Explore the best of Cuba Street

Wander down Wellington's most colourful street and discover quirky cafés, vintage clothing, record stores, art galleries and get splashed by the famous Bucket Fountain

Girls walking down Cuba Mall by the Bucket Fountain

Bucket Fountain

83-117 Cuba Mall, Te Aro, Wellington

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It takes a special kind of city to rock a fountain made from buckets, but Wellington isn't your run-of-the-mill kind of city. You'll find the Bucket Fountain on Cuba Street where the sight and sound of the brightly coloured buckets filling with water and surprise splashing people walking by is an essential Wellington experience. The Bucket Fountain was installed in 1969 and was originally called the Water Mobile until its current and much apter name took hold.

Pegasus Books

Cuba Mall, 204 Left Bank, Te Aro, Wellington

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The home of unexpected one-off finds from rare and unusual books to poetry slam nights and gigs, to spotting local literary heroes. Pegasus Books is a small, independent bookseller who stock quality books, ranging from antiquarian to near new, at good prices. Their well-read staff have a wide knowledge of books and the literary world and will be more than happy to help you find something that's just your cup of tea. More than just a store, Pegasus Books regularly hold events and gigs, including Friday night Fiction Room, where musicians, writers and poets perform in the fiction section to a packed-out room. Pegasus Books are also a venue for Wellington's annual literary festival, Verb Wellington.

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Shop floor in Pegasus Books on Cuba Mall
Book shelf at Pegasus Books in Cuba Mall
shopping Left Bank Pegasus Books Credit Nicola Edmonds store shop customers browsing shelf shelves display outside

Iko Iko

118 Cuba Mall, Te Aro, Wellington

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Iko Iko is a treasure trove of trinkets, from pretty things for your home to interesting books on design, Iko Iko is full of the things you may not need but just must-have. Their window displays change regularly and are a riot of colour and fun themes which continue in-store.

There's a great range of gift cards, perfect for marking the traditional through to the non-traditional occasions. It's the kind of place that people of all ages will be into and it's a great place for a browse.

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Shop counter at Iko Iko in Cuba Mall
Animal cups at Iko Iko in Cuba Mall
Shop floor at Iko Iko in Cuba Mall
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Midnight Espresso

178 Cuba Street, Te Aro, Wellington

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The original cafe for midnight feasts on Cuba Street, Midnight Espresso is one of the last places still open on Cuba Street to score a late-night coffee and bite to eat. Their iconic cafe counter is generously piled high with vegetarian (and often vegan and gluten-free) frittatas, pies, sandwiches, cakes and slices, all decorated in an eclectic and flamboyant way with fruit and flowers. There's also a vast short-order menu written large on the cafe wall and liquid refreshments in the form of freshly squeezed juices and high-octane Havana espresso.

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