Sweet eats for Easter in Wellington

A slice of cake and a cake for Easter at Sweet Bakery and Cakery Wellington.

Whether you celebrate Easter or not, we reckon there’s still no better time of year to delve into some chocolately cravings and support some clever local traders at the same time.

From classy hot cross buns, to cocktails served in a chocolate egg, there’s no stopping the creativity that hospitality hot spots dream up at this time of year. Keen to try them out? Here’s where we suggest.

Wellington Chocolate Factory

Easter eggs, Wellington Chocolate Factory

From the crafters who really know their chocolate, you’ll be pleased to hear Wellington Chocolate Factory is also jumping on the Easter bandwagon. A bean to bar factory that’s adamant about doing things differently and ensuring their products are ethically traded, Easter simply comes as a happy excuse to turn their always delicious single origin bars into a pleasing spherical shape. Choose from one of two 40g chocolate eggs and crack them open to find a salted brittle caramel party going on inside. The perfect little treat for an Easter friend.

An Easter bonanza, The Library

53 Courtenay Place

Cocktail specialists at The Library are well accustomed to thinking outside the square when it comes to fun and fancy cocktails, and this Easter they are bringing ‘confection for your affection’ to the bar – a selection of Easter inspired alcoholic drinks to please the sweetest of sweet tooths.

On the menu you’ll see things like Lewis Road chocolate milk, Pandoro-made chocolate buns, Auckland’s Thomson Whisky, and ever resourceful, the cocktail creators have even found a use for Wellington Chocolate Factory’s cacao husks – using them to infuse Cointreau.

And if you thought it was a drinks only list, you’d best think again – the Willy Wonka Choc Burger is making a comeback since its debut at WOAP 2017 and with chocolate and berry ice cream, white choc buttons and peanut butter brownie all squeezed between chocolate brioche buns, we suggest you take a friend and invest in some eating assistance.

Chocolate bagels, Best Ugly Bagels

5 Swan Lane, Te Aro, Wellington

Just because bagels don’t feature on the usual Easter menu doesn’t mean the team at Best Ugly have taken any notice. Instead they’ve taken their best work (a bagel) and simply made it more Eastery (with chocolate). And although these little doughy bits of chocolate are available year round, we reckon there's no time like Easter to go all out and get one slathered in caramelised banana cream cheese and topped with toasted almonds and more chocolate drizzle. Aptly named the King Kong (coz this one is gonna send any meek chocolate eaters running) grab one for a luxe takeaway afternoon tea, or get a take home pack of four to design your own at home over Easter weekend.

Neat Wellington Places

Pegasus Books

Books on shelves.
Place Wellington

Pegasus truly is a bibliophile’s delight.

Queen Sally's Diamond Deli

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

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.

Commonsense Kilbirnie

A woman at work in the aisles.
Place Wellington

A boutique and thoughtful shopping experience.

The Library

A booth beneath a shelves of books at The Library bar Wellington.
Place Wellington

Hidden behind an unassuming ground floor entrance, The Library is another well-known establishment that overlooks the go-go crowd of Courtenay Place.