Top foodie destination: Moore Wilson's

Always-on farmers market Moore Wilson's is a must-visit on any eating tour of Wellington.

Moore Wilsons shop front


Courtenay precinct


Corner of Tory & College Street
Wellington CBD


+64 4 384 9906

If Moore Wilson's had a perfume it would smell of freshly squeezed orange juice, freshly ground coffee, freshly baked bread, freshly cut spring-time flowers and the aroma of chickens roasting.

Moore Wilson's (Moore's as the locals call it) is Wellington's foodie mecca and Whole Foods equivalent. It’s where local chefs and café owners go to buy their supplies, local home cooks and foodies head for their weekly shops and it’s a must-visit on any eating tour of Wellington.

moore wilsons tory st customer served at bakery
Moore Wilson's fresh produce
Moore Wilson's cheese counter
Moore Wilson's Chook Wagon

Moore Wilson's began in 1918 as a general wholesale merchant supplying Wellington's hospitality and service industries. It's always been a family business and is now run by fourth-generation grocer Julie Moore, who has continued the store's friendly, hands-on approach while shaping Moore's into a true foodie destination.

Like an always-on farmers market, Moore Wilson's Fresh on College Street stocks local artisan products made by small producers, fresh seasonal produce and New Zealand kaimoana (seafood). Local bakeries come by each morning to stock up the shelves with freshly baked bread, which local food writer Samuel Scott described as a "glorious mash-up of a Parisian patisserie and Berkley hippy bread shop."

You'll find freshly roasted coffee beans from over ten local roasteries including Peoples, Coffee Supreme and Flight and the store hums with the whirr of the coffee grinder as beans are ground to be taken home. Order a coffee to drink in-store and choose which local roastery's beans you'd like in your flat white or long black. Or grab a glass of OJ – around one tonne of New Zealand oranges are juiced in-store each day to make liquid orange-gold which may well be the best juice you've ever tasted.

There's the tantalising smell of roast chicken wafting down from the Chook Wagon in the carpark above as hot, fresh rotisserie chickens are sold from a replica of the iconic 1947 Citroen H-van which was designed and built locally by a team in Miramar. Grab a fresh baguette and a chicken and you’ve got the makings of a delicious picnic.

In the piazza downstairs, there's a sushi stand and Pop-up Food Pods that feature a weekly changing line up of local cafés, restaurants and food trucks serving affordable and delicious on-the-go eats. Next to the space to park your dog while you shop (with a complementary water bowl and free pats by shoppers passing by) is a sculpture by renowned Manawatu artist Paul Dibble that tells the story of the artesian water bore that runs under the site, with a tap where you can fill your drink bottle.

Moore Wilson's is where most local restaurants source their supplies from, so you'll often bump into the restaurant crowd at Moore's. Rita co-owner Paul Schrader says, "Moore's is a great place to not only buy what you need but to catch up with the local gossip and have a chin wag with your peers."

Head down to Moore's on a Saturday morning to grab a coffee and soak up the atmosphere – who knows who you'll bump into.

French Cancan at Moore Wilsons

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