The Flight Coffee Hangar
Offering some of the best coffee in Wellington thanks to the freshly in-house roasted beans, The Flight Hangar is a gem among Wellington’s cafés and restaurants. Positioned in the centre of the city, this is a great place to grab a cup of coffee and have breakfast. The décor is rustic and reflects the traditional roasting techniques used to make the brilliant coffee.
Located in Miramar, a bay side suburb to the east of Wellington’s centre, just across Evan’s Bay, is The Larder, a gorgeous Kiwi establishment created by local Miramar resident and chef Jacob Brown. It’s the owner’s vision and passion to support small, local businesses, farmers and suppliers. Here you can find a brilliant brunch menu that is served until 3pm and maintains the ‘nose to tail eating’ philosophy, where all parts of the animal are respected and used to highlight and improve the dining experience.
The Larder, 133 Darlington Rd, Miramar, Wellington, New Zealand, +64 4-891 0354
Goose Shack HQ
Seasonal New Zealand food perfect for a weekend brunch
The décor reflects the name of this restaurant – the shack part, there aren’t any geese flying around. From the light fixtures to the bar stools, you probably wouldn’t expect much from the food, but this eatery is a perfect example of why you shouldn’t judge a book by its cover. The food at Goose Shack HQ can be described very effectively in one word: exquisite. The local free-range seasonal ingredients are treated with the utmost respect and are crafted into delicious meals packed with flavour.
Opening hours: Tues-Fri 4pm-late; Sat-Sun 10.30am-late
Watch out for: the seasonal ingredients and dishes
Goose Shack HQ, 461 Adelaide Rd, Wellington, New Zealand, +64 4-389 7171
Lots of windows light up the monochromatic décor that makes PreFab a relaxing and spacious place to go out for breakfast with friends or family. The fresh and seasonal menu, which includes fresh baked bread an pastries, is coupled with hot coffee that is roasted on site to bring a bit of homeliness back to the centre of Wellington. Keep an eye on their website, where they give details for upcoming events, including the kids art and cooking classes.
Open all day with a brunch menu as well as a selection of sharing plates and intriguing main meals, Plum Café stands out from the Cuba Street crowd. The gorgeous rustic décor makes this café a great place to have brunch, made only better by providing some of the best coffee in Wellington. The charming and cheerful atmosphere is complimented well by the culture and feel of its location.
Plum Café, 103 Cuba St, Wellington, New Zealand, +64 4-384 8881
If you’re looking for a café where you can enjoy your brunch with views of Wellington’s gorgeous seaside, why not try Boat Café. You’ll find the best waterfront views, because this café is part of the waterfront. From the outside, this boat looks old, faded and a bit decrepit, but wait until you get inside, where the furniture and décor matches that of the most high-class central city cafés. Come down to Oriental Bay and have some brilliantly executed traditional brunch favourites.
This hidden café is connected to the Maranui Surf Life Saving Club and is a first choice not only for lifesavers, swimmers and surfers but also other residents of Island Bay. As well as having fantastic views of the sea and being located very close to the beach, Maranui Café also has delicious options for breakfast or lunch making it a great spot for an after swim bite. After you’ve eaten, make sure you rest up before hitting those waves again.
Blue Belle Café
The walls are lined with the old burlap sacks that were once used for coffee, which give a representative and also gripping feel to this café where good quality coffee is a priority. At Blue Belle Café you can find delicious lunch options, including a roast vegetable and feta panini or a pulled-pork quesadilla with fresh avocado salsa. This is a great place for a casual and delicious lunch with friends.
Fidel’s Café provides classic home-style cooking using ethically sourced ingredients from local artisan producers. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, you can find exactly what you need in this Cuban café that embraces the true bohemian experience that you expect to find on Cuba Street. Enjoy brunch, available daily until 4pm, with an authentic Cuban espresso, or maybe one of the meals, which are influenced by the Caribbean country’s cuisine.
Fidel’s Café, 234 Cuba St, Wellington, New Zealand, +64 4-801 6868
If you’re in Wellington and you want to try something different, you can try Loretta, where there is always something new, since the menu changes every day. Open from breakfast until dinner every day, the selection is constantly changing to reflect the weather and to ensure the best eating experience possible. The décor is chic and stylish and the food achieves an excellent balance between classy and rustic.
Loretta, 181 Cuba St, Wellington, New Zealand, +64 4-384 2213
By Matthew Clark