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Tastiest new spots

It seems there's always a new eatery or bar that's just opened up in Wellington. Here are some of the most recent and recommended.


From the owners of iconic eatery Nikau, Rita occupies a quaint cottage in historic Aro Valley. The pint-sized restaurant offers a set menu of simple, home-style food so you can spend less time agonising over the menu and more time enjoying the exquisite food. Heather from Word on the Street rated Rita's relaxed and friendly vibe in her review

Sugar Flour

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.

Press Hall

Welcome to your new favourite lunch spot: Press Hall. This cool new courtyard is heaven for foodies, with loads of choice between capital favourite restaurants including the likes of Tommy Millions, Bao Boy, Nam D and loads more.


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. 

Forresters Lane

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.  

Bellamy's at the Beehive

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.

Whistling Sisters

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).

Le Samourai

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. 

Heyday Beer Co

New to Wellington's thriving brewpub scene, Heyday Beer Co has quickly become a local favourite. The bar pours its house-brewed beers as well as guest taps from top breweries, alongside a Cajun-inspired menu. Check out our Word on the Street review of Heyday for more info. 

Tinakori Bistro

The newest restaurant from the team behind much-loved eateries The Ramen Shop and Hillside Kitchen, Tinakori Bistro evokes a European mood, serving French fare made with top local ingredients. The sirloin with dripping fries and café de Paris butter comes highly recommended by Heather from Word on the Street - read her full review here.

Monte Cervino

Wellingtonians were heartbroken when local icon Matterhorn closed its doors, but chef and owner Sean Marshall has turned his hand to Monte Cervino. This new eatery on Tory Street serves dishes with a casual and playful Italian bent - check out our Word on the Street blog for a review of Monte Cervino

Pickle & Pie

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!

Hot Sauce

QT Museum Wellington cranks up the cool with Asian inspired dishes and banging cocktails; an ideal spot for lazy afternoon grazing, vibrant evening dining or a cheeky nightcap or three.

Gipsy Kitchen

You can now find Gipsy Kitchen in the CBD as well as in Strathmore. Pop into their new spot for superb deli items and delicious sweet treats - be sure to try the rhubarb scone smothered in caramel!

Fortune Favours

Fortune Favours saved an old industrial building and restored it as a new brewpub, brewing on site and serving fresh beer and food. Georgia from Word on the Street rated the brewpub's meat and cheese-based menu in her review.

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