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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.

French Baker

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The French Baker assembles a delightful assortment of breads and patisseries on a daily basis. Combined with fresh coffee and great service this cafe is the perfect location to relax and unwind.

Sweet Bakery & Cakery

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The Karori favourite is opening a Cuba St store on October 8 and our collective sweet tooth is quivering with excitement! The new spot will be packed full of delicious cakes and epic design-your-own milkshakes... Drool.

Mr Go's

Mr Gos

Mr. Go's offers up Asian hawker-style street food with a twist of kiwi influence, using seasonal NZ ingredients. Tackling the menu can be tricky when everything looks so good, so we suggest the following strategy - get yourself a Gua Bao (a steamed bun housing delicious meats or tofu and various condiments) and grab a couple of sides to share.



PappaRich has finally made its way to Wellington. Equipped with 160 menu items of Malaysia's most delectable treats, PappaRich has something for all palettes. Head along and trial Malaysian cuisine mainstays like Nasi Lemak, or try their innovative take on Malaysian drinks - the Coconut Paradise is a must-try.

Tokeyo Izakaya Den


Brought to you by the team behind Bethel Woods, Coene's and München, Tokeyo Izakaya Den brings to the table a fresh take on Japenese small plates and innovative cocktails (you shoulds see what they do with ice!) in an awesome location. Visit Tokeyo at 19 Edwards Street.

Shepherd Restaurant

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Shepherd is the restaurant love-child of Shepherd Elliot, of Ti Kouka and Leeds Street Bakery fame, and Sean Golding, of Golding's Free Dive. Frequenters of these iconic establishments can expect the same quality, seasonality and freshness from local producers in the restored canteen, previously used by Hannahs factory workers.

Sterling Woodfire Eatery & Bar


Welcome Egmont St Eatery's little sister to the scene! Sterling will provide a more traditional fare than that of its Egmont St counterpart (think pork belly, duck and smoked game fish), with a menu designed around their woodfire oven and seasonal availability.

Best Ugly

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Al Brown brings to Wellington Best Ugly. Why Best Ugly? Well, if you were punched, rolled, boiled and fired, you wouldn’t look so great either. Think artisan Montréal-Style bagels hot from the oven, spread with amazing ingredients, great coffee riding shotgun.



Dumpling'd has set up their second shop at 1 Boulcott Street! A brand new store at a new location, with the same ol' delicious, dumpling-y goodness. If you were deterred from heading to their Terrace because it was too far away, you now have no excuse not to try out their delicious fare.

Noble Rot

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Wine lovers rejoice! Noble Rot has opened, bringing a substantial range of wines from New Zealand, France, Italy, Spain and beyond. Run by regulars on the Wellington food scene - Jean Paul Henderson and Amy Gillies of Salty Pidgin, Josh Pointon of Café Polo, and Maciej Zimny formerly of Hippopotamus - the wine bar has something for everyone.

Moustache Milk & Cookie Bar

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If you're in the know about cookies, you'll know Moustache Milk & Cookie Bar. A recent addition from Auckland, they had the good sense to set up shop (technically bus) in good ol' Wellington. Keep an eye out for the bright yellow bus, parked up next to Garage Project's new set-up on Marion Street. Word on the street is the two are up to some tasty collaborations!



Tomboy is all about delicious, wholesome and beautiful food - almost too beautiful to eat! With cakes and other sweet treats set against a pastel interior, what's not to love? Visit Tomboy at 21 Majoribanks Street, Mt Victoria.

Eva Beva

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The newest edition to the Eva Street laneway family, Eva Beva offers belly-warming comfort food, daily specials and a decorative bright blue Fiat Bambina!

Five & Dime


Five Boroughs' founder is back at it with Five & Dime - the newest culinary addition to Cuba Street, serving sophisticated street food to the masses. Check out their rotating menu for new fare every fortnight.

Slim Daveys Friendly Neighbourhood Saloon


New kids on the block, Slim Davey’s, are offering half price burgers for late night diners, and they’re also looking forward to serving up their very first Burger Wellington entry, Slim Pickins, during Visa Wellington On a Plate (12 – 28 August). Watch this space. 



Sitting on a little corner on The Terrace is Frank's, a brand new cafe boasting crisp, white interiors and creamy wood. Pop down and try their great coffee and yummy food.

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