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The 10 Best Cafés In Wellington, New Zealand

The 10 Best Cafés In Wellington, New Zealand
In a busy city like Wellington, there’s something you need that’s vitally important, good coffee, and thankfully, Wellington is full of great cafés. The thriving coffee culture, so typical of Kiwi cities, emphasizes locally roasted coffee beans, ethical produce, and respect for talented baristas. Take a look at our guide to the 10 best coffeehouses and cafés in Wellington.

The Flight Coffee Hanger

Cafe, Coffee Shop, Bar, Contemporary, $$$
The Flight Coffee Hangar
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The Flight Coffee Hanger

Offering some of the best coffee in Wellington thanks to the fresh, in house roasted beans, The Flight Hanger 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. Whether you’re looking for something light or something heavier to set you up for the rest of the day, you’ll find it at The Flight Coffee Hanger.

The Flight Coffee Hangar (Cafe and Bar), 171 – 177 Willis Street, Wellington, New Zealand, +64 4-830 0909

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Midnight Espresso

Midnight Espresso has an eclectic décor, giving it a nonchalant feeling and a great atmosphere to enjoy coffee and a relaxed brunch on the cool Cuba Street in Wellington. The menu at Midnight Espresso includes a wide choice of breakfast and lunch options, ranging from simple foods to delicious original dishes that exhibit a range of different flavours. You can be sure to be able to find a good quality cup of coffee here at Midnight Espresso, where the coffee is treated with respect. The café is open until 3am, making this a perfect place to enjoy a coffee on your way home from the Cuba Street bars.

Midnight Espresso, 178 Cuba St, Te Aro, Wellington, New Zealand, +64 4-384 7014

Peoples Coffee Cafe

Cafe, Beer, Wine, Pub Grub, Snacks, Coffee
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Peoples Coffee Cafe is located south of Wellington’s CBD and offers excellently brewed coffee using fresh beans that are roasted daily. This suburban café is passionate about ethically sourced coffee beans to make brilliant coffee. The aesthetic of this café is industrial and simple, creating an ambiance and setting where you can focus fully on the coffee, which is what’s most important in the end. At Peoples Coffee Café you have the choice of multiple different brewing methods, meaning that they’re sure to be able to make the coffee just how you like it.
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Memphis Belle Coffee House

Written on the black ceiling of the Memphis Belle Coffee House are many notes and well wishes from past customers, showing the real community atmosphere that is felt in this inner-city café. With a modest menu of sweets, cakes, and savory snacks and with miss matched second hand furniture and rather simple décor leaves one thing to be focused on: the coffee. Here they use fresh coffee beans from Flight Hangar Coffee and treat them with the upmost respect to provide incredible coffees time after time.

Memphis Belle Coffee House, 38 Dixon Street, Te Aro, New Zealand

Pravda Café

Bistro, Cafe, Coffee, French, European, $$$
Pravda Café
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Located in the centre of Wellington, not hidden from the hustle and bustle of this capital city, Pravda Café provides excellent Italian coffee in an elegant environment. You will be able to find this café in the Lambton shopping precinct, in a building with crystal chandeliers hanging from high ceilings and marble table tops. This modern bistro offers classic European dishes along with local Immigrant’s Son Coffee coffee beans, which are roasted locally in Wellington.
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Caffe Astoria

One of the busiest and most popular cafés in Wellington is Caffe Astoria, where, despite the large amount of customers, the service, food and coffee is always top quality. The traditional décor and furniture uses earthy tones and a consistent style that is uncluttered and creates a relaxed atmosphere. Taking ideas from many different cuisines from around the world, Caffe Astoria’s menu offers a huge variety of different dishes that are sure to please the tastebuds, as will the excellent coffee brewed from coffee beans roasted on premises.

Caffe Astoria, 159 Lambton Quay, Wellington, New Zealand, +64 4-473 8500


The monochromatic décor is brightened by huge windows that makes PreFab a relaxing and spacious place to go out for breakfast with friends or family. The fresh and seasonal menu 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 kids art and cooking classes.

PreFab – Eatery and Events, 14 Jessie Street, Te Aro, Wellington, New Zealand, +64 4-385 2263

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Customs Brew Bar

Bar, Coffee Shop, Coffee, Tea , Vegetarian, Fast Food, Snacks, $$$
The décor at Customs Brew Bar is casual and clean cut, and makes use of muted colours and light wooden motifs to create a relaxed atmosphere for an espresso bar. Using locally roasted beans, from a roastery named Coffee Supreme that provides fresh and ethically sourced coffee throughout New Zealand and Australia, this café creates balanced and delicious cups of coffee. Customs Brew Bar also offers a selection of sandwiches to enjoy for brunch with your delicious coffee.
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Fidel’s Café

Cafe, Restaurant, Cuban, Oceanian, Fast Food, Vegetarian, $$$
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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 is found on Cuba Street. Enjoy your Carribbean brunch, available daily until 4pm, with an authentic Cuban espresso, or maybe one of the meals, that’s taste is inspired by the Caribbean country’s cuisine.
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Lamason Brew Bar

Cafe, Coffee Shop, Bar, Coffee, Tea , Snacks, Fast Food, Vegetarian
The main focus of Lamason Brew Bar is the bar that extends the length of the café where you can watch the coffee brew before your eyes in a siphon bulb, an alternative brewing technique that is the speciality of this café. With coffee beans acquired from fair trade and organic producers from around the world, the coffee is treated in a manner that brings out all of its incredible flavours, as well as offering traditional espresso-based drinks.
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