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There's always something new to try in Wellington with new eateries and bars regularly opening up. Here are some of the most recent and recommended.
Peoples Coffee have opened a new flagship café on Lukes Lane serving 100% organic and fair trade coffee roasted at their Newtown Roastery. Pop by for a coffee (don’t forget your reusable cup), pick up fresh beans for your home or office or grab something to eat from the seasonal menu in collaboration with Esthers kitchen.
Much-loved patisserie, French Cancan, have returned to Newtown with a new and adorably pink café serving up their authentic French food. Fall in love with their professional-level eclairs and mille-feuille, savour their incredibly good quiches, filled baguettes, onion soup and niçoise salad and wash it down with some L’affare espresso.
The Ramen Shop began life as a pop-up restaurant and was so popular that it the owners set up a permanent eatery in Newtown, and have now opened a second CBD store much to the delight of Wellington's noodle lovers. The noodles are made from scratch and they use the best quality local and free-range ingredients, while still keeping the menu affordable.
In a suburb better known for its classic Kiwi bakeries specialising in pies and lamingtons, Kilbirnie has become the place to go for exquisite and Instagrammable patisserie. Sugar Flour opened a few months ago and has been creating a stir on social media and selling out of baked goods before closing time.
Serving up oceanic eats and drinks in a vibrant Hawaiian-styled environment, Lulu is your tropical island escape this winter. We rate Lulu's on-trend poke bowl as among the best in town and you can order a banging burger from the next door Boom Burger and have it delivered to you at the bar. Boom.
The first fully manual coffee brew bar in New Zealand, at Pour and Twist each cup is brewed to order using various methods. The slower brewing process encourages an appreciation for the process and art of the brew – and makes for a very tasty cup of coffee. Check out our Word on the Street review here.
Two notable Wellington eating establishments are now together under one roof at Bellamy’s at the Beehive with Cuba St’s purveyors of fine dining, Logan Brown, now at the helm of NZ Parliament’s restaurant. Previously for exclusive parliamentarian use only, Bellamy’s at the Beehive is now open to everyone who makes a booking.
Seasonal cocktails are now a thing. Headed by mixologist Laura Walker, Forresters Lane presents a weekly changing menu of cocktails based on seasonal fresh produce and in-house preserves: this winter think kumara, tamarillos and preserved summertime peaches. Go sip and be seasonally swooned.
Pickle & Pie is a New York style deli on Lombard Lane. It's modern take on a NY delicatessen, complete with pastrami sandwiches, salads, and of course, pies!
With a quirky vibe inspired by French cinema, Le Samourai is a cosy bar and eatery with an impeccable selection of French fare, spirits and wine. Open all day, this spot serves fresh parties for breakfasts through to late-night nibbles and meals to accompany cocktails. Read Georgia's review on Word on the Street for more intel on the wine and cheese menu.
Whistling Sisters’ flagship brewery, restaurant and bar – known as The Fermentery - is a hive of invention and tinkering, with house-brewed beers expertly matched to their tasty menu (which, of course, features plenty of delicious fermented foods).
Image: Whistling Sisters by Jake Mein.