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10 tasty spots for vegetarian eats

If you're a herbivore looking to indulge in a strictly vege feast, look no further. These eateries are vegetarian-friendly and absolutely delicious.

1. Loretta

Sister to the ever-so-popular Floriditas, Loretta is a 1970s California-inspired eatery with loads of wholesome vegetarian options, showcasing whole grains and fresh veggies. It's clean and spacious inside - in fact, so appealing they won an award from Interior Magazine for it.

2. Olive

Olive's a superb choice if you're heading out for a bite with a mixture of vegetarians and meat eaters. There's options for both, but the vegetarian dishes here might have your non-vego friends changing sides!

3. Pranah

Through sustainable practices like reducing, reusing, recycling, composting and monitoring energy efficiency, Pranah lessens the environmental footprint on its mission. This buzzing cafe in Newtown offers wholesome non-processed vegetarian foods, with gluten-free and vegan options available.

4. La Boca Loca

The best thing about Mexican eatery La Boca Loca is that all vegetarian, dairy free and gluten free options are clearly marked on the menu. It’s a dream for those of us with dietary requirements – and the food is, of course, delicious. 

5. Seize

Seize is all about sustainability and healthy eating - and by the looks of the line at lunchtime, people are cottoning on. They've got lots of delicious full vegetarian meals on offer, and the option to build your own salad. A mixture of the 'daily bowls' never disappoint.

6. Havana Bar

These guys have a very cool and creative vegetarian selection on the menu of small plates, perfect for sharing with mates. They've also got a weekly changing menu which features an array of seasonal plates, but do keep in mind, all food is subject to seasonal availability.

7. Five Boroughs

All of Five Boroughs’ burgers are available as vegetarian options, featuring their delicious black bean patties. They've also got loads of tasty sides to complement your vego burger perfectly. We recommend a classic cheeseburger with a side of fries. 

8. Aunty Mena Vegetarian

Being one of the only exclusively vegetarian restaurants in the city, Aunty Mena's is a classic staple of any Wellington vegetarian’s diet. Expect a simple dining experience with a huge menu of Asian-inspired mock meat dishes at great prices.

9. Deluxe, Maranui and Queen Sally’s Diamond Deli

maranui cafe

Deluxe, Maranui and Queen Sally's Diamond Deli are cafes scattered across Wellington, all run by Katie Richardson, who is renowned for her amazing vegan and vegetarian food. The salad selections are second to none.

10. Midnight Espresso

This iconic Cuba Street café has a massive selection of vegan and vegetarian cabinet food, with their famously huge vegetarian or vegan nachos. Bring an appetite - they've got darn good milkshakes on offer too.

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