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Cheap eats to fine dining

Said to have more bars and restaurants per capita than New York, the culinary capital caters for everything from quick bites to long nights.

Dinner and drinks

Havana Bar Tapas

If you're keen to start your night off with a few drinks and a spot of dinner with the option of really settling in for the long haul, you can't go wrong with these favourites:

  • Havana is a colourful and cosy spot with brilliant cocktails and tapas, plus musicians and DJs three nights a week.
  • Matterhorn - it's a Wellington icon. Enjoy a drink in the lush courtyard then settle in for a multi-course extravaganza.
  • Apache's modern Vietnamese cuisine is fresh, spicy and contemporary. Their Bang Bang Burger is famous in Welly - it took out the top spot in Burger Wellington during Wellington On a Plate 2016.
  • Dragonfly is known for its modern Asian cuisine and quirky cocktails, plus has an excellent courtyard to settle in for the night.

Cheap eats

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Wellington is blessed with plenty of amazing food options that will keep your wallet happy. 

  • Little Penang on Dixon Street has authentic Malaysian flavours and attracts 5 star customer reviews.
  • Fisherman's Plate down Bond Street proves that looks can be deceiving. Ignore their fish 'n' chips and get the best Vietnamese pho in town! 
  • Tommy Millions serves New York inspired-pizza from a takeaway kiosk on Courtenay Place, and is open rather late too.
  • Burger Liquor on Willis Street serves delicious burgers and beverages, including famous boozy milkshakes.

Special occasion dining

Shepherd square

If you want to splash out a little on a night out, we've got you covered:

  • Shepherd is new to the scene and making a splash. Their modern, local and interesting menu plus intriguing beverage options make for a killer night out. 
  • Logan Brown is a stalwart of Wellington's fine dining scene. From a cosy former bank vault on Cuba Street, they serve up refined and tasty fare.
  • Whitebait is true to its name - it's an elegant spot serving plenty of locally-caught seafood with views over the harbour. 
  • Capitol is based on a classical Italian style with fresh, pure and uncluttered food. They've served Wellingtonians their famous molten chocolate pudding for many years.
  • Ortega Fish Shack is a vibrant and lively eatery with ridiculously friendly service and legendary steak.

Food trucks

food trucks waterfront

A myriad of food trucks regularly pop up around Wellington to surprise and satisfy diners on foot. Stroll the waterfront and city streets to find these favourites:

  • The Greek Truck are known for their authentic souvlakis. Often found on the corner of Taranaki and Dixon Streets.
  • Nanny's Food Truck is the place for huge, indulgent burgers - think buns stacked high with layers of cheese, meat and sauce. Yum. 
  • Antojitos Taco Truck have a brilliant selection of modern, fresh takes on Mexican favourites.

Markets

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Not sure what you want to eat? Swing by Wellington's tasty markets and there's more options than you can shake a kebab at.

  • Wellington Night Market - On Friday and Saturday nights, the best of the region's food trucks and stalls descend upon Left Bank (Fri) or Lower Cuba Street (Sat) for an international feast of epic proportions.
  • Harbourside Market is the spot to knock off your week's vege shopping and tuck into some tasty brunch while you're at it.
  • Capital Market is a modern take on a food court, with plenty of choice vendors serving global cuisine.
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