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…
Smith the Grocer – Old Bank Arcade, corner Lambton Quay and Willis Street. Light and bright European-style atrium in the lovely old bank building. Well regarded caterers too.
Funicular – Upstairs in Cable Car Complex. Funky couches, views over Lambton, a pleasing array of food, and good reading material.
Rhazoo – Downstairs on Waring-Taylor Street. Well known for the delicious salad bar. Cabinet and menu.
Mixed Business – The Terrace between Auroroa Terrace and Bolton Streets. A small cafe doing delicious cabinet or menu food. Friendly and welcoming staff.
Sir Breadwins – Lambton Quay opposite the end of Stout Street. Fresh made-to-order sandwiches. Some window stools to check out the passing parade.
Seize – Also Lambton Quay near The Public Trust Building just along from Stout Street. The word on vegan, vegetarian, paleo, fresh, salady and interesting.
Ngon Vietnamese Kitchen – Again Lambton between Seize and The Old Bailey. Fresh, simple and tasty Vietnamese salads, pho, noodle soups. Few seats.
Midnite Espresso – Cuba Street near Vivian. Original coffee house doing mostly vegetarian food. Have a game of pinball whilst there or people watch from the window seats. Cabinet and menu.
Fidels – Upper Cuba Street. Another long time beloved institution with fabulous nooks and crannies. Outside courtyard when fine. Famed for large muffins. Cabinet and menu.
The House of Dumplings – Taranaki Street near the corner of Vivian. The original Dumpling Queen Vicky Ha’s HQ where you can get any number of hand-made dumplings, noodle soup, salads, skewers etc. Takeaway only. Saturdays also.
Deluxe – Kent Terrace next to the Embassy Theatre. Originated from the Maranui team. Small and characterful. Mostly vegan and vegetarian. Tables outside for those occasional fine days. Cabinet.
Nikau – Civic Square around the eastern end of the City Gallery. Supreme coffee. Fantastic food, a lovely setting, great staff. Monday to Saturday.
Barista – Panama Street. Fantastic pies. Good service and coffee.
Puro Chilean – Grand Arcade (Willis Street entrance). Empanadas, hot dogs, sandwiches, house-made fresh breads.
Home Cafe – Molesworth Street in the National Library (and now Home on Stout in the new MBIE building). Good food in pleasant airy settings, although a bit manic weekday lunchtimes. Cabinet and menu. Molesworth Monday to Saturday, Stout Monday to Friday.
Cellarvate Cafe and Espresso Bar – Molesworth Street behind the Backbencher. Delicious food (pies, daily hot pot, pasta, baking), outstanding service, georgous wines and tasty deli products to take home as well.
Dumpling’d – The Terrace not far from Bowen Street. A range of dumplings which you can mix and match. Fill your own takeaway sauces. Couple of seats in-store. Monday to Friday daytimes. Also now on the bottom of Boulcott Street near Willis.
Nam D – Cable Car Lane and Tory Street – Fresh tasty Vietnamese street food. Takeaway only.
Sixes and Sevens – 51 Taranaki Street. Cosy and small but excellent salads, quiches, cakes and donuts. Monday to Friday daytimes.
Best Ugly Bagels – Swan Lane off Cuba. Montreal bagels with traditional and modern toppings. Well presented and way lighter than the New York equivalent. 7 days to 3pm. Also at the airport now too I believe.