The eccentric cafes and thriving coffee culture in Wellington city, means there are so many of the best cafes in Wellington to choose from in one place. There are cafes scattered all over the city but the biggest and best concentration of cafes is found in the funky, bohemian hub of Cuba Street.
I’m a passionate coffee addict who loves seeking out unique cafes and I’ve lived in Wellington several times. So after lots of trendy cafe searching, I’m happy to share with you my personal favourites of the best cafes in Wellington.
Best Cafes in Wellington, New Zealand
Fidel’s is my favourite cafe in 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. 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.
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.
Espressoholic on Cuba St is on my list for two reasons – it has brilliant 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 coffee, their philosophy is ‘98% caffeine, 2% human’.
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.
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.
Thunderbird offers a ‘Southern American blend with a little Kiwi’ style menu and a splash of quirky, within the landscape of CBD cafes in Featherston Street.
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.
Midnight Espresso is Welly’s most established all day & late night cafe. Serving Havana coffee, vegetarian-friendly counter food and open until late.
It’s great for anyone who wants to sip coffee, sit on the window seats and watch the vibrant Cuba Street roll by.
A beachy cafe with a retro vibe at Scorching Bay, Scorch-O-Rama cafe serves excellent coffee, yummy milkshakes and has an entire wall papered in comic books. Retro.
There’s even quirky wall murals and outdoor seating across the road so you’re virtually having coffee on the beach.
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.
Happy Eating & Drinking Travels! 🙂