For worthy eating and drinking experiences around Wellington, NZ (and the greater region) – you can also catch Heather over at KNOW Wellington's Word on the Street Blog or hosting Zest Food Tours around the city…
Nikau – on the end of the Art Gallery in Civic Square. Sunny courtyard in summer, art gallery ambience inside. Beautiful baking and famed for their sage eggs and kedgeree, with most things house-made (pasta, own smoked fish, ice creams etc). Monday to Saturday.
Astoria – Midland Park, Lambton Quay. Smoothly efficient and stylish cafe serving a good range of both cabinet and menu food. Coffee is roasted on-site, and baristas carefully selected. Weekends more peaceful. 7 days.
Plum Cafe – Cuba Mall by the bucket fountain. Hearty and right in the heart of the Cuba buzz. House-smoked salmon, delish pancakes, great pulled pork and much more. 7 days.
Floraditas and Loretta – both in mid-upper Cuba Street by the same folks. Menus that morph nicely from early morning through evening. Finesse in delivery and presentation. Seasonal and fresh, with a heavy focus on interesting plants and grains at Loretta, and famed baking at Flo’s. 7 days Foraditas, Tuesday to Sunday Loretta.
Olive – Cuba Street between Garrett and Vivian. Again some interesting Mediterranean-leaning offerings in a very pleasant cafe with lots of nooks and crannies and a lovely outdoor courtyard for fine times. Service can be a little slow, but not a bad place to kill time. 7 days.
Arthurs– upper Cuba Street. A quaint wee cottage in the old red light district turning out delish fresh plates and using Schoc hot chocolate make-your-own-hot-chocolate stirrers. Thursday to Monday.
Pickle and Pie – Lombard Lane. New York-style deli doing tasty food made on-site. From sourdough crumpets to pastrami hash (and of course pies and multitudes of pickles to take home). Monday to Saturday.
Ti Kouka – upstairs on Willis St opposite Mercer. A chef formerly of Logan Brown, a barista formerly of Fuel, and beautiful food with subtle flavour combinations and excellent presentation. High focus on quality ingredients and sustainability. Monday to Saturday.
Prefab – Jessie Street. Not least because of the friendly community environment and good coffee. Simple and sincere food economically priced. Monday to Saturday.
Egmont Street Eatery – Egmont Street. Quality food in a funky lane setting, with sun at various times of day. Winners of the 2015 WOAP burger competition. 7 days. Also now at Sterling on the Terrace. Equally spectacular food. 7 days.
Field and Green – Wakefield Street behind the Museum Hotel. European soul food with quality ingredients and often different/interesting dishes. Menu changes weekly to take advantage of seasonal offerings. Tuesday to Sundays.
Aro Cafe – Aro Street. A little wander, but close to the CBD and worth the effort. Late morning and lunch options. Great takeaway scones and muffins, and their own coffee. 7 days.