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New Zealand’s capital city is a haven for colour and quirk, from the street sculptures and markets, to the bars and restaurants scattered across the city. Here’s a few colourful eateries where the décor is the dish of the day.
Hugely popular with locals, Havana Bar is hard to miss with its multi-coloured wooden exterior...once you make your way around the corner onto tucked away Wigan Street. The tapas menu is a must-try, either in the restaurant or nestled in a booth in the indoor/outdoor bar area. References to the bar's Cuban namesake can be found all over, from the candlelit display of the Virgin Mary in the entrance to the postcards and murals adorning the walls.
First found serving the surf community of Lyall Bay, Ekim Burgers recently made this more permanent home for their burger caravan on upper Cuba Street. With metal drums painted by local street artists serving as tables, and army netting providing shade, it’s a great spot to soak up the flavours and bohemian vibe of Wellington's famous Cuba quarter.
While technically more bar than eating spot, Rogue and Vagabond warrants inclusion due to the colourful beanbags scattered around Glover Park, where you can lazily enjoy their prolific craft beer range in the sun. Feel free to people-watch in peace while Bruce, their French Bulldog bouncer, patrols the area.