Top food experiences in Wellington

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Wellington is said to have more bars & restaurants per capita than New York. The locals are passionate about their award-winning cuisine & delicious wines.

Abuzz with restaurants, cafés and delicatessens, Wellington is a city that takes pride in its gastronomic reputation. Here, you’ll find freshly roasted coffee, acclaimed regional wines, deliciously fresh seafood and cultural cuisine, all with a strong focus on local ingredients. 

Courtenay Place

It’s possible to experience the many elements of Wellington’s Food and Wine scene on foot. The theatre and party district of Courtenay Place is packed with restaurants, bars and theatres; classic places to dine out include Capitol (10 Kent Terrace) and The Tasting Room (cnr Courtenay Place and Cambridge Terrace).

Cuba Street

Cuba Quarter, a short stroll from Courtney Place, is a bohemian culinary hotspot. New Zealand’s self-proclaimed ‘coolest street’, must eats include Cuisine Restaurant of the Year winners Logan Brown (192 Cuba Street) and Matterhorn (106 Cuba Street). You’ll also find a range of authentic ethnic cuisine here.


Wellington’s movie-making hub, Miramar, is home to a number of delectable eateries. Around 15 minutes by car from the central city, you’ll need to catch a taxi or bus to get there. Experience the 1930s glamour of Coco at The Roxy (5 Park Road) or enjoy the spicy Mexican offerings of La Boca Loca (19 Park Road).


If you’re a seafood lover, you’ve come to the right place. Wellington City wraps around a harbour, and you’ll find world-class quality fish, shellfish and squid at Ortega Fish Shack & Bar (16 Majoribanks Street). For something a little more casual (but just as delicious!) try taking some fish & chips to the top of Mount Victoria, and chow down with a panoramic view of the city.  

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