Wellington Restaurants

Want to eat well? Then hop on a flight to Wellington. New Zealand's compact capital is home to more restaurants per capita than New York.

As it's so walkable, exploring Wellington's culinary culture is a breeze. Just be sure to come hungry.

This is a perfect foodie haven. There are world-class restaurants, lively markets, awesome outdoor festivals and authentic international food. As Wellington is so accessible, you're free to explore the culinary highlights to your heart's content (and your stomach's limits).

There's plenty to wash it all down with, too. Wellington is known for its craft beer scene, celebrated each year at the legendary Beervana festival. Not beer o'clock yet? Grab a coffee at one of the city's countless cafés.

Are you planning a trip to Wellington? Here's where to eat - start crafting that perfect foodie itinerary.

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  • One of the coolest things to do in Wellington is visiting the Harbourside Markets. This waterfront market sells delicious prepared foods and produce. Live music sets a festive vibe.
  • Each Friday and Saturday night, the streets come alive with Wellington Night Markets. These buzzy markets are a perfect place to snack on street food.
  • Tucked away in central Wellington, Hannahs Laneway is a strip of artisan food factories that craft chocolates, baked goods and so much more.

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International Cuisine

  • Wellington's bohemian hub is Cuba Street. The street is lined with international restaurants that serve Italian, Malaysian and, of course, Cuban cuisine.
  • Not sure where to start? Take a food tour. Tours will take you on a culinary journey through Wellington's hidden food gems.
  • Just 15 minutes from Wellington by train, Petone is an international smorgasbord of cuisine. You'll find more than 60 eateries in an 800-metre stretch!

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Waterfront and Fine Dining

  • Many of Wellington's best fine dining restaurants showcase the fresher-than-fresh local seafood. Some of the best are Logan Brown, Ortega and Shed 5.
  • For an ocean view with your seafood, head to a restaurant on the harbour. Try Whitebait for their excellent tasting menu.
  • New Zealand's biggest food festival is Wellington On a Plate. For all of August, there are pop-up outlets, special menus and a host of other gourmet gatherings.

Created in partnership with Discover Wellington