Wellington restaurants have it all. Our favourites are comfortable, somewhat casual, and always serving great food. The city offers traditional, international, and eclectic options. Wellington may be a city known for its coffee but take a look at some of the food we tried at several Wellington restaurants and see if you agree it is also a city for eating.
Our recent road trip to New Zealand’s capital city allowed enough time to visit a few old favourites and discover a few new Wellington restaurants too.
Our Favourite Wellington Restaurants
I have been talking about this Mexican taco shop since we discovered it over a year ago. I had eaten here on a mummy/daughter trip with each of my girls. Finally, hubby got to discover what we have been raving about all this time. Authentic flavours, plates full of food, and a friendly atmosphere, no wonder Viva Mexico is my favourite of the Wellington restaurants. It’s located down an alley off Cuba Street. I apologise to the people of Wellington if I am sharing a local’s secret with the world.
An iconic waterfront location, huge bean bags, and table seating both indoors and out make Karaka Cafe a great place to relax. It features New Zealand flavours surrounded by traditional Maori decor.
Egmont Street Eatery
Another alleyway eatery, this restaurant is located in a former car park – although you would never know it when you were there. Modern and delicious, the portions are made for sharing, and we just kept on ordering. It wasn’t all salads; we had a bit of everything.
Picnic Cafe in the Botanic Gardens
We were not planning on eating here, but rather just to enjoy the colourful Wellington Botanic Gardens. Then I saw this salmon salad served to someone else. I was hooked.
What could be better than a place specialising in boutique coffee and gourmet gelato? We sat at the counter. Hubby had the best of all worlds – an affogato (coffee and gelato in one cup).
It is a city known for coffee, and to date, we have not had a bad cup anywhere. Our favourite coffee spots are:
- Mojo – while the coolest Mojo is probably the one located in the old St. James Theatre, we also enjoy sitting outside at the one across from Shed 13 on Customhouse Quay. We even enjoyed a self-guided tour and watched Mojo roasting coffee.
- Photo Espresso – delicious coffee and an enclosed counter filled with old cameras. Although, we were a bit surprised to see the camera model I recently passed down to Sarah in the case.
- Arabica – friendly staff and a great cup of coffee. Popular with locals, so you know it’s great.
Take a Food Tour
One way to see what Wellington cuisine has to offer is by going on a food tour.
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