Eating and Drinking Recommendations

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The following represents a list of personal recommendations for eating and drinking places around Wellington. Please feel free to fill in regardless of whether you are just a visitor or resident!



Sweet Mother's Kitchen

Location Reviews New Orleans/Mexican-inspired food. Hard to get a table. worth sneaking there at 5pm for early dinner just to get a table. They have a good beer by the bottle: Emerson's Pilsner. (Recommended by: Brenda Wallace and seconded by Tabitha Roder)

Aunty Mena Vegetarian Cafe

yummy vegan foodz. recommend the good mee goreng and laksa. the decor is not flash, feels like you're in your aunt's kitchen.


pricey, and hard to get a seat - but they are a legend in Wellington. The Nachos are GOD LIKE.

Midnight Espresso

178 Cuba Street, Wellington 6011 Open all night, short-ish walk up cuba street from conference. recommend:

  • vegan chocolate cake
  • coffee
  • old fashioned potato hashbrown.
  • vegetarian nachos
  • vegan hashstack

Sit in the window, watch people wander by. Only place where you can order a quad shot long black and not have to clarify what you mean. :D

Nicolini's Best Italian in Wellington, always book and try for a table in the courtyard. It won the "most frequent directory call" for me in my first year of living in Wellington before I managed to save it in my phone. 26 Courtenay Place, 04-802 4442 (Recommended by: Tabitha Roder)

mojo bond street

closest mojo to conference - wood fired pizzas and various italian themed dishes. good beer selection

mon ami

1 block away from conference venue (Bond street) pasta, bluecheese, venison, good wine range, reasonable beer range. rather under priced, meals about $9. desserts like banana+chocolate crumble and triple chocolate cheese cake.


The Malthouse

The Malthouse (website)

The Malthouse is undoubtedly one of the best places for drinking beer in Wellington, and a home to the New Zealand craft beer scene. A huge selection of beers on tap, traditional handpump and in bottles. Forget about the mainstream NZ selection of beers and start trying to delights of Epic, Tuatara, Three Boys, Yeastie Boys, Renaissance, Emersons, Founders, Moa, Green Man, Mikes, Wigram, etc. A short walk from the convention center and town hall! Free wifi. (Recommended by: Glynn Foster & Brenda Wallace)

Hashigo Zake

Hashigo Zake (website)

Hashigo Zake is a cult beer bar offering a wide range of craft beers on tap. Nestled off Taranaki street it provides a relaxing ambient feel with a constantly changing beer list. Free wifi. (Recommended by: Glynn Foster)



There are heaps of these mojo coffee places around Wellington. The barristas are awesome. Mojo barristas get great training, pretty good pay, and a career path (usually to open their own mojo).. No wonder they ace the annual nation barrista competitions. Shame their website requires yicky flash player: (Recommended by Brenda Wallace and seconded by Susanne Ruthven)

People's Coffee 13 Garrett St, Te Aro's-coffee Local fairtrade coffee - best beans in town. Further away than mojo, but better coffee. service not so great sometimes.

Kaffee Eis You can go far wrong with a trip to Kaffee Eis on Courtenay Place, the Bunker or around in Oriental Bay. With the best gelato and coffee in Wellington, some of the most friendly barristas. Don't forget to taste proprietor Karl's mums fresh sandwiches, they're a treat! (Recommended by Glynn Foster)

Eating and Drinking and Hacking

The Cross

Laptop + Hacker friendly (there are hackfests here at least once a week), you should be able to find power. Internet access is cafenet (same as the conference venue). Good menu, try the stonegrill - many great beers on tap. I recommend the Bookbinder (english bitter).. Also anything by Epic. (Recommended by Brenda Wallace and seconded by Tabitha Roder based on their love of our OLPC XOs and friendly staff)

Also, a great place for young children. There's an abundance of toy boxes floating around, and they even have face painting and children's games on Sundays. (also recommended by Andrew and Susanne Ruthven)