Deluxe Cafe – Kent Terrace beside The Embassy. A Wellington institution with a wonderful range of vegetarian-leaning cabinet food and funky decor/staff. Havana coffee.
Louis Sergeant – 145 Featherston Street. An elegant French tea shop with artistic French treats (both sweet and savoury), luscious high teas every afternoon, and melt-in-the-mouth pastries.
Martha’s Pantry – corner Cuba and Karo Drive. Old fashioned tea shop with home-made sandwiches and sweets, lovingly decorated like grandma’s kitchen, and sought after high teas (heavily booked on weekends).
Photonflux – 176 Victoria Street. Groovy sci-fi and geek cafe with out of this world decor. Changing foodie friends in the kitchen, currently Deckards Noodle Bar.
Goods Wellingon (formerly Doppio) – 342A Tinakori Road (behind the Sprig and Fern) – fantastic European-style bakery doing any number of breads and pastries. Eat in or take away.
The Mt Vic and Thorndon Chipperies – Lower Majoribanks Street and 10 Murphy Street. Classy fish and chips with a long list of fish, coatings, sides, and sauces to choose from. Beautifully presented in individual boxes, and totally separate gluten free fryers.
Gipsy Kitchen – Jessie Street in the CBD. Oodles of grafitti groove and delicious deli foods for inhaling onsite, or taking with you.
Gellisimo – Odlins Plaza on the Waterfront beneath the Stock Exchange. Hand-crafted award-winning small batch gelato and sorbets. Ever-changing flavours and on a number of restaurant menus.
Lashings Brownies – upstairs at the start of the Leeds Street laneway. Delicious chocolate brownies made with such delights as vegemite and peanut butter. Served onsite with lashings of cream or other fab toppings if you want to go whole hog.
Moore Wilson’s Chook Wagon – in the upstairs carpark. French rotisserie chickens in a purpose-built replica 1947 Citreon truck. Drive by for delicious dinner magic, and if you fancy the Friday duck, book ahead.
Wellington Chocolate Factory – Leeds Street. Award-winning single origin chocolates from NZ’s only transparent factory bean-to-bar chocolate artisans, and very pure hot chocolates.
Tomboy – lower Majoribanks Street. Delicious cakes, sweets, donuts, and lunchtime bites in a beautiful pink and floral setting. Simple elegance.