Best places to eat in Porirua

A city with two harbours and plenty of fresh sea air is bound to give you an appetite - luckily, there's a great range of local eateries serving up fresh and delicious food

Abandoned Brewery taproom

20 Parumoana Street, Porirua

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Local micro-brewery Abandoned Brewery is serving up fresh pints with a side of cheeky attitude at their taproom in Porirua.

Covered in graffiti and industrial touches, the taproom is the perfect casual spot for a weekend or after-work drink. All their brews are fresh as can be, and they have a rotating selection of their classics and favourites alongside new creations.

Sit in their spacious outdoor area and grab some kai from the resident food truck, The Karaage Kid. Their Korean and Japanese-influenced fried chicken and burgers are the perfect accompaniment to a pint or two in the sunshine.

The Regal Shortbread Co.

109 Discovery Drive, Whitby

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You'll feel right at home at this bakery in Whitby.  The Regal Shortbread Co. owner and baker Anita Vogt serves freshly baked goods and top-notch coffee from her beautiful and bright space.

Try the addictive shortbread she's most commonly known for. More fantastic options include croissants, pies, pastries, cakes, loaves, scones and tortes.

Anita's shop is just as good for the planet as it is for your tastebuds. All the packaging is home compostable, and there's a cup library if you forget your keep cup.

Whitby Co-Op Kitchen & Bar

69A Discovery Drive, Whitby , Porirua

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This family-friendly restaurant on the banks of the Whitby Lakes is a family-pleaser.  They screen live sporting matches so you don't miss out on the action. On a nice day, sit outside in the patio area with a glass of wine or craft beer as you enjoy your meal.

Café Kaizen

17 Parumoana Street, Porirua

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Located in the Pātaka Art + Museum complex, Café Kaizen is a privately run café offering delicious quality food, from a light nibble to a full blackboard menu. 

Enjoy a fantastic coffee within Pātaka’s wonderfully sunny atrium with views of our beautiful Japanese garden or sit outside on a sunny day.

Café Kaizen is a popular meeting point for locals and a great place to have lunch or a coffee after visiting the museum or library.

The Big Salami

2 Steyne Avenue, Plimmerton, Porirua

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A favourite among Plimmerton locals, The Big Salami is the home of wood-fired pizzas and freshly baked goods in the seaside township. With a whopping 23 pizza varieties from all corners of the world including Italian, Greek, Hawaiian, Mexican and Kiwi on the menu, plus calzone, lasagne, ravioli, and garlic bread, there's plenty of options to keep the whole whānau happy. Open from early to late, enjoy a morning coffee in the sun or grab a bite and stroll to the beach.

Peppermill Cafe

4 Norrie Street, Porirua

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This humming café is centrally located in the heart of Porirua City, across the road from Te Rauparaha Arena and Aquatic Centre. With a cabinet filled to the brim with pastries, sandwiches and salads, you can grab something to eat on the run, or order off the a la carte brunch or lunch menu and settle into one of the comfy booths.


3 Beach Road, Plimmerton, Porirua

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To experience New Zealand's only Polish restaurant you'll need to take a trip to the seaside suburb of Plimmerton.  

Everything on the menu has a suggested vodka match and you can add a side of sauerkraut to your meal for the full Polish dining experience. The menu features  a range of traditional Polish dishes which can be adapted for dietary requirements. 

Over the years Topor has consistently received excellent ratings not only for its food and drinks but the wonderful service and atmosphere.

Greedy and Co. in Porirua

98 Rawhiti Road, Pukerua Bay, Porirua

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Coffee, baked goods and pies have made their way via caravan to Pukerua Bay in Porirua.

A coffee caravan, Greedy and Co, was started by a stay at home mum Renee and a sales rep Sarah who saw a chance to give their community what they were missing out on.

They began delivering weekly meals and doing catering then the idea of a caravan was born.

People can look forward to drinking locally roasted coffee by Emporio, eating freshly baked good and handmade pies. You’ll find them tucked behind the main shopping strip.

The Little Goat

The Little Goat, Cobham Court, Porirua

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Once a travelling food truck, The Little Goat has settled into a permanent home in Cobham Court, Porirua offering high-quality and delicious food-to-go.

The Little Goat's menu is comprised of fresh and locally sourced ingredients, except for the halloumi which Chrystalla imports. Much of the food on offer is made from scratch including the hummus, tzatziki and sweet treats. 

Owner Chrystalla Aresti Achilleos was born in Cyprus and wanted to give Wellingtonians a taste of the village cooking of her childhood home.

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