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 ticking them off!

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 deliciously spicy, sour 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!

ramsrestaurant.co.nz

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 chilly afternoon or to round out an Italian feast at this favourite Wellington restaurant on Cuba Street.

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

scopa.co.nz

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 bread, freshly-cooked 'squeaky' cheese made in-house and a squeeze of lemon, this sandwich is a reminder that simple is often best. 

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

zanyzeus.co.nz

Taste the pillow doughnuts at Tomboy

21 Majoribanks Street, Mount Victoria, Wellington

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

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.

tomboy.nz

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