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Roti canai at KK Malaysian Restaurant in Wellington | © D. Coetzee/Flickr
Roti canai at KK Malaysian Restaurant in Wellington | © D. Coetzee/Flickr
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The Best Vegetarian and Vegan Restaurants in Wellington, New Zealand

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Updated: 15 February 2017
Wellington’s delectable restaurants go above and beyond when it comes to catering for all dietary requirements. Vegetarians and vegans headed for the New Zealand capital will love all the food offerings at their disposal. Here’s your first taste of the best vegetarian and vegan venues you’ll find when exploring this eclectic city.
Aunty Mena's Vegetarian Restaurant & Café
Restaurant, Cafe, Asian, Malaysian, Chinese, Vegan, Vegetarian, $$$

Aunty Mena's | © Sarah-Rose/Flickr

Exclusively vegetarian and proud, Aunty Mena’s is a favourite among Wellingtonians. With a diverse selection of affordable vegetarian and vegan dishes, this establishment will satisfy even the pickiest of eaters. Some of their best renowned dishes include vegan spring rolls, and a dumpling laksa. If you don’t feel like dining out, they do takeaways too.
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Mon - Sat:
12:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Meal service:

Takeaway, Lunch, Dinner
KK Malaysian Restaurant
Restaurant, Asian, Malaysian, Vegetarian, $$$

Roti canai at KK Malaysian Restaurant in Wellington | © D. Coetzee/Flickr

KK Malaysian Restaurant has been offering authentic Asian flavours since 1998. While it’s not a fully-fledged veggie/vegan establishment, you’ll definitely get your fill of vegetarian indulgences. Stir-fried dishes, spring rolls, vegetarian curries, and laksa are among the cheap eats you’ll find in this local gem. Their roti canai can also be made to suit a vegetarian palate.
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Mon - Sat:
11:30 am - 9:30 pm
Sun - None:
5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Pranah Café
Cafe, European, Contemporary, Oceanian, Vegan, Vegetarian, Gluten-free, $$$
Pranah’s mission is to bring delicious, healthy, and sustainable dishes to its patrons. The small café is nestled in Wellington’s Newtown suburb, and is an ideal lunch spot for vegetarians and vegans venturing slightly further afield from downtown. Their succulent list of delicacies include tofu satay pies, baklava, samosas, strudel, and filo pastries.
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Mon - Fri:
8:00 am - 4:00 pm
Sat - None:
8:30 am - 4:00 pm
Sun - None:
9:30 am - 4:00 pm
Nature Vegetarian Restaurant
Restaurant, Malaysian, Chinese, Thai, European, Vegan, Vegetarian, $$$
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Just like grandma makes | © Alpha / Flickr

This is a must-visit if you’re passing through the Lower Hutt region. Nature Vegetarian blends Malaysian, Chinese, Thai, and Western cuisines to bring a tasteful assortment of vegetarian and vegan options. Some of their specialities include vegan BBQ buns, soya nuggets, veggie curries and soups, and an array of interesting tofu offerings.
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Tue - Sat:
11:30 am - 2:00 pm 5:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Meal service:

Takeaway, Lunch, Dinner

Atmosphere:

Cosy, Casual, Boutique
Boquita
Restaurant, Mexican, Vegan, Vegetarian, Gluten-free, $$$
Mexican cuisine with a vegan flavour. Boquita is a brand-new restaurant, conceptualised as the clean-eating sister of Lucas Putnam and Marianne Elliott’s La Boca Loca. Everything served at Boquita is plant-based, from their vegan tacos right up to their vegan desserts. Seating is a bit limited, but there are plenty of takeaway offerings to sink your teeth into.
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Tue - Sat:
12:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Meal service:

Takeaway
Sweet Release Cakes and Treats
Bakery, Cafe, Contemporary, Gluten-free, Vegan, $$$

Sweet Release Cake | © Kristina D.C. Hoeppner/Flickr

This vegan-friendly bakery truly packs a punch with their sweet and savoury tidbits. Milkshakes, cakes, nachos, pies and even a vegan version of a BLT make a cameo in their diverse menu. Sweet Release also specialise in gluten and soy free treats, and even offer special baking classes for those suffering with lifelong allergies and illnesses.
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Higher Taste Restaurant
Restaurant, Indian, Chinese, European, Vegan, Vegetarian, $$$
Located at the Old Bank Arcade, in the heart of Wellington city, this Hare Krishna eatery specialises in all things vegetarian and vegan. Higher Taste’s hearty menu boasts a variety of European, Indian and Indo-Chinese dishes – from samosas, to paneer, and chow mein. If you have a bit of a sweet tooth, these guys also serve purely vegetarian ice creams, as well as many other appetizing goodies.
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Mon - Sat:
9:00 am - 8:00 pm

Meal service:

Takeaway, All Day

Atmosphere:

Casual, Relaxed