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It’s a tough job being tucked between New Zealand’s finest wine regions, but some place has to do it. That place happens to be the coffee, craft beer and culinary capital of Wellington.
Wellington is known for its vibrant arts scene, world class café and restaurant culture, and active outdoor lifestyle. With an easily walkable downtown area, set around an attractive waterfront, Wellington's creative cosmopolitan city combines the sophistication of a capital with the charm of a village.
Wellington enjoys more cafes, bars and restaurants per capita than New York City, and its coffee and craft beer producers are internationally recognised. You’ll find quirky cafes, innovative menus and award-winning establishments catering for everything from quick bites to long nights.
Coffee is big business in this little city which has over a dozen roasteries in downtown Wellington. A ‘flat white’ (a white coffee) is an integral part of the daily grind in the coffee capital. Look out for Mojo, Havana, Caffe L’affare, Peoples Coffee, Coffee Supreme, Emporio, Fuel, Revive and Flight.
When it comes to beer, Wellington is into quality over quantity. Head out on the Craft Beer Capital Trail and sample one of Wellington's tasty brews. Be sure to put in an order for a Wellington Tuatara, Garage Project, ParrotDog or Yeastie Boys beer.
Many of Wellington's best bars are hidden down side streets or tucked away unnoticed. Find cocktails served in teapots down unassuming side streets or 1930’s-style gentleman’s bars up very dark stairs.
Te Papa is a recognised world leader in interactive and visitor-focused museum experiences. If you'd like to make your museum visit tasty, book the Maori Experience Kapu Ti tour which showcases indigenous Maori food - the Piko Piko pesto made from fern fronds is delicious.
Wellington is spoiled for choice with live performances on almost every night. Wellington's theatre district spans the entire central city. Some places to check out are Circa, Bats, St James, and The Opera House.
Meet Wellington’s best artisan producers and sample their products at the City Market.