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. The shop, while screaming classic Kiwiana in its fitout, is made unique by the subtle (and not-so-subtle) Greek touches, a nod to the family behind it. Skip the tomato sauce and dip your chips in yogurt tzatziki to get the full experience.

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.

Pies at Greedy and Co.

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98 Rawhiti Road, Pukerua Bay

A former caravan, which now permanently resides in Pukerua Bay, is home to the best pies in Porirua. Greedy and Co.'s hand-crafted pies made with housemade pastry, are a treat in every sense of the word. You’ll have to drop by on a Friday or Saturday for one of these delicacies as they’re only available on weekends. You can expect flavours like kumara, bacon and brie and silverbeet and cheese. But get in quick as these bad boys often sell out because they're just mighty fine.

Neat Porirua Places

Topor Bistro

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Place Porirua
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Those clued up on Polish cuisine will feel right at home at Topor Bistro, with a menu featuring the classics: dig in to pierogi, bigos, and golabki.

Get Fixed Bicycle Café

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An incredibly family-friendly spot with harbourside views, there are few better places in Porirua to while away an hour or two. Get on your bike, and find out for yourself what makes Get Fixed so special.

Enjoy Store

Colourful homewares and furniture on display on shelves inside Enjoy Store Porirua.
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Enjoy Store in Plimmerton, Porirua, is a curation of thoughtfully selected homewares and children’s clothing, all chosen to bring joy to our everyday lives.

Moore Wilson's Porirua

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An institution and a household name in Wellington, not many people know that Moore Wilson’s is also a stalwart of Porirua’s grocery scene.