Nespresso has fired a shot across the bows of the specialty coffee movement.
What Wellington lacks in an al fresco climate, it makes up for in its cool alleyways - and Leeds St is ahead of the curve.
At Noah's Ark Teahouse we enjoyed a fine pot of infused leaf tea, but the food on offer was rather uninspiring, writes David Burton.
Occupying the sunny northwest corner of the building housing Lower Hutt's Little Theatre and War Memorial Library is a brand new cafe, Little.
A bike shop in a bland commercial strip is not where you'd normally expect to find good coffee, but visit the iRide store on Thorndon Quay and you'll find, in a sunny corner of the premises, the small but pleasant Pura Vida Cafe
Coffee aficionados are taking the drink to new heights in the quest for a great cuppa.
Wellington's coffee is rated among the best in the world.
David Burton enjoys sampling a top cafe's foray into cooked food.
From the street Columbus Coffee is a drawcard in a renovated part of Lambton Quay and Featherston St.
For Ainadamar director Sara Brodie, Osteria Del Toro is the perfect spot to relax - either with friends or alone.
Priding itself on its locally sourced, eco-responsible menu and Fair Trade, organic coffee, Tua Tua has won eight badges from the Conscious Consumer Scheme for things like recycling.
A famous city cafe defies David Burton 's expectations.
David Burton enjoys the sun, roses and cafe fare.
White House chef Paul Hoather and former chef-to-the-stars Darren Shead are charting new gourmet ground in the city.
The Canteen will keep healthy eaters and meatarians happy.
Spilling out from the St James Theatre on to Courtenay Place, The Jimmy is smack bang in the middle of all the entertainment.
For actor Gavin Rutherford, Ngaio's Cafe Villa is just the ticket - local, warm, and family friendly.
When Wellington's public library opened its doors more than two decades ago, library staff were apparently concerned about the potential noise from Clark's cafe on the mezzanine floor and that customers might throw food down on to books below.
Situated a stone's throw from the Beehive, the Ministry of Food has been serving espresso, cheese scones, and more substantial meals to civil servants and politicians for 25 years.
OPINION: I try to get to Pataka regularly- the cafe staff make it a really fabulous experience, they're super friendly. It makes you feel like you're in your own community.