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Capital of Cool

I learned today that Wellington is the Capital of Cool. I don’t know who coined this term but I guess it doesn’t matter. Someone thinks it true. The Koala and I are visiting Wellington today for a few days. I’m no expert on Wellington but I read enough NZ blogs to know that if Wellington wasn’t the windiest city in the world I might like to live there. Often considered the cool, arty child, Wellington is to Auckland is what Melbourne is to Sydney or San Francisco is to LA.

Some of my favourite Wellington bloggers include:

I’m not so so interested at being a “Tourist” (note the capital T) but I do want to see things. We’re car-less and it’s cold out so we will probably aim to stay central and without the typical tourist destinations with the exception of…

Te Papa

…which is on the list for just about every out of towner. An easy way to pass time, rain or shine.

The Warhol Exhibition and a million other exhibits at Te Papa for culture
55 Cable Street


Wellingtonians sure do love their markets.

Wellington Night Market on Friday night from 5pm
116 Cuba Street

Might Mighty Market on Saturday from 1pm
104 Cuba Street

Harbourside Market on Sunday 7.30am to 1pm
Waitangi Park, Cable Street


One way to learn how the locals live is to look at what they like to spend their money on.

Good As Gold for browsing
120 Victoria Street

Swonderful for girly wear
241 Cuba Street

Ninja Flower for organic jewelry
90 Dixon Street


Eat and drink

This is a food blog afterall. The following are a list of things that Wellington seem to do better than Auckland. *blows raspberries*

Big Bad Wolf for charcuterie (as in bacon, ham, sausage, terrines, galantines, pâtés, confit etc)
262 Wakefield Street

Golding’s for beer on tap and a Reuben sandwich
14 Leeds Street

The Crab Shack for crabs. The only crab shack in the country. NZers don’t eat crabs.
Shed 5, Queens Wharf

Hashigo Zake for “cult” beer
25 Taranaki Street


Any other suggestions?

Wellington locals and fans, do you have any other suggestions for a couple of creative foodie grownups? We are not high rollers this time so will probably skip the fine dining.

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I am Genie, a graphic designer/photographer obsessed with food and bunnies. I live in Whanganui, New Zealand with my husband, The Koala and our two rabbits, Kobe and Bento. I write about my hedonistic ways and I love the mantra "Eat well, travel often". I prefer not to write about myself in third person.


  1. I am in Wellington, love it. It is now a foodie heaven. You must go to the night market (FOOD!) on Friday , it is just off Cuba Street on the left bank bit. @tikoukacafe is a must.

  2. I can’t wait for the Warhol exhibition! 🙂

    Food-wise, The Lido is rad; a sweet menu, Aro coffee. Since I quit dairy I have dreams about their haloumi salad with pomegranate dressing, hah. Damn… so good.

    I hear Ti Kouka is awesome, though I haven’t checked it out yet myself.

  3. Don’t miss Sweet Mother’s Kitchen in Courtenay Place ( No bookings, always bustling, great homestyle food from New Orleans/Mexico.

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