Brunch your way around Wellington
Wellington probably didn't invent brunch, but it has certainly perfected the concept
181 Cuba Street, Te Aro, Wellington
Scandinavian-style design with a Californian-style menu on Wellington’s Cuba Street. Loretta is a smart but casual eatery serving up wholesome and delicious food in an award-winning, architecturally designed 120-seater restaurant.
Perfect at any time of the day or evening, Loretta has menus for breakfast, brunch, lunch and dinner and the food, served on ceramics by local potter Paul Melser, reflects the natural earthy style of the restaurant’s interior.
Start your day with coffee and house-made crumpets and end it with day with free-range organic wood-fired chicken and fresh, seasonal salads. An extensive wine menu is available by the glass, or at the other end of the spectrum there’s fresh lemon verbena tea and kombucha.
170-172 Cuba Street, Te Aro, Wellington
Olive is a long-standing Cuba Street institution serving seasonal French and Italian-inspired menus in a rustic-chic space. Olive’s curiously lush tropical courtyard featuring, you guessed it, an olive tree, is one of Wellington’s best-kept secrets.
The garden courtyard is the perfect spot to while away an afternoon, sipping on a chilled rosé and nibbling on some warmed olives. The indoor dining room has a French industrial rustic vibe and is the perfect spot for a weekend brunch or an intimate dinner. Head Chef Jamie Morgan regularly changes the menu to include fresh, in-season, local produce.
103A Cuba Street, Te Aro, Wellington
Located right by the Bucket Fountain, Plum Café is a popular Cuba Street hub. With outdoor tables adjacent to the children’s playground, it’s the perfect place for soaking up the colourful happenings of Cuba Street and a spot of people watching.
The indoors dining space is comfortable with booth seating and a feature wall of mirrors down one side. Plum’s menu features favourite café classics made with local and fair-trade ingredients and the coffee is made with locally-roasted Emporio beans.
Comes & Goes
259 Jackson Street, Petone, Lower Hutt
Comes and Goes is very much an eatery for our time, with Instagram-worthy beautiful plates of food served in a light-filled, Scandinavian-inspired space.
The menu is Asian-inspired, featuring well-known dishes like Korean bibimbap and Vietnamese banh mi, and everything comes beautifully plated, topped with microgreens and edible flowers.
This is a popular spot with locals at the weekend, so go early or be prepared to wait for a table. In addition to their menu, Comes and Goes also has an array of enticing cabinet food – including bronuts – a brioche and doughnut hyrid, that could be just the thing to tide you over until your table is ready.
161 Cuba Street, Te Aro, Wellington
If you’re a fan of eggs for breakfast, then you’re going to love Floriditas.
Their brunch menu has an entire section dedicated to all things eggy – boiled, scrambled, fried or poached, with salmon, spinach, ham or broccoli on sourdough, brioche, potato hash or salad.
If eggs aren’t your thing, there’s plenty of other delicious possibilities including Floriditas’ legendary fish pie. Whatever you order, add a bowl of fries with aioli for the table to share (you’ll notice nearby tables doing the same thing) and if by some miracle you have room, order a brown sugar meringue piled with brown sugar and fresh fruit.
119 Dixon Street, Te Aro, Wellington
What was once a car park on Dixon Street is now a bustling brunch spot by one of Wellington’s third-wave coffee roasters, Flight Coffee. Serving up their freshly-roasted coffee in whatever format you take it - from espresso to pour-over and filter alongside a seasonal brunch menu that covers off all of the modern classics from granola to eggs to breakfast tacos.
54 Cuba Street, Te Aro, Wellington
Hand-churned butter, homemade bread, and bacon and sausages lovingly produced in-house – this is just a small hint at the care and passion that goes into every forkful of food at this sustainable Cuba Street eatery where nearly every item on the menu is pickled, cured, smoked, fermented and made from scratch.
There’s a strong commitment to sustainability across their menu, their treatment of food waste and the renewable electricity that powers the restaurant. With a sleek architecturally-designed fitout, Highwater has an easy-going elegance that’s enjoyable anytime of the day.
Egmont Street Eatery
11 Egmont Street, Te Aro, Wellington
Tucked down one of Wellington’s laneways, in what was once a carpark, is one of Wellington’s, and New Zealand’s, top restaurants.
Egmont Street Eatery is a hidden gem that everyone needs to know about. The all-day eatery has well-deserved reputation for serving some of the best brunch in town, but in truth, excels at every mealtime.
Egmont Street Eatery’s menu is a carefully thought-out arrangement of seasonal produce and ingredients – this is a restaurant that isn’t afraid to make vegetables the hero of their dishes. The restaurant caters for dietary requirements incredibly well and the level of service is always impeccable.
133 Darlington Road, Miramar, Wellington
The Larder is a popular neighbourhood eatery with an honest focus on ‘nose to tail’ eating.
Owned and run by Miramar residents, chef Jacob Brown (ex-Boulcott Bistro and Tabou in Sydney) is the chef and his partner, Sarah Bullock, the restaurant has consistently won accolades for its thoughtful, creative and innovative dishes and its outstanding service. Jacob and Sarah are passionate about serving fine, honest food through a menu that is produce-driven and reflects the seasons.
The Larder works closely with its suppliers to secure only the finest and freshest ingredients, which are prepared with respect and care.
5 Todman Street, Brooklyn, Wellington
An award-winning modern neighbourhood bistro, Salty Pidgin is warm and welcoming with an open fire that is lit on cooler days. Salty Pidgin’s menu is driven by quality and makes the most of local produce, meat and seafood.
Open for brunch and dinner at the weekends and dinner during the week, their Turkish pide (flatbread with toppings) is a popular choice and their crispy cauliflower with harissa mayo will change your opinion of brassicas for good.
There’s an excellent wine list (co-owner JP is a sommelier) and a changing line-up of local and international craft beer on tap. Right across the road from the popular Penthouse Cinema, Salty Pidgin is the perfect spot to head for a bite to eat after a film.