Get a cup of Wellington's best coffee
Wellington is the coffee capital with some of the best roasters, baristas and cafés around every corner
161b Willis Street, Te Aro, Wellington
The brainchild of Wellington twins, Stephanie and Natalie Chin, Evil Twins is a central city coffee haven serving up fresh caffeine and cool vibes.
Pop into the cute Willis Street café for a hot or cold cuppa from the twins themselves. Their "jar drinks" – jarred and chilled coffee and teas for drinking on the go – are famous around the city, and have a cult local following. Take your pick from a triple shot latte made with oat milk, matcha love made with ceremonial-grade matcha, delicious peach iced tea, or indulgent cold chocolate milk.
They also serve all the classic coffee staples, and have a range of merchandise that reflects their street-style aesthetic, including hoodies, trucker hats, mugs, and jewellery. If you want a little bit of Evil at home, grab a bag of their freshly roasted Evil Blend beans.
Sip a slow coffee from Pour & Twist
13 Garrett Street, Te Aro, Wellington
At Aotearoa's first fully manual coffee brew bar there is no espresso machine in sight. Rejecting the typically fast pace of your morning coffee run, Pour & Twist invites its customers to slow down, connect and consider their drink, tasting the coffee and appreciating the art of how it was made.
They have your staple black or white coffees covered, but if you venture further on the menu you'll find options such as a grey marble—activated charcoal powder, coffee, cream, maple, and milk, or indulge in a Kopi — traditional Malaysian style coffee with condensed milk.
27 College Street, Te Aro, Wellington
Visit the café and coffee roastery that was a pioneer of Wellington’s now celebrated and world-famous café and coffee culture.
With its pared back industrial look, L’affare is one of those cafés that appeals to everyone. Their all-day menu features all-time classic café favourites like creamy mushrooms on organic sourdough toast and their cabinet is always stocked with delicious sweet treats and savoury snacks. And the coffee, of course, is always fresh, expertly-made and delicious. Go and see why the L’affare remains a firm local favourite.
12 Constable Street, Newtown, Wellington
Toast and coffee are an age-old pairing given new life at Peoples Coffee on Riddiford Street and Lukes Lane.
Serving their 100% organic and fair trade coffee which is roasted locally at their Newtown roastery, along with toast made from locally made Shelly Bay Baker bread, makes for a very local breakfast, indeed.
Their toast menu features one sweet toast, one savoury toast and one special toast for good measure – perfect paired with an espresso or a mug of filter coffee for a breakfast of champions.
38 Dixon Street, Te Aro, Wellington
Dive into this breezy minimalist coffee joint at either their central city spot or their Miramar outpost. Owned by well-known Wellington barista Tait Burge, this is the place to get an expertly brewed cup of coffee and unpretentious, friendly service.
Swimsuit uses organic fair trade beans from local roastery Peoples Coffee, organic milk from local producer Zany Zeus and plus there’s a range of alternative milks. There's a light offering of food available including the popular house-made scones and simple counter food like sandwiches. The light and airy minimalist interior makes the perfect spot for people watching or take a seat at one of the outdoor tables.
175 Victoria Street, Te Aro, Wellington
Staple Espresso is the home of good coffee, great banter and dad jokes (be sure to read the sign out front as you walk in). Co-owner and award-winning barista Nik O’Connell is your guy when it comes to great coffee making - he'll make sure your coffee is served up just the way you like it. In a handy location on Victoria Street, Staple is the spot for a catch up with mates or colleagues during the workweek or for a quick pick-me-up to break up your day.
119 Dixon Street, Te Aro, Wellington
What was once a car park on Dixon Street is now a bustling brunch spot by one of Wellington’s third-wave coffee roasters, Flight Coffee. Serving up their freshly-roasted coffee in whatever format you take it - from espresso to pour-over and filter alongside a seasonal brunch menu that covers all of the modern classics from granola to eggs to breakfast tacos. For coffee lovers, you won't want to miss the tasting flight of coffee. It's made up of three different coffees, or blends of your choice so you can walk out know what coffee you like best.
105 Hutt Park Road, Gracefield, Lower Hutt
A little jewel in the rough that serves up seriously great counter food and locally-roasted Good Fortune Coffee.
The little sister café to the popular Seashore Cabaret on the Petone Foreshore, Miss Fortune’s has a playful retro fit-out. The café has indoor seating, plus a sunny courtyard out back. Now back to that seriously great counter food - expect delicious freshly baked cakes, pies and doughnuts and bowls of tasty seasonal salads to have in or takeaway.
133 Riddiford Street, Newtown, Wellington
Don't let the name fool you - Black Coffee has more than one drink for people needing their caffeine fix.
A Newtown institution, Black Coffee is a café and creative hub in the heart of Wellington's quirkiest suburb. Take your pick from either side of their coffee menu, depending on whether you take your drink with or without your milk of choice. Once you're fully caffeinated, enjoy the art in their changing gallery walls, or browse their sweet collection of vintage and modern vinyl.
It's a good idea to go with an empty stomach, too. They've got an impressive line-up of toasted sandwich flavours on offer that will put your at-home versions to shame.
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