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.

Words by: John Son

Photography by: Anna Briggs

Beautiful beaches, stunning walks and a diverse community make Porirua an unmissable stop for anyone visiting Wellington. With a fast-growing culinary scene thrown in the mix, locals are treated to dishes that rival some of the best in the region. Here’s our guide to eating your way around Porirua.

Turkish Eggs at t bay café

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26 Whitehouse Road, Tītahi Bay, Porirua

T bay café is a true Titahi Bay community hub, both in terms of location and in the way it effortlessly draws locals together. The Turkish eggs are one of the most popular items here, generously served with garlic yoghurt, spiced Turkish sauce, chilli oil, hazelnut dukkah and coriander, accompanied by delightfully toasted Turkish bread. This vegan dish can also be made gluten-free.

Crash Palace Beyond Burger at Get Fixed

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10 Wi Neera Drive, Porirua City Centre, Porirua

Get on your bike and head to Get Fixed, the café and bicycle workshop perched right on the Porirua Harbour. The burgers are definitely the highlight of the evening menu, with the Crash Palace Beyond Burger a top pick for vegans and non-vegans alike. The Crash Palace also comes in a classic beef version, showing that there’s truly something for everyone at Get Fixed.

Fish and Chips at Plimmerton Fish Supply

2 Beach Road, Plimmerton, Porirua

Situated a stone’s throw from the spectacular local beach, the fish and chips at Plimmerton Fish Supply are certainly worth the drive. From fillets to fritters, crumbed, battered, or between burger buns, Plimmerton Fish Supply serves the freshest of the best kaimoana — as well as toasties, spring rolls, and decadent desserts.

Green Curry at Tuk Tuk Thai

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15 Hartham Place South, N, Porirua

This well-appointed Thai restaurant in the heart of Porirua’s city centre offers a feast both for the eyes and the stomach. Settle into the intricately detailed surroundings as you tuck into Tuk Tuk’s excellent rendition of a classic Thai favourite, green curry. Make your dinner spread one to remember by adding a pad thai, tom yum soup, or any of the other dishes on the extensive menu.

Loaded Toast at Local Authority

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shop 1/1 Walton Leigh Avenue, Porirua City Centre, Porirua

A proven local favourite near the city centre, Local Authority is a cosy café that packs more than a punch. Among its beautifully ornate brunch dishes, you’ll find a tempting range of loaded toasts and toasties. When it comes to popular picks, you simply can’t go past an all-time classic, the smashed avo on toast.

Waffles and wellness bowls at Sushil's

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27 Aotea Drive, Aotea, Porirua

Take one look at the menu, and Sushil’s relentless focus on health and fitness is clear to see. The protein waffles and wellness bowls stand out, which are coincidentally among the most popular items. The tacos are another signature Musclechef creation (choose from buttermilk fried chicken, smoky pulled pork, and Cajun spice jackfruit), and with pasta, burgers, and an impressive array of other dishes, there are plenty of options whether you’re heading here for breakfast or lunch. And with all dietary requirements looked after, the cafe goes the extra mile to ensure no one is left out.

Neat Porirua Places

Adrenalin Forest Wellington

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Place Porirua
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If you’re a seeker of thrills, you’ll likely have a lot of fun at the aptly named Adrenalin Forest in Porirua.

Te Rauparaha Arena

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Place Porirua
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Te Rauparaha Arena is the place to come when you feel like moving your body.

The Little Goat

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Place Porirua
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Once a travelling food truck, The Little Goat is now set firmly in its little spot, serving delicious fare based on Mediterranean recipes.

Little City Kombucha

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Place Porirua
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For a brand that’s all about minimising its impact on the environment, Little City Kombucha is certainly making a splash from its very own slice of Porirua.