Taste Wellington in a weekend

by | Jul 7, 2020 | Around NZ Featured

Ever feel like you need a weekend dedicated to indulging? If there’s one place to press pause on the diet and eat whatever, it’s Wellington, otherwise known as the culinary capital of New Zealand – a place that rivals New York for its food scene.

With more than 300 restaurants, cafes and bars dotted around this compact, vibrant and easy-to-get-anywhere city, the only trouble is deciding where to devour. So we’ve done the hard work for you. Enjoy.

Cheap Eats.

When it comes to Wellington’s cheap eats, quality is never at a loss. So if you want something that’s easy on the wallet, but satisfying for the belly, there’s plenty of options on the table.

Little Penang

A favourite amongst locals, Little Penang is Malaysian cuisine the way it should be – authentic, affordable and always-spot-on. The menu boasts all your go to favourites, think flavoursome curries, silky noodles, rice that’s done right, warm or cold beverages and soft roti. We’d point out that you could be hard pressed to find a table. But due to popularity, Wellington’s been blessed with a second Penang, which means double the chance of securing a spot.

The Chippery

If you’re here during Summer, or are a winter beach-goer, heat things up with a trip to The Chippery. Since opening its doors a few years back, locals and visitors alike haven’t stopped raving about it. With a fresh take on all things seafood, you’ll have a new founded appreciation for the cuisine. And if you’ve got any special dietary requirements, The Chippery can most certainly feed you too – their vegan, vegetarian and gluten free options are equally as delicious.

Locations: 5 Majoribanks St, Mount Victoria, 10 Murphy St, Thorndon

Pizza Pomodoro

Tucked away in an alleyway known for its delicacies, Pizza Pomodoro serves some of city’s finest Italian Pizza. Having mastered the art of perfection back in Naples, chef, Massimo Tolve, has been feeding bellies with fresh dough since the year 2000. Get one to takeaway, grab a beer from their neighbouring bar Goldings and perch yourself on the waterfront. Or snuggle up indoors. Your call.

Location: 13 Leeds St, Te Aro


Feel like eating guilt-free? Boquita makes Mexican tacos with not only humans in mind, but the planet too. With a menu solely comprised of plant based ingredients, they’re on a mission to keep the planet as clean as possible. And before you question the flavour of plant based tacos, just take a look at the menu – and the outstanding ratings on trip advisor.

About the Author

Tash McGill

Tash McGill works as a strategy consultant in tourism, hospitality and digital transformation. She is co-founder of The Feed, President of Food Writers NZ, Chair of the New Zealand Whisky Association.

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