For worthy eating and drinking experiences around Wellington, NZ (and the greater region) – you can also catch Heather out and about hosting Zest Food Tours around the city…
Floriditas and Loretta – both in mid-upper Cuba Street by the same folks. Light, seasonal and fresh, with a heavy focus on interesting plants and grains at Loretta, and famed baking at Flo’s.
Olive – Cuba Street between Garrett and Vivian. Again some interesting vegetarian-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.
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).
Shepherd – Leeds Street. Playful fun food from an Exec Chef with fine dining experience on his CV. Sundays only from 1030am in a very cool laneway.
The Hangar – Dixon Street just off Willis Street. The home of Flight Coffee, these guys do quality interesting food as well. Be prepared to wait on weekends (and some weekdays).
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. Also now at Sterling on the Terrace. Equally excellent food.
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.
Nikau – on the end of the Art Gallery in Civic Square. Sunny courtyard in summer, art gallery ambience inside. Famed for their sage eggs and kedgeree, with most things house-made (pasta, own smoked fish, ice creams etc).
Capitol – cnr of Kent and Majoribanks. Long-time team turning out interesting, fresh, seasonal brunches. Excellent service and 100% reliable.
Plum Cafe – Cuba Mall by the bucket fountain. Hearty and right in the heart of the Cuba buzz. House-smoked salmon, great pulled pork sammies and much more.
Lido Cafe – Cnr Victoria and Wakefield. Even more plant-based than before, a Wellington institution that just keeps on giving. Local, seasonal, and creativity in the plant-based dishes.
Lola Stays – 106 Oriental Parade. Reasonably standard brunch offerings, but in a very relaxed and charming setting (check out the flamingo wallpaper) with indoor/outdoor flow for nice days.