Wellington, the small capital of New Zealand is known for it's coffee shop culture. Everywhere you look there's a cafe or a cafe in the making! 

For those who know me, know that I love a good cup of 'wake me up' in the mornings. With so many options to choose from, it can be quite overwhelming! I've made a list of my top 7 cafes in the Wellington CBD to help you out.

Although the coffee is the main factor, I've also considered customer service and breakfast/ snack options while narrowing my list. 

Pictured Above: Milk Crate Cafe


35 Ghuznee St, Te Aro, Wellington

Milk Crate gets the #1 spot here because they have the best coffee in Wellington! I’ve been here 3 times and loved it more and more with every visit. The first time I was here I enjoyed a latte while soaking up the sunshine in the outdoor seating area. With 3 tables outside and only 6 inside (of varying sizes) the petite venue feels very spacious. 

The second time, I sat down indoors after admiring the shop/ art gallery in the back - they have local pieces on show and for sale from all over New Zealand.

The food menu is quite small but what they lack in this area they make up for with excellent coffee. You can really tell they take pride in the beverages they create!

I had the loaded toast with olive pesto - a must try. Sean and I also ordered ‘fancy’ ham + swiss toasties decked out with all the trimmings: horseradish, capsicum & tomato. We finished off with a sticky date pudding that was perfectly moist.

Pictured above: Little Peckish Cafe


1 Manners St, Te Aro, Wellington

When I was working on Featherson St, Little Peckish Cafe was always my go to in the morning. It was the only cafe on my way to work that was open before 6:30am. I was always welcomed with a smile in the morning by the owners themselves!

Mark, the owners husband, is such a sweet and caring barista which is why I came here as often as I did. They have a system where you buy 7 coffees & receive one free. I usually forgot my card, but the he always remembered and surprised me with a freebie from time to time.  To top it all off, he remembered my name and my exact order too. You don’t find that kind of service anywhere anymore! 
The food is always great and at a reasonable price.

Although some may hate it, I absolutely love the kitsch decor and colour palate. There’s tons of pink! Mark also decorates the walls with his own beautiful paintings. 

Pictured above: Best Ugly Bagels

5 Swan Ln, Te Aro, Wellington
Although it’s a bagel shop, I’ve decided to include Best Ugly Bagels because they have GREAT coffee and it’s open during breakfast hours when I would normally visit a cafe. First off, trying to buy a nice bagel in NZ is actually quite hard. For some reason, bagels (non toasted) do not come soft and feel like they’re stale even when they’re fresh. This is not the case for The Best Ugly Bagels.  They cook the bagels in front of your eyes in a giant, wood fired oven! SO fresh and slightly sweet - almost as good as they come in Montreal… almost! Maybe that’s why I like this place so much, because it’s a taste that hits close to home.

My favourite is the T.A.B: Tomato, avocado and basil with cracked pepper and lemon oil to taste.

The King Salmon is a close second, made with smoked salmon, cream cheese, red onion, capers, dill and  a splash of lemon juice.
They always have good music playing and open their doors at 7am for all of the early birds like myself. Sometimes I’ll come to Best Ugly just for coffee as they use really good almond milk. 

Pictured Above: Fidels Cafe

234 Cuba St, Te Aro, Wellington

We needed a good hangover fix (pre pregnancy lol) and I heard really good things about Fidels. I can certainly see why it’s the talk of the town! I ordered the Vegan Breaky. Normally, vegan breakfasts are very bland or very small portioned but I was delightfully surprised when my dish came out. There was SO much food on my plate - I couldn't even finish it all. Sean swears to this day it was the best eggs Benedict he's ever had. 

The second time we came here, Sean had the eggs benny again and I ordered scrambled eggs on toast with a side of avocado and a side of tomato. I was SO happy with the portions of the side orders - a FULL tomato and a FULL small avocado (picture doesn't do justice).

Although we had a 15 minute wait time to get a table - it was well worth it. We enjoyed the atmosphere so much that we even hung around a bit and ordered a second coffee/ hot chocolate

Pictured above: Two Grey

2 Grey Street, Wellington

If you’re looking for a place to hunker down and get some work done - Two Grey is the place for you. Attached to the InterContinental, you can bet Two Grey has a luxurious atmosphere to match. They have a yummy breakfast selection and their iced coffee is to die for. Free wifi is always a treat and the waitstaff leave you to do your thing if you have your laptop out. I’ve been here twice and each time I’ve sat and worked away for 2-3 hours!
Although they serve lunch and dinner, I’ve only been here for breakfast as it starts getting quite busy around noon. A reservation is a must for dinner. 

Pictured Above: Americanos

32 Waring Taylor St, Lambton, Wellington
Again, not really a cafe but an all day breakfast restaurant. Sean and I love this place! As the name suggest, it’s a American style breakfast. Pancakes, waffles and your typical bacon and egg breakfasts are all SO yummy. The portions are large so you’ll definitely leave with a full tummy. You can buy juice by the jug and bottomless filter coffee. 

Service is amazing! We have 3 days left in Wellington and we plan on going to Americanos one last time before we leave. 

Pictured above: Neo Cafe

132 Willis St, Te Aro, Wellington

I found this cafe on a google search for ‘healthy breakfasts in Wellington’ and it was definitely spot on. The produce is great quality and very fresh. The presentation is worth a mention as well. They have SO many options for vegan, vegetarian and gluten free diets. I went for the Veggie Breaky (vegan) with the Green Tropic Smoothie. 
Sean met me here after he finished work - he wasn’t hungry at the time but he did order a filter coffee which came with free refills. 

Where is your favourite cafe? Comment below!

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