Restaurants With enough cafés and restaurants per capita to rival New York City, it is no wonder Wellington is a magnet for food lovers.
Logan Brown: Multi-award winning restaurant, Logan Brown is fine dining New Zealand style.
192 Cuba Street, www.loganbrown.co.nz Hummingbird: Where ambience, wine, food and music equal conviviality. Hummingbird serves New Zealand style tapas in a fun, vibrant environment.
22 Courtenay Place Chow: Chow combines the healthy fresh flavours of Southeast Asia in a casual modern setting.
45 Tory Street, www.chow.co.nz
Flying Burrito Brothers: For a generous serving of Mexico head to Wellington's only true tequileria.
176 – 182 Cuba Street, www.menus.co.nz/flyingburritobrothers Citron: Experience award winning cuisine from one of New Zealand’s finest chefs, Rex Morgan.
9 - 11 Blair Street, www.menus.co.nz/dogwellington The White House Restaurant: Offering stunning harbour views, The White House specialises in seafood, fresh NZ meat and game and seasonal organic vegetables.
232 Oriental Parade, www.whr.co.nz Kopi: Kopi offers top quality Malaysian cuisine with fantastic flavours. The menu includes classic dishes as well as innovative new uses of Malaysian flavours.
103 Willis Street, www.kopi.co.nz Capitol: Capitol offers an eclectic, Italian-inspired menu. The surrounds are uncluttered and simple and the locale is perfect for people-watching.
Corner Kent Terrace and Majoribanks Street Pravda: Located in one of Wellington’s elegant older buildings, Pravda serves modern yet classic bistro food (and great coffee).
107 Customhouse Quay Monsoon Poon:Like much of Asia, Monsoon Poon has its foot in the East and the West mixing quality Asian food with Western standards of service and presentation.
12 Blair Street, www.menus.co.nz/monsoonpoon Pod: International and pacific flavours in stylish modern surroundings. Enjoy a meal at Pod and watch the world pass by.
Corner Victoria and Willeston Streets, www.pod.net.nz
Cafés Wellington is famous for its café culture – coffee is one thing Wellingtonians take very seriously. With several local roasting companies, and more than 300 eateries, choosing can also be a serious business!
Emporio del Caffe: Small upmarket espresso café, providing excellent service with a great outdoor area.
28 Grey Street. The Lido: One of the more established inner city cafés, the Lido’s pavement seating has become a landmark.
81-85 Victoria Street Felix: Felix provides a vibrant meeting point which appeals to a wide range of Wellingtonians and visitors alike.
128 Wakefield Street Nikau Gallery Café: Spacious airy café adjoining the City Gallery, Nikau offers fantastic food, wine and coffee served in a contemporary environment.
City Gallery Building, Civic Square Caffe L'Affare: One of Wellington's top coffee roasters. Enjoy a meal at Caffe L’Affare and experience a real Wellington tradition!
27 College Street. Chocolate Fish: A family friendly café right on the beach, Chocolate Fish boasts some of the best vistas in Wellington.
497A Karaka Bay Road, Scorching Bay Parade Café: Located on Oriental Parade overlooking the harbour, this is one of Wellington's most popular summer cafes.
148 Oriental Parade Astoria: Opening out onto Midland Park, Astoria is a large European style café on Lambton Quay and is a perfect place to sit outside and enjoy the sun while shopping.
159 Lambton Quay, Midland Park, www.astoria.co.nz Fidels: Funky, laid back and out of the way, Fidels is the perfect venue for weekend brunch.
234 Cuba Street Olive: Pacific Rim cuisine in spacious courtyard and dining area. Olive use organic produce whenever possible.
170 – 172 Cuba Street Finc: Finc ('Food Incorporated') has a cosy, comfortable feel, offering a varied menu – from café style fare in the morning to fully licensed a la carte dining in the evening.
122 Wakefield Street, www.menus.co.nz/finc
Bars & Clubs Explore Wellington’s vibrant nightlife. Check out the party scene in the Courtenay Quarter – the heart of Wellington's nightlife. With wall to wall action, there is something for everyone. From jazz to techno, pints of Guinness or cool Cosmopolitans…your options are only limited by your energy levels!
Jet: Relaxed and funky, Jet is a trendy lounge bar popular with the young professional crowd.
30-36 Courtenay Place Molly Malones: Wellington’s original Irish pub plays live music seven nights a week with a great variety of bands – get ready for some foot stomping fun.
Corner Taranaki Street & Courtenay Place Apartment: Rich on space and combining warmth, comfort and relaxation, Apartment creates an atmosphere where people come and end up staying all night.
20 Leeds Street Matterhorn: A local institution on Cuba Street, Matterhorn is a hip joint down a long corridor that serves an adventurous range of beers, wines, spirits and cocktails.
106 Cuba Street, www.matterhorn.co.nz Speights Ale House: A spacious, fresh, open plan environment, providing the warmest of welcomes to guests and customers in New Zealand's oldest hotel.
285 Tinakori Road, Thorndon, www.shepherds.co.nz Leuven Belgian Beer Cafe: Leuven provides a high quality experience in the tradition of enjoying Belgian beer and food in an authentic Belgian atmosphere.
137 Featherston Street Good Luck Bar: The Chinese Opium den revisited! Dance the night away to house DJs or uplifting live acts.
Basement, 126 Cuba Street GoGo:With a garden bar, lounge area and swinging dance floor, this has to be the hippest joint in town.
24 Courtenay Place Beau Monde: Beau Monde is a stylish lounge bar, specialising in New Zealand, Australian and French wines, classic cocktails and other premium beverages.
Upstairs, 82 Tory Street Vivo: Wellington's first enoteca cucina, an Italian style wine bar that is not to be missed.
19 Edward Street, www.vivowinebar.com The Brewery Bar and Restaurant: Located in a beautifully restored wharf building on the waterfront you can watch your favourite beer being brewed before your eyes!
Cable Street, www.thebrewerybar.co.nz
Asiana School of Asian Cuisine: Hands-on Asian cooking. Specialises in team building for corporates and caters
for social groups.
39 Tennyson St, Te Aro email: email@example.com
Mediterranean Food Warehouse: Chefs and caterers from Wellington’s leading restaurants demonstrate the art of cooking Mediterranean food. Participants enjoy nibbles and Italian wine and taste the dishes demonstrated.
42 Constable St, Newtown www.medifoods.co.nz
Pierre’s Cookery School: Chef Pierre Meyer conducts cooking classes from his home. A variety of topics based on his cuisine, which has earned him a place in the Food Service Hall of Fame.
103 Cashmere Ave, Khandallah. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Ruth Pretty Cooking School: The Ruth Pretty Cooking School shares recipes, cooking ideas and entertaining secrets amid the rural tranquillity of Te Horo. Top chefs and food personalities including Annabel Langbein, Peta Mathias, Tony Tan, Julie Le Clerc and Ray McVinnie complement Ruth Pretty’s own classes. Dishes enjoyed over a long lunch.
41 School Rd, Te Horo, Kapiti Coast www.ruthpretty.co.nz
Sarogini Cooking School: Learn the techniques used in preparing authentic Asian-style dishes in a homely dinner party atmosphere. Sarogini Kamalanathan uses her own personal curry powder blend and other spices to show how to enhance rather than drown the flavour of dishes. Her classes cover a full menu, be it Indian, Sri Lankan or Malaysian.
14 Govind Grove, Ngaioemail: email@example.com
The Homestore: Evening classes held in-store are taught by visiting chefs and caterers, mostly Wellington based, each chef choosing the content of the class. Typical class consists of three or four-course meal. Each course tasted and matched with wine
Level 1, 250 Lambton Quay www.homestore.co.nz