The capital of New Zealand is famously known for politicians, its gusty nature, and most importantly, being a city full of gastronomic delights. While there are many foodie hot spots found throughout the city, we’ve focused just on the inner hub for now.
See how many of these places you can tick off on our ultimate guide to Wellington’s foodie scene!
Sweet Mother’s Kitchen
A Wellington institution, Sweet Mother’s Kitchen serves good-for-the-soul, home-style meals that draw inspiration from New Orleans. Eat your way through the classic Po’ Boys, comforting jambalaya, and (of course) fried chicken, finished off with one of their homemade dessert pies. There’s also a ‘secret’ vegan menu available to suit all tastes.
Not only does this microbrewery in Aro Valley create award-winning craft beers, but it gives back to the community and environment, too. Built on the grounds of an old petrol station, all its beer is brewed on the spot and makes for a unique experience upon visiting for a tasting.
Curious about this restaurant’s name? 1154AD marked the year dry pasta was first mentioned in an Italian book. Situated in the former 1920’s Hallenstein’s Clothing Factory right in the heart of Cuba Street, 1154 Pastaria lovingly makes all its own pasta for its short, but simple menu that cheekily includes “Pasta” and “Not Pasta”.
Fix & Fogg
In line with Wellington’s quirky vibe, we thought it would be fitting to include a nut butter brand. With no big signage, keep your eyes peeled for Fix & Fogg window front. With a continuously growing range from Smoke & Fire peanut butter, to Everything butter, to the traditional Smooth peanut butter, this is the place for you if you’re a PB fan!
Fidel’s is an absolute Wellington institution found at the top end of the popular Cuba Street. As explained on their website, the “coffee is Cuban and the hospitality is pure New Zealand” – with much of its café walls decorated with Fidel Castro memorabilia. While we can’t go past their legendary chicken and waffles, the cabinet food is also just as drool-worthy.
With a big emphasis on supporting local and creating food from scratch (picture grass-fed brisket beef patties), The Chippery boasts to have the best fish and chips in Wellington. They have two stores in Thorndon and Mt Vic which gives you double the chances of tasting the freshest fish and crunchiest chips. Don’t forget to check their specials menu too!
This intimate bar is found tucked up above Courteney Place and, staying true to its name, has a plethora of books available for you to peruse. With an expansive list of delicious cocktails – including a nod to New Zealand with cocktails named “Doctor Ropata” and the “Lower Hutt Lemon Meringue” – The Library is a must-visit. Don’t miss their live music nights every Tuesday and Friday!