Cheap and cheerful: the best lunches under $10
There may be no such thing as a free lunch, but $10 lunches do exist. Don't spend your lunch hours looking elsewhere
62 Dixon Street, Te Aro , Wellington
Be drawn in by the neon pink signs to discover a lively interior coated in pink. Naturally, with the name like Pho-Mo, you don’t want to miss this!
Pho-Mo's your next lunchtime spot, with quick and delicious dishes packed with fresh herbs and flavours such as Pho, noodle salads and Bahn Mi. The Beef Pho is a must try and that’s from co-owner Josh who’s a die-hard chicken fan! Most meals are under $10 so your bank and your belly will be looked after.
178 Cuba Street, Te Aro, Wellington
The original cafe for midnight feasts on Cuba Street, Midnight Espresso is one of the last places still open on Cuba Street to score a late-night coffee and bite to eat. Their iconic cafe counter is generously piled high with vegetarian (and often vegan and gluten-free) frittatas, pies, sandwiches, cakes and slices, all decorated in an eclectic and flamboyant way with fruit and flowers. There's also a vast short-order menu written large on the cafe wall and liquid refreshments in the form of freshly squeezed juices and high-octane Havana espresso.
Best Ugly Bagels
153 Featherston Street, Te Aro, Wellington
Get a freshly-made bagel from Best Ugly topped with your choice of spread for under nine bucks. Choose from a schmear of cream cheese, peanut butter or house-made chocolate hazelnut spread.
If you haven't already tried their bagels, they are made in the Montreal-style and cooked in a woodfire for a crispy exterior and chewy inside. There's two locations for your bagel fix - Swan Lane off Cuba and Featherston Street.
153/157 Willis Street, Te Aro, Wellington
Where’s Charlie is located in the indoor Capital Market and serves Vietnamese food including their delicious lemongrass chilli chicken banh mi. Jess, a banh mi regular says, "Their baguettes are crispy but don’t flake all over the place which means you can return to work still looking like an adult, rather than a toddler who has just eaten their lunch." Jess has a toddler, so you know she's speaking the truth.
Make sure you get in early to avoid a wait, or better still, order online beforehand - it's a popular spot for locals during the working week.
Satay Village and Satay Kingdom
58 Ghuznee Street, Te Aro, Wellington
For more high recommended Malaysian food, head to Satay Village on Ghuznee Street or Satay Kingdom on Left Bank for chicken for chicken or vegetable roti chanai.
A bowl of curry comes with warm, chewy and slightly sweet roti bread on the side. Add some rice on the side if you’re feeling extra hungry. It’s a meal that most Wellington students will be very familiar with and the perfect ‘day before payday’ lunch.
7 Boulcott Street, Te Aro, Wellington
Dumpling'd are dumpling dynamos. Mixing the best of East and West cuisine, these freshly-made dumplings combine high quality ingredients and fresh flavours to bring a little bit of Asia to heart of Wellington.
Get dumplings for lunch at one of their three locations on Boulcott Street, Courtenay Place and The Terrace and enjoy 8 dumplings for $9.50 from their Boulcott Street and The Terrace sites.
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