The Weekend Australian - Travel - - The Food Issue -

234 Cuba Street This Welling­ton in­sti­tu­tion at the top of Cuba Street mar­ries strong cof­fee with rev­o­lu­tion­ary chic in the tarp-topped court­yard and dark­ened rooms decked with Cas­tro mem­o­ra­bilia. As well as cof­fee, there’s wine, cider, ale and loose-leaf tea (try the Kawa Kawa Fire — a na­tive herb with gin­ger and le­mon­grass); fi­

38 Dixon Street One for the cof­fee purists, a raff­ish, op-shop-fur­nished bolt­hole that has been scoop­ing award af­ter award — best barista, best cafe, best cof­fee — for its Fair­Trade, sin­gle-ori­gin espresso. A cross be­tween cafe and sci­ence lab, the Belle bus­tles with too-cool baris­tas ex­pert in all sorts of ar­cane cof­fee lore (Che­mex, cold-drip, syphon, V60). 161 Cuba Street Housed in a hand­some Art Deco former de­part­ment store, the most ele­gant cafe in town ef­fort­lessly chan­nels the Left Bank with wal­nut ta­bles and linen nap­kins. Great break­fasts and cakes, and a Mediter­ranean-in­spired menu, keep lo­cals coming back. Try pasta with roasted cau­li­flower, popped ca­pers and wit­lof, and the figgy pud­ding with eggnog cus­tard; florid­i­

272 Cuba Street More op-shop chic at this charm­ing cafe in a small Ed­war­dian house crammed with plaid cloths, antlers and the sort of place mats your granny might use. There’s com­fort food to match: mac­a­roni cheese, roasts, Dunedin cheese rolls, pavlova and ba­nana splits. If you fancy af­ter­noon tea with a dose of chintz, pop by neigh­bour­ing Martha’s Pantry.

The Pa­rade, Lyall Bay Lo­cated in the Gid­get-groovy Maranui Surf Life Sav­ing Club, this place is packed, come rain or, well, rain. Aussies will be happy just to watch the surf from a cosy perch, tuck­ing into steamed mus­sels and fries or Manuka smoked ba­con and hash browns;

157 Lambton Quay This cafe is in­cred­i­bly pop­u­lar with city work­ers, given its clubby vibe and old­fash­ioned, can­teen-like, serve-your­self, well-priced meals: soups, hot­pots, sticky cakes, even jel­lies.

above The pop­u­lar Maranui Cafe

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