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By Josie• 6 Aug 2019
Breathe in some fresh sea air while you brunch at these favourite seaside cafés in Wellington.
Maranui Café at Lyall Bay was Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's chosen venue for a cup of tea on their visit to Wellington in 2018, but this much-loved Wellington eatery was on the map long before the royals dropped in. Renowned for its friendly atmosphere, amazing brunch and of course, that stunning view out over the bay.
Just a stone’s throw from the CBD on Wellington’s very own version of LA’s Venice Beach; Oriental Parade, you’ll find Beach Babylon. This brunch spot with a 70s vibe has a sun-soaked patio overlooking the bay that is perfect for people watching. The brunch menu includes the usual favourites as well as their famous rosti and hangover-busting ‘big boys’.
At Scorching Bay on the Miramar Peninsula, you’ll find Scorch-O-Rama, famous for their delicious milkshakes and incredible view. Set right by the beach, you can look out over Scorching Bay while you enjoy coffee or a milkshake. Brunch is available until 3pm, so can be enjoyed after even the longest sleep-in, plus there’s a great kids’ menu.
Overlooking the waters of Lyall Bay with a huge outdoor space and large windows, Spruce Goose offers the perfect vantage point to watch the surfers and the planes as they come and go from Wellington Airport. Spruce Goose caters for all dietary requirements and are known for their classic brunch fare that uses the best ingredients - their waffles are legendary.
Chocolate Fish Café at Shelly Bay is the go-to for enjoying Kiwi seafood barbecue brunch in the sun. Chocolate Fish's specialty is seafood sandwiches featuring paua and mussel fritters, but there's also lots of non-seafood options. With lots of outdoor space for the kids to run around and a huge kids' menu, Chocolate Fish is a favourite with families.
On the waterfront near Lambton Quay, Flamingo Joe’s serves up brunch and stunning panoramic views across the harbour. While not technically on the beach, the sea views will put you in a nautical frame of mind. Flamingo Joe’s fitout is bright and fun and their modern brunch menu features all of your favourites from smashed avocado to scrambled eggs and smoothie bowls. There’s custom cocktail list too, if you fancy making your brunch a little boozy.
A popular seaside café set in the old Petone Rowing Club fitted out with a funky retro décor and a menu of generously-sized café fare, that’ll please vegans and non-vegans alike. Follow up your brunch with a walk along Petone Beach.
Coene's Bar & Eatery has one of the best views in Wellington. On sunny days sit out on their deck overlooking the water or sit inside and take in the spectacular views. Their all-day menu covers brunch, lunch, snacks and dinner. Try their mussels and clams or seafood chowder to enjoy a taste of the sea while you gaze out at the ocean. Coene’s is a popular spot for brunch or pop by or a drink and a snack on a sunny afternoon.
You'll definitely want to stay for a while at Lola Stays on Oriental Parade - it's the ideal spot to enjoy some people watching over a delicious brunch. This friendly neighbourhood eatery has classics to suit every brunch craving, from bacon sandwiches to breakfast tacos and the must-try peanut butter and banana milkshake.
A brilliant brunch spot with rugged beach feel, you'll find the Beach House and Kiosk at Island Bay Esplanade on the rugged South Coast. This coastal gem serves up wonderful views, fantastic coffee with a great variety of brunch options including some great gluten-free options.
With a plant-based menu and a lush herbaceous interior, The Botanist at Lyall Bay is the perfect spot for a seaside bite to eat. The organic, vegetarian and vegan menu will satisfy herbivores and omnivores alike, as will their sunny and sheltered outdoor garden. After brunch, head for a walk at Lyall Bay beach.