Where to go for breakfast in Wellington | Intrepid Travel Blog – The Journal

Breakfast is by far the most important meal of the day (and sometimes the tastiest), so choosing the right place to eat should be high on your priority list.

Wellington is best known for its energetic and vibrant atmosphere from its vibrant art scene to its impressive food culture. Filled with bustling cafes, world-class restaurants and a night life that’s always happening, this eclectic city is one of New Zealand’s best when it comes to eating out, especially for breakfast.

Whether you’re looking for a simple ‘bacon and eggs’ or you prefer something a little fancier (and a little healthier), Wellington is full of cafes ready to serve whatever your craving calls for. However, deciding where to go can be difficult, so we’ve compiled a list of the best breakfast restaurants in Wellington. Eat up.

A collection of breakfast dishes available at Neo Cafe & Eatery in Wellington.

This local favorite is one of the best cafes in Wellington for relaxed and casual dining that prides itself on providing healthy food derived from locally sourced produce. From all-day brunch to in-house baking, this café truly has it all and caters for a wide range of dietary needs, including vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free. With a menu that features ‘Pumpkin Buttermilk Pancakes’ and ‘Chili Scrambled Eggs on Polenta Bread’, breakfast at this cafe is a must when in Wellington.

A selection of breakfast dishes available at Fidel's Cafe in Wellington.

Located on the famous Cuba Street, this iconic cafe is full of personality and great food for a breakfast or brunch you’ll never forget. Specializing in being an “alternative hangout” spot that will transform into anything you want it to be, from a busy breakfast spot to a lively bar in the afternoon, Fidel’s is simply a Wellington institution.

This trendy café oozes more Cuban charm than you know what to do with, offering dishes such as a tasty ‘Cuban burrito’ with drink options such as thick shakes or cold-pressed juices.

Pro tip: order a side of potato hash browns – you can thank us later!

3. OliveCuba Street

Eggs Benedict with breakfast sides at Olive restaurant in Wellington.

Olive continues with another of Cuba Street’s finest, offering authentic Kiwi cuisine in a welcoming atmosphere bubbling with community spirit. A favorite among locals and a must-visit for travelers, this trendy brunch spot features a beautiful 20-year-old olive tree in an impressive courtyard for ultimate peace as you dine. With an ever-changing menu designed specifically to reflect the seasons, dig into some waffles, eggs benedict or bircher muesli to start your day off right.

4. HippopotamusCable street

The interior of Hippopotamus, a restaurant at the QT hotel in Wellington.

If you are looking for something more advanced for breakfast, why not stop by QT to dine in their award-winning, Parisian-inspired restaurant? This eclectic eatery not only features decadent decor (think antique chandeliers and plush textures), but also a menu designed for a refined yet indulgent culinary experience. Whether you indulge in a truffle omelette, breakfast bowl or French toast, or opt for the slightly sweet treat of almond croissants, this stylish restaurant gives you French chic with a New Zealand essence.

A Southern style breakfast dish from Sweet Mother's Kitchen in Wellington.

Another eatery that specializes in foreign cuisine, Sweet Mother’s Kitchen proudly offers some of the best Southern Creole food in all of Wellington. With an infectious atmosphere and vibrant personality, this New Orleans-inspired café offers comfort food that’s not only good for your belly, but also good for the soul. With dishes like ‘Big J’s Breakfast’ and ‘Eggs Herbert’ (not to mention beignets), a stop at Sweet Mother’s Kitchen is sure to satisfy any craving.

6. Nikau CaféWakefield Street

A breakfast option at Nikau Cafe in Wellington.

Located at City Gallery Wellington, so you can have a bit of breakfast and then wander around the exhibits afterwards, Nikau Café is an award-winning eatery that offers dishes made with locally sourced ingredients. A favorite for two decades, this Wellington cafe delivers flavors with seasonal menus guaranteed to tickle your taste buds. From organic porridge and homemade granola to pancakes and poached eggs with all the toppings you could ever want, dining at Nikaus Café is a treat you won’t want to miss.


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