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Tastiest new spots

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.

Everyday Wine

Just down the road from Loretta, Everyday Wine is the place to head for a bottle to take along to dinner, a gift for a friend or a treat for yourself on the way home from work. Cuba Street’s first specialty wine store, Everyday Wine want to make natural and organic wines an everyday thing. Forget the idea that natural wine isn’t for you as Everyday Wines stocks natural wine across the taste spectrum from wild to refined. 

Karaage Burger

Noodle house turned burger joint, Chicken Karaage is the new iteration of The Ramen Shop on Victoria Street. Serving Japanese-inspired burgers and delicious fried accompaniments - the free-range fried chicken burgers are a must-try and or go for the plant-based cauliflower patty. The small and focused menu means that food comes out quickly - perfect for a quick - and delicious - bite to eat. 

Bambuchi San

With a fresh new makeover, new furniture and the addition of ‘san’ to its name, Hataitai eatery Bambuchi is entering a new phase. And that phase is Japanese. Expect delicious small plates that are perfect for sharing with Japanese favourites like gyoza, sushi and yakitori and a drinks menu that features sake along with wine and craft beer. Bambuchi San will retain its focus on catering for dietary requirements – their must-try dish of tempura avocado is coated with deliciously crispy gluten-free batter.

The Puffin

The Puffin focuses on minimal intervention and organic wines, along with a few beers, cocktails and spirits. Everything has its place in this secluded and inviting bar, located at the bottom of a boutique hotel on Ghuznee Street. The food is simple, delicious, designed to share, eat with your hands and mop up with some bread.

Black Doris

The little sister café to Plum on Cuba Street has just popped up in the new PWC Centre on Wellington's waterfront. Drop in for a similar helping of fresh seasonal kai, classic dishes and friendly service.

El Culo Del Mundo

El Culo Del Mundo is the newest eatery to find its home on the corner of Marjoribanks and Roxburgh Street. Try their selection of tacos, tortillas and other delicious bites made with ethically sourced ingredients, and a delightful list of Latin-influenced cocktails and beverages.

El Barrio

Wellington's newest Kiwi-Latino bar has made its home smack bang in the middle of the capital's entertainment precinct. You'll find El barrio at 35 Dixon Street, along with plenty of vibrant Latino energy, tasty snacks, a great drinks list and live music.

Flamingo Joe's

Make a beeline for the neon flamingo in the window of the new PWC building on Wellington's waterfront and you'll find yourself at Flamingo Joe's. This vibrant bar and eatery prides itself on its colourful eclectic interior, custom cocktail list, and enviable selection of breakfast, lunch and dinner dishes.

Good Dixie's

A cosy new coffee shop has joined Lyall Bay's family of standard-smashing eateries. Serving homely counter food, High Noon Coffee roasted on the owners' family orchard in the far north, and real fruit ice cream, this little nook is sure to become a summer favourite.

Grace Patisserie

Get your fill of expertly crafted and perfectly crisp French croissants, pan au chocolat, canelé, delicate sweet cakes and desserts at this gorgeous new boutique on Tory Street by husband and wife team, Mariah and Andrew Grace.

Highwater

Imagine an eatery where almost everything is made from scratch: the home-churned butter, free-range sausages, pickles and everything in between. That place is Highwater - a modern dining establishment that has just made its home on Cuba Street.

Honey Badger

Just like its namesake, this new craft beer, cocktail and tequila bar might look unsuspecting from the outside, but it's big on attitude. Featuring close to 30 types of tequila, a big selection of vege and meat-laden 'Gorilla Burgers', and plenty of neon kitsch, there's a good chance this will become your new favourite watering hole.

Swimsuit

Dive into this breezy minimalist new coffee joint on the corner of Te Aro Park for tasty house-made scones and simple counter food, a cup of expertly brewed Peoples Coffee, and unpretentious service. Togs not necessary.

Kopitiam

A new Singapore/Malaysia-inspired Kopitiam (transl. ‘coffee house’) has sprung up on Vivien Street. You'll find tasty breakfast options - including kopi with soft boiled eggs and kaya toast - a few offbeat numbers (try the milo dinosaur) and possibly the best laksa in town.

Miss Fortune's

You’ll find the bright-eyed baby sister café to Seashore Cabaret tucked down a side street in the industrial suburb of Seaview. This little jewel in the rough offers a selection of delicious homemade counter food, retro charm, great service and Good Fortune Coffee.

Rogue Burger

For classic burgers customised to your dietary and multi-patty needs head to Rogue Burger on The Terrace. With housemade pickle and sauces, and a hearty assortment of sides, this new eatery from the team at Egmont Street Eatery will become your new lunch-rush destination.

Squirrel

This paired back new sister café to home interior store Small Acorns offers a small but perfectly curated collection of Wellington’s tastiest treats, including baked goods from Tomboy, vibrant salads by Queen Sally’s Diamond Deli, and a seasonal toast menu featuring Wellington Sourdough. 

Seoul Salon

Wellington’s newest Asian fusion restaurant is making waves with its delicious Japanese and Korean influenced fare. With its paired back interior and tasty dishes, this is fast becoming a popular spot for a quick workday lunch or a leisurely dinner with friends. Try the slow-cooked pork spare ribs on kimchi fried rice.

The Trading Post Catering & Deli

Bambuchi and Coolsville in Hataitai just got themselves a new baby sister. Pop around the corner to this delightful new haunt for a daily-changing range of home-baked goods (including breads, doughnuts and cupcakes), along with deli meats, cheeses, take-home meals and more.

Los Banditos

For Southern Latin cuisine and a bright and cheerful space perfect for dining with friends, head to Blair Street's newest addition. You'll find punchy atypical tacos, quesadillas and meat plates that can be paired with fresh and fruity margaritas or pitchers of sangria.