Go where the locals go: Prefab
When you visit a city for the first time, there's that special feeling you get when you discover a locals' favourite spot. Prefab is one of those places.
Bridget Dunn and her partner Jeff Kennedy are passionate Wellingtonians and hospitality stalwarts, who are in the hospitality business for the love of it. Way before Prefab, they set up and ran Wellington coffee empire Caffe L'affare, which they later sold. You'll now find them both just down the road at Prefab, firing up the coffee machine at dawn and closing down the café in the late afternoon.
Despite the functional industrial fit out, the sunny 180-seater eatery has warmth. It's always buzzing with parents and their toddlers, business meet-ups and catch-ups with friends. There's the smell of coffee roasting, bread baking and Bridget and her team will always be there to welcome you and help you find a seat.
Open for breakfast and lunch, Prefab specialises in unpretentious food, done well. The menu features timeless favourites like pizza, burgers and their legendary potato gratin, all made using fresh, local and high-quality ingredients. Prefab has an in-house bakery which makes all of the bread, cakes and pastries, and twice a day, their delicious organic Acme baguettes are delivered by bike down the road to food store Moore Wilson's, where they are snaffled up quickly.