The 44 Best Cafes in Wellington

Best Cafes Wellington

Wellington is known for its cafes, wines, and restaurants, which are all unique and inviting, perfect for satisfying your palate and completing your day. If you’re strolling by the city soon, we encourage you to try out some of the best cafes in Wellington listed here.

Cafes are like a home away from home, where you can catch up with your friend while sipping a tea latte. You can also read a book comfortably as soft jazz plays in the background.

To help out cafe lovers, we went looking for the top cafes in the area. Anyway, here are the coolest and best cafes in Wellington today:

 

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1)  Fidel’s Cafe – Cuba Street

Fidel’s Cafe's Store Front

BEST FOR  Freshly Sourced Food
MENU Check out Their Menu here
WEBSITE http://www.fidelscafe.com/
ADDRESS Fidels 234 Cuba St, Te Aro, Wellington, New Zealand
CONTACT DETAILS

04 801 6868

[email protected]

OPERATING HOURS 7 days a week: 9am – 3pm

Go back in time to 1950s Cuba and relish their freshly sourced foods like the special quesadillas, Beef and Bacon Burger, pizzas, and fried chicken — and don’t forget the crunchy, tasty hash browns.

Try the Popeye juice, which is mixed out of pineapple, apple, spinach, and mint. Classic desserts of carrot cake, chocolate brownies, and the yoghurt-filled, sweet timtam cake.

There are a selection of foods to choose from with gluten-free, dairy-free, vegan, and vegetarian diets too, so you’re all covered.

The cafe is lightly boisterous with a kind of a cheerful and continuous ambient noise. It is packed with vintage memorabilia, pictures, and football.

This famous cafe in Wellington opened its doors in 1996 with owner Roger Young. It’s known for its renovated facade and Cuban cigar smoking place.

Highlights

  • Freshly sourced ingredients
  • Selection of foods to order
  • Boisterous and cheerful cafe

Customer Reviews

Joel Edwards wrote on Google Reviews:

“As always Fidel’s brings the delicious food to the people. Chicken waffles were excellent, coffee was strong and smooth, and the jumbo Oreo was rich and delicious. Took only 5mins to get a table on a busy Sunday morning, wait staff were friendly and efficient. Definitely a Wellington must do!”

2)  Hillside Kitchen and Cellar – Thorndon

Hillside Kitchen and Cellar

BEST FOR  Healthiest and Most Sustainable Cafe
MENU See Their Menu Here
WEBSITE http://www.hillsidekitchen.co.nz/
ADDRESS 241 Tinakori Road, Thorndon, Wellington 6011, New Zealand
CONTACT DETAILS +64 4-473 7140

[email protected]

OPERATING HOURS Monday and Tuesday: Closed

Wednesday to Friday: 5:30 – 9pm

Saturday: 9am-2pm, 5:30 – 9pm

Sunday: 9am-230pm

Hillside Kitchen and Cellar is a relatively small vegetarian cafe with a round striped roof located in Thorndon.

It won the Top 100 restaurants in New Zealand back-to-back in 2017 and 2018 and it was featured in the Truth, Love, and Clean Cutlery that guides Kiwis through the healthiest and most sustainable places to eat.

Visit this cafe on the weekends mid-morning and have brunch with smoked tomato baked beans, sourdough toast, omelettes until half past two. They’re light and healthy and fill your stomach.

Or have dinner serving beetroot and mixed grains and pumpkin, sage, and miso. Their menu changes a lot depending on the fresh produce and availability so it’s great to be surprised every time you visit this cafe-restaurant.

They make the meal creative, presentable, meatless, and delicious.

Highlights

  • Back-to-back placeholder in the Top 100 restaurants
  • Light and healthy meals
  • Presentable and absolutely delicious recipes

Customer Reviews

Ed McDonald mentioned on Google Reviews:

“Came along for Sunday brunch. In short it was awesome. Welcoming hosts, wholesome delicious food (and pleasantly different to your usual breakfast fare with pickled mushrooms and creamed spinach alongside classic options like omelette etc.). Highly recommend!”

 

3)  Salvation Coffee

BEST FOR  Rustic Comfort Food
MENU Premium Coffee, Rustic Food
WEBSITE http://www.salvationcoffee.co.nz/
ADDRESS 75 Adelaide Road, Wellington, New Zealand
CONTACT DETAILS 04 891 0643

[email protected]

OPERATING HOURS Tuesday to Friday: 8:30am – 730pm
Sat and Sun: 10am – 8:30 pm

A cafe situated in Newtown Wellington, Salvation Coffee has a boutique coffee roaster and makes and serves premium coffee and comforting food coupled with warm customer services.

Its Chefs under the Granny Ruby’s Kitchen brand whip up rustic comfort food, which perfectly complements their coffee.

Salvation Coffee’s Venue is available to hire for private (parties) events, meaning you can hire out the entire cafe for any event, or book a large table for a get-together. They can also provide a special menu for your group and theme your event anyway that you require.

Highlights

  • Comfort food and excellent coffee specialty
  • Warm customer service
  • Can cater to private parties, events or get-togethers

Customer Reviews

Here’s a short comment on Facebook by Anna Notton:

“Good coffee and service. Great food. The gluten free bread was moist and not dry like other brands.”

 

4)  Willi’s Kitchen

BEST FOR  Asian-European Cuisine
MENU Check out Their Menu here
WEBSITE https://www.facebook.com/pg/willi.kitchen
ADDRESS
108 Manner Street, Wellington, New Zealand
CONTACT DETAILS
+64 4-801 7234
OPERATING HOURS Monday: Closed

Tuesday: 8am – 5pm

Wednesday: 8am-6pm

Thursday and Friday: 7:30am – 5:30pm

Saturday and Sunday: 8am – 4pm

Willi’s Kitchen is the best eating spot for Asian-European fusion cuisine. A favorite of breakfast lovers, Willi’s Kitchen has meat-filled and vegan meals on their menu. Willi’s Kitchen also sells a lot of vegan treats such as vegan desserts, sausage rolls and pies. They also have different plant-based options for their hot drinks.

Highlights

  • Asian-European cuisine
  • Lots of meat-filled and vegan meals
  • plant-based hot beverages also available

Customer Reviews

On Facebook, one of the customers Phoebe Gray mentioned:

“A nice range of cafe treats, including delicious vegan options. Their vegan lemon meringue pie is awesome. Fast service and friendly staff. They even deliver and do cakes for special events.”

 

5)  TaiyaKiwi

BEST FOR  Japanese Matcha Desserts
MENU Click on This Link Here
WEBSITE https://www.taiyakiwi.co.nz/
ADDRESS Shop1, 5 Plimmer Steps, Wellington, New Zealand
CONTACT DETAILS +64 22 473 0220
OPERATING HOURS Monday to Friday: 11am-5pm

Saturday and Sunday: Closed

Looking for Japanese sweets? How about genuine Matcha treats? Then look no further and visit TaiyaKiwi!

TaiyaKiwi’s mission is to bring authentic Taiyaki & Matcha, starting in Wellington.

Their menu features Matcha, a world-famous superfood and Taiyaki which are ideal for those who are conscious about their healthy food choices because it packs less calories than western sweets. Matcha and taiyaki? We deem it a great match-a!

Highlights​

  • Authentic Taiyaki and Matcha menu
  • Guilt-free and uplifting Matcha sweets

Customer Reviews

Amanda Solt comments on Facebook:

“So cute, and yet so delicious!!!! A hidden gem 🐟🐟🐟🐟🐟🐟🐟”

 

6)  Gelissimo Gelateria

BEST FOR  Flavourful Gelato
MENU You can pickup and order here
WEBSITE http://gelissimo.co.nz/
ADDRESS

11 Cable St, Welllington 6011, New Zealand

CONTACT DETAILS 04-385 9313

[email protected]

OPERATING HOURS

Open Daily: 9am – 4:30pm

Gelissimo Gelato is an award-winning boutique gelateria. Since 2011 they’ve earned over 60 medals and 2 trophies in the NZ Ice Cream Awards.

At their Gelateria on Wellington’s Waterfront, their small team shares their passion for gelato with all. Every batch of gelato is made using 80% fresh organic milk and local ingredients. This gives Gelissimo’s gelato a creamy texture full of seasonal and innovative flavours.

Their sorbetto is made from local growers and artisans that can provide the most flavoursome ingredients, be it the best organic ginger beer, tree-ripened organic feijoas, heritage plums from Hawkes Bay or the sweetest mandarins from the orchards of Gisborne.

Highlights

  • Flavourful and seasonal gelato
  • Made using 80% organic milk and local ingredients
  • Award-winning brand

Customer Reviews

Dan Wilson said on Google Reviews:

“Best gelato I’ve ever had. Tried loads of flavours as part of a food tour (hosted by Zest) and all were excellent. Staff were really friendly too.”

 

7)  Common Ground Waitohi

BEST FOR  Wide Range of Dietary Preferences
MENU See Their Menu Here
WEBSITE https://www.facebook.com/CG.Waitohi/
ADDRESS
34 Moorefield Road, Johnsonville, Wellington, New Zealand
CONTACT DETAILS +64 21 919 181

[email protected]

OPERATING HOURS Monday to Friday: 8am-4pm

Common Ground Cafe is part of the Waitohi Hub which consists of the Keith Spry Swimming Pool and the newly built Johnsonville Library.

Common Ground Waitohi offers a huge space for those who want to kick back and relax in their library, their cafe, or their courtyard. You can take a seat in the cafe, perch on the mezzanine, or find a little nook that feels like you.

As huge fans of food, coffee and hospitality, they’re passionate about creating heart-warming food that’s wholesome, tasty and sometimes slightly naughty. Common Ground Waitohi’s menu specialises in all day brunch, fresh salads, in-house baking and caters to a range of diets including gluten-free, vegetarian, and vegan.

Highlights

  • Wholesome and tasty food
  • Caters to a range of diets, including vegan, vegetarian and gluten-free
  • Convenient location

Customer Reviews

Claire Thompson said on Facebook:

“Fabulous service during these unprecedented times. Amazing pies, cheese scones, hot chocolate, coffee and kids hot chocolate, which were all made to perfection including the temp of the kids hot chocolate been made that little cooler for little people. Definitely recommended.”

8)  Home Cafe

BEST FOR  Cafe with a Relaxing Atmosphere
MENU Check out Their Menu here
WEBSITE https://www.homecafe.co.nz/
ADDRESS

8 William Colenso Place (off 70 Molesworth Street), Wellington, New Zealand

CONTACT DETAILS

04 499 6982

[email protected]

OPERATING HOURS Monday to Friday: 7am – 5pm

Saturday: 9am – 1 pm

Sunday: Closed

Home Cafe is currently in the National Library – on William Colenso Place, a stone’s throw from Parliament and the Wellington Cathedral of St Paul.

Being situated on the ground floor of the National Library of New Zealand – custodians of the country’s national treasures, and home to the He Tohu exhibition of three constitutional documents that shape our history; Women’s Suffrage, the Declaration of Independence of the United Tribes of New Zealand, and the Treaty of Waitangi, Home Cafe offers a relaxing place for newcomers and visitors of the National Library to take a break from their book-reading session or library tour with freshly brewed coffee, tea, and food!

Highlights

  • Relaxing hangout cafe
  • Offers delectable food along with freshly brewed coffee or tea

Customer Reviews

Here’s Damon’s comment from Home Cafe’s website:

“I love their coffee! Havana beans with organic milk – a perfect combination. I haven’t tried any of their cooked breakfasts but the cabinet food is really tasty, especially the cheese scones!”

9)  Verve Cafe

BEST FOR  Tasty and Filling Cabinet Food
MENU Breakfast, Brunch, Coffee and Tea
WEBSITE https://www.facebook.com/pg/vervewellington
ADDRESS
Shop 1, Capital on Quay, 250 Lambton Quay, Wellington, New Zealand
CONTACT DETAILS +64 4-471 1182
OPERATING HOURS Monday to Friday: 7am – 3pm

Saturday: 9am – 330pm

Sunday: 10am – 4pm

At Verve Cafe, you can choose from a wide variety of cabinet food, which is quick to prepare and filling to the body and soul!

They also sells Harney & Sons premium tea, offering a great selection of 10 different teas: Dorchester breakfast, Earl grey, Lemon herbal, Apple cinnamon, Paris, Chocolate mint, Peppermint, Strawberry kiwi, Tropical green, and Gunpowder green.

Highlights

  • Delicious and tasty breakfast or brunch
  • Offers a variety of Harney & Sons premium teas

Customer Reviews

Mark C. Isherwood said on Facebook:

“The first time in years I have come across a chef who makes perfect scrambled eggs.”

 

10)  Cafe Breton

BEST FOR  Authentic French Cafe and Creperie
MENU Download Their Menu Here
WEBSITE http://www.cafebreton.co.nz/
ADDRESS 20 Brandon Street, 6011 Wellington, New Zealand
CONTACT DETAILS 04 473 6576

[email protected]

OPERATING HOURS Monday and Tuesday: 7am – 4pm
Wednesday to Friday: 7am – 5pm
Saturday: 9am – 4pm
Sunday: 9am – 2pm

Cafe Breton is Wellington’s authentic French cafe and creperie.

Visit this elegant cafe for a taste of Brittany, delicious savoury, gluten-free buckwheat crepes and of course amazing sweet crepes, both served with a variety of fillings. We also serve tempting French classics such as the Croque Monsieur (French toasted sandwich) French Onion Soup, Omelettes and Quiches.

Feeling hungry? Try the Breton Platter with homemade smoked salmon and Moules Marinieres (fresh mussels cooked in white wine). For those with a sweet tooth, we also have the chef’s famous Tarte Tatin, Macarons, rich Chocolate Mousse and Mille Feuille. Check out the cabinet for a wide variety of tartelettes and pastries including Kouign Amann, (caramelised croissant), a well-known Breton speciality.

Bon Appetit!

Highlights

  • Serves authentic French meals and crepes
  • Elegant and class cafe
  • Also offers delicious treats like macarons and Mille Feuille

Customer Reviews

K K shared what he had in Cafe Breton on Google Reviews:

“Had the crepes with pork sausage and added egg. Friend had the crepes le provincial. Also grabbed a take away macaron.
Delicious and filling. Good coffee.”

 

11)  Coffee Supreme

BEST FOR  Aromatic, Delicious Coffee
MENU You can take a look at what they offer on their website
WEBSITE https://www.coffeesupreme.com/
ADDRESS 35 Hopper St, Mount Cook, Wellington 6011, New Zealand
CONTACT DETAILS 0800 937 627

OPERATING HOURS Monday to Friday: 8am – 5pm

Powered by our delicious coffee and the brilliant filter machines by Moccamaster, Coffee Supreme offers Coffee For The Office, an annual subscription where the coffee arrives every Monday morning, so if you don’t have to visit their cafe, you can still have your fix!

As an independent coffee roaster, they have been supplying cafes, homes and offices all across New Zealand, Australia and Japan. You can find their Wellington location here: https://www.coffeesupreme.com/pages/store-locator?group=new-zealand.

Highlights

  • Independent coffee roaster throughout NZ
  • Offers an annual subscription to send you coffee

Customer Reviews

Tim Clephane claimed on Google Reviews:

“Best damn espresso in the whole wide world.”

 

12)  Astoria

BEST FOR  Free Range Menu
MENU Can Be Viewed Here
WEBSITE https://www.astoria.co.nz/
ADDRESS 159 Lambton Quay, Midland Park, Wellington, New Zealand
CONTACT DETAILS 04 473 8500 – for general supply and enquiries

027 660 1144 – for events and functions

OPERATING HOURS Monday to Sunday: 8am – 4pm

Set in the iconic Midland Park, Lambton Quay, Astoria has proudly served Wellington customers daily since 1996.

At the heart of their operation is a 1950’s gas fired, 5 kilo, Vittoria coffee roaster that allows them to masterfully craft their house blend.

Vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free diners have choices in their menu and all their produce is free range where possible. Their bakers prepare fresh bread, cakes and biscuits daily and their coffee is roasted on site. Their chefs source grass-fed, free-range New Zealand beef from prime Angus, PrimeStar and Wakanui beef, which has been aged for 21 days.

Whether it’s a quick meeting and coffee, a relaxed brunch or a leisurely dinner with a bottle of wine, Astoria’s ready to welcome you.

Highlights

  • Have served Wellington since 1996
  • Signature house blend coffee
  • Free range menu where possible

Customer Reviews

Kyle Gowen wrote on Google Reviews:

“Excellent staff and delicious breakfast (bonus it was open on Sunday). General Manager had some great recommendations for local hikes and attractions!”

 

13) Pandoro Panetteria

BEST FOR  Italian Artisan Bread and Cakes
MENU See Their Menu on Their Website
WEBSITE http://www.pandorowellington.co.nz/
ADDRESS 2 Allen Street, Te Aro, Wellington, New Zealand

89 Willis St, Wellington, New Zealand

14 Woodward Street, Wellington, New Zealand

CONTACT DETAILS +64 4-385 4478
OPERATING HOURS Monday to Tuesday: 7am – 4pm

Wednesday to Friday: 7am – 5pm

Saturday and Sunday: 7am – 4:30pm

Pandoro Panetteria is a proudly family-owned business. Believing in the value of great food, produced the ‘old fashioned’ way with quality ingredients, they keep the Pandoro experience unique and personalised: you won’t find a production line of machines doing all of the work, they’re proud owner-operators  for over 20 years ago with the sole goal of producing and retailing the highest quality, authentic Italian Artisan bread and cakes.

From humble beginnings, as a small bakery in Auckland their loyal customers spread the word and now we have retail stores in both Auckland and Wellington and almost 200 staff in our family.

At Pandoro, their Artisan Bakers are passionate about traditional bread-making and ensure that every loaf that leaves their kitchens is made from the finest ingredients and treated with the same care as if it was being served to their own families. When visiting them, you can select from a wide range of loaves and specialty bread, sandwiches or cakes and then let their trained baristas work their magic on the soothing coffee accompaniment.

Highlights

  • Proudly family-owned business
  • Bread are made from the finest ingredients
  • Fantastic flavoured coffees

Customer Reviews

TAROT ZAMM states on Google Reviews:

“Favourite cafe with friendly staff and superb artisan cakes!”

 

14)  The Larder – Miramar

The Larder's Cashier Front

BEST FOR  Appetising and Beautifully-Presented Meals
MENU See Their Menu Here
WEBSITE https://www.thelarder.co.nz/
ADDRESS
133 Darlington Road, Wellington, New Zealand
CONTACT DETAILS +64 4-891 0354
OPERATING HOURS Monday: Closed

Tuesday to Saturday: 8am – 3pm

Sunday: 9am – 3pm

Moving away from the organic gourmets, check out the Larder. Here you have a wide choice of pastries, bacon and poached eggs, a cup of joe, sardines on bread, and of course, taste-perfect wines.

Each meal is presented in an artistic way that stimulates your appetite. So order some snapper burger with french fries, salad and pasta — share it with your parents or group of friends.

There is a homely, pleasant feel here. With cosy pictures and a view of the town outside, this is an excellent place to drop by in your spare time.

It’s worth mentioning also that all the food has been sourced from local farmers and producers too. That keeps the food new and fresh with pure flavour locked in.

Highlights

  • Fresh supply from local farmers and producers
  • Wide selection of brunches and wines
  • Homely and pleasant cafe

Customer Reviews

On Facebook, Ngahuia Sweeney clarifies the Larder’s standing on this list:

“Creative menu, friendly staff with delicious food and coffee! Certainly deserving of its status as one of Wellington’s best cafe/restaurants!”

 

15)  Cable Top Cafe

BEST FOR  Unique Cafe with a Breathtaking View
MENU Have a look at their menu on their website
WEBSITE https://cabletop.co.nz/
ADDRESS Top of the Cable Car, 1 Upland Road, Kelburn, Wellington, New Zealand
CONTACT DETAILS

027  584 4424

events@cabletop.co.nz

OPERATING HOURS Open Daily

Monday to Thursday: 9am – 3:30pm

Friday & Saturday: 9am – 8pm

Sunday: 9am – 4pm

Open for seven days a week from 8am to 4pm, Cable Top Cafe is an ideal location for breakfast, brunch, morning tea, lunch, afternoon tea or just a good beer or glass of wine on any Wellington day!

They’re also licensed to offer New Zealand a remarkable Event Space with views over Wellington, like no other.

For those looking for a unique space for their event, Cable Top Cafe has highly experienced event planners and managers to ensure that you design and deliver a wonderful occasion in a beautiful spot for your guests. Big event or small, corporate, or highly personal, weddings, engagements, anniversary, birthday, music or just an opportunity to create something social for your friends or family, they can handle your event, and you can get in touch through calling 027 584 4424 or email: [email protected]

Highlights

  • Relishing food, snackeries and wine
  • Unique cafe with breathtaking views
  • Can accommodate your special events

Customer Reviews

Rosco Jones writes on Google Reviews:

“Excellent place, coffee is of a super high standard, menu food & counter food options are plentiful and diverse. The staff were attentive and knew the menu options inside out, the place was super clean and what a great view of the city. I will be visiting again next time I’m in the city.”

 

16)  Poquito

BEST FOR  Genuinely Relaxing and Hosted Cafe
MENU Please Visit Their Website to See Their Menu
WEBSITE https://www.poquitobar.com/
ADDRESS 11 Tory St, Te Aro, Wellington, New Zealand
CONTACT DETAILS 04 803 3991
OPERATING HOURS
Monday: 7am – 2pm
Tuesday to Thursday: 8am till late
Friday: 7am – 4am
Saturday: 10am – 4am
Sunday: 10am till late

At the Crosshairs of Courtney Place and Tory street not far from Our Place (Te Papa National Museum of N.Z), towards the Capitals stunning waterfront, lies, Poquito, a small local establishment with a warm personality.

Poquito is the ideal destination for most occasions: from a quiet retreat for a heartwarming lunch, a quick stop for your caffeine fix or perhaps a late-night rendezvous.

At night, classic and inventive cocktails and fine whiskey can be enjoyed with live music playing that triggers memories of meaningful experiences and calls out for new ones.

An escape from the frantic factory cafe scene, Poquito is a genuine host with simple and satisfying daytime cuisine and all sorts of late-night remedies.

Highlights

  • Wide variety of food, coffee, cocktails and delicacies to pick from
  • Offer live music to make your meals more enjoyable
  • Warm and amiable staff

Customer Reviews

Amy Alexander commented on Facebook:

“Awesome local for a coffee, evening cocktail & live music! A true Wellington gem. Can’t wait to see you guys soon!”

 

17)  Lamason Brew Bar – Lombard and Bond St

Lamason Brew Bar's Shop Front

BEST FOR  Siphon Brewed Espresso
MENU Coffee and Espresso
WEBSITE https://bit.ly/2tCco28
ADDRESS
Corner of Lombard & Bond St, Wellington, New Zealand
CONTACT DETAILS +64 4 473 1632
OPERATING HOURS Monday to Friday: 7am – 430pm

Saturday: 9:30am – 3pm

Sunday: Closed

Around Wellington, there are many coffee shops you can go to, but nothing beats their siphon-brewed espresso or their coffee drinks. That’s why they’re among our best cafes in Wellington.

Come in and order some hot or cold brewed coffee with a toastie. You will absolutely love the taste and richness of the flavour. You will also like the exquisite froth art in the form of an olive tree, flower, or others.

The cafe also has friendly and amusing staff who will treat you like a good friend. And they are polite too, as one customer mentioned that a staff member gave her some water without her asking and that’s a plus.

It is a simple cafe where many people can hang and have a great quick lunch or dinner. If you are a coffee lover, at least you should visit the Lamason Brew Bar.

Highlights

  • Best coffee you can find
  • Offers a range of coffee drinks
  • Friendly and amusing staff

Customer Reviews

Explorer747143 writes on Trip Advisor:

“Superb coffee. These guys know their coffee. NOTE: The brew in the title refers to coffee brewing, not beer. We will definitely be back!”

 

18) Karake Cafe

BEST FOR  Aotearoa Cuisine
MENU Take Your Pick Here
WEBSITE https://karakacafe.co.nz/
ADDRESS
2 Taranaki Street, Wharewaka, Wellington, New Zealand
CONTACT DETAILS 04 916 8369

[email protected]

OPERATING HOURS Monday: Closed

Tuesday to Thursday: 8am – 4pm

Friday: 8am – 9pm

Saturday and Sunday: 9am – 4pm

What does the Karaka experience feel like? You can enjoy the ‘mean-Maori-mean’ cuisine by Karake while Aotearoa/New Zealand music plays in the background. Karaka Café is a comforting representation of New Zealand’s melting pot all under one roof.

Karaka Café also serves some of the best Aotearoa cuisine, such as the Hāngi dish, to the Pacific Eggs Benedict with corned beef. They’re also home to the Tohu & Kono range. Tohu is the world’s first Māori-owned wine company, and the cafe stocks the Tohu and Kono selection, Tohu Pinot Gris, Merlot, Pinot Noir, Chardonnay to the Rose.

Highlights

  • Offers a flavoursome variety of Aotearoa cuisine
  • Indulge yourself in the cafe with beautiful, cultural music

Customer Reviews

Sean Lane wrote on Google Reviews:

“Went here this morning. Great location, food was fast and delicious (Hangi pork burger with fried bread buns, I mean come on!!) and the girls were all welcoming and great fun to talk to. Check it out, or else you’re missing out.”

 

19) Chipmunks Playland and Cafe

BEST FOR  Kids’ Meal and Playground Fun
MENU Fresh and Heathy Food, Specialty Coffee Blends
WEBSITE https://www.chipmunks.co.nz/
ADDRESS 113 Tirangi Road, Lyall Bay, Wellington 6022, New Zealand
CONTACT DETAILS +64 4 387 7937
OPERATING HOURS Everyday: 9:30am to 5:30pm

Chipmunks, New Zealand’s most visited and largest franchised indoor play centre, has been around for 22 years experience, providing an entertainment facility, birthday party and private hire venue for kids aged 0 – 11 years old.

They also have an onsite cafe serves fresh food daily, healthy options and speciality coffee blends. The full-service cafe is located within the playground to allow parents and supervisors a space to come and relax, read, catch up on work or meet with friends while the kids have fun. The cafe has an extensive menu of kids favourites including burgers, pizza and chips as well as healthy options such as salads, wraps and bruschetta that’s served fresh every day.

Highlights

  • Serves kids’ favourite meals, healthy food and house blend coffee
  • Great place to hangout or catchup with friends or colleagues
  • Has been around for 22 years

Customer Reviews

Here’s Marius Brits commenting on Google Reviews:

“Wow as parents we have been to many play places but this one takes the top spot! Amazing! It has so much to offer for children and everything is so clean. Well Done!”

 

20)  Coffix

BEST FOR  Stronger Coffee Fix
MENU Coffee and Pastries
WEBSITE https://www.coffix.co.nz/
ADDRESS 1 Margaret Street, Lower Hutt 5010, New Zealand
CONTACT DETAILS [email protected]  
OPERATING HOURS Monday to Friday – 8am – 2pm

Saturday and Sunday: Closed

Need a stronger coffee fix? Coffix’s standard, organic, fair-trade coffee is double shot! They also don’t charge for soy, decaf, extra shots and syrups. They also have selection of freshly baked muffins, delicious brownies, slices, cakes, bagels, sandwiches, wraps, and more to complement your cup of joe.

Coffix has several stores all over Wellington, and you may check the one nearest you through their locator: https://www.coffix.co.nz/our-stores/.

Highlights

  • Offers organic, tasty coffee with free add-ons
  • Has a variety of pastries to go with your coffee
  • Numerous stores in Wellington

Customer Reviews

Henry Stoupe mentioned on Google Reviews

“Excellent and very fast service, plus unbeatable prices and great coffee, definitely worth a visit!”

 

21) Rātā

BEST FOR  Enviromentally-Conscious Cafe
MENU Sustainably Sourced Kiwi cuisine
WEBSITE https://www.visitzealandia.com/rata
ADDRESS End of Waiapu Road, Karori, Wellington, New Zealand
CONTACT DETAILS +64 4 920 9213
[email protected]
OPERATING HOURS Monday to Friday: 9am – 3pm

Saturday and Sunday: 9am – 5pm

Would you like an interesting view as you sip from your fresh coffee?

Rātā offers modern New Zealand cuisine with a conscience and a native twist. The ethos they have is working with what nature provides to make delicious food and drink that’s not only sustainable but gives back to the earth.

An environmentally-conscious cafe, they compost all food waste, napkins, & coffee grinds to grow organic produce from their on-site vege garden. If they can’t grow it, they source it locally where they can. They also use organic milk, free range eggs, chicken & pork, and sustainably-sourced seafood.

Rātā Café is an important source of income for the Karori Sanctuary Trust, which manages ZEALANDIA. All of their proceeds directly benefit the Trust and help to make its 500-year restoration vision a reality.

Highlights

  • Serves Kiwi cuisine that’s organic and modern
  • Use free range food to give back to the environment
  • Also offers freshly made coffee

Customer Reviews

Chris B said on Google Reviews:

“Excellent cafe. Lots of room, comfortable and a menu a cut above the standard cafes. Nice place to have a break at lunch time. Staff and service couldn’t be faulted. So convenient if you spend the sandy walking the trails.”

 

22)  Masala Indian Restaurant

BEST FOR  Lounge-Style Indian Restaurant
MENU Take a Look at Their Menu Here
WEBSITE https://masala.gen.nz/
ADDRESS 12 Allen St, Te Aro, Wellington 6011, New Zealand
CONTACT DETAILS +64 4 385 2012

[email protected]

OPERATING HOURS Lunch – Monday to Friday: 11:30 am – 2:30 pm

Dinner- Monday to Sunday: 5pm till late

 At Masala Indian Restaurant, their Indian dining experience is set in a comfortable lounge-style setting, perfect if you’re planning a night out on the Courtney Place Strip. As a large restaurant, they can cater to both big group bookings or dinner for two.

They’re open for lunch from Monday to Friday, 11:30 AM – 2:30 PM. They’re also open for dinner daily, from 5:00 PM till late.

Highlights

  • Serves mouth-watering Indian cuisine
  • Cosy lounge-style dining

Customer Reviews

Rob NS shared his experience on Google Reviews:

“I love this place. Food is good. Yes it’s a big restaurant but the reason I give it 5 stars is they will look after you like you’re family even though I visit only infrequently. And the environment is so relaxing. Always so much laughter by other patrons – so food for the soul too.”

 

23)  Neko Ngeru Cat Adoption Cafe

BEST FOR  Cat Adoption Cafes
MENU See Their Menu Here
WEBSITE https://nekongeru.nz/
ADDRESS 291 Jackson Street, Petone, Lower Hutt, New Zealand
CONTACT DETAILS 04 589 2287
OPERATING HOURS Monday and Tuesday: Closed
Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday:  10am – 3pm
Saturday: 10am – 4pm

Neko Ngeru is the first cat cafe in the Wellington region. As of February 2020 they have 82 adopted cats, 10 cats in the cafe, and 6 cats up for adoption! The number of cats varies between 10-15 and adoptions are subject to availability. All of their cats come from rescue organisations around Wellington and have been de-sexed, vaccinated, microchipped, de-flead and de-wormed.

Neko Ngeru also has nine different functions on their site:

  • Cat Room – you can play and/or chill out with our cats. Cats are great for relaxation!
  • Adoption Centre – you can find the ‘purrfect’ cat for you and your family!
  • School of ‘cat-craft and kittenry’ – their “student” cats learn how to behave here.
  • Café – you can buy delicious coffee and food in the cat room, café and/or takeaway!
  • Event room– they host events like cat yoga, movie night and cat toy making!
  • Cat merchandise – many things cats need and cat lovers want from NZ and abroad.
  • Function Centre – you can have a private function like a birthday party or team building!
  • Local Artist Gallery & Exhibitions – they also support local artists by giving space to exhibit.
  • Educational Centre – learn how to improve the lives of all cats in NZ, cat health and safety, TNR, and how to better interact with your cat.

They often get busy especially on weekends so it is best to book ahead through their website booking system (https://nekongeru.nz/bookings/) or call 04 589 CATS or send an email to [email protected]

Highlights

  • Offers great-tasting coffee for takeaway
  • You can adopt a really cute, healthy cat from them
  • Make sure the book in advance to avoid high demand

Customer Reviews

Yurika Nishiyama wrote a comment on Facebook:

“Very friendly staff, very cute kittens and yummy Japanese food!

Was very entertained by a kitten who kept trying to find creative ways to steal our meal too.

Also, great range of cat related stuff in the shop 😍!

Thank you!”

 

24)  Sierra Cafe

BEST FOR  Aromatic Roasted Coffee
MENU You can check them on their website
WEBSITE https://www.sierracoffee.co.nz/
ADDRESS 1st Floor/250 Lambton Quay, Wellington 6011, New Zealand
CONTACT DETAILS +64 4 499 2289

[email protected]

OPERATING HOURS Monday to Friday: 7am – 4pm

Saturday and Sunday: 9am – 3pm

Sierra is a supportive Kiwi business: they’re 100% New Zealand owned and operated with over 40 years experience in cafes, coffee and hospitality.

Sierra Coffee and Cafes began in Ponsonby in 1992. They have a state-of-the-art 7-kilo Diedrich coffee roaster that roasts fresh coffee every day. Their Sierra blend is carefully constructed and cleverly crafted from 100% premium grade single-origin Arabica beans.

Created by Chefs, Sierra counter food and kitchen menu items are also made fresh on the premises. Whatever your appetite, lifestyle or dietary needs they have something delicious and nutritious to suit.

Highlights

  • Flavour-rich, fresh roasted coffee
  • Uses the state-of-the-art Diedrich coffee roaster
  • Food menu that is suitable for any diet requirements

Customer Reviews

Rob Deeming said on Facebook:

“Great lunch. One of the better ones I’ve had in a long time. Sierra Cafe offers good food and and good atmosphere at a reasonable price. Well done.”

 

25)  Nikau Cafe

BEST FOR  Delicious and Home-Made Coffee
MENU Come check the menu at the website
WEBSITE https://nikaucafe.co.nz/
ADDRESS
101 Wakefield street, Wellington, New Zealand
CONTACT DETAILS 04 801 4168

[email protected]

[email protected]

OPERATING HOURS

Monday to Friday: 8am – 2pm
Saturday and Sunday: 9am – 2pm

Nikau Cafe offers fresh, local, seasonal fare with delicious coffee and housemade beverages. They’re open for breakfast from 7am and lunch from 11.30am on weekdays. Meanwhile, all-day brunch is available on the weekend.

Nikau Cafe has also been awarded with Certificate of Excellence from TripAdvisor in 2018. They also made it to the list of recommended cafes by Restaurant Guru in 2019.

Highlights

  • Serves delightful coffees and refreshing beverages
  • All-day brunch is available on the weekend
  • Voted as a top cafe by reviewers

Customer Reviews

Jude Head opined on Facebook:

“Absolutely awesome service, very friendly staff. Great location. Indoor outdoor seating. Highly recommended.”

 

26)  Midnight Espresso – Te Aro

Midnight Espresso's Shop Front

BEST FOR  American, Asian and European Cuisines
MENU Check out Their Menu Here
WEBSITE https://www.facebook.com/midnightespressowlg/
ADDRESS
178 Cuba street, Wellington, New Zealand
CONTACT DETAILS +64 4 384 7014
OPERATING HOURS Monday to Friday: 7:30am – 3am

Saturday and Sunday: 8am – 3am

Open from morning till the wee hours, Midnight Espresso is another one of the best cafes in Wellington. Their menu offers American, European, and Asian cuisine for variety and you have the option to make your food gluten-free or vegan.

Casual and fun, it’s a place where you’ll encounter diners reading a book with feet resting on the chair or writing before their laptops. It is almost like a coffee shop and game room at the same time (check out the cool Star Wars or Iron Man pinball machines).

Try their tempting vegan chocolate cake or some donuts for a dessert late at night with some tea before you return home. Prices are less expensive than other cafes around the block.

And bonus: the people are so nice and friendly that you’d like to return and spend some time here again. It lets you go back to the traditional and classic way to hang out.

Highlights

  • Serves a variety of cuisines to your lifestyle or dietary preferences
  • Laid back, classic and late-night-open cafe
  • Affordable rates

Customer Reviews

Christine Taylor wrote on Facebook:

After returning to live in Wellington on Monday, I found myself in Cuba Street yesterday having a coffee at the first coffee shop I came to when I first came to wellies..20+ years ago!! Midnight Espresso… and it’s still here ❤️🙏 $2.50 for a large Americano!! And it’s Havana coffee ☕️
Wow just wow 😍”

27) Preservatorium Café

BEST FOR  Hearty and Satisfying Brunch
MENU Visit Their Site to See Their Menu
WEBSITE https://www.preservatoriumcafe.co.nz/
ADDRESS 39 Webb St. Aro, Wellington 6011, New Zealand
CONTACT DETAILS 04 213 9132
OPERATING HOURS Monday to Friday: 7am – 4pm

Saturday and Sunday: 8:30am – 3pm

Preservatorium cafe, a trustworthy name that has lived up to the expectation of all and sundry, welcomes the gourmet loving populace to relish the best brunch in Wellington.

Apart from beverages such as their invigorating coffee, Preservatorium cafe serves quality cheap food in Wellington that will surely take you to a culinary sojourn.

At the same time, if you are in want of something unique for your meeting or catchup, you can also check out their latest private dining facilities in Wellington. Apart from being a good host to their guests while they are here for breakfast, dinner and having coffee, you can check out their accommodation for private parties. They’re one of the best birthday parties and catering venues in Wellington and we would like to invite more individuals to seek out their top-notch facilities.

Highlights

  • Remarkable menu for breakfast, dinner or afternoon tea
  • Invigorating coffee and beverages
  • Excellent venue for birthday celebrants and special events

Customer Reviews

Jaspreet Singh has this to say which was posted on the Preservatorium’s website:

“Absolutely amazing food, best coffee ever had and awesome service. Staff were very helpful with acknowledging dietary requirements. Size and cost of meals were impressive. With a good range of food options from cabinet and menu. Thanks Preservatorium team for such wonderful experience. Very Well Done👍. Highly recommended!!”

 

28)  Aro Cafe and Roastery

BEST FOR  House-Roasted Coffee
MENU Check Out Their Menu on the Website
WEBSITE https://arocafe.co.nz/
ADDRESS 90 Aro Street, Aro Valley, Wellington 6021, New Zealand
CONTACT DETAILS +64 4 384 4970
OPERATING HOURS Monday to Friday: 7:30am – 4pm
Saturday to Sunday: 8am – 4:30pm

A few minutes away from the city, in Aro Café you can find a bustling oasis of great food and their own house-roasted coffee, Aro Coffee. Located in historical Aro Valley, they’re open to coffee-loving foodies 7 days a week almost all year round.

Aside from being renowned for Aro Coffee, they’re also a favourite brunch destination. Their menu has an interesting selection of seasonal brunch and lunch offerings, daily salads and takeaway pies and sandwiches.

Highlights

  • Excellent house-roasted coffee
  • Interesting selection of  seasonal brunch, lunch and takeaways
  • Open 7-days a week

Customer Reviews

Dez Tessler writes a great review on Google:

“A true hidden gem! Coffee is absolutely amazing plus they roast their own beans: I haven’t had a bad one yet. Friendly staff and high quality meals (pasta is homemade etc). Very reasonable price for the quality. Take a date to impress ❤️ Try the meatballs.”

 

29)  Counter Culture Board Game Cafe & Bar

BEST FOR  Board Games and Mouth-Watering Food
MENU See the Menu Here
WEBSITE https://counterculture.co.nz/
ADDRESS
211 Victoria Street, Wellington, New Zealand
CONTACT DETAILS +64 4 891 2345
OPERATING HOURS Monday: Closed
Tuesday: 5pm – 10pm
Wednesday: 5pm – 10pm
Thursday: 5pm – 10pm
Friday: 5pm – 11pm
Saturday: 11am – 11pm
Sunday: 11am – 10pm
Open Some Public Holidays

In Counter Culture Board Game Cafe & Bar, you can find over 900 board games to play! Looks like it will take some time to go through such as massive game collection, right? No worries – they have friendly game gurus to help you pick

Game passes are $5 with any food or beverage purchase (Kids 12 and under = $2.50). If you are not ordering food or drink, the game pass is $10 per person. For this payment, you can then play as many games as you like for up to three hours.

Highlights

  • More than 900 board games to pick from
  • Game passes cost $5 (if you’re ordering food or drinks)

Customer Reviews

Here’s what one of their visitors, Jenny Sahng have to say on Facebook about her experience:

Amazing food and drinks, incredibly friendly and warm service, great atmosphere and of course all the board games you love and more! Can’t recommend this place enough, it’s the best place for a chill night with friends.”

 

30)  Havana Cafe

BEST FOR  Ethically Traded Coffee
MENU Roasted Coffee and Espresso
WEBSITE https://havana.co.nz/
ADDRESS 163 Tory Street, Te Aro, Wellington 6011, New Zealand
CONTACT DETAILS +64 4 384 7041
OPERATING HOURS Monday to Friday: 7am – 3pm

Saturday and Sunday: Closed

Roasting the COFFEEUFEEL, having fun, being connected to a community and celebrating the origins of coffee, plus drinking a heap of epic espresso keeps The Havana Coffee tradition alive since 1959.

Housed in an Art deco building in Wellington, Havana Cafe’s avocado green exterior houses a frenetic, fantastic, lunatic and lovely interior run by an awesome crew. They’re known as the coffee of the people who believes in sourcing beautiful rebel and organic coffees that are ethically traded.

The cups in the cafe are also ecoware and where possible we always use hand-stamped compostable brown paper bags like the first day they did a roast in 1990. They always had an open-door policy roasting in public and their HQ is creative and gratifying. People come in and touch the coffee, smell the coffee and drink it.

Highlights

  • Organic, ethically traded coffee
  • Fun and frenetic atmosphere
  • Established since 1990

Customer Reviews

Kath Parsons mentioned on Facebook:

Awesome service – ordered Monday arrived Thursday & we are over the Cook Strait and at a rural address. Thanks for the coffee much needed at the moment

 

31)  Gemini Cafe Wellington

BEST FOR  Asian-Inspired Food and Iced Coffee
SERVICES Kindly refer to their website
WEBSITE https://geminicafewellington.business.site/
ADDRESS
Shop3/100 Tory Street, Te Aro, Wellington 6011, New Zealand
CONTACT DETAILS 04 213 9189
OPERATING HOURS Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday: 8:30am – 3pm

Tuesday: Closed

Saturday and Sunday: 9am – 3pm

Gemini Cafe offers Breakfast, lunch, coffee, iced drinks, and sandwiches! Customer favorites include their signature iced coffee and environment-friendly breakfast consisting of free-range eggs, free-range bacon, sausages, roasted tomato mushroom with fries or hash browns.

As a local kiwi café, Gemini Cafe specialises in unique drinks, and Asian-inspired innovative food options that cater to many different dietary needs and choices.

Highlights

  • Offers a variety of Asian-inspired food
  • Specialises in unique drinks
  • Sustainably sourced ingredients

Customer Reviews

One of their customers posted a five-star review on the website:

“The place was a little small but was a good place to catch up with friends. Enjoyed a burger and fries with a crazy caramel shake. Looking forward to coming through again.”

 

32)  Dillinger’s Brasserie

BEST FOR  Versatile Range of Amercian Food
MENU Check Out Their Menu Here
WEBSITE http://www.dillingers.co.nz/
ADDRESS Midland park, 155 Lambton Quay, Wellington, New Zealand
CONTACT DETAILS +64 4 555 0415

[email protected]

OPERATING HOURS Monday to Friday: 8am – late

Saturday and Sunday: Closed

Dillinger’s Brasserie is a vibrant American Restaurant in Wellington, New Zealand. It is known for the variety of choices it offers, indicating a wonderful versatility in the mood it provides to customers: great food, Wellington’s finest craft beers as well as an expansive wine collection, and delicious coffee. Along with this, its venue is flexible and glamorous for events—whether it be for small get-togethers, Christmas parties, or themed wedding receptions, the venue ensures a wonderful space for your design.

Highlights

  • Offers a large variety of food, wines and coffee
  • Amazing venue to host get-togethers, reunions, parties and the like
  • Warm, vibrant American restaurant

Customer Reviews

Jade Amber wrote on Google Reviews:

“Have been to Dillys for dinner and for brunch and enjoyed both. I had the big breakfast though I wasn’t a huge fan of the beef cheek, not sure if that belongs on a breakfast plate for me but I’m sure some people love it and everything else was delicious so it didn’t really matter. Definitely recommend the chicken burger it was nice and crispy on the outside but not dry on the inside and the Mayo had a decent kick.”

 

33)  Kanteen

 

BEST FOR  Visiting and Valuable Cafe Experience
MENU Check Out Their Menu Here
WEBSITE http://www.kanteen.co.nz/
ADDRESS 7 Waterloo Quay, Pipitea, Wellington, New Zealand
CONTACT DETAILS 04 470 7744
OPERATING HOURS Monday to Friday: 7am – 3pm
Friday Bar Service till 7:30pm

As a coffee shop in New Zealand, Kanteen is able to cultivate an environment that has an open space, with vibrant colors and delicious food to provide customers an enjoyable and valuable experience. Moreover, this cafe is prominent for its focus on local seasonal foods, delightfully accompanied by the shop’s essence of sustainability through its usage of 100% compostable plastic. If you are looking for a cafe with a wide variety of choices, an all-day breakfast and lunch menu, and daily specials, this cafe is visiting.

Highlights

  • Vibrant and spacious cafe
  • Focuses on local seasonal foods
  • Offer a vast range of delicious food choices

Customer Reviews

One of the customers, Craig Walker wrote on Google Reviews:

“My favourite for morning coffee and scone. Great breakfast. Staff really friendly great attitude.”

 

34)  Cube Bakery & Cafe

BEST FOR  Tempting and Fresh Cakes and Moon Cakes
MENU Cakes, Moon Cakes and Bakery Products
WEBSITE https://cubebakery.co.nz/
ADDRESS 242 Taranaki St, Wellington, New Zealand
CONTACT DETAILS 04 801 9080
OPERATING HOURS Monday to Sunday: 8:30am – 6pm

Public holidays: 11am to 6pm

Cube Bakery & Cafe is a Chinese bakery that offers Wellington, New Zealand a fresh and unique flavor that may be experienced through their customized cakes if you are feeling creative, their moon cakes, as well as their various bakery products for you to choose from. The bakery also offers ‘Specials’ wherein they select products to be on promotion for a limited time, or until stocks last. These ‘Specials’ often include their best selling products.

Highlights

  • Creative, customised and delicious cakes
  • Check their Specials offer for the best bakery selection

Customer Reviews

Here’s Sarita So’s take on Google Reviews:

“My go to for celebration cakes for Cambodian family gatherings. They are always quick to communicate and try their best to meet customer requests. A family favourite is their Taro cake, the sponge is fresh, and pillowy and taro cream with fresh fruit is a great combination, not too sweet, just perfect!”

 

35)  Cafe Villa

BEST FOR  Generous Servings and Friendly Atmosphere
SERVICES See Their Menu Here
WEBSITE http://www.cafewellington.co.nz/
ADDRESS

61 Ottawa Road, Ngaio, Wellington, New Zealand

CONTACT DETAILS 04 479 5707

[email protected]

OPERATING HOURS Monday to Friday: 8:30am – 4pm

Saturday and Sunday: 9:30am-4pm

Cafe Villa is a classic style cafe that offers a wide array of food choices, ranging from breakfast and brunches to actual lunches.

The first thing you’ll notice upon entering this humble establishment is its warm and welcoming atmosphere. Second is the generous servings they provide for every item on their lovely menu. With these two combined, Cafe Vila has become one of the most endeared food establishments in all of Wellington.

Cafe Vila is open Monday and Tuesday 8:30 AM until 3:30 PM, Wednesday to Friday 8:30 AM until 4:00 PM, and Saturday and Sunday at 9:30 AM until 4 PM. Aside from their large meal selections, Cafe Villa also offers sweets and pastries, like cakes, that are all made in-house.

Highlights

  • Classic style cafe
  • Generous portions for every dish
  • Warm and inviting atmosphere

Customer Reviews

For Jack Forsyth, it’s a special cafe where he wrote on Google Reviews:

“Perfect little café, been coming here since I was little. Love it so much!”

 

36)  The Hangar

BEST FOR  Comfortable Spaces
SERVICES Flexi Desks, Fixed Desks, Corporate Functions, Meeting Rooms and Studios
WEBSITE https://www.thehangar.nz/
ADDRESS 2/2 Boundary Road, Hobsonville Point, Auckland, New Zealand
CONTACT DETAILS 09 393 4995

[email protected]

OPERATING HOURS Monday to Friday: 8:30am – 5:30pm

Saturday and Sunday: Closed

If you are a modern professional who happens to be interested in vast, comfortable spaces to collaborate, network, and engage in discussions with your colleagues, consider dropping by The Hangar, a co-working office space located in Catalina Bay. This admirable space contains flexi desks, fixed desks for exclusive use, studios, private meeting rooms, and other function spaces—all of which are most suitable for freelancers, small businesses, satellite offices, remote workers, and many more. If you find these to be exactly what you need, go ahead and visit their office space!

Highlights

  • Comfortable co-working space
  • Offers a wide range of services
  • Suitable for freelancers, SMEs and satellite offices

Customer Reviews

Zachary May wrote on Google Reviews:

“This is a really awesome place, the atmosphere was buzzing but there still seemed to be enough space to accommodate everyone. Plenty of bar staff around to assist with ordering food/drinks and the chips we had were delicious.”

 

37)  Mojo Aurora

BEST FOR  Coffee Drinks and Open-Faced Sandwiches
MENU Roasted Coffee, Sandwiches
WEBSITE https://mojo.coffee/collections/locations/products/aurora
ADDRESS Aurora Centre, 56 The Terrace, Wellington, New Zealand
CONTACT DETAILS +64 4 472 1602

[email protected]

OPERATING HOURS Monday to Friday: 7am – 4pm

Mojo Coffee, situated in Aurora Centre, is an open-floor cafe that is best suited for customers who want to relax and meet-up with their friends over drinks.

First founded in Wellington in the year 2003, the company sure has upgraded with their service and products, now becoming one of the most sought after coffee roasters. They are also loved by the people as they are one of the best and experienced cafe operators, now having multiple branches all over New Zealand.

Try out their Steampunk, a precision-brewed, filter-­style coffee that would surely leave you feeling energized. Have a taste of their mouth-watering menu that consists of gourmet open-faced sandwich you can only get with Mojo Coffee.

After a day’s work, make sure to stop by and experience a one of a kind coffee shop, only here with Mojo Coffee Aurora.

Highlights

  • Serves a delicious cup of roasted coffee
  • One-of-a-kind gourmet open-faced sandwiches
  • Multiple branches in NZ

Customer Reviews

Jaffa Beech said on Google Reviews:

“Fantastic coffee place staffed with fast efficient friendly people. Coffee baristas are good at what they do regardless of crowd size. The extra eye for detail like ensuring water is topped up is to be commended in this typical help yaself world.
Well done Mojo.. don’t change the staff!”

 

38)  Scorch O Rama

BEST FOR  Customer Service
SERVICES Kindly visit their website to view the menu
WEBSITE https://www.scorchorama.co.nz/
ADDRESS 497 Karaka Bay Road, Karaka Bays, Wellington 6022, New Zealand
CONTACT DETAILS 04 388 4970
OPERATING HOURS Monday to Friday: 8:30am – 4pm
Saturday to Sunday: 8am – 4pm

Scorch O Rama was born out of owners Bert and Keith’s desire to open a cafe where customers come in and immediately feel welcome, and exit the cafe’s doors feeling the most satisfied they have ever been.

Considering Scorch O Rama’s unfailing success, it’s safe to say that they have succeeded in making that desire into reality. They continue to do so by providing the best customer service to all of their clients — prompt and friendly at all times — while accompanying said service with great food and drinks and excellent ambiance. Scorch O Rama is truly the complete package when it comes to cafes in the area.

Highlights

  • Serves a range of delectable food and drinks
  • Outstanding customer service

Customer Reviews

Wendy Allen-Smith mentioned on Facebook:

“Fantastic choice of healthy, colourful food in a quirky cafe overlooking Scorchio Bay.”

 

39) The Botanist

BEST FOR  Diverse Menu or Selections
SERVICES You can find it on their website
WEBSITE http://thebotanistlyallbay.co.nz/
ADDRESS 219 Onepu Road, Lyall Bay, Wellington, New Zealand
CONTACT DETAILS 04 891 0198

[email protected]

OPERATING HOURS Monday to Sunday: 9am to 10pm

The Botanist is a quaint cafe located in Lyall Bay. Among the many characteristics that contribute to the charm that the Botanist has is its sizable menu.

You’ll be happy to know that said menu is quite diverse, ranging from brunch items all the way to dinner. Sweet, savoury, light and heavy, they’ve got it all! They even have desserts for those looking for something a little sweet after a hefty meal.

Another great thing about the Botanist is that they’re open almost everyday of the year. Aside from Christmas Day, they happily serve their clients with great customer service to rival the taste of their food.

The cherry on top? You can also order online if you don’t have the time to stop by.

Highlights

  • Remarkable customer service
  • Wonderful-tasting food
  • Diverse range of menu

Customer Reviews

Christina Betty left a comment on Facebook:

“We love the botanist (7 weekends & counting)! Shout out to the red hair girl who seems to live there, serving us brunch and dinner. She is always chipper and has a smile on her face. Food is amazing and always comes out quickly, thanks to the chefs and all the other friendly staff.”

 

40) Flight Coffee Hangar

BEST FOR  Roast Coffee and Takeaway Meals
SERVICES Kindly visit their website to see their menu
WEBSITE https://www.hangarcafe.co.nz/
ADDRESS 119 Dixon Street, Te Aro, Wellington, New Zealand
CONTACT DETAILS 027 535 0084
OPERATING HOURS Monday to Friday: 7am – 4pm

Saturday to Sunday: 8am – 5pm

Public Holidays: 8am – 5pm

The Hangar is a go-to cafe in Wellington, well known for their roast coffee. From beginning as a small coffee shop, they have since then expanded their kitchen as well as their menu– particularly their seasonal dishes.

Their menu is comprised of many dishes, which also includes vegetarian, vegan, and gluten free options. Try their ready to go meals– grab either a Bacon and Egg Burrito or a Veggie Focaccia if you’re on the go.

Flight Coffee sources their coffee beans through Raw Material, a green bean buying system which works to achieve stable and sustainable prices for community coffee producers through improved quality control, shared knowledge, and a connection to the specialty coffee market.

Highlights

  • Famous for their roast coffee
  • Offers an array of dishes, including vegan, vegetarian and gluten-free food
  • Sustainable coffee bean supplier

Customer Reviews

Here’s a nice Google review from Dez Tessler:

“Best consistent coffee in town 👌🏻 Somehow the baristas are able to produce the same quality every time. Amazing! Lovely staff will recognize you. Food is very good but the portions are a bit small if you’re hungry.

Dez & Cap”

 

41) Pranah Cafe

BEST FOR  Vegetarian Homemade Baked Goods
SERVICES http://pranahcafe.co.nz/menu.html
WEBSITE http://www.pranahcafe.co.nz/
ADDRESS 120 Riddiford Street Newtown Wellington 6021
CONTACT DETAILS  04 3898100 | [email protected]
OPERATING HOURS Monday – Friday 8:00am – 3:00pm
Saturday 8:30am – 3:00pm
Sunday 9:30am – 3:00pm

Are you looking for some delicious vegetarian homemade baked goods? The best foods to pick are ones that will not only keep you healthy, but also satiated.

Situated in the heart of Newtown is a small vegetarian cafe that will surely provide all of this for you. Using locally sourced suppliers, their ingredients consist of organic milk and dairy products that are proven to be healthy and safe.

To further make their customers comfortable, they provide a space where you can display your artwork for viewing and selling. This way, they can also help aspiring artists earn money and become big in the industry.

Highlights

  • Cozy Atmosphere
  • Healthy Options

Customer Reviews

Here is a review left by a very satisfied client:

“So many vegan options! The shepherd’s pie is the best.” – Ruth Mundy

 

42) The Hop Garden

BEST FOR  Great Cocktails
SERVICES http://www.thehopgarden.co.nz/dine-in.html
WEBSITE http://www.thehopgarden.co.nz/
ADDRESS 13 Pirie Street, Mount Victoria, Wellington 6011, New Zealand
CONTACT DETAILS  +64 4-801 8807 | [email protected]
OPERATING HOURS Tuesday / Wednesday 3:00pm – 10:00pm
Thursday 3:00pm till Late
Friday / Saturday / Sunday 11:00am till Late

After a stressful day at work, one of the best ways to relax to have some beer and amazing food at a bar. Not all bars provides this kind of relaxation, as some bars tend to get rowdier as the night goes on.

If you are looking for a cozy bar where you can have craft beer with great food to match it, check out The Hop Garden. With their friendly and knowledgable staff to keep you company, you’ll never notice the time passing.

They will give you great beer recommendations, so you won’t feel out of place if you’re a first-timer. Their decor is also one of a kind. Take a load off after work, come to The Hop Garden!

Highlights

  • Good Atmosphere
  • Great Service and Food

Customer Reviews

Here is a review left by a very satisfied client:

“Very good food. While not obviously child friendly, ie no children’s menu, it was actually a great place to take kids. Staff were more than happy to split meals for our young boys, who demolished them. Comfortable set-up with good atmosphere. Great range of drinks and friendly service. One of the best gastro pubs in the Wellington region.” – Katharine Good

 

43) Cafe Mamba

BEST FOR  Corporate Catering
SERVICES http://cafemamba.co.nz/wp-content/uploads/2020/05/PDF-download-menu-10.05.2020.pdf
WEBSITE https://cafemamba.co.nz/
ADDRESS 5 Plimmer Steps, Wellington CBD
CONTACT DETAILS  044722952 | [email protected]
OPERATING HOURS Monday to Friday: 6:30am – 2:00pm
Saturday and Sunday: Closed

Cafe Mamba is a place where you can dine casually, and even have vegan, gluten-free options. They can even cater for corporate events.

Their relaxed cafe is located on the top of Plimmer Steps, a bit off the beaten track. Cafe Mamba offers a comfortable atmosphere where you can feel at home and eat your food peacefully.

If you’re dining as a group, you’re welcome to move the tables and chairs to suit your group size. In their cafe, you are considered as a top priority. Come and check them out when you’re in the area, they would love to meet you!

Highlights

  • Good for Kids and Groups
  • Great Food

Customer Reviews

Here is a review left by a very satisfied client:

“Great spot for breakfast. My wife loved her French Toast and I my Eggs Benedict. Tea and coffee excellent.” – Christopher Blair

 

44) Photo Espresso

BEST FOR  Coffee and Photography
SERVICES https://www.photoespresso.co.nz/services
WEBSITE http://www.photoespresso.co.nz/
ADDRESS 10 Victoria Street Wellington, New Zealand 6001
CONTACT DETAILS  04 472 6027 | [email protected]
OPERATING HOURS Monday to Friday: 7:00am – 4:00pm Saturday and Sunday: Closed

Having a difficult time printing your photos? Or perhaps after being provided an indecent result of a job, you’ve ended up with photos that look bad enough to be thrown away?

Fortunately, you can sit back and relax as Photo Espresso does the job for you. With their services, you can have same-day printed photos while having amazing coffee and one of a kind home-baked goods. Their printed photos are also one of a kind, for all they want is for their customers to be satisfied.

They offer a wide choice of services, all of it created with your convenience in mind. Keep yourself from having to endure bad quality photos– have Photo Espresso print your photos instead.

Highlights

  • Email your photos and pick up same day​
  • Mounted photos
  • Wide selection of frames, plus custom framing
  • Photo restoration
  • Digitizing negatives, slides and old photos (scans)
  • Converting VHS and other moving film formats to DVD
  • Passport photos while you wait
  • Film developing to prints, CD or USB

Customer Reviews

Here is a review left by a very satisfied client:

“Great weekday coffee spot, with photo printing to boot. Friendly staff, relaxed environment.” – Matt Bull


That’s all for now for your best cafes in Wellington. These places will serve awesome food (and coffee) to you and you will absolutely love it!

Have you tried any of these cafes before? Tell us all about it — what you ordered and if you have any favourites — by leaving a comment down below.

Since we’ve been talking about cafes and how good the coffee is, you might like to invest in a coffee maker so that you can brew or make one for yourself at home. Therefore, you can read about the best coffee machines in New Zealand.

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