Best Coffee Spots in Wellington

23 November 2012

Wellington, New Zealand's capital and the country's centre of arts and culture, also has plenty of pleasing solutions for your caffeine crises. The epicentre of the café culture in Wellington is Cuba Street, where the locals go to catch up with friends. You're sure to find a favourite café and return again and again because, after all, there's nothing better than getting the perfect cup of coffee.

Here are our top five coffee stops in Wellington.

 Scenic Wellington

Nikau Gallery Café
If the Wellington City Gallery on Civic Square is Wellington's creative heart then Nikau Café, on the ground floor of the gallery, is its discerning stomach. Nikau features local organic produce - some of which is so local it's grown on the premises, in attractive rooftop planter boxes on the gallery roof as part of an urban pop-up garden scheme - and thus, are able to serve the freshest, most delicious breakfast and lunch options. Superb coffee served fast, and a daily offering of cakes and pastries also help to make Nikau Gallery Café one of Wellington's best.

Caffe L'Affare
New Zealand's original café and coffee roaster, the iconic Caffe L'Affare, located on College Street in Wellington, has been a favourite flat white stop since 1990. A relaxed and casual atmosphere in an airy space oddly cluttered, Caffe L'Afarre doesn't take itself too seriously. Go to sample their famous all-day breakfast and lighter, Italian style coffee.

Floriditas
Wellington's smart brasserie style Floriditas is located in the heart of Cuba Street. Spacious and stylish, Floriditas features full-bodied Coffee Supreme and a delicious brunch menu. Settle at a walnut table and enjoy simple, stylish and tasty dishes, such as porridge with cream and brown sugar, or scrambled eggs or eggs benny. Later, enjoy a glass of something from one of New Zealand's award winning wine-growing regions with lunch or dinner.

Memphis Belle
Located on Dixon Street in Wellington Central, the sleek, dark Memphis Belle café has won a multitude of awards, including the top prize at the New Zealand Coffee Awards (2011), Best Barista in Wellington (2011) and Best Café in the Capital Awards (2011). Memphis Belle boasts ethically traded, delicious Flight Coffee brewed by expert baristas to your specifications.

Customs Brew Bar
On Wellington's Ghuznee Street is the sophisticated, intelligent, low-key coffee option, Customs Brew Bar. Featuring upcycled wood panels sourced from the owner's farmhouse, Customs is a pleasant coffee stop where you'll learn from your barista how to brew the perfect cup. Catering to coffee connoisseurs and those who want to give true quality a go, Customs boasts Wellington's only Slayer machine, as well as one of the few Clovers in the country. Also on offer is the old-fashioned slow-drip Chemex method. Make the time to talk coffee, and choose from these three distinct brewing methods and nine single origin Coffee Supreme beans because Customs have a strict "no takeaway" policy.

Xanthe Coward

Xanthe's favourite travel destinations are the Greek Islands, Indonesia, Fiji and Vanuatu. With a background in performing arts, fine food, wine and good times, Xanthe enjoys travel that brings her close to the locals and their leisure activities. Being a theatre reviewer means that Xanthe will always do dinner and a show before checking out the late night city scene and still be up early to find the markets and a decent pot of chai.