Could this be the world's tastiest little laneway?
Hidden away in the very middle of Wellington (between Leeds and Eva Streets), you’ll discover Hannahs Laneway, Wellington's little food haven.
Golding's Free Dive
14 Leeds Street, Te Aro, Wellington
Wellington’s own version of a dive bar, Golding’s has a homey feel, with exposed brick walls and quirky touches everywhere – the bar is decorated largely from recycled materials, with plastic buckets for lampshades and awnings made from old skis.
Golding's Free Dive is a free house, meaning they can put anything they like on tap with no obligations to big breweries, which means the lineup is always fresh and interesting.
Patrons can also order pizza from nearby Pizza Pomodoro and have it delivered to their table while they drink. The small, semi-enclosed deck out the back looks out onto Hannahs Laneway and is a sheltered spot for a drink as you watch the world walk by.
Leeds Street Bakery
Unit 6g/14 Leeds Street, Te Aro, Wellington
The bakery that was founded on the popularity of a cookie. But not just any cookie – a salted caramel cookie that has become one of Wellington’s favourite baked treats.
Leeds Street Bakery in Hannahs Laneway is one of the celebrated artisan producers in this culinary hotspot. As well as those famous cookies (which come in regular and gluten-free versions), the bakery produces delicious bread and other baked goods which are supplied to cafés around Wellington.
Leeds Street Bakery is also a café where you can get great coffee and toast (using Leeds Street Bakery bread, of course) topped with tasty seasonal toppings.
1/31 Dixon Street, Te Aro, Wellington
Head upstairs above Hannahs Laneway and you'll find next-level boutique brownies at Lashings.
Get your traditionally fudgy slab of cake spiked with local Fix & Fogg peanut butter (also made in Hannahs Laneway), a smear of Vegemite, or even a dusting of matcha powder.
After years of working at some of London’s 5-star hotels and high-end restaurants, British pastry chef Jackie Morrison moved to Wellington and saw an opportunity to really start creating the food she wanted to feed people.
If you develop a Lashings habit, you can sign up for a monthly brownie subscription.
7 Leeds Street, Te Aro, Wellington
Set in an old industrial building that was once used for restoring furniture, Fortune Favours is one of the growing number of brewbars in the central city.
Some of the building’s original features have been retained and new steampunk features added, along with a sunny outdoor deck with great views of some of Wellington’s famous street art.
Fortune Favours specialises in charcuterie and cheese platters to partner with their large line-up of beers on tap. If you do develop a taste for Fortune Favours flavours while you’re here, you can get in one last beer at their Wellington Airport bar.
1/5 Eva Street, Te Aro, Wellington
Sitting at the heart of Hannahs Laneway, Shepherd serves refined, yet playful food in a playful, stylish restaurant. Shepherd's menu is fresh, seasonal, and local, and the team try to use every part of everything they cook with. The drinks menu features organic and biodynamic wines and the restaurant also brews their own non-alcoholic drinks in-house which can be paired with your meal.
The dining experience has a relaxed informality with the option to sit at the chef’s pass and watch as the kitchen staff do their thing. This is a popular spot so it pays to book a table in advance if you can and if you miss out on a table, you can always drop by their bar for a drink and a snack on the deck.
13 Leeds Street, Te Aro, Wellington
One of the originals in Hannahs laneway, family-run Pizza Pomodoro has been producing authentic Italian pizzas since 2000. Owner and pizza chef Massimo Tolve is originally from Naples and is maestro in the art of pizza-making.
The pizza dough is hand-rolled, topped with fresh and high-quality ingredients then cooked in a wood-fired oven for the perfect pie. So perfect in fact that Pizza Pomodoro has been certified by Associazione Vera Pizza Napoletana – the Michelin star of the pizza world. Pizza Pomodoro make all of the classic Italian pizzas plus some original creations and a savvy collaboration with neighbouring Golding's means you can order and eat their pizzas from the comfort of your bar stool.
14 Leeds Street, Te Aro, Wellington
Tucked away in a cosy corner of Hannahs Laneway, Hanging Ditch is a cocktail bar where the range of liquor is, quite literally, off the hook.
Their bottles of booze are suspended from the ceiling, dangling overhead on bungee cords which the bartenders pull down on to pour your bevvy – to dazzling effect.
Spectacle aside, Hanging Ditch are serious about creating delicious cocktails and use custom flavour atomisers to flavour your drink, to cut down on wasting herbs and garnishes and to add real oomph to their drinks. As well as cocktails, there’s a great selection of local beer and wine. Hanging Ditch is the ideal cosy spot for starting or ending your night out.