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…
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), 7 days.
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. Monday to Saturday daytimes.
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. The Doctors Medicine. Also Mojo Market Lane and Mojo St James with the addition of the ‘Steampunk’ above and sit-down classy open sandwiches and other light meals. 7 days.
Caffe L’Affare – College Street. Another of the modern-day originals and a Wellington institution. Be prepared to queue at weekends. 7 days.
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!). Flight Coffee. 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. 7 days.
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. 7 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. Monday to Saturday.
Joe’s Garage – on Tory just up from the corner of Wakefield. Funky booth and garage decor, own coffee blend against a backdrop of 60′s to 80′s music, various food in buns. Expanded from Queenstown. 7 days.
Astoria – Lambton Quay opposite Woodward Lane. Roast their own early in the morning to set up the day’s aromas, great cafe setting and tasty food options. Remember to wait at the counter for your coffee. 7 days.
Ti Kouka – Willis Street upstairs opposite Mercer Street. Some of the best food in the city (the best muffins, and a famous salted caramel cookie) to accompany excellent coffee. Monday to Saturday. Also the Leeds Street Bakery in the Eva-Dixon laneway.
Peoples Coffee – 12 Constable Street, Newtown. Great street-side community table for getting to know thy neighbour, tasty food, passionate people. 7 days. Also the Preservatorium in Webb Street with a very Peoples feel along with a range of preserves and food options. Monday to Friday daytimes.
Emporio Coffee Bar – 90 Abel Smith Street. Architecturally awarded building housing the roastery and coffee bar. Monday to Friday.
Machete Guatemalan – bottom of Boulcott Street near Willis. Fantastic Supreme single origins and many brewing methods. Earthy genuine tacos and other home-baked bites. Monday to Saturday daytimes.
Franks – 120 The Terrace. Using Red Rabbit Coffee and Leeds Street Bakery food, in a sleek, sophisticated, light, bright, airy two-story cafe. Hard to beat (and local for me!). Monday to Saturday daytimes. Now also on Riddiford Street near Adelaide Road.
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. Monday to Saturday daytimes.