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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…

Special diets

This is not an exhaustive list, but those with a good range.

Vegetarian

  • Astoria – Midland Park, 159 Lambton Quay. Long-time Wellington favourite roasting their own coffee and doing quality food. A full separate vegetarian menu available.
  • Southern Cross Bar – Abel Smith Street. A casual bar and restaurant with many nooks and crannies and a great outdoor space. Long-time known for offering a range of vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free dishes.
  • Midnight Espresso – up Cuba Street near Vivian. Funky coffee house with a variety of vegetarian, vegan and gluten free food available daily.
  • Higher Taste – Hare Krishna restaurant in the basement of the Old Bank Arcade (entry off Victoria Street). Good value and tasty self-service buffet meals.
  • Loretta – up Cuba Street between Ghuznee and Vivian. A wide range of quality plant and grain-based dishes, morning, noon and night.
  • The Botanist – 219 Onepu Road, Lyall Bay. This lovely old villa has been refurbished into a vegan and vegetarian cafe. All day brunch or dinner, bookings available (beware weekend demand).
  • Aunty Menas Vegetarian – up Cuba Street between Ghuznee and Vivian. Nothing to look at but tasty, cheap vegetarian meals. Might not be for those who would be offended by dishes labelled ‘mock chicken’ though.
  • Pranah Cafe – Riddiford Street Newtown in the main shops. Wholesome non-processed vegetarian food.
  • Seize – 177 Lambton Quay near the Public Trust Building. Clean eating of low or  non-processed plant-based foods. Vegetarian, vegan, gluten free and paleo.
  • 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.

Vegan/Raw

  • Southern Cross Bar – Abel Smith Street. A casual bar and restaurant with many nooks and crannies and a great outdoor space. Long-time known for offering a range of vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free dishes.
  • Boquita – 23 Kent Terrace. The baby sister of La Boca Loca at Miramar, only vegan tacos and accompaniments are available here. Well made and fresh. Note very few seats, mostly takeaway.
  • Sweet Release – in the Willis Village. Focused on vegan food. Mostly cakes and sweet treats, but with a couple of savoury lunch options every day.
  • The Botanist – 219 Onepu Road, Lyall Bay. This lovely old villa has been refurbished into a vegan and vegetarian cafe. Bookings available (beware weekend demand).
  • V1 Vegan store – 207 Cuba Street. For all your vegan ingredient needs. And some takeaway lunches, pies, slices etc.
  • Vic Uni Krishna lunches (semester time only) – at both Vic Uni and Pipitea (Law School Common Room, cnr Sout and Whitmore Streets), $5 nourishing vegan lunches.
  • Higher Taste – Hare Krishna restaurant in the basement of the Old Bank Arcade (entry off Victoria Street). Good value and tasty self-service buffet meals.
  • Seize – 177 Lambton Quay near the Public Trust Building. Clean eating of low or  non-processed plant-based foods. Vegetarian, vegan, gluten free and paleo.

Gluten-free/Coeliac

The coeliac ones below tested by a friend who gets sick when a restaurant doesn’t get it right, and endorsed by her as safe

  • Fratelli – 15 Blair Street. The Fratelli Brothers cater to coeliacs. The kitchen is large enough that they prepare separately and are very happy to talk coeliac guests through the menu and discuss options.
  • Olive Cafe – 170 Cuba Street. Also part-owned by the Fratelli lads, and although a small kitchen without coeliac guarantees, take care to prepare separately.
  • Southern Cross Bar – Abel Smith Street. A casual bar and restaurant with many nooks and crannies and a great outdoor space. Long-time known for offering a range of vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free dishes.
  • Shed 5 – Queens Wharf. Iconic Wellington seafood restaurant with large kitchen space and their own fishmonger and filleting room. Another that is coeliac safe.
  • Crab Shack – Queens Wharf. Noisy, fun American-style diner doing lots of crab dishes, but handle coeliac well (kitchen associated with Shed 5 above).
  • Chameleon – Intercontinental Hotel, Grey Street. Classier restaurant with a long-time Wellington chef turning out good safe coeliac food.
  • Boulcott Street Bistro – 99 Boulcott Street. A cute old historic homestead doing quality bistro food by an ex-fine dining chef. Also good safe coeliac food.
  • Charley Noble – Post Office Square. Have the Coeliac accreditation, but only a couple of dishes qualify.
  • The Mt Vic and Thorndon Chipperies – separate gluten free fryers, with quality fish’n’chips and associated seafood delights (a little more expensive than your standard chippy). Delivery available if you live city-side.
  • Joes Garage – 5 Tory Street. A funky diner themed around vehicle garages, with booths and garage accoutrements. Casual and easy, again coeliac safe.
  • Astoria – Midland Park, 159 Lambton Quay. Long-time Wellington favourite roasting their own coffee and doing quality food. A full separate gluten-free menu available.

Other

  • Seize – 177 Lambton Quay near the Public Trust Building. Clean eating of low or  non-processed plant-based foods. Vegetarian, vegan, gluten free and PALEO.
  • Monsoon Poon – Allen Street. Great atmosphere and food, with a full ALLERGY MENU of options for vegetarian, vegan, nut-free, dairy-free, seafood-free, and combinations of those.
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