Best Places to Eat in Wellington

This week’s #BlogGreatness challenge is ‘Favourite Part of New Zealand’. See what other awesome #NZBloggers have written here.

Wellington is definitely my favourite part of New Zealand. When people ask why I moved here to study my main answer is because I love Wellington so much. Before last year I had only spent a couple of weeks visiting but I had such good memories about the times I’d visited and loved that it’s such a cultural city, with so much going on. Wellington just has really good vibes, especially as a young person.

As I am leaving Wellington for a while at the end of the month I’ve been thinking about the things I will miss. One of the biggest things that jumps out (apart from my incredible friends of course) is all the amazing food Wellington has on offer.

So today I’m going to share one of my favourite parts of my favourite place in New Zealand; my favourite Wellington eateries.


Anyone that knows me will know that Enigma is my absolute #1 place to eat in Wellington. The brunch and dinner menus are delicious and affordable but the cabinet of sweet things is definitely my go-to. I don’t think I’ve ever had the same cake/slice/cheesecake twice, they always have such an amazing selection. I think my all time favourite would have to be the chocolate peanut butter cake with ganache on top. Their selection of gelato is also great; I love the peanut butter chocolate chip and raspberry (which is conveniently dairy free!).


Sweet Mother’s Kitchen

I heard friends raving about Sweet Mother’s curly fries, so this year I finally decided to see what they were on about, and I definitely can’t complain! The New Orleans style brunch options are also incredible. The French Toast with pecan praline bacon was so unbelievably delicious and recently I tried ‘Flossy’s Favourite’; a big breakfast with potato hash, beans, mushrooms, poached eggs and hollandaise. I unfortunately didn’t get a photo as I was too excited to eat it.


Before the 2011 earthquake there was a Wagamama in Christchurch but we had only been to it once (only a few weeks before it closed) and I absolutely loved their modern, fusion approach to Japanese food. So since moving to Wellington I have made every effort to go there. My favourite dishes are the Pad Thai, Yaki Soba and Gyoza and they also do great fresh juices. I’m not a huge curry fan of curry myself but everyone tells me the Chicken Katsu Curry is amazing.


Brunch that will leave you fit to burst. Everything I’ve had from Fidel’s has been fantastic; waffles, muesli, fruit toast and eggs. Their house made sea salt caramel milkshakes are to die for but extremely hard to get through!

Southern Cross

Southern Cross is a great cafe/restaurant/bar that always has awesome events on. I love the colourful interior and the food is delicious whilst also being reasonably priced. Just last week I ordered the Kiwi classic; a tim tam slam; which is where you bite the corners of a tim tam (chocolate biscuit) and suck a hot chocolate through it. I think it’s awesome that you can order this out and about!

Night Market

If you’re looking for something to do on a Friday night in Wellington I would highly reccomend the Night Market on Left Bank just off Cuba Street. There’s an awesome collection of food stalls, sweet and savoury, including roti wraps, curries, paella, dumplings, waffles, crepes, chimney cakes, churros and even deep-fried icecream. There’s also live music and craft stalls to look at. This year they have also started the Saturday night market on the stretch of Cuba Street between Manners and Wakefield.

Tommy Millions

There is no better 2am post-town snack than a giant slice of delicious pizza for only $5. The first time I tried Tommy Millions I got the spinach and mushroom, I have never tried anything else as it’s just sooooooooo gooood!


Strawberry Fare

Dessert that’s the size of a meal, what more could you want. Strawberry Fare are famous for their desserts, and it’s very clear why. Huge portions, so definitely don’t eat dinner first! The hardest part is deciding what to have.

I’d love to hear any other awesome Wellington eateries that I have to try before I leave!



  • I’m coming down to Wellington in November – can’t wait to try all of these places!!! =)

  • This is what I’m missing about Wellington! So many cute wee cafes… Fidels is great, so is Mama Brown, Olive, Chocolate Fish in Miramar! Ps. Where are you moving to?!

    • I’ve heard great things about Chocolate Fish but never made it out there! I’m moving to Christchurch (back with my parents….)

      • Try and make it out there if you can! Also I went to school in Karori so Marsden Village Cafe is great too! Oh nice- been to Christchurch a few times recently, so many foodie adventures there!

        • It’s great that so many new places are opening up all the time!

          • Agreed! Great seeing and participating in the rebuild and evolution of Chch!

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