New local eats

Treat your tastebuds at one of these new cafés, restaurants and bars in Wellington

Flour power at Flùr

275 Cuba Street, Te Aro, Wellington

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Flùr is a boutique pastry and coffee spot on upper Cuba Street.

Flùr offers freshly baked, handmade pastries using local seasonal produce and excellent coffee. It is very much a morning place with a focus on things sweet and savoury made with croissant pastry and brioche.

Owner Sarah Mackenzie has worked as a pastry chef for a decade, in some of Wellington's best kitchens including Nikau, Rita, Baker Grammercy, and Floriditas. The pastries for Flùr are made in Sarah's home kitchen, just up the road.

The name Flùr is the Scottish Gaelic word for flour and flower. "My father, a proud Scotsman, was passionate about food and wine and had one of the first wine bars in Auckland. He was from the North of Scotland and spoke Gaelic as his first language," says Sarah.

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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 new 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.

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ReBurger

100 Tory Street, Te Aro, Wellington

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Sometimes all you’re craving is a mouth-watering burger and crispy, crunchy fries. Lucky for you, ReBurger are delivering the goods.

The Dunedin burger joint with a strong local following has added Wellington to its line-up, making everyone’s dreams of oversized, juicy burgers come true.

Think next level street food burgers, epic loaded fries, and a delicious secret sauce that’s perfect with everything. They’ve got traditional beef burgers, as well as chicken and vegetarian, and a changing menu of limited-time specials. If you’re extra hungry, upsize your burger to a double – but be prepared, it’s not for the faint-hearted.

reburger.co.nz

Chaat Street Wellington Victoria Street

Chaat Street

99 Victoria Street, Te Aro, Wellington

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Tasty, spicy, and delicious – it’s Indian food, but not like you know it. 

Forget your butter chicken and garlic naan, Chaat Street by Vaibhav Vishen serves up tapas-style South Asian street food that’s equally authentic and delicious. Celebrating the diverse street food culture of India, the restaurant’s menu evolves monthly. Share with a group of friends to experience Indian food as you’ve never tasted it before. Pair with a fresh cocktail like a chilli margarita, bubblegum martini, or street-style drinks like milky chai. 

Chaat Street is open for lunch and dinner Tuesday – Sunday. 

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Fortune Favours has opened a suburban bar

19 Park Road, Miramar, Wellington

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Fresh flavours from popular inner-city brewery Fortune Favours have arrived in Miramar.

It might be a new bar, but the feel is very much the same. Their new neighbour is Gorilla Burger – like at their brewery. Yes, you can eat burgers and wash them down with a pint here too!

They are serving fresh beers, cocktails and, of course, burgers. Visit the Miramar team from Monday to Sunday 12pm – 9pm, or 10pm on Friday and Saturday.

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Belén Vegan Bakery

112 Lambton Quay, Wellington Central, Wellington

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What's delicious, plant-based and fresh out of the oven? Belén Vegan Bakery, Wellington's first vegan bakery and weekday lunch spot. 

Owners Mica and Chris started selling their baked goods at the Newtown Farmers Market in 2021, hoping to spread the word that vegan baking is nutritious, sustainable, and packed full of flavour. Wellingtonians quickly caught on, and less than a year later they opened a store on Lambton Quay to cater to their large following of vegans and non-vegans alike. 

After working as a pastry chef for several years, Mica knows how to make a tasty (and pretty) dessert. But it's not only cookies and cakes you'll find at Belén. Head there for a quick and tasty lunch and work your way through their range of pastries, focaccias, pies, and croissants – many of which are gluten-free and allergen-friendly. 

belenveganbakery.com

The best thing since sliced bread: Fred’s

149 Cuba Street, Te Aro, Wellington

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Sometimes all you need is a simple sandwich for lunch and Fred’s sandwich shop on Cuba Street has filled a sandwich-sized gap in the Wellington food scene.  

Changing the lunchtime game, Fred's whips up seven delicious filling combinations, such as smoked ham, swiss, mozzarella, and house relish on toasted focaccia. The choice of bread is important so you'll see local bakery Shelly Bay Bakery providing slices. Enjoy your sandwich with a cup of Peoples Coffee at this vibrant orange space.

Get in early, as these sandwiches are being nabbed very fast. Open every day from 8am – 3pm.

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Myrtle Bakery and Kitchen

23 Kent Terrace, Mount Victoria, Wellington

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Myrtle is a bakery in Mt Victoria selling delicious baked goods and fresh bread.

It's the latest venture from Sarah Bullock and Jacob Brown – the team behind Miramar favourite, The Larder. Sarah says Myrtle evolved from a passion for baking. “We always baked our own bread and pastries at The Larder since it opened 12 years ago – and that part of our business had really expanded.”

When Sarah and Jacob spotted what would become Myrtle, it was love at first sight. “We loved the site from the moment we saw it – and immediately saw the potential for a bakery with an industrial / New York warehouse kinda feel,” says Sarah.

Since Myrtle Bakery and Kitchen opened late 2021 they've been producing fresh artisan breads and pastries, and have been warmly welcomed into the Mt Victoria community. Being small batch is important. “It means we have room to experiment and vary our product daily.”

Myrtle is open Tuesday through Saturday, from early morning until sold out. 

myrtle.co.nz

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