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…

Best brunches

  • 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.
  • 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.

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