Wellington is a city brimming with colourful eateries, vibrant markets and tasty laneways.
World-renowned for excellent coffee and award-winning restaurants, this is one city that has it all. Here is your guide to the best foodie things to do in Wellington.
Eat and drink your way around the Wellington region for four weeks during the Visa Wellington on a Plate(opens in new window) (also known as W.O.A.P) event each August. You'll be served some wild and wacky (and equally delicious) burger creations, quirky cocktail creations, degustation dinners, wines and melt in your mouth chocolates and more. Get hands on and attend a cooking class or try locally produced craft beers at Beervana(opens in new window).
Throughout the day locals queue for some of the best cheese scones in Wellington at central city café Pravda(opens in new window). Proudly perched between a surf beach and Wellington Airport, Spruce Goose in Lyall Bay(opens in new window) serves up excellent brunch and coffee, try their mushrooms and whipped feta on toast. Bohemian styled Fidel's Cafe on Cuba Street(opens in new window) dishes up great food (including their signature hash browns), check out their coffee kiosk / street-side shack for coffee on the go.
Multi award-winning yet extremely humble, Hiakai(opens in new window) restaurant takes traditional Māori and Polynesian ingredients, infuses them together to create exquisite masterpieces on a plate. Casual fine dining at it's best, Shepherd(opens in new window) prepare elegant dishes. Watch the master chefs at work, by booking a kitchen pass. Good enough for the Prime Minister of New Zealand, Bellamy's by Logan Brown(opens in new window) is a restaurant located inside the Beehive. Serving perfectly presented fine dining meals.
Chocolate Fish Cafe(opens in new window) take the freshest local fish, scallops and pāua and make them into delicious, no frills sandwiches and fritters. The café has ocean views, a playground for kids and great coffee. Just around the corner on the waterfront of Oriental Parade, retro inspired Beach Babylon(opens in new window) serve food and cocktails from sunrise to sunset. Dogs are welcome and even have their own 'K9 Menu'! After a morning surfing in Lyall Bay, enjoy brunch on the roof top at Maranui Cafe(opens in new window), watch the ferries as they journey to the South Island and relax in the sun.
Every Sunday, growers from Manawatu and surrounds bring their fresh fruit and vegetables to sell at the Harbourside Market in Wellington. There is a great selection of seasonal produce, you can buy in bulk or just enough for a meal. Food trucks line up along the water front selling everything from homemade Indian chai to Chinese pancakes and you can buy freshly caught fish straight from the boat.
Road-trip from Wellington, over the Remutaka Hills to the Wairarapa region. The main town of Martinborough is a foodies heaven, with top-notch winery restaurants. Just 25 minutes away is the beautiful town of Greytown which is home to Schoc Chocolates(opens in new window) - try their interesting 'chocolate personality test'. Featherston is known for C'est Cheese Shop(opens in new window), with their huge selection of locally made cheeses, relishes and their café with excellent cheese toasted sandwiches.
Searching for vegan pizza? Nolita(opens in new window) is New Zealand's first plant based pizzeria and they handmake all of their sourdough bases, cheeses and pasta - find them on Cuba Street. Vegan café, Sweet Release(opens in new window) whip up shakes, burgers, Mac n Cheese and bagels on Manners Street in the city centre. Vegetarian and vegan platters, burgers and desserts are popular at The Botanist(opens in new window), a laid back, family friendly restaurant on the south coast of Wellington.
Right in the heart of the city, New Zealand's tastiest laneway Hannah's Laneway is a gourmet heaven with the laid back atmosphere that Wellington is known for. Begin the day with sourdough toast, peanut butter and freeze dried berries from Fix and Fogg's(opens in new window) window shop. Enjoy a casual lunch at Leeds St Bakery(opens in new window) or Pizza Pomodoro(opens in new window), followed by chocolate tasting at Wellington Chocolate Factory(opens in new window).