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…

Best of the burbs

  • Cafe Polo – Corner of Rotheram Terrace and Para Street, Miramar. Excellent food and service, good vegetarian choices, fresh and clever. Slow food/local food principles. Don’t do Sundays.
  • The Larder – 133 Darlington Road, Miramar.  Specialising in nose to tail eating, so usually interesting dishes in a neighbourhood bistro setting. Tuesday to Sunday daytimes until 3pm, dinner Thursday to Saturday from 6pm.
  • La Boca Loca – 19 Park Road, Miramar.  Another worth the drive to Miramar.  Mexican food with fresh seasonal ingredients from local suppliers, hand-made real tortillas, and many tasty options.  Take home deli items available too. Wednesday through Sunday 11.30am to late and Tuesday evenings.
  • Park Kitchen – 6 Park Road, Miramar. Still on a Miramar roll. Suburban cafe and restaurant covering all possible needs morning, noon and night. Try something out of their Josper grill oven. 7 days and nights.
  • Coco at the Roxy – 5 Park Road, Miramar. For the Miramar clean sweep. Tasty small and larger plates in a classy old-world theatre atmosphere. Also the winner of the 2015 Capital Cocktail competition. 7 days and nights.
  • Topor – 3 Beach Road, Plimmerton.  Polish fare done with a light hand (far from stodgy) and well presented in a small beach-side cafe. Friendly owner service. Tuesday to Thursday from 5.30pm, Friday to Sunday 10am til late.
  • Queen of Jackson – 181 Jackson Street, Petone.  Smart tasting plates in a funky and fun environment (check out the Petone monopoly game counter and do go upstairs).  Tuesday to Sunday lunch through dinner.
  • The Brooklyn Deli – Ohiro Road in the village beside the Penthouse movie theatre. Austrian menu of interesting well executed dishes and house-baked sweets and pastries. Also a wide range of deli products for your take-home pleasure. Tuesday to Sunday daytimes, late night Fridays.
  • Adelaide Trading Co – 469 Adelaide Road, Berhampore. Licensed deli and cafe with karate training entertainment through glass windows. Deli-style daytime dishes using a number of house-made ingredients, good wine options and many take-home deli items. Thursdays to Mondays daytimes.
  • Elements Cafe – 144 Onepu Road, Lyall Bay.  Excellent food and service in a neighbourhood setting. Daytimes 7 days and dinner first Friday of the month.
  • Chocolate Fish – Shelley Bay.  Funky and buzzy, outdoor sunshine lounging space, pretty much all done on BBQs, superb. Beware a high child zone (although there are many rooms and spaces to get away from the little darlings).  7 days.
  • Gipsy Kitchen – Glamis Avenue, Strathmore.  Delicious deli foods, for inhaling onsite, or taking home for dinner (or that next dinner party).  7 days.
  • Maranui Cafe – a Wellington institution at Lyall Bay in the old surf club. Slightly vego and vegan leaning, both counter and menu, with fabulous sea views. Queues on weekends, set up for kids as well. 7 days.
  • Seashore Cafe – a venture on the Petone waterfront from the Maranui Cafe folks. Retro diner, views of the harbour, coffee roasted on-site and fun food.7 days from 7am (late nights Friday and Saturday).
  • Beach House Cafe & Kiosk – on the South Coast between Owhiro and Island Bays (used to be The Bach). Refurbished and run by the original Elements folks, the food is high quality, interesting and well executed. Prepare for queues. Tuesday to Sunday daytimes.
  • Medifoods Newtown (The Mediterranean Food Warehouse) – now more trattoria with deli attached than the originay way around, there’s a lovely vibe here and fresh hand-made pastas and pizzas to be had. 7 days and nights.


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