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A taste of... Cuckoo Cafe & Cocktail Emporium

The monstrous platter.

A taste of…Cuckoo Cafe & Cocktail Emporium

Cafe Chat: Hive is alive in Eastbourne

Brandon Bodden and his wife Lizzy own Hive, a new cafe in Rimu St, Eastbourne.

New Eastbourne cafe is one for the locals.

My Secret Wellington

Well-known Kiwi chef Wylie Dean is back in the capital with some new hospitality ideas.

Wellington Hospitality Group executive chef Wylie Dean shares his favourite local haunts.

Cafe Chat: New neighbourhood saloon for Mount Vic

Davey McDonald, manager and maitre d' at Ortega Fish Shack, is overseeing the transformation of the villa next door into Mount Victoria's newest local.

Mount Victoria residents will soon have a new local pub.

Cafe Chat: Summer festival for Sevens

Just when we thought the festive season was over, Wellington's hospitality scene is delivering more than a week of food and drink to celebrate summer sporting events.

A Taste Of... Restaurant 88

A taste of... Restaurant 88

Recipes from the Astoria Cafe: French toast; haloumi and lentil salad

French Toast, Astoria style, is a popular cafe brunch but is also an option for dessert at home.

Wellington's Astoria Cafe is said to have served nearly 9 million cups of coffee in its 20 year life, and made some diehard fans in the process.

Cafe Chat: Customs Brew Bar gets a makeover

Customs Brew Bar is undergoing a refit, a waterfront beer hall has appeared, and a car yard has been transformed into a cafe.

A Taste Of... The Ramen Shop

A taste of... The Ramen Shop.

Cafe Chat: Beachfront restaurant planned for Petone

Beachfront eatery planned for Petone, Greytown restaurant starts cooking classes, and new menus for two eateries.

Pay-as-you-stay cafe

Nadia Gorodniakova in Loki Lounge, with customers gaming and working in the background.

Time is money at Loki Lounge, a new social space in Wellington.

Wellington besties in MKR final

Besties Jess Rolinson-Purchase, left, and Stella Robertson-Hale met two years ago at ANZ bank, where they were both working at the time. Instead of handing out wads of cash, they now hand out meals.

Jess Rolinson-Purchase and Stella Robertson-Hale to show New Zealand their prowess in the kitchen one last time in My Kitchen Rules final.

Cafe Chat: Sky-high container bar and doughnut delivery service

Tahi on Courtenay Place is a prime people-watching destination.

Wellington's first rooftop container bar opens

Cafe Chat: Coffee lab attracting curious caffeine addicts

The Steampunk Mod 3 filter brewer at The Beanery on Lambton Square is the first of its kind in New Zealand. The shop is Mojo's newest coffee venture in Wellington.

The Beanery by Mojo opens in Lambton Square

Coffee table book about Wellington coffee gallery

Suzy van der Kwast of Suzy's Coffee Lounge and Craig Miller meet up at his book launch.

Craig Miller has spent two years researching the first wave of coffee in New Zealand, looking at Wellington coffee houses from 1939 to 1979.

Cafe Reviews

Cafe Chat: Sky-high container bar and doughnut delivery service

Tahi on Courtenay Place is a prime people-watching destination.

Wellington's first rooftop container bar opens

Fusion revival

Lamb backstrap with lambs fry, mushrooms, broad beans and tomatoes.

 A return to fusion food is fine as long as money is no object.

Raglan Roast... in Wellington


The coffeehouse has the same kind of relaxed vibe that pervades the Roast Office in Te Uku and its sister outlet in Raglan.

Hand-crafted breads and pastries - all natural


REVIEW: Berhampore's Baker Gramercy has arguably lifted the standard of great bread available in Wellington.

Cafe review: Nui


Situated on the busy corner of Victoria and Wakefield streets, Nui Espresso has a great location.

Review: The Crab Shack


Simon Gault's latest - Wellington's The Crab Shack - is a food-on-your-face place, writes David Burton.

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