If you’re a foodie and you’re heading to Wellington in New Zealand, then you’re in for a treat. The windy city is renowned for both its blowy atmosphere and its varied cuisine. Lots of small, independent suppliers and producers provide stock for the eclectic range of foods, sweets and of course, coffee.
For your first foray into the Wellington food scene, critics recommend you head to Hannahs Laneway (essentially an alleyway). Find yourself the perfect salted caramel cookie at Leeds Street Bakery before sampling the freshly made peanut butter from Fix & Fogg. You’ll question all of your crunchy nut buying habits once you’ve sampled this. If you fancy a late night meal Shepherds restaurant offers delicious tasting oysters, bowls of Cloudy Bay clams and spice roasted chickens. The rye sourdough doughnut with rhubarb jam and caraway sour cream sound too good to not try at least once.
Being right on the water’s edge means finding gourmet cooking with a great view is not difficult. The French-inspired Hippopotamus restaurant set within the Museum Art Hotel gives stunning views across the harbour. Match the vista with plate of Salmon Sashimi My Way and L’agneau Roti (walnut crusted lamb rump), all topped off with a caramel chocolate mousse.
If you fancy lots of choice head to the Cuba Quarter, on Cuba Street. The self-proclaimed ‘coolest street’ in New Zealand you’ll find a wide range of ethnic cooking to tempt even the most well-trodden foodie. Logan Brown and Matterhorn both won Cuisine Restaurant of The Year, so expect high-end cooking. Logan Brown offer a number of eating options with the Saturday Degustation Menu (with a choice of 5 or 7 courses) a big favourite.
Once the food is finished you can’t leave Wellington without tasting a Kiwi flat white, especially as the city boasts the greatest number of coffee shops in the entire country. Local baristas take real pride in their brews and Cafe L’affare has been doing it longer than others. Brewing since 1990, you’ll find the perfect space to get your caffeine fix.
Craft Beer is also hugely popular in Wellington and there are a large number of independent brewers to wet your taste buds. The ultimate pub crawl – or as it’s known the
Craft Capital Beer Trail – allows you to sample 16 bars, eight breweries and four bottle stores. That’s either a lot of fun, or one big headache. Still there are plenty of spots to find the ‘hair of the dog’ the next morning.
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