PLACES TO EAT AND DRINK

Wellington isn't just the country's political capital - it's a food capital in its own right! Here are our top picks of places to wine and dine in the coolest little capital.

 
 

CHEAP EATS

  LITTLE PENANG $   Another Wellington institution, Little Penang offers some of the most authentic Malaysian food in the city and for a very affordable price!  The servings are huge and the place is always full - but it's never a long wait for a table.  40 Dixon St, Te Aro.  Open 11am-3pm and 5-9pm, Monday-Saturday.

LITTLE PENANG $

Another Wellington institution, Little Penang offers some of the most authentic Malaysian food in the city and for a very affordable price!  The servings are huge and the place is always full - but it's never a long wait for a table.

40 Dixon St, Te Aro.

Open 11am-3pm and 5-9pm, Monday-Saturday.

  THE CHIPPERY $   Perhaps Wellington's fanciest fish and chip joint!  Go here for everything from lemon-grilled salmon with crinkle cut fries to a good old fish burger.  They have really great vegan options too.  Mt Vic - 5 Majoribanks St, Mount Victoria. Thorndon - 10 Murphy St, Thorndon.  Open 12-8.30pm every day.

THE CHIPPERY $

Perhaps Wellington's fanciest fish and chip joint!  Go here for everything from lemon-grilled salmon with crinkle cut fries to a good old fish burger.  They have really great vegan options too.

Mt Vic - 5 Majoribanks St, Mount Victoria.
Thorndon - 10 Murphy St, Thorndon.

Open 12-8.30pm every day.

  AUNTY MENA $   Arguably the city's most popular vegetarian restaurant, and a real Cuba Street institution, Mena's has been serving up amazing Malaysian food for years.  Definitely try the laksa!  167 Cuba St, Te Aro.  Open 12-9pm, Monday-Saturday.

AUNTY MENA $

Arguably the city's most popular vegetarian restaurant, and a real Cuba Street institution, Mena's has been serving up amazing Malaysian food for years.  Definitely try the laksa!

167 Cuba St, Te Aro.

Open 12-9pm, Monday-Saturday.

  TOMMY MILLIONS $   Pizza by the slice with the perfect crust - and something for all dietary requirements!  Three Te Aro locations: - The Press Hall, Kiosk 1, 78A Willis St - 105 Courtenay Pl - 142 Featherston St.  Open 11am-6.30pm most days (Courtenay Pl open until late).

TOMMY MILLIONS $

Pizza by the slice with the perfect crust - and something for all dietary requirements!

Three Te Aro locations:
- The Press Hall, Kiosk 1, 78A Willis St
- 105 Courtenay Pl
- 142 Featherston St.

Open 11am-6.30pm most days (Courtenay Pl open until late).

COFFEE PICKS

  STORIES ESPRESSO BAR   Stories makes really great coffee - and it's right across the road from  INVOLVE 2018 !  Every dollar they make goes back into the Barista Training Academy of Zeal, a nationwide trust that aims to transform young people through the creative arts.   Serves: Peoples (Wellington)  40A Cuba Street, Te Aro.  Open 7.30am-3.30pm Monday-Friday and 9am-3.30pm Saturday.

STORIES ESPRESSO BAR

Stories makes really great coffee - and it's right across the road from INVOLVE 2018!  Every dollar they make goes back into the Barista Training Academy of Zeal, a nationwide trust that aims to transform young people through the creative arts. 

Serves: Peoples (Wellington)

40A Cuba Street, Te Aro.

Open 7.30am-3.30pm Monday-Friday and 9am-3.30pm Saturday.

  LAMASON BREW BAR   Described by one reviewer as serving 'non-snobby but snobbily good coffee', which we reckon is pretty bang on!  The great people at Lamason will make you any kind of coffee but specialise in alternative brews - especially siphon.  Serves: Peoples (Wellington)  Corner of Lombard and Bond St, Te Aro.  Open 7am-4.30pm Monday-Friday and 9.30am-3pm Saturday.

LAMASON BREW BAR

Described by one reviewer as serving 'non-snobby but snobbily good coffee', which we reckon is pretty bang on!  The great people at Lamason will make you any kind of coffee but specialise in alternative brews - especially siphon.

Serves: Peoples (Wellington)

Corner of Lombard and Bond St, Te Aro.

Open 7am-4.30pm Monday-Friday and 9.30am-3pm Saturday.

  CUSTOMS BY COFFEE SUPREME   Iconic and long-standing Wellington roaster Coffee Supreme's flagship Wellington cafe!  In addition to really good espresso, Customs celebrates not only mid-century coffee brewing methods like pour over and siphon, but mid-century decor too.  Serves: Supreme (Wellington)  39 Ghuznee St, Te Aro.  Open 7.30am-4.30pm Monday-Friday and 8.30am-4pm Saturday-Sunday.

CUSTOMS BY COFFEE SUPREME

Iconic and long-standing Wellington roaster Coffee Supreme's flagship Wellington cafe!  In addition to really good espresso, Customs celebrates not only mid-century coffee brewing methods like pour over and siphon, but mid-century decor too.

Serves: Supreme (Wellington)

39 Ghuznee St, Te Aro.

Open 7.30am-4.30pm Monday-Friday and 8.30am-4pm Saturday-Sunday.

  THE FLIGHT COFFEE HANGAR   The Hangar is the flagship cafe of Flight Coffee.  As well as their fabulous coffee, The Hangar is (unlike our other picks) licensed - and it serves breakfast, brunch and lunch every day of the week.  Serves: Flight (Wellington)  119 Dixon St, Te Aro.  Open 7am-4pm Monday-Friday and 8am-5pm Saturday-Sunday.

THE FLIGHT COFFEE HANGAR

The Hangar is the flagship cafe of Flight Coffee.  As well as their fabulous coffee, The Hangar is (unlike our other picks) licensed - and it serves breakfast, brunch and lunch every day of the week.

Serves: Flight (Wellington)

119 Dixon St, Te Aro.

Open 7am-4pm Monday-Friday and 8am-5pm Saturday-Sunday.

WATERING HOLES

  CRUMPET   Crumpet is tiny but has a homely, vintage feel and serves up amazing cocktails - the staff apparently can make over 500 different kinds!  By day, Crumpet is a cafe and serves Peoples coffee.  109 Manners St, Te Aro.  Open 1pm-late every day.

CRUMPET

Crumpet is tiny but has a homely, vintage feel and serves up amazing cocktails - the staff apparently can make over 500 different kinds!  By day, Crumpet is a cafe and serves Peoples coffee.

109 Manners St, Te Aro.

Open 1pm-late every day.

  GOLDING'S FREE DIVE   A comfy dive bar that serves craft beer, packet chips, and amazing pizza from across the laneway.  These guys know where good beer is at.  14 Leeds St, Te Aro.  Open 12-11.30pm every day.

GOLDING'S FREE DIVE

A comfy dive bar that serves craft beer, packet chips, and amazing pizza from across the laneway.  These guys know where good beer is at.

14 Leeds St, Te Aro.

Open 12-11.30pm every day.

  THE ROGUE & VAGABOND   This craft beer bar is especially great on a sunny afternoon - the beanbags get claimed fast.  Come here for dogs, tacos, and live music.  Glover Park, Te Aro.  Open 11am-12am every day.

THE ROGUE & VAGABOND

This craft beer bar is especially great on a sunny afternoon - the beanbags get claimed fast.  Come here for dogs, tacos, and live music.

Glover Park, Te Aro.

Open 11am-12am every day.

  GARAGE PROJECT TAPROOM   The Taproom is a bit further to get to than our other picks - but worth the trip!  Arguably the country's most innovative brewery, there's always something new and exciting on tap.  Not to be confused with the cellar door over the road (also worth a visit).  91 Aro St, Aro Valley.  Open 3-10pm Tuesday-Thursday and 12-10pm Friday-Sunday.

GARAGE PROJECT TAPROOM

The Taproom is a bit further to get to than our other picks - but worth the trip!  Arguably the country's most innovative brewery, there's always something new and exciting on tap.  Not to be confused with the cellar door over the road (also worth a visit).

91 Aro St, Aro Valley.

Open 3-10pm Tuesday-Thursday and 12-10pm Friday-Sunday.

FANCY FOOD

  APACHÈ $$   Apachè takes a French approach to Vietnamese street food.  Expect bright and vibrant flavours!  122 Wakefield St, Te Aro.  Open 11.30am-2.30pm and 5-9pm Tuesday-Saturday.

APACHÈ $$

Apachè takes a French approach to Vietnamese street food.  Expect bright and vibrant flavours!

122 Wakefield St, Te Aro.

Open 11.30am-2.30pm and 5-9pm Tuesday-Saturday.

  LOGAN BROWN $$$   Classy but informal, the well-established (even infamous?) Logan Brown serves modern and sustainably-sourced Kiwi cuisine in a 1920s banking-chamber dining room.    192 Cuba St, Te Aro .  Open 12pm-12am Wednesday-Saturday and 5.30pm-12am Sunday and Tuesday.

LOGAN BROWN $$$

Classy but informal, the well-established (even infamous?) Logan Brown serves modern and sustainably-sourced Kiwi cuisine in a 1920s banking-chamber dining room. 

192 Cuba St, Te Aro.

Open 12pm-12am Wednesday-Saturday and 5.30pm-12am Sunday and Tuesday.

  DRAGONFLY $$   Dragonfly isn't Asian-fusion so much as pan-Asian - serving a variety of traditional dishes from across Asia alongside great cocktails.  70 Courtenay Pl, Te Aro.  Open 4.30pm-12am Monday-Wednesday and Sunday, and 4.30pm-3am Thursday-Friday.

DRAGONFLY $$

Dragonfly isn't Asian-fusion so much as pan-Asian - serving a variety of traditional dishes from across Asia alongside great cocktails.

70 Courtenay Pl, Te Aro.

Open 4.30pm-12am Monday-Wednesday and Sunday, and 4.30pm-3am Thursday-Friday.

  ORTEGA FISH SHACK $$   An award-winning and innovative fish restaurant with fresh food, great wines and incredibly attentive service.  16 Majoribanks St, Mount Victoria.  Open 5.30-11pm every day.

ORTEGA FISH SHACK $$

An award-winning and innovative fish restaurant with fresh food, great wines and incredibly attentive service.

16 Majoribanks St, Mount Victoria.

Open 5.30-11pm every day.