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Cheap and cheerful: the best $10 (and under) lunches in Wellington

There may be no such thing as a free lunch, but $10 lunches do exist. Here's our guide to delicious lunch eats on the cheap.


Iconic Cuba Street Italian eatery Scopa puts on $8 Margherita pizza every Tuesday. Don't mind if we do (eat a whole pizza ourselves). 

Artcraft Bakery

An old-school Kiwi-style bakery specialising in sandwiches, pies, cakes and other baked delights. As regular customer Dave says: "I like it because there’s a decided absence of horrific ingredients such as kale, they use white bread which is delicious and sadly maligned, it’s dirt cheap and hipsters are happily absent." Not for long. Image: @artcraftbakery

Where's Charlie

A cheap lunch mecca, Capital Market's lemongrass chilli chicken banh mi. As Jess, a banh mi regular says "Their baguettes are crispy but don’t flake all over the place which means you can return to work still looking like an adult, rather than a toddler who’s just eaten their lunch". Jess has a toddler, so you know she's speaking the truth. Jess recommends going with the jumbo size ($9) and always with chilli sauce. 

A+ Sushi

Go for the $8 katsu bowl from A+ Sushi on Willis Street. Take your pick from chicken, tempura or veges for a delicious and filling lunch. 

Tommy Millions

Tommy Millions is Wellington’s own pizza empire, dishing up New York-style pizza across three inner-city sites for around $5/$6 for a slice and bonus 2-for-1 margherita slices from Courtenay Place, Monday to Friday 11am-4pm. Image: @tommymillions


Dumpling dynamos, Dumpling'd, are all about freshly-made dumplings using high quality ingredients. Enjoy 8 dumplings for $9 from their restaurants on Boulcott Street and The Terrace. 


Rahzoo's classic salad bar features all of your favourite salads - whether you're all about aioli and bacon or quinoa and cauliflower rice, you'll find something to suit your taste here. It's $9.50 for three choices - I'll take the Waldorf, gado gado and raw energy salad, thanks. 

Midnight Espresso

Midnight Espresso's iconic café counter is generously piled high with vegetarian (and often vegan and gluten-free) frittatas, pies, sandwiches, cakes and slices, all decorated in an eclectic and flamboyant way with fruit and flowers and mostly all under $10. 

Little Penang

Arguably the most delicious Malaysian food in Wellington, Little Penang's roti with your choice of curry for $8.90 can't be beat. Our go-to curry is kapitan, a mild chicken curry with coconut cream and makrut (kaffir) lime. Image: @littlepenangnz


Satay Village

For more highly commended Malaysian food, head to Satay Village on Ghuznee Street for chicken or vegetable roti chanai. It's super filling and comes with the most delicious satay sauce on the side. Image: @arg_photographynz