New local eats
There's always something new to try in Wellington with new eateries and bars regularly opening up. Here are some of the most recent and recommended
BŌL on Victoria Street
Add this one to your lunchtime favourites. The owner of Hillside and The Ramen Shop has turned its Karaage Burger store into the newest plant-based lunch spot. Don’t worry, you can still grab your Japanese inspired chicken at The Ramen Shop in Newtown.
At BŌL choose from their colourful menu options or go for gold and create your own. The chefs have put in the effort to fill your lunch with delicious New Zealand sourced, high-quality produce that you can grab on the run. Everything from their grains to their fruit and vegetables is all sourced from New Zealand.
Each element to the dish has its own incredible flavours and texture. They make their own Kombucha too so nothing goes unused in their kitchen!
Plant Blazed x San Fran
171 Cuba Street , Te Aro, Wellington
Waiting for your next gig just got tastier because Plant Blaze has now taken over San Fran’s kitchen. Vegan food truck Plant Blaze has moved out of their caravan and into popular Wellington music venue San Fran. Look out for them from Wednesday to Saturday and grab lunch, dinner or snacks throughout the night.
They make their own seitan (a meat substitute made of wheat protein) and many of their sauces and all of their ingredients are fresh and local. But here’s the bottom line about Plant Blazed, their hotdogs are among the best in the city – and better yet, they’re entirely vegan with gluten-free options as well.
Indian Alley on Wakefield Street
290 Wakefield Street, Te Aro, Wellington
Indian Alley has opened its newest eatery on Wakefield Street. Press Hall goers will recognise this as the place where you can get unlimited lunches.
Their newest location is focused on giving people an authentic fine dining experience. You can expect an adventurous menu with interactive experiences. Look out for their special Parda (curtain) Biryani dish where the waiter opens it in front of you (middle dish in the image.)
Add this to your must-try BYO eateries.
Lola Stay's new takeaway store Lola Go's x The Axe
108a Oriental Parade, Oriental Bay, Wellington
Popped up next door to the Oriental Bay eatery Lola Stay’s is their newest takeaway section Lola Go’s x The Axe.
This bayside pop-up store is a collaboration with Newtown’s most gorgeous gift and homeware store The Axe.
Walking in for a caffeine kick and leave with a cute gift for you or a friend.
Flour and Gold Pizza in Seatoun
The small pizza delivery service, Flour and Gold in Seatoun are adding pizza to the fine dining experience. Their pizza is Neapolitan-style with the star of the show being its dough. Paired with top-quality toppings you'll have a true gourmet pizza experience like never before. This is a true artisan product, so its availability is extremely limited.
They only deliver to the Eastern Suburbs of Wellington. Sit tight everyone else.
Dirty Burger opens in the city
254 Cuba Street, Te Aro, Wellington
Join the energetic ‘old school’ hip hop vibe of New York when you dig into, what could be, the best burger in town.
Popular burger joint in Petone, Dirty Burger has opened a second store on Cuba Street in the city after the great success of their first restaurant in the Hutt Valley.
You choose if the murmurs on the street are true.
Commonsense Organics has moved to Tory Street
147 Tory Street , Te Aro, Wellington
Wellington’s favourite organic grocer has moved to Tory Street saying goodbye to their space on Wakefield Street.
Their new space has everything you once loved but now has an exciting new cafe section. Walk out with a barista-made organic coffee and baked goodies without the guilt.
Pop your head into their new space and grab some organically made foods to stock your pantry.
Gorilla Burger on Leeds Street
7 Leeds Street, Te Aro, Wellington
Gorilla Burger’s new food truck is set up outside Fortune Favours on Leeds Street now Soul Shack has a permanent home. Book a table at Fortune Favours to enjoy and burger and pint in each hand. There’s nothing like a big juicy burger to enjoy with a quality craft beer.
Soul Shack's permanent home
38 Dixon Street, Te Aro, Wellington
If you can handle the heat, test your tolerance at Soul Shack, the Nashville style chicken shop. One of Wellington’s most popular food trucks has ditched its wheels and has moved in next door to Swimsuit.
Of course, you will need something to wash down your chicken and Birdcage, where you can also order from, can sort you out with a glass of something!
38 Dixon Street, Te Aro, Wellington
Grab a craft beer or a cocktail and settle into this cosy bar on Dixon street. Birdcage is a quirky bar that’s tucked away in plain sight just look out for the bright pink bird mural for the entrance. Inside you’ll enjoy being hidden away from the busy city while sitting beneath the hanging birdcages that highlight its unique identity. Order flavoursome chicken from the popular eatery Soul Shack straight from the bar.
4 Blair Street, Te Aro, Wellington
A sleek and simple café showcasing a small but perfectly curated collection of Wellington’s best counter food from favourite bakers and producers around town including vibrant salads by Queen Sally’s Diamond Deli and a seasonal toast menu starring Wellington Sourdough. After an Acme coffee and a Tomboy doughnut, take a walk through to Small Acorns for a browse around one of Wellington’s top home interior stores.