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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.
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.
Visit Qilin Teahouse on Dixon Street for an exceptional tea experience, not at all reminiscent of your average Twinings or Dilmah cup at home. You'll find interesting freshly-brewed flavours like Iron Buddha and Qilin Chai, flowering varieties, and a range of other tea-inspired options, served both hot and cold.
Goldie is one of those establishments that's immediately appealing to Instagrammers looking for a light, cutesy, neon vibe. Dive into the offbeat Asian-fusion offering and you'll find Korean fried chicken, bubble tea, hot 'dogz' and waffles. Then top things off with goldleaf softserve in a charcoal cone, or a novelty milkshake.
Aim for the pink neon sign on Marion Street, and you'll find yourself at Fifi's. Inside, the pink theme continues with a mural by local artists, Ginal Kiel and Xoë Hall, known for their much-loved Wellington street art. Fifi's serves up an abundance of salads, sweets and sandwiches, using what's seasonally available and looking good.
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.
Night Flower takes old-fashioned cocktails and reworks them with a botanical flair: possets, syllabubs, Rumfustians, fizzes, fixes and flips. If you don't know what we're talking about, you soon will. With a large deck overlooking the heart of Cuba Street, Night Flower is the perfect spot for a drink while you watch the world go by, below.
Amador is a cosy rooftop bar with an extensive local and international wine list, as well as local craft beers on tap, cocktails, and a selection of freshly shucked oysters, charcuterie and cheeses to accompany whatever you imbibe. Centrally situated in Willis Street’s Press Hall, Amador is also open in the day for breakfast and lunch with cabinet food provided by Egmont Street Eatery.
This plush addition to Chews Lane is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, and hosts individual bars, each serving an impressive array of house-cured charcuterie, cheese, gin, whisky, local craft beer (16 taps) and local and international wines. Drop in for lunch and grab a sandwich from the slow-roasted carvery, or settle in for a bit longer and tell long stories over small and big plates.
The name ‘Glass’ references the wine bar and restaurant's window-lined location on Chews Lane and also reflects their honest and transparent approach to sourcing and preparing its products. Glass serves simple and unpretentious food and pours natural and biodynamic wines, mostly from France, but some from closer to home as well.
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.