The Best Late Night Eats in Wellington, New Zealand

Unagi & Scallops at Chow
Unagi & Scallops at Chow | © Trans World Productions/Flickr
Photo of Thalita Alves
17 February 2017

Wellington’s nightlife is something all visitors should take the time to experience. If you’re craving a bite to eat while you’re out and about, you’ll be amazed at the variety of venues open late at night. Here are just some of the local favourites you’ll find when trawling around New Zealand’s foodie capital.

Midnight Espresso

Cafe, Restaurant, Greek, Vegan, Vegetarian, Gluten-free
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Midnight Espresso Menu
Midnight Espresso Menu | © Ben N/Flickr

Reasonably priced and open every night – no Wellington late-night feast would ever be complete without stopping at Midnight Espresso. Think of it as a restaurant, café and bar meshed into one establishment. Their coffee is some of the best in town, and their eclectic food menu boasts a selection of vegan, vegetarian and gluten-free options.

Sweet Mother's Kitchen

Restaurant, American, Mexican, Gluten-free, Vegan, $$$
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Scrambled Eggs On Toast at Sweet Mother's Kitchen
Scrambled Eggs On Toast at Sweet Mother's Kitchen | © Jessica Spengler/Flickr

Spice up your night out with the Creole and Mexican flavours of Sweet Mother’s Kitchen. This hip establishment is open late on Friday and Saturday nights, and their kitchen operates until 10pm every other day of the week. Their diverse meal offerings will satisfy all tastes and budgets – whether you’re wanting to sink your teeth into some curly fries, a hearty helping of BBQ ribs or something as wholesome as a slice of apple pie.

Fidel's Cafe

Bar, Cafe, Restaurant, Mexican, European, Cuban, $$$
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Carrot Cake from Fidels
Carrot Cake from Fidels | Courtesy of Fidels

A Wellington institution and late-night gem, Fidel’s is a great place to grab a bite to eat before hitting the town. You’ll be spoiled for choice with an all-day food and drinks menu, pizza from midday onward, and a selection of café cabinet treats. From pulled pork servings to tacos and vegan bowls, there’s a bit of everything for everyone in this cool Cuba Street venue.

Chow

Restaurant, Healthy, Chinese, Japanese
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Unagi & Scallops at Chow
Unagi & Scallops at Chow | © Trans World Productions/Flickr

This Asian fusion restaurant is a popular spot for fresh bites. Chow is renowned for their cocktail menu, as well as their delectable variety of takeaway and dine-in options. The restaurant stays open until midnight – ideal for a late-night dinner on any given day of the week. If you’re looking for a cheap weeknight feast, Chow also does a two-for-one special on Mondays.

Enigma Café

Cafe, Restaurant, Vegan, Vegetarian, $$$
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Enigma Café is quite similar to Midnight Espresso – chilled out vibes, funky interiors, and great food and drink selections. Their mains and burgers cater to meat lovers, vegetarians and vegans alike. Portions are quite generous and they’re reasonably priced too.

Southern Cross Garden Bar

Bar, Restaurant, European, Vegetarian, $$$
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A Summer Christmas
A Summer Christmas | © PROKristina D.C. Hoeppner / Flickr

There’s always something happening in this bustling Wellington institution. With a dynamic events schedule comes the demand for late-night hospitality – and the Southern Cross Garden Bar definitely delivers. They take care of providing plenty of delectable dishes for all dietary requirements and palates, and their kitchen is usually open until the later hours of the evening.

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