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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.

Amador

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.

The Ascot

Only in Wellington: a new rooftop bar serving natural and organic wine and hotdogs (as well as vegetarian 'notdogs'). Nestled in a cosy art deco space behind an Edwardian parapet, The Ascot is the city's newest quintessential Wellington hangout. 

Arcade Burger

Bangin' burgers and arcade games collide at this new lunch joint on Lambton Quay. You'll find vege and vegan burgers, plenty of options at the meatier end of the spectrum, plus the usual sides. So grab a napkin or four, and prepare to get messy.

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.

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.

Gipsy Kitchen Kiosk

Strathmore's favourite little coffee shop and eatery has just opened a pint-sized kiosk on Left Bank. Stop by for a selection of their delicious signature baked goods, famous scones and freshly brewed Supreme Coffee.

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.

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.

Night Flower

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. 

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.

Sandwich Emporium

Those lunchtimes spent longing for the perfect sammie are now a distant memory with the arrival of Sandwich Emporium at 282 Cuba Street. You’ll find smoked meat and vege-friendly fillings wedged between soft rolls, along with 90’s band paraphernalia and pinball.

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.

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.

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.