valley Lower Hutt
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Tartines offers a small slice of French culinary delight, with handmade tarts, pastries, fresh bread and classic dishes that will have you mistaking Lower Hutt for Lyon.

Comes & Goes

Peoples Coffee footpath sign outside Comes & Goes café in Petone.
Place Hutt Valley
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Comes & 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.

Tricky's Sandwich Co

Chicken sandwich being placed on the table at Tricky's Sandwich Co
Place Hutt Valley Upper Hutt
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It’s hard to beat a good sandwich – and Tricky’s Sandwich Co is a family-run sandwich joint that have made it their business to be unbeatable.

Cars Inc.

A black car in front of a large fluorescent 'Cars' sign.
Place Hutt Valley
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What started out as simply a young boy with a passion has turned into a lifelong project for car enthusiast Paul Boden, and the opening of Cars Inc.

Abandoned Taproom Petone

Graffitied walls inside a bar.
Place Hutt Valley
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The upcycled furniture, the bike frame fence, and of course, the walls covered ceiling to floor in graffiti (literally, there’s writing on the ceiling).

Studio Toru

The little cottage exterior of Studio Toru.
Place Hutt Valley
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Established by jeweller Philothea Flynn, Studio Toru is housed in one of Eastbourne’s original settler cottages, originally built by and for an Italian fishing family.

Hive Café

A close up of berries on waffles on a plate.
Place Hutt Valley
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Established in 2016, Hive is intended as a cafe for everyone.

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.

Goldie

Clothes and homewares on display on shelves in a retail store.
Place Hutt Valley
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Nestled in the seaside village of Eastbourne and online, Goldie is a beautiful home and lifestyle corner store (and paradise) for design lovers.

Gerry's Charcoal Chicken

A large counter at Gerry's in Upper Hutt.
Place Hutt Valley
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On a small side street in the sleepy suburb of Elderslea, you’ll find what appears to be an unassuming - if not slightly dated - takeaway shop.

Brewtown Entertainment

Arcade games inside Brewtown Entertainment at Upper Hutt.
Place Hutt Valley
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Long synonymous with Wellington’s unparalleled craft beer scene, Brewtown is quietly but effectively growing a reputation as the region’s ultimate...

Dough Upper Hutt

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Place Hutt Valley Upper Hutt
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Come for the art, stay for the coffee and doughnuts at Dough Bakery in Upper Hutt – conveniently located in one of the town's most popular cultural haunts.

Kilim Petone

Chairs and tables in kebab shop with Turkish decor and tapestry on walls
Place Hutt Valley Lower Hutt
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A revered name in Wellington’s Turkish scene, Kilim is synonymous with quality, hearty kebabs done well, with its reputation extending far beyond the Hutt Valley.

The Dutch Shop

Someone slicing a wheel of Dutch cheese in specialty food store
Place Hutt Valley Lower Hutt
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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.

Miss Fortune's

Coffee machine and bags of coffee on a colourful counter in Miss Fortune's cafe
Place Hutt Valley Lower Hutt
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Lower Hutt’s industrial precinct isn’t exactly where you’d think to head for a slice of quintessential Wellington hospitality, but at Miss Fortune’s, you’ll find one of the region’s most charismatic little brunch spots.

Small Batch, Ripe Coffee Roasters

Waiter putting coffee and muffin down on cafe table
Place Hutt Valley Lower Hutt
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This small but mighty Petone-based coffee roaster has well and truly established itself as a trusty local for many Hutt goers.

Fig Tree Café

A large cafe space with a green painted wall.
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Nestled in the leafy green suburb of Heretaunga, the Fig Tree Cafe has made its home in a converted church.

House of Good Fortune

Exterior of mint-green character house in Petone Wellington
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Petone’s myriad side streets hold plenty of delightful surprises, and if you’re lucky enough, you might just stumble upon the House of Good Fortune.

Toi MAHARA

Weaved bags and mats on display inside a gallery.
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Toi MAHARA is the district public gallery for the Kāpiti Coast. It stands in pride of place in the heart of Waikanae in a purpose-built building designed by Athfield Architects.

Toi Matarau

A large gallery full of colourful works of art.
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Toi Matarau is a gallery within the Māoriland Hub in the heart of Ōtaki village.

Montfoort

A Dutch Pancakes caravan.
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Montfoort has a simple yet exciting mission: to showcase the very best of sweet Dutch street food.

The Lockup

The outdoor seating are at the Lock Up in Kapiti.
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Situated a stone's throw away from the beach at Paraparaumu, The Lockup is the ultimate ocean-side cafe, complete with a large outdoor area and a chilled vibe.

Long Beach Tavern

Graffiti art on an exterior wall.
Place Kāpiti Coast
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The ultimate community restaurant, Long Beach, is a Waikanae institution.

Dreamscape Glamping

Black bath tubs and a small hut.
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Perched on a hill overlooking Waikanae and the Kāpiti Island, a unique accommodation experience awaits.

Hendrix Lifestyle Store

A woman working behind a white counter in a beautifully decorate store.
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Located just minutes from the beach at Waikanae, Hendrix Home & Lifestyle Store is a one-stop shop for all your seaside living needs.

Salt and Wood Collective

Loaded fries and other plates of food on an outdoor table.
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A self-acclaimed carnivore haven, The Salt & Wood Collective in Waikanae is all about big, bold, meaty meals.

Joe & Joy

A large glass cabinet at the counter of Joe and Joy cafe.
Place Kāpiti Coast
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Joe & Joy is a husband-wife-run bakery and cafe in the heart of Waikanae village.

Bus Stop Café

A vintage living room sitting next to large windows.
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The Bus Stop Cafe is a hidden secret a stone's throw away from Te Horo Beach.

Penray Gardens

A fruit and vegetable display inside a large barn.
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Penray Gardens is a pick-your-own paradise located in Ōtaki on the Kāpiti Coast.

Peoples Coffee Roastery

A man with child sitting on a couch at Peoples Coffee in Wellington, New Zealand.
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Head to Newtown, venture a bit further past the chaotic and colourful Riddiford Street, and you’ll stumble across Peoples Coffee’s roastery HQ café, the...

Noble Rot

A seating area inside Noble Rot wine bar in Wellington.
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Boasting an almost 1,000-strong wine list, it’s no surprise that Noble Rot is widely considered Wellington's premier wine bar.

Willis Lane

Three delicious looking hot dogs on a table.
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Wellington’s city streets are constantly humming with life and energy, but for a playful excursion that breaks the norm, you’ll want to head underground.

Good as Gold

A colourful window display at Good as Gold in Wellington.
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​​From the giant yellow smiley faces peering down at you to the curiously carpeted walls and display stands, Good as Gold in Wellington is a fashion store that likes to do...

Iris Store + Studio

The front window inside Iris Store + Studio in Wellington.
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Nestled in a creative corner of Wellington and surrounded by like-minded boutique neighbours, Iris Store + Studio is much more than a one-stop shop for all your beauty needs.

K C Café & Takeaway

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An unassuming takeaway in the eyes of the casual visitor to Wellington, KC Cafe is so ingrained in the culinary history of the capital that it may as well have heritage status.

Indian Alley

A flatlay of curries and naan on plates.
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Just a short stroll from Oriental Bay in Wellington, Indian Alley is a classy little restaurant that offers something new and exciting to even the most seasoned enthusiasts...

Squirrel

The beautiful entry to Squirrel cafe in Wellington.
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Nestled near the corner of popular Blair Street, Squirrel offers a warm and inviting haven complemented by a menu that showcases the best of Wellington’s producers and suppliers.

The Axe

The exterior of a building painted in white and light purple.
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A beautifully curated furniture and homeware store with a twist.

Dark Horse

Customers chatting at tables outside the cafe.
Place Kāpiti Coast Paraparaumu
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Dark Horse Coffee co. has been providing the people of Kāpiti Coast and beyond with delicious artisan coffee since 2016.

The Wilderness

Flowers and candles on display on white shelves inside The Wilderness.
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A Kāpiti Coast provider of stunning florals and indoor plants, The Wilderness is your go-to for any occasion that requires a bunch.

Duncan's Brewing Company

A decorative wall behind beer taps at Duncan's.
Place Kāpiti Coast Paraparaumu Editor's Pick
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Even though Duncan’s Brewing Company’s production warehouse and off-licence in Paraparaumu is tucked down an alleyway, keep your eyes peeled for a full wall...

The Raumati Social Club

The exterior of Raumati Social Club.
Place Kāpiti Coast Paraparaumu
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Raumati Social Club is a bit of an institution at Kāpiti Coast.

Passo

A colourful mural on the wall inside Passo.
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You wouldn’t necessarily expect to stumble upon an authentic Sicilian restaurant serving up mouthwatering dishes in the heart of Paraparaumu, but Passo is here to...

Salty's Diner

A close up of a burger on a table.
Place Kāpiti Coast Paraparaumu Editor's Pick
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Salty’s is an experience not to be missed while visiting the Kāpiti Coast.

Sunday Cantina

The counter and kitchen inside Sunday Cantina cafe.
Place Kāpiti Coast Paraparaumu
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Adding a splash of colour and fun to the Poplar Ave corner at Raumati South, Sunday Cantina is in the business of providing customers with healthy, fresh food in a cheerful...

Milk + Ginger

Coats and winter clothes on display on racks.
Place Kāpiti Coast Paraparaumu
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A hub of quality, affordable fashion and lifestyle in the heart of Raumati Beach, Milk + Ginger is a store well worth visiting when in town.

Olde Beach Bakery

A view of the inside of Olde Beach Bakery on sunny day.
Place Kāpiti Coast Paekākāriki
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Olde Beach Bakery pumps out delicious baked goods in the heart of Paekākāriki for the enjoyment of locals and visitors alike.

Beach Road Deli

The brightly lit interior of Beach Road Deli on a sunny day.
Place Kāpiti Coast Paekākāriki Editor's Pick
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On the main street of the cute seaside township of Paekākāriki, you’ll find Beach Road Deli – a bright and beachy café offering great coffee and quality...

50-50

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Place Kāpiti Coast Paraparaumu Editor's Pick
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Located in the heart of the township of Paraparaumu Beach on Kāpiti Coast, 50-50 is a destination restaurant that offers a dining experience not to be missed.

Customs

A female staff member looking down at the floor behind the counter at Customs.
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Some of the finest coffee in town since 2010, Wellington's Customs is the flagship café co-owned by Coffee Supreme and their long-time employee, Tim Norriss.

CGR Merchant & Co

A female bartender making a pink cocktail behind the bar at CGR Merchants.
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Look for an unassuming red door in the heart of Courtenay Place in Wellington and you’ll be whisked away to one of the city’s best cocktail lounges.

BambuchiSan

A colourful tiger cartoon painted on to a white brick wall inside Bambuchisan Wellington.
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You’re in good hands at Hataitai’s very own neo-Japanese paradise.

Margot

The window seat inside Margot Wellington.
Place Wellington Editor's Pick
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Tucked away in the heart of Newtown in Wellington is the little restaurant, Margot.

Dough

A hand putting a burger on a plate on to a blue table.
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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.

Abel Fabriek

The exterior of the elegant Abel building with a white weatherboard outside.
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Hidden away from street view on the main Aro Valley shopping strip, you’ll find Abel Fabriek, part perfumery, part elegant retail store.

Graze Wine Bar

The small seating area inside the brightly lit Graze Wine Bar in Wellington.
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Wellington’s central city eateries are revered across the country, and for good reason.

Huckle & Co

A flatlay of fish and chips and burger with a little pottle of sauce on an outdoor table.
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The perfect summer afternoon doesn’t exis… oh wait, it does, and you’ll find it in Seatoun in Wellington.

play_station

A spotlight shining on a wall of two small art works.
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It’s no secret Wellington is the creative capital of New Zealand.

August Eatery

The red and glass exterior of August Eatery.
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August conjures many things in the minds of Wellingtonians: the last throes of a bitingly cold winter, the promise of warmer days ahead, the prospect of the country’s...

Kisa

Inside Kisa Restaurant Wellington.
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Middle Eastern dining revolves around sharing - of food, conversation, and good times.

Mabel's

Salad from 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.

Fred's

Sandwich on a wooden bench top at Fred's, Wellington.
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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

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.

Myrtle

Plate of pastrami sandwiches for sale at Myrtle, Wellington.
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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.

Monkfish

Strongwater fridge filled with chilled drinks at Monkfish.
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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.

Next Door

Exterior of Next Door, Wellington.
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Positioned right next to neighbourhood favourite Margot, Next Door makes up one...

The Intrepid Hotel

Sign at The Intrepid Hotel.
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A destination in itself with a surprise at every corner.

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.

Vessel

Pottery in window display.
Place Wellington

Vessel specialises in artisan products, with an emphasis on locally made pottery. You could spend a day perusing the exquisite bowls, plates, and cups.

Niche Textile Studio

Chair next to a loom.
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Niche Textile Studio was set up by Christine Brimer to help share her passion with Wellingtonians - creating beautiful woven homeware with a focus on sustainability.

Light House Cinema Cuba

Seats and tables sitting underneath movie posters in the waiting room.
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Light House Cuba creates the ultimate film going experience and all you need to do is sit back and relax.

Duck Island Wellington

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

Fortune Favours

Fortune Favours wooden hand holding sign.
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A giant wooden hand reaches out from the side of the building, beckoning passersby with a simple proposition: Fortune Favours the brave.

Wilson Barbecue

Customer at Wilson Barbecue enjoying the food.
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Wilson Barbecue has a new permanent home after wowing Wellingtonian's with their food truck delights and pop-up stints. Wilson Barbecue is loudly and proudly “all about the meat”, and their brisket, ribs, and pulled pork, all cooked low ‘n slow, enjoy a richly deserved reputation.

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,

Zelati

Woman holding ice cream on cone.
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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

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

Blue and pink soda bottles.
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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.

Boar and Blade

Barber giving man a hair cut.
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Whether you’re in need of a quick trim or a hot towel shave, the boys at Boar and Blade will have you looking your freshest in no time.

Hoi Studio

Reformer pilates studio in Miramar.
Place Wellington
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Hoi is a Pilates studio in Miramar with a wholesome philosophy of laughter and light-heartedness in movement.

Puffin

Shelves of wine with a takeaway sign.
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Welcome to Puffin, a “wine bar with a focus on organic and minimal intervention wines”.

Elements

Black exterior with outdoor seating.
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The tagline and ethos at Elements say it all, ‘Real food, everyday’, and this popular Wellington café is a destination for good reason.

Enjoy Contemporary Art Space

Lucy Meyle, Soft Spot, 2020.
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With a regularly rotating schedule of work on display in Enjoy's two separate exhibition spaces, you will always find something new and exciting to draw you in.

Highwater Eatery

Long narrow restaurant with people dining in rows.
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This new eatery combines its efforts of sustainability with celebrating the good times - meaning you can eat and drink and have a great time with the knowledge that you're supporting the good guys.

Taste of Home

Woman eating noodle bowl.
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This place has a cult following simply due to word of mouth - proof that the flavours here are something Wellingtonians just can’t get enough of.

Swimsuit

Exterior blue cafe with patrons eating outside.
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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.

Ascot

Woman holding hotdog.
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Hotdogs and wine might seem like an unlikely combination, but at The Ascot, no one’s going to judge you holding a glass of wine in one hand and a saucy dog in the other.

Peoples Coffee - Lukes Lane

View of the wooden counter and cafe.
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If you know Peoples Coffee in Wellington, you’ll know the business is much more than just a café and roastery.

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.

Old St Paul's

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While Old St Paul’s is no longer affiliated with the Anglican Church (or any church for that matter) it still makes a beautiful spot to come and reflect no matter if you’re atheist, agnostic or still deciding.

Untouched World

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If there’s one clothing store that really understands sustainability, it’s Untouched World. The first and only lifestyle fashion company in the world to be recognised by the United Nations for sustainability, Untouched World gets things right from the get-go.

Coffee Supreme Midland Park

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Midland Park marks new beginnings for Coffee Supreme.

Refuge Hair Boutique

Greenery and wood floors at Refuge Hair Boutique, Wellington.
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A young, fresh, welcoming salon where sustainability goes hand in hand with looking good.

City Gallery

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The hub for art-life in New Zealand’s capital, City Gallery Wellington is a contemporary art gallery with a dynamic programme of exhibitions and events.

Shoe School

Students busy around the shared table at Shoe School, Wellington.
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A school teaching you to make your own shoes from scratch.

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.

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.

RUBY Wellington

Dresses on hangers at RUBY, Wellington.
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A New Zealand favourite brand is well at home in Old Bank Arcade.

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.

Burger Liquor

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

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

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.

Kowtow

The shop interior of Kowtow Wellington clothing store, New Zealand.
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Kowtow inspires shoppers to think a little more before handing over their credit card.

Good Housekeeping

Chairs, plants and brooms for sale at Good Housekeeping Wellington shop, New Zealand.
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An eco-friendly and DIY shop by the owners of The Powder Room.

Frank's Newtown

Doughnuts on a counter inside Frank's Newtown cafe in Newtown Wellington.
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Frank’s Newtown is a little replica of its sibling café on The Terrace and has found itself to be a quickly loved part of Newtown culture.

Ombra

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Ombra goes to show that great food and great service are a winning combination every time.

Sustainability Trust

Plants on display.
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An organisation with a big heart, working for a greener city and a fairer community.

Natty

Close up of items to buy.
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Part studio, part shop, this sweet space in the middle of Beramphore has come a long way from its previous life as a butchery.

Union Tattoo

Detail of drawings at Union Tattoo, Wellington.
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Covering a variety of tattoo styles, including fine line and delicate works, the team at Union Tattoo liaise closely with clients from paper to skin.

Staple Espresso

A woman pouring coffee.
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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

Bats Theatre

The front of the building.
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Needing no introduction, BATS Theatre is one of Wellington’s cultural institutions.

Aro Video

Inside the store.
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Stocking an eclectic selection of quality films for hire, Aro Video offers just an inkling of hope that the Internet hasn’t killed the DVD, yet.

LUCKY

Burger and fries.
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Keeping things simple, LUCKY takes its vibes from the West Coast skate scene, where doing your own thing comes with a hint of rebellion.

Suite Art Gallery

Black and white framed works of art on a white wall.
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Priced between two and six figures, Suite caters for would-be buyers at each end of the spectrum.

Yoyo

Furniture inside the store.
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Yoyo celebrates the creative talent of New Zealand designers in furniture, homeware and lighting.

Stories Espresso Bar

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Stories Espresso Bar is unique in more ways than one.

Wellington Chocolate Factory

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

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.

Baker Gramercy

Two bakers working in the empty bakery in the dark morning.
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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.

Moon 1

Record player.
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True to name, things gets pretty cosmic inside Moon 1.

Little Beer Quarter

Yellow exterior of Little Beer Quarter.
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With 12 craft beers on tap and over 100 bottles of beer from New Zealand and around the globe this inner-city pub truly is a gem.

Smack Bang

A pink wall with shelving units covered in colourful dog chew toys.
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A real eye for detail and a love of interiors mean Smack Bang is nothing short of stunning.

Rogue & Vagabond

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A great spot for meeting friends, socialising or just watching the Wellington crowd do their thing.

91 Aro

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Welcome to hop-head heaven.

Hanging Ditch

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Hanging Ditch, for those who are yet to visit, is Leeds’ Street best little slice of stealth.

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.

Rich Coffee Roasters

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

ParrotDog Brewery & Nice. Takeaway

Woman filling rigger with beer and takeaway bar section of Parrotdog in Wellington
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Exuding 70’s retro vibes, ParrotDog’s cellar door (‘Nice.

Golding's Free Dive Bar

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The ideal no-nonsense neighbourhood bar.

Wellington Apothecary

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Find a complete range of botanical tonics, teas and skincare, all handmade in small batches at this local apothecary.

Olive

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

Weta Workshop

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Your gateway to immersive film making experiences.

Caughley

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Nestled down Ghuznee Street in the thriving creative heart of Wellington’s Cuba Quarter you’ll find CAUGHLEY - an ever-changing hub of independent high-quality fashion, timeless accessories, exceptional shoes and sought-after jewellery. Founded in 2015 by Rachael Caughley, the store is home to carefully selected pieces from coveted international brands and emerging New Zealand designers.

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”.

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.

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.

Iko Iko

Cards and posters on display inside Iko Iko Cuba Street, Wellington shop.
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The home of all things fun and fancy free, Iko Iko will treat you to something just a little different.

Meow

The outside the bar.
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Live music, slam poetry readings, stand-up comedy and a thumping happy hour make Meow a versatile venue.

Black Coffee

View of outdoor seating area.
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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.

Ziggurat Fashion Exchange

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A Cuba Street vintage shopping treasure trove.

Slow Boat Records

View of inside the store at Slow Boat Records, Wellington.
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If you prized hours of crate-digging or the thrill of a new favourite sound, make this your next port of call.

Crumpet

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Crumpet on Manners Street is a quaint café / bar and quite possibly Wellington’s best kept secret.

Deadly Ponies

Black bag by red wall.
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Deadly Ponies have delivered collection after collection of iconic leather goods, each with its own personality.

Te Papa

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Te Papa is one of New Zealand’s most prized museums.

Mystic Kitchen

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

Peoples Coffee

Inside Peoples Coffee in Newtown, looking through the steel frame opening to where customers are dining.
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Championing ethical and sustainable coffee from its Newtown cafe.

Scopa Pizzeria

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A great option for pizza or a late night chocolate hit, this little landmark has you covered.

Deluxe Espresso Bar

Red framed Deluxe front entrance.
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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.

The Library

A booth beneath a shelves of books at The Library bar Wellington.
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Hidden behind an unassuming ground floor entrance, The Library is another well-known establishment that overlooks the go-go crowd of Courtenay Place.

Best Ugly Bagels Wellington

Best Ugly Bagel front sign.
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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.

Tomboy

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

Mr Go's

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

Commonsense Kilbirnie

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A boutique and thoughtful shopping experience.

Egmont Street Eatery

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Leeds Street may be leading Wellington's hidden heritage revival, but brick-lined Egmont might be in line to carve a niche for itself, if this elegant eatery is anything to go by.

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.

Pizza Pomodoro

The entrance to Pizza Pomodoro.
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Wellington's favourite Neapolitan pizza.

Pegasus Books

Books on shelves.
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Pegasus truly is a bibliophile’s delight.

Salty Pidgin

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A suburban eatery with city sophistication.

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.

Ortega Fish Shack

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A favourite amongst Wellingtonians, Ortega Fish Shack is a must go-to seafood restaurant within the city.

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.

Hawthorn Lounge

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The service at Hawthorn Lounge is impeccable, in the sense that they're attentive without being overbearing. It's novel enough to make you realise that most places have forgotten the hospitable out of hospitality.

twenty-seven names

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Unique to Wellington’s offering of New Zealand boutique designer fashion is twenty-seven names, with the first store of designers Rachel Easting and Anjali Stewart open on Vivian Street.

Cicio Cacio

Art on white brick.
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You might try Cicio Cacio before a gig next door but the food in itself is worth a quick 10-minute bus trip or Uber from the city.

Empire Cinema & Eatery

Serving tables in aprons.
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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.

Apache

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Apachè takes a modern approach to Vietnamese hawker food.

Dr Morse Tattoo Studio

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Far from your regular tattoo studio, Dr Morse is well worth seeking out.