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Style & shopping

Start your morning right with breakfast at Rachael’s favourite café, Milk Crate on Ghuznee St. Coffee in hand, take a stroll around the adjacent Precinct 35 and salivate over all that is bespoke and extremely beautiful in this very stylish homeware store.

After coffee, slip next door to Bowen Gallery and check out their current exhibition. On until 12 November is Catbird Seat by Geoff Dixon. You might even find a piece of art for a special someone, or yourself.  

Now for some shopping. Make sure you pop down the road into Rachael’s store, Caughley where she combines luxury essentials with classic streetwear. With a selection of interesting, beautiful clothing from across the globe, Caughley customers can find incredible garments found nowhere else in New Zealand.

Armed with a new outfit, head up Dixon Street to Skandi, where you’ll find yourself in retro Scandinavian furniture and lighting heaven. Your finds might be a bit big for the suitcase, but shipping back home is an easy option.

Continue onto Willis Street to Bello, a gorgeous gift and homeware store offering luxury home accessories, glassware, jewellery and toys. Perfect for a spot of Christmas shopping.

Good as Gold is worth a stop for statement-making fashion and streetwear brands from here and abroad as well as other curiosities including jewellery, wallets, watches and the dopest socks around.

Not far down the road near Civic Square is Vessel, another fabulous spot for shopping and gift buying. It offers a range of beautiful handmade homeware from some of New Zealand’s best ceramic artists.

And a shopping visit to Wellington wouldn’t be complete without stopping by the brand new David Jones department store on Lambton Quay.

Once you’ve done all that you’ll be in need of some rest and a refuel, so head back up Cuba Street and grab a table at Scopa for a delicious pizza, a glass of wine or the most sumptuous hot chocolate in town.

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