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…
Havana Roastery Cafe – Corner Tory Street and Francis Place. Attached to the Roastery with a definite Cuban bent. Coffee you feel. Weekdays. Also check out Midnight Espresso in Cuba Street, the original Havana coffee house, and great all day/very late night food (tending towards vegetarian).
The Beanery – Mojo’s flagship store in Lambton Square showcasing coffee accessories, small-batch air roasting on site, ‘Steampunk’ filter style coffee, cold nitro coffee, cold brews, and much more.
Mojo Old Bank Arcade – Corner Willis and Lambton. Although not the first Mojo cafe, a very cool setting inside the grand old lady or outside in the sun European style.
Prefab – Jessie Street. Roasting their own (the original L’Affare coffee folks) with excellent food and a fun community vibe. Don’t be put off by queues, very seamless and slick turnaround here.
Memphis Belle – Between Dixon and Manners Streets near Aro Park. Young enthusiasts who popularised different filtration and brewing methods for the discerning (or those of us just learning!). Outside tables for sunny days.
The Hangar – Flight Coffee Roastery on Dixon Street near Willis. Half of the original Memphis Belle team with a funky wood-hewn toasty and cafe, and excellent brunches.
Customs Brew Bar (Coffee Supreme) – Ghuznee Street. The Original Blend. Lots of single origin, including some rare and interesting. Another spot with outside tables for sunny days. Also Coffee Supreme flagship store at Midland Park focused on coffee paraphernalia, single origins, and filter coffee.
Lamason – Lombard Street off the corner of Manners and Victoria. School style low chairs and tables, again different filtration methods showcasing softer and subtler coffees.
Peoples Coffee – 12 Constable Street, Newtown, and now the corner of Lukes Lane and Lower Taranaki Street. One of the originators of ethical roasting and community style cafes.
Machete Guatemalan – bottom of Boulcott Street near Willis. Fantastic Supreme single origins and many brewing methods. Earthy genuine tacos and other home-baked bites.
Black Coffee – 133 Riddiford Street, Newtown. Using Havana coffee in a groovy setting with pinball machines, a teeny music store, ever-changing art exhibitions and tasty toasties. Very Wellie.