Cafe Scene

Mugshot: Capsule coffee wars


Nespresso has fired a shot across the bows of the specialty coffee movement.

Leeds St bakery leads the way

Leeds St Bakery

What Wellington lacks in an al fresco climate, it makes up for in its cool alleyways - and Leeds St is ahead of the curve.

Review: Noah's Ark Teahouse

Noah's Ark Tearoom

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.

Cafe review: Little Cafe


Occupying the sunny northwest corner of the building housing Lower Hutt's Little Theatre and War Memorial Library is a brand new cafe, Little.

Cafe review: Pura Vida

pura vida

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

Embracing coffee's third wave

coffee beans

Coffee aficionados are taking the drink to new heights in the quest for a great cuppa.

Wellington coffee among best

flight hangar

Wellington's coffee is rated among the best in the world.

Cafe review: Flight Hangar

flight hangar

David Burton enjoys sampling a top cafe's foray into cooked food.

Cafe: Columbus Coffee

columbus cafe

From the street Columbus Coffee is a drawcard in a renovated part of Lambton Quay and Featherston St.

Relaxing at Osteria Del Toro

Sara Brodie

For Ainadamar director Sara Brodie, Osteria Del Toro is the perfect spot to relax - either with friends or alone.

Tua Tua a sunny spot


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.

Review: Cafe L'affare

Cafe L'affare

A famous city cafe defies David Burton 's expectations.

Cafe review: Begonia House


David Burton enjoys the sun, roses and cafe fare.

Wood-powered restaurant

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White House chef Paul Hoather and former chef-to-the-stars Darren Shead are charting new gourmet ground in the city.

Much more than a greasy spoon


The Canteen will keep healthy eaters and meatarians happy.

Cafe Review: The Jimmy

the jimmy

Spilling out from the St James Theatre on to Courtenay Place, The Jimmy is smack bang in the middle of all the entertainment.

A family-friendly spot

Gavin Rutherford at Cafe Villa

For actor Gavin Rutherford, Ngaio's Cafe Villa is just the ticket - local, warm, and family friendly.

Cafe review: Clarks Wellington


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.

Cafe review: Ministry of Food

ministry of food

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.

Green MP's favourite table

jan logie

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.

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