Wellington's top 10 must-try dishes

Popular with locals and visitors alike, these dishes offer a true taste of Wellington. Add them to your culinary bucket list and don't leave town without trying them!

Chilli oil dumplings at Rams Crazy Dumpling Restaurant

171 Cuba Street, Te Aro, Wellington

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Name-checked by many of Wellington’s top chefs as their favourite thing to eat on a night off, Rams' chilli oil dumplings are an affordable Wellington classic.

Freshly-made, plump dumplings float in a delicious broth and sprinkled liberally with chilli oil. You'll find Rams' Crazy Dumpling Restaurant on Cuba Street

Word from the wise: don’t wear your favourite white shirt and get ready for chilli hit!

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Chilli oil dumplings Rams Restaurant

Hot chocolate at Scopa

141 Cuba Street, Te Aro, Wellington

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So thick you can stand a spoon up in it, Scopa’s hot chocolate is part comfort, part dessert and 100% delicious. It’s the perfect thing on a winter’s afternoon or to round out an Italian feast at this favourite Wellington Italian eatery on Cuba Street.

Made with melted chocolate and cream, this hot chocolate will not disappoint sweet-toothed chocolate lovers. 

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Zany Zeus halloumi sandwich

Halloumi sandwich at Zany Zeus

149 Randwick Road, Moera, Lower Hutt

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Local organic dairy gods Zany Zeus produce award-winning cows’ milk products from their Moera factory and store.

Their simple halloumi sandwiches have a cult following – and a queue to match. Made to order using fresh baguette, freshly-cooked 'squeaky' cheese and a squeeze of lemon, this sandwich is a reminder that simple is often best. 

Pair your sandwich with a thick shake and you’ll be in lactose heaven.

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Platter at Poppies

91 Puruatanga Road, Martinborough

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Perfect on a winter’s afternoon paired with a glass of Poppies pinot noir or in the middle of summer with a glass of their rosé, a platter at Poppies in Martinborough is a year-round must.

Enjoy an array of delicious morsels and be looked after by Poppies’ incredibly warm and welcoming team led by wine-making couple Poppy and Shane. 

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Poppies wine and platter
Tomboy Pillow doughnut

Pillow doughnuts at Tomboy

21 Majoribanks Street, Mount Victoria, Wellington

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Why a doughnut named after a soft furnishing? When you eat one, you’ll know.

Tomboy’s buttery brioche doughnuts are like giant fluffy pillows – that you can eat. To get your hands on a Pillow, you’ll need to get to Tomboy’s Majoribanks Street café early – they sell out quickly.

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