Best cafes in Wellington

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With thousands of excellent cafes in New Zealand, it’s always difficult to work out which are the best to try, especially if you are new to a place.

Thankfully, the annual New Zealand Cafe of the Year awards help sort out the best through objective judging and public feedback.

The best cafes in Wellington

National – Best Rural (joint winner)

The Clareville Bakery Café 

3340 SH2, Carterton

National – Classic Kiwi

Sweet Vanilla Kitchen 

49 Pretoria Street, Lower Hutt, Wellington

Wellington regional cafes shortlisted by judges for the national awards:

Best Metro/CBD


14 Jessie Street, Te Aro, Wellington

The Flight Coffee Hangar 

119 Dixon Street, Te Aro, Wellington

Victoria St Café 

98 Victoria Street, Te Aro, Wellington

Best Suburban

Benedicts Café 

141 Dowse Drive, Maungaraki, Lower Hutt

Café Polo 

82-84 Rotherham Terrace, Miramar, Wellington

Franco’s Trattoria

27 Dundas Street, Seatoun, Wellington

Best Rural

Saddleback Café

517 Ohariu Valley Road, Ohariu Valley, Johnsonville, Wellington

The Clareville Bakery Café 

3340 SH2, Carterton

The Village Grinder 

432 Queen Street, Masterton

Classic Kiwi

HOME Café 

70 Molesworth Street, Thorndon, Wellington

 Mount Cook Café 

75 Wallace Street, Mount Cook, Wellington

Tiki Lounge Café

112 High Street, Alicetown, Lower Hutt

People’s Choice

Sweet Vanilla Kitchen

49 Pretoria St, Lower Hutt

Source: New Zealand Cafe of the Year Awards 2016, run by the Restaurant Association of New Zealand.  Factors considered by the judges including atmosphere and appearance, menu and coffee, service, staff interaction and overall impression.

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