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Tucked away in a little laneway in central Wellington (between Leeds and Eva Streets), you’ll discover a trail of boutique factories and eateries each with delectable goodies to try and buy.
Wellington Chocolate Factory’s products are made with a commitment to ethical trade and transparency. It's New Zealand's first bean-to-bar factory open to the public, and the team create perfect morsels that come in beautiful packaging by local artists. Be sure to try their most popular bar, salted brittle caramel.
This zany little craft beer bar is decorated largely from recycled materials, with plastic buckets for lampshades and awnings made from old skis. Golding's Free Dive is a free house, meaning they can put anything they like on tap with no obligations to big breweries, which means the lineup is always fresh and interesting. Patrons can also order pizza from nearby Pizza Pomodoro and have it delivered to their table while they drink.
When brothers Jesse and Shep of Ti Kouka Café fame announced they were opening a new bakery, fans of their famous salted caramel cookies were thrilled. With a wealth of experience in the industry behind them, the brothers have helped transform Hannahs Laneway into a culinary hub with their fresh breads, pastries, sandwiches and of course those salted caramel delights. There are also a variety of gluten free options on the menu.
Fix and Fogg produce their delicious products in a tiny 'nut buttery' tucked under the stairs. Their small-batch peanut butter is sold straight from the factory window, and you can pick up takeaway toast and merch too. Their range consists of four flavours: Smooth, Crunchy, Smoke and Fire, and decadent Dark Chocolate peanut butter.
Shepherd is one of Wellington's most fun restaurants. This popular spot down Hannahs Laneway serves refined yet playful food in a very stylish environment, all matched to a flawless beverage list. Would you expect anything less from a spot owned by Wellington hospo legends Shepherd Elliott (of Leeds St Bakery and Ti Kouka) and Sean Golding (of Golding's Free Dive)?
A new edition to the Leed Street community, Hanging Ditch brings to the table curious cocktail creations, delightful décor and... liquor hanging from the ceiling! Make sure to try 'The Cabin in the Woods', a Hanging Ditch signature with rum, lime, pistachio orgeat and lime.
Head upstairs above Hannahs Laneway and you'll find next-level boutique brownies at Lashings. Get your traditionally fudgey slab of cake spiked with Fix & Fogg peanut butter, a smear of marmite, or even a dusting of matcha powder. Sign up to receive a monthly brownie subscription or try the delicious sticky buns.