Best of Wellington: Food nominees

From breweries to sweet treats, best food showcases our favourite culinary stomping grounds.
Check out some of the mouth-watering additions this year.  

Elysian Foods

Elaiasalata – the best dip in town. Created right here in Wellington, it’s a creamy olive dip that goes with everything. And it’s vegan!

Foxton Fizz

Vote for iconic, Kiwi-owned Foxton Fizz – we’ve been making soda since 1918! Classic, old-school flavours provide a refreshing dash of flavour and nostalgia!

Native Sparkling

Wellington’s own refreshing ready-to-drink makes doing good taste better. Enjoy real fruit, all-natural, plant-based vodka and sparkling water (low in sugar) while planting native trees with every 40 cans sipped.

Six Barrel Soda

Six Barrel Soda have been making wonderful drinks in Wellington for over 10 years. We produce real fruit, small-batch soda syrups and naturally flavoured sugar-free Seltz Drops. Cheers to that!


Wellington’s iconic bakery. Found in Aro Street and Nelson Street Petone…
Rustic Authentic
Food for the soul
Sticky and sweet
Where friends love to meet.

Aurora Argentinian Bakery

Facundo and Mariana are an Argentinian couple who love sharing a part of their culture through their amazing pastries and baked goods, following the traditional baking method.

Belén Vegan Bakery

Belén must be savoured and seen to be believed! This friendly neighbourhood bakery is completely plant-based, with a dynamic cabinet filled with the most unbelievably creative creations.

Black Lion Bakery & Cafe

Our range includes artisan sourdough breads, sandwiches, muffins, pastries, and sweets. With a range of vegan and gluten-free options there’s something for everybody!

Fix Federation

Fix Federation has an amazing
selection of scratch baked
pastries, breads, sweets, donuts, and more! Quality deliciousness with service to match.

Nada Bakery

Excellent customer service is paramount in both our Tawa and Johnsonville stores, as well as creating wonderful treats. With our Bakery Basket and catering delivery service our bakes reach customers across Aotearoa.

CGR Merchant & Co

Wellington’s premier gin and rum infusion bar is the discerning cocktail lover’s mecca. A cosy spot with delicious drinks. What’s not to love?

Dirty Little Secret

We’re experts at shaking a cocktail, mixing drinks and serving up snacks – plus we’ve got the best views in town (look up or you might miss us!)

St John’s Bar

Located on the waterfront, we’re an iconic Wellington bar! Enjoy the lawn on a sunny summer’s day, or cosy-up inside our art deco building if it’s blowing a Welly gale.

Choice Bros Ghuznee St

With an eclectic range of amazing beers, a fried chicken menu that can’t be beaten, barrel-aged cocktails and the best staff in town, this is the place to be.

Double Vision Brewing

In the best craft beer community, thriving with creativity, hard work, and lots of play, we are stoked to be out here with Wellington’s finest! Come have a pint!

Burger Liquor

Serving great burgers since 2014, including the world-famous Smokey burger. We keep it simple, cooking with the best burger ingredients. We love what we do and burgers are it.

RE Burger

The Ultimate Bacon-CheeseBurger – the biggest, baddest, bacon(ist) burg in the capital. We’re taking it your tastebuds with smashed beef, layers of smoked bacon, beer caramelized onions, baconnaise, bacon-ketchup! One word… Yes!

Winner Winner Courtenay Place

Bursting with flavour, with the perfect balance of speciality fried chicken, bacon, BBQ sauce, and crunch. Thoughtfully created by your local fire-roasted and fried chicken experts.


The transfiguration of Arobake from bakery to cafe brings out the bard…Delicious, enticing, spacious, inviting, daily dose of carbs and caffeine, warm, wonderful, foodie’s dream.

House of Good Fortune

Between concrete warehouses in the industrial back streets of Petone, you’ll find some magic! Freya and her team have created a slice of paradise to kick back and enjoy a coffee.

Lunch Money

We’ve got pastries flakier than ‘that’ friend, banging cabinet eats, fresh Skunkworks coffee, a crew that’ll charm your pants off, and a sidewalk seat in the sun.

Coffee Cave

Consistency is key – especially when it comes to our coffee.
Each shot is weighed and timed, to ensure perfection in every cup.

Coffee Supreme

We’re proud to call Wellington our home town. For three decades, Coffee Supreme have been serving up the freshest coffee, all in the name of better coffee for all.

Frank’s Coffee

Our baristas are genuinely interested in the people we serve. We’re passionate about perfecting our craft in roasting, and always innovating so we can serve you the best tasting coffee possible!

Good Fortune Coffee Co.

Good Fortune Coffee is NZ’s first Fairtrade, organic, and Living Wage roastery! The beautiful green villa on Fitzherbert Street, Petone is home to their flagship café and Petroncini coffee roaster.

Havana Coffee Works

Leading the NZ coffee revolution since 1989. Bringing beans from all parts of the world into your life, you’ll find our coffee being poured in some of Wellington’s most popular cafes! #COFFEEUFEEL

Skunkworks Coffee

Caffeine dealers. Fresh vibes. Locally cooking up plump, juicy beans in the ‘Franken-roaster’ so you can enjoy a better bump of the good stuff.

Three Quarter Society

Our name stands for our signature 3/4 full flat white, with double espresso and slightly less milk. It’s just what you need – short and sweet, strong, but gentle.

Colombo Martinborough

Delicious and Italian-made,
our pizzas are hand-stretched to order,made with local and Italian imported ingredients, and matched with wines from our family-owned Martinborough winery.

Pizza Pomodoro

Pizza Pomodoro has been delivering the “original” pizza experience since 2000. A family run pizzeria, we pride ourselves on creating traditional Neapolitan-style pizza using homemade dough and fresh ingredients. Buon Appetito.

Duke of Wellington

The Duke of Wellington is proud to support local suppliers. We offer an ever-changing selection of great food and beverages for our troops to enjoy, in our stylish,
welcoming gastropub!


Kisa serves Middle Eastern-inspired fare, including a variety of mezze and large plates. Open seven days
a week on the corner of Cuba and Vivian street.

Los Banditos

Born from the free spirit of
the banditos we serve fresh,
simple, and delicious food on sharing plates, alongside a
careful selection of tequila, beers, wines, and cocktails.


Serving simple, rustic, Italian fare Ombra is where Cuba Street meets the streets of Venice. Ombra’s menu features Italian sharing plates and is open seven days.

The Old Quarter

A modern take on classic Vietnamese dishes, served at the highest standard. Paired with friendly and efficient service, our team proudly considers ourselves one of the best restaurants around.

Candy Cutique

Candy floss on steroids – bursting with so much flavour it’s as if an angel has landed on your tongue. Made from 100% natural ingredients with love.

Duck Island

Small batch ice cream crafted by ingredient driven chefs. Duck Island is changing up the ice cream scene with curiously delicious flavours for everyone.

Sixes & Sevens

With a counter of delicious daily bakes, a cabinet packed full of good goods, ‘that’ caramel slice, and nostalgia inducing donuts, Sixes & Sevens has you sorted.

The Chocolate Bar

We sell exquisite bean-to-bar chocolate. Cacao has been sourced via an open supply chain, where farmers are paid up to 10 times more than Fairtrade. Guilt-free and delicious!


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