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…

Workday wanders

  • 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. A light airy space with 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.
  • Moss Caff – 95 Customhouse Quay – Excellent plant-based food in a light airy space next to the Apple store.
  • Barista – Panama Street. Fantastic pies. Good service and coffee.
  • Machete coffee and tacos – Boulcott Street just off the Willis corner. Guatemalan coffee and tacos in a light, airy, relaxing space.
  • Home on Stout – 15 Stout Street. Primarily for the large airy atrium space, and great for meetings. Cabinet and menu.
  • Cellarvate Cafe and Espresso Bar – Molesworth Street behind the Backbencher. Delicious food (pies, daily hot pot, pasta, baking), entertaining service, and a selection of wines and tasty deli products to take home for dins too.
  • Sixes and Sevens – 51 Taranaki Street. Cosy and small but excellent salads, quiches, cakes and donuts.
  • Best Ugly Bagels – Swan Lane off Cuba. Montreal bagels with traditional and modern toppings. Well presented and way lighter than the New York equivalent.  Now at the airport too.
  • Pickle & Pie – Lombard Lane. New York deli style sandwiches and excellent pies in a bright indoor/outdoor setting. Would be rude also not to enjoy their great sweets as afters.
  • Yoshi and The Press Hall – 80 Willis Street. More class than the usual weekday feeding zoos, in particular Yoshi down the back. The only sushi owned and crafted by Japanese folks in the city, choose by the piece.
  • The Preservatorium Cafe and Cannery – 39 Webb Street off the top of Cuba. A retro community-style cafe doing tasty, cost-effective eats. Great daily specials and take home a jar of something tasty they’ve crafted onsite.

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