Forget New York, Melbourne, Paris and London – Wellington might just be the world’s most delicious city, thanks to its vibrant craft beer and coffee scenes, forward-thinking restaurants, bountiful produce, cosmopolitan café culture and buzzing bars.
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Wellington is known as New Zealand’s craft beer capital for good reason: it’s home to daring and crafty brewers, plenty of lively beer bars and the country’s most exciting beer festival, Beervana. Put simply, hop heads are well catered for in Wellington.
With characterful cafés on almost every street corner, it’s fair to say that the locals love their coffee in Wellington. And the rest of the world agrees, with CNN recently naming the city one of the top eight international coffee destinations.
There’s plenty of choice on the menu when it comes to eating out in Wellington. If you’re keen to settle in for the night with cocktails and delicious dishes, you can’t go wrong with one of these hot picks:
Havana is a colourful and cosy spot with brilliant cocktails and tapas, plus musicians and DJs three nights a week.
Matterhorn is a Wellington icon. Enjoy a drink in the lush courtyard, then embark on an imaginative, multi-course extravaganza.
Dragonfly is known for its modern Asian cuisine and quirky cocktails; it also has an excellent courtyard, perfect for romantic meals or sociable nights with friends.
Wellington is blessed with plenty of amazing food options that will keep your wallet happy, too:
Little Penang on Dixon Street garners five-star reviews for its authentic Malaysian flavours.
Fisherman’s Plate on Bond Street proves that looks can be deceiving. Bypass the fish ‘n’ chips; get the best Vietnamese phở in town, instead.
Tommy Millions serves New York-inspired pizza from a takeaway kiosk on Courtenay Place; if you like midnight feasts, you’re in luck – slices are diced up til late.
Burger Liquor on Willis Street serves delicious burgers and drinks, including dangerously good boozy milkshakes.
If you want to splash out a little and have a memorable meal, you’re also spoiled for choice:
Shepherd is new to the scene and already making a splash. The menu is modern, local and interesting – and the intriguing drinks are equally noteworthy.
Logan Brown is a stalwart of Wellington’s fine dining scene. Refined and tasty fare is served up in this former bank on Cuba Street.
Whitebait is true to its name: it’s an elegant spot serving plenty of locally-caught seafood, with winsome views over the harbour. Try the whitebait, for obvious reasons.
Capitol sticks to classic Italian principles, serving fresh, pure and unfussy food. They’ve wowed Wellingtonians with their famous molten chocolate pudding for many years; now it’s your turn to be impressed.
Ortega Fish Shack is a vibrant and lively eatery with ridiculously friendly service and succulent, hefty steak.