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Wellington is a city full of charming nooks and trendy crannies. Here's our guide to the up-and-comers, the off-the-beaten trackers and the downright endearing spots around the region.
Visiting the cutest little waffle shop in the coolest little capital city should definitely be on your bucket list. The young men serving the freshly baked waffles are allegedly among the cutest also. You didn’t hear it here though. Watch out for their one-off wacky flavour combos – Kiwi (or Aussie…) classic pavlova is one of their latest additions.
If you like your art with a healthy dose of boldness, quirk and not a hint of pretension, then The Dowse is sure to deliver for you. An outing at The Dowse includes some of New Zealand’s finest contemporary painters, while additional exhibitions can range from intricate art deco buttons to a pyramid made purely from set squares.
The team behind Egmont St Eatery know the ingredients for a recipe that gets everyone talking. This kind of secret-spot down one of Wellington's laneways has fast become a favourite with those in the know thanks to its sleek decor complete with living wall and the incredible food. With their exceptional, ever-changing menu and claim to fame as the titleholder of the prestigious Burger Wellington award, these guys are set to become a Wellington classic.
The three lads behind Wellington craft beer stalwart Garage Project grew up on the same street and have been tinkering away on innovative brews since ages ago. If you prefer your beer earned, hit up one of the city’s mountain biking tracks which ends a stone’s throw away from Garage Project’s cellar door in Aro Valley. And if you like the taste (which you will, you really will), you can head down to their brand new bar just down the road.
Full of delicious smells and cuisine from the Caribbean to the Philippines, the Wellington Night Market, on Friday and Saturday nights, is the perfect spot to pick up some street eats before embarking on the night ahead. Right in the heart of the bohemian Cuba quarter and set against the tunes of local bands and buskers, this is a real Wellington experience.
When he’s not directing the likes of Avatar here in Wellington, James Cameron turns his hand to vegan eateries in his new home, Wairarapa. Part café, part organic delicatessen, the healthy, but (trust us) still tasty, delights are best enjoyed in the outdoor courtyard near the vege garden where much of the produce on the menu is grown.