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By Martyn• 11 Aug 2016 • 4 Comments
If you frequent Wellington's inner city bars and cafes, chances are you might recognise Chelsea Godinet from time spent working front-of-house at Flight Coffee Hangar on Dixon Street or behind the bar at dearly departed Wellington nightlife institution Mighty Mighty.
As of this week, Chelsea has just taken on a new position as the floor manager at Shepherd Restaurant, a box-fresh new eatery located on Eva Street.
In this edition of Where Do You Go? We talk to Chelsea about some of her favourite places in Wellington to meet dogs, drink coffee, eat brunch, go walking, shop and have a drink or two.
Word On The Street: Where are the best places to go in Wellington if you want to make friends with some dogs?
Chelsea Godinet: I find cafes to be pretty good. The Hangar and Customs Brew Bar are great spots. You get some amazing dogs hanging out outside of them. Just walking around the streets in the central city is good as well, and if you're looking for a cold beverage, there are always nice dogs at Rogue & Vagabond. I've met so many nice dogs over the last couple of years.
Where do you go when you need a good coffee?
Flight Coffee Hangar makes banging coffee. It's delicious every time. If I'm not there, I'll be at Customs Brew Bar on Ghuznee Street. The Fetco batch brewed filter coffee is amazing. A nice mug of that is exactly what I like.
It's Saturday night, and you want to head out for some drinks. Where do you go?
I love The Bresolin on Willis Street. The food there is great. I love Olive as well. The courtyard garden area out back is so tranquil and peaceful to sit in. Nikau in Civic Square is always a good standard option for weekend brunch as well.
You need to go shopping for a present for someone. Where do you go?
Iko Iko on Cuba Street is good. I hate to use the word quirky, but they always have something for everyone. You can always grab a joke gift or something meaningful. The local bookshops are good as well. I really like Pegasus Books on Leftbank. They sell all these secondhand board games. You can get lost in there for a bit.
It's the weekend, and you want to go for a walk. Where do you go?
I always love being near the water, so Oriental Bay is good, well for as far as my legs will take me. Even just walking up to the top of Mount Victoria is pretty great. I live in Brooklyn, so I like to walk up to the Wind Turbine and check out the view from there. It's a really beautiful walk.
You need to go clothes shopping. Where do you go?
I always like checking out Recycle Boutique. I'm not a huge labels guy. I don't spend a lot on clothes. I like to go to Recycle Boutique and just really hunt through to find the perfect item, the perfect pre-loved item.
The ethos is around making beautiful food available for and accessible to everyone.
Chelsea also gives us a run-down of the new spot, Shepherd: "Shepherd is a new restaurant brought to you by Shepherd Elliot from Leed Street Bakery and Ti Kouka cafe, and Sean Golding from Golding's Free Dive. It's gonna have some pretty incredible food, all of which has been sourced from local farms. We're working with a local pork farm and a local beef farm. We're also using every part of everything we cook with. For example, we had a pesto made out of carrot tops the other day."
"The ethos is around making beautiful food available for and accessible to everyone. The prices aren't crazy; everything is very reasonable. It's the same with the beer and the wine list. It's not too threatening. It's all very approachable. Nick Van Haarlem from Golding's Free Dive is doing all the wine and beer lists. He's super smart and onto it. There is also Raoul Hoffman, who has come over from Melbourne and has a ton of experience. We just want to make it sleek and fun."
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