The Best Cafes in Wellington, New Zealand

by Layla
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View of Wellington city

The eccentric cafes and thriving coffee culture in Wellington city, means there are so many of the best cafes in Wellington to choose from for your coffee fix. There are cafes scattered all over the city but the largest concentration of cafes in Wellington is found in the funky, bohemian hub of Cuba Street.

I’m a passionate coffee addict who loves seeking out unique cafes when I travel – in fact I see as a compulsory part of my travel experience. You can really capture the vibe of a place from exploring it’s cafes.

I’ve lived in Wellington several times and I was always on the hunt for the best coffee in Wellington.  So after lots of trendy cafe searching, I’m happy to share with you my personal favourites of where to find the best coffee in Wellington and the Best Cafes in Wellington.


Best Cafes in Wellington and the Best Coffee in Wellington 


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Yes – that is indeed me drinking a bowl of coffee. And proud.



Fidel’s is my favourite of the cafes in Wellington – maybe my favourite in the whole of New Zealand – to go to for awesome coffee and food and is (I think), the best cafe in Wellington. An iconic Welly brunch spot, at Fidels the food is delicious, the coffee is rich and cuban and the vibe is hip and relaxed.

Two covered outdoor areas mean you can enjoy Fidel’s on any windy Welly day. Fidel’s use the delectable Havana coffee beans, so it’s not surprising they create the best coffee in Wellington.

All of the menu looks drool-worthy but I always go for the Halloumi on Toast with avo & chilli jam.

Their counter food is home style cooked with plenty of GF and Vege options. The Cuba Libre rum cocktail is pretty good too. Wander on to their sister bar Havana to have a few more.

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Brunch at Fidels – *Drool*



Sweet Mothers Kitchen

Sweet Mothers Kitchen draws on New Orleans influences with Creole, Cajun & Mexican inspired cuisine (think cornbread, Gumbo, Po Boys & sticky ribs). Southern soul & comfort food at it’s best.

All day breakfast on the weekend makes it perfect for brunch anytime. SMK is fully licensed so stay for the evening and try the Mexican or New Zealand craft beer collection.

SMK don’t take evening or weekend bookings, running a ‘first come first served’ waiting list. It’s considered one of the best cafes in Wellington, making it super popular so waiting for a table is the norm here.

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Espressoholic on Cuba St is on my list of best cafes in Wellington for two reasons – it has excellent coffee and I love the breakfasts here. And the secret third reason is because it reminds me of a giant chess board inside.

Espressoholic never disappoint on the amazing coffee, their philosophy is ‘98% Caffeine, 2% Human’. I totally relate to this statement.

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Image courtesy of Espressoholic.



Home Cafe

Home Cafe is the surprisingly stylish and ultra-modern addition to the National Library.  Tucked away on the ground floor, you might miss it. But if you’re a coffee lover like me, you’ll follow the smell of Havana coffee beans.

One of the more contemporary cafes in Wellington, I’m biased as I did used to work at the National Library of New Zealand, but with Havana coffee, free WiFi and yummy counter food – you can understand why.

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Let’s go Home for coffee




Thunderbird is one of the quirkier cafes in Wellington. It offers a ‘Southern American blend with a little Kiwi’ style of menu and a splash of eccentric, within the landscape of CBD cafes in Wellington.

Fried chicken, burritos, alcoholic milkshakes – you’ll find something truly alternative here. Plus casual live music Thursday & Friday evenings.

I love grabbing a flat white, sitting by the window and watching other people get blown over by the wind, for a change.

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Image courtesy of Thunderbird Cafe



Midnight Espresso

Midnight Espresso is Welly’s most established all day & late night cafe. Serving Havana coffee, vegetarian-friendly counter food and open until late-late.

It’s great for anyone who wants to sip coffee, sit on the window seats and watch the vibrant Cuba Street roll by.

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Image courtesy of Midnight Espresso




A beachy cafe with a retro vibe, Scorch-O-Rama cafe at Scorching Bay, serves excellent coffee, yummy milkshakes and has an entire wall papered in comic books.


There are even quirky wall murals and outdoor seating across the road so you’re virtually having coffee on the beach.

Where most of the cafes in Wellington are in the buzz of the city, this cafe makes you feel like you’re at a coastal retreat. 

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Scorch-O-Rama at Scorching Bay



Kaffee Eis

Kaffee Eis is a gelato parlour but the coffee here is dreamy and the gelato is creamy. Ha!

Specialising in gourmet gelato, vegan & GF sorbetto and boutique coffee, it’s worth going here just to have a flat white and a few sample tastings.

Kaffee Eis have several cafes in Wellington, including Courtenay Place, Oriental Bay and on Cuba St and they win awards for the best gelato nearly every year. 

That’s just showing off.

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Image courtesy of Kaffee Eis


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Happy Eating & Drinking Travels! πŸ™‚


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Steph 29 October 2018 - 11:10 PM

Thanks for sharing this, it really excites me as a coffee lover and a soon-to-be Wellington resident :).

Layla 31 October 2018 - 5:53 PM

As a fellow coffee lover and previous Wellington resident, you’re going to LOVE Wellington πŸ™‚


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