- Here Are The 15 Best Cafes In Wellington
- Maranui Cafe
- Neo Café & Eatery
- Comes and Goes
- Best Ugly Bagels
- Midnight Espresso
- Seashore Cabaret
- Ti Kouka Café
- 20 Best Places to Have High Tea in Melbourne
- 1. The Conservatory at Crown Melbourne
- 2. Mansion Hotel at Werribee Park
- 3. Om Nom at Adelphi Hotel
- 4. The Langham Hotel
- 5. Cafe Blush
- 6. The Hotel Windsor
- 7. Marriot
- 8. NGV Tea Room
- 9. InterContinental Melbourne The Rialto
- 10. Park Hyatt
- 11. The Waiting Room at Crown Melbourne
- 12. The Westin
- 13. Madame Brussels
- 14. Mámor Chocolates & High Tea Szalón
- 15. Fancy Nance at Zumbo Cafe
- 16. Mary Eats Cake
- 17. Melbourne Zoo
- 18. Cinema Nova
- 19. Bibelot
- 20. Hopetoun Tea Rooms
- Top 10 Hot Chocolates in Melbourne
Here Are The 15 Best Cafes In Wellington
Wellington prides itself on its café culture. This city truly runs on good coffee and well-poached eggs.
We know that choosing which café to go to can be overwhelming. Lucky for you, we’ve put together a list of the best places to head so that you don’t have to fret.
So get the gang together, put on your stretchy pants (you’re going to be eating a lot) and try out some of these bad boys. Trust us, you’re going to love them.
Without further ado, here are the best cafes in Wellington.
Since its inception in 2006, Scopa has remained a well-known fixture of Cuba Street, and for good reason. Cosy and classic, it’s the perfect place for comfort food. For a cheap and delicious lunch, you should definitely pop in for a serving of their freshly made pasta of the day—for just $12 we might add.
If pizza’s more your thing, then swing by on a Tuesday between 11am and 3 pm and treat yourself to an $8 Margherita pizza. Finally, a trip to Scopa isn't complete without a cup of their legendary Gusto Cioccolato—Italian hot chocolate.
Made with Italian chocolate powder, the drink is world-famous in Wellington and, once you’ve had your first sip, you’ll see why.
Since 1996 Fidel’s has been providing the people of Wellington with the goods. Now an iconic Cuba Street café, it’s hard to imagine Wellington without it. Similar to other cafés on Cuba Street, Fidels has a comfortable, relaxed vibe, and a way of making you feel incredibly hip just by being there.
Sit inside in front of bright red walls adorned with black and white photos of Cuba and Fidel Castro, or have your food al fresco and take a seat in one of their two courtyards. A winner for vegetarians, Fidels has a solid range of veggie options, as well as some mega meaty meals.
For a classic Fidels experience, try the nachos, the fish tacos, or one of their many pizzas—all hearty, fresh and at prices that definitely won’t break the bank. While you’re there, make sure to get yourself one of Fidels’ famous thick shakes. Flavours include Snickers, Oreo, and salted caramel.
Trust us when we say they are unmissable.
Prefab has mastered the art of a chic, modern interior, with a laid back, not-taking-themselves-too-seriously kid of vibe – which to us is the perfect blend. Their staff are seemingly unflappable, despite the fact that Prefab is almost always full.
Seriously, if you’re wanting to head there for Saturday brunch, be prepared to wait for a table, as Prefab really is loved by every man and his dog in Central Wellington, and once you see the menu, you’ll see why.
Simple dishes made with fresh ingredients (and bread baked on site) are what Prefab does best. Grab the eggs on sourdough and customise your meal by adding a side of bratwurst sausage and Zany Zeus halloumi.
Enjoy bottomless ACME filter coffee while you eat, and make sure you try to get a seat outside—it’s a perfect spot for dog-spotting opportunities.
Loved by Newtown locals, Baobab’s laid back, bohemian style is not to be missed. Sitting pretty on Riddiford Street, Baobab is the perfect spot to visit for a coffee and a bite after perusing Newtown’s op shops and record stores.
With an ever-changing seasonal menu full of fresh feasts, and a well-stocked supply of cabinet food, you’re spoilt for choice.
If you’re there in the morning, it’s hard to go past the Eggs Baobab—their own take on a classic eggs benedict, with the option to include avocado or halloumi, which are, as we know, possibly two of the best things in the world.
For an afternoon visit, you really can’t go wrong with a good coffee and one of their cakes or slices straight from the cabinet—their caramel slice is second to none. Then take your treat outside and sit back and relax in their courtyard. Absolute bliss.
Maranui is a Wellington institution. Loved for its eclectic interior, classic menu, and its unbeatable views of the beach, there’s a multitude of reasons why it’s a go-to Sunday brunch spot for locals.
Located above the Maranui Surf Lifesaving Club, Maranui Café is perfectly positioned by the sea, giving you primo views of the sand, the ocean, and the surfers attempting to catch a wave while you chow down on your brunch. Speaking of brunch, in our opinion, it’s what Maranuni does best.
Their classically Kiwi menu is simple and delicious, just what you need before or after a day at the beach. For a sweet start to the day, we can’t go past their house-made sourdough crumpets, served with orange and vanilla whipped ricotta and honey.
For a cheeky morning wake up, you’ve got to try one of their “Post Swim Tipples”—take your pick from Mimosas, Cherry Bellinis, or a Bloody Mary for a pretty perfect start to your day.
Neo Café & Eatery
Neo does a modern twist on a classic really, really well. Located on Willis Street, they’re great for a lazy Sunday brunch, a cheeky working lunch, and everything in between. Blonde wood tables and cute little house plants give the space a modern feel, and the light wood and white walls help to make the small space feel much larger.
While their interiors are pared-back, their dishes are anything but. From pumpkin buttermilk pancakes to chilli parmesan fries, they know how to take your all-time fave and transform it into something even better. For a drink, why not step away from your usual flat white comfort zone and try one of their superfood lattes? Take your pick from matcha, turmeric or red velvet flavour.
They’re super pretty and super delicious.
Situated across the road from Wellington’s Scorching Bay beach, Scorch-O-Rama is the perfect beachy café. With pastel painted weatherboards and a suroard-shaped sign, Scorch-O-Rama screams nostalgia—think a jazzed-up version of a classic Kiwi bach.
If you’re blessed with good Wellington weather, you should definitely take a seat outside and enjoy your eats right by the sea. Seriously, in those seats, you couldn’t be closer to the sea unless you were actually in it.
For a big breakfast that will hit the spot and some, you’d be mad to go past the ‘Scorch-O-Rama Lama Ding Dong’. With a name that good, how could you resist?!
Comes and Goes
If you’re one to take photos of your eggs benny and pop them on the ‘gram, then you have got to pay Comes and Goes a visit. Light and airy with Scandi-inspired interiors, Comes and Goes has the look of many other Wellington cafés.
Where they really stand out amongst the crowd though, is with their crazy aesthetically pleasing dishes—think bright colours, beautiful crockery, and edible flowers. Since their inception in late 2016, Comes and Goes has earned quite the rep for having some of the most Instagrammable dishes in the region.
But their meals don’t just look good—you have to try their pork belly eggs benedict—absolutely life-changing.
Best Ugly Bagels
The brainchild of chef Al Brown, Best Ugly Bagels is the new-ish kid on the block, sitting pretty on Swan Lane, just off Cuba Street. Industrial-style with a homey vibe, one of the coolest parts of their setup is the huge open kitchen behind the front counter, which gives you the perfect view of your bagels being chopped, rolled and baked.
For something simple and fresh, we recommend the T.A.B (tomato, avocado, and basil). If you’re feeling a little dusty from a few too many bevvies the night before, then go for the Boss Hog (free range bacon, rocket sauce, cheddar cheese, and a free-range egg). As for a drink to go with your bagel? You can’t go past their iced maples.
Good coffee + ice + maple syrup = game changer.
For delicious eats that don’t break the bank, look no further than Cuba Street’s Midnight Espresso. Midnight’s interior is almost what you would picture a cool Cuba Street student flat to be—think graffitied walls, mismatched retro chairs and tables, and a pinball machine.
Open from early in the morning till late—, past midnight late—the café is the perfect place to stop for breakfast, lunch, or a late night snack. Highlights of the predominantly vegetarian/vegan menu include dishes such as Eggs Midnight: a chickpea and veggie patty topped with poached eggs, spinach, green salad, red pesto, and hollandaise.
For lunch, you can’t go past their nachos (and you’re going to want to get the large option because they’re so damn good). As for drinks? Besides their coffees (which they do really, really well), they have a range of other goodies to try.
If you’re on a health buzz then definitely opt for one of their freshly made juices – either pick from one from the menu or create your own. For those of you wanting to treat yourself, go all out and tackle a Snickers thick shake, it won’t disappoint.
Loretta is the cool-girl of the Wellington café scene. She’s effortlessly stylish, timeless, and pretty damn popular. In terms of interiors, Loretta has nailed it. The long, narrow space is minimalist and natural, with simple, no-fuss styling.
Their natural, no-fuss style is also reflected in their menu; with wholesome, classic meals made from locally sourced ingredients.
While everything on their menu is delicious (trust us, we’ve tried almost all of it), their woodfired pizzas are in a league of their own, so while you’re there, make sure to try the potato, rosemary, parmesan, buffalo mozzarella, and parsley sauce combo. Life changing.
As well as a fantastic food menu, Loretta also has an impressive drinks menu, so whether it’s a turmeric latte or a kombucha punch that tickles your fancy, you’re in for a treat.
It’s not just central Welly that’s home to the hip cafés. Beachy suburb Island Bay is now home to Betsy, a modern deli that prides themselves on their fresh, wholesome takes on classic meals. The vibe in Betsy is unbeatable—funky, fresh and ever so friendly.
Pop in for a lazy weekend breakfast (try the toasted cinnamon brioche with salted caramel butter and lemon vodka marmalade!) or if you’re short on time, treat yourself to something to-go from their insane selection of homemade cabinet food. The best part about Betsy? Free coffee Friday.
Every Friday their chalkboard sign outside is updated with a different name—if it’s yours, pop inside and you’ll get a coffee on the house. How lovely is that?
Seashore Cabaret is an eclectic mix of a bunch of really awesome stuff.
Vintage signage, retro furniture, and pinball machines give the space a quirky vibe, while a horse (that looks it may be from a merry-go-round) hangs from the ceiling over a large central table, adding a touch of carnival magic to the café.
Wildly popular, especially on the weekends at the brunching hour, the café is always buzzing. Get in early to get a table and enjoy a meal, or grab some cabinet food, go for a Lime down the esplanade, and enjoy it outside by the sea, picnic style.
If you’re famished, go for their truckers breakfast of sirloin steak, fried eggs, and hand-cut chips smothered in gravy. Their coffee, made with Good Fortune coffee beans (that are roasted in-house) goes perfectly with a sweet treat from the cabinet, including cakes, doughnuts, pies, and tarts, take your pick of any and you won’t be disappointed.
Ti Kouka Café
Somewhat of a hidden gem in central Wellington, Ti Kouka sits in an upstairs location on busy Willis Street. Pop up the stairs and into the warm, homely space and you’ll immediately forget you’re in the middle of the city.
Ti Kouka places a big emphasis on sustainability and aims to compost all their food scraps, as well as recycling everything they possibly can.
The café also make an effort to use organic and local produce where possible, which means that you already know that their food is going to be fresh and tasty.
For food, we can’t resist their dry cured bacon sandwich with lettuce, tomato, and avo—it’s the perfect breakfast option, especially paired with a coffee (they serve Flight Coffee, keeping it local). They also serve their own kombucha, so if hot drinks aren’t your thing, then sit and sip on that. Through a metal straw of course.
Ever since they first opened their doors in 1990, L’affare has been a go-to spot for Wellington visitors and locals a. There’s just nothing quite wandering down College Street on a Sunday morning and popping into L’affare for brunch and a strong coffee.
The huge, industrial-style space is always buzzing no matter which day of the week it is because Wellingtonians really do love it that much. One of L’affare’s defining features is the fact that they do coffee REALLY well, and they have been for 29 years now.
The café is also a roastery and the L’affare brand supplies coffee to cafés all over, so you know they know their stuff. For something a little different from your regular cup of joe, why not give their coffee soda a go? Cold brew, steeped for 24 hours, then carbonated.
Pair it with their green eggs and ham (rocket pesto scrambled eggs and ham on toasted sourdough), and you can’t go wrong.
Image Credit: Scopa, L'affare, Betsy, Best Ugly Bagels, Scorch-O-Rama
20 Best Places to Have High Tea in Melbourne
High tea has taken over Melbourne with more and more venues popping up all the time.
There is a choice of sophisticated locations with long histories rooted in tradition, as well as the creative and quirky newcomers who are turning high tea on its head.
So, whether you want an afternoon of classic indulgence or to discover something a little different, we have put together a list of best places to have high tea in Melbourne to satisfy your sweet tooth.
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1. The Conservatory at Crown Melbourne
Crown’s other venue for high tea is the Conservatory. The wonderfully sophisticated and stylish restaurant hosts afternoon tea every weekend and provides an assortment of delectable open sandwiches, sweet treats, and scones.
Location: Crown Towers Melbourne, 8 Whiteman St, Southbank, Melbourne
Price: From $70
2. Mansion Hotel at Werribee Park
Every Sunday afternoon, the Mansion Hotel at Werribee Park hosts High SocieTEA. The exclusive series of high teas was created with T2, the hotel treats guests to a lavish spread of sweet and savoury delicacies within a truly majestic setting.
Location: Gate 2, K Rd, Werribee South, Melbourne
Price: Approx. $80
3. Om Nom at Adelphi Hotel
If you’ve ever been to Om Nom at Adelphi Hotel, you’ll know that they do things a little differently there. The restaurant’s weekend high tea is no different and will treat you to some delicious and uniquely designed dishes.
Location: 187 Flinders Ln, Melbourne
4. The Langham Hotel
The Langham Hotel has partnered with Wedgwood to create a bespoke version of the traditional afternoon tea. Served at Aria Bar & Lounge, this high tea experience boasts an exquisite selection of tea time delights served on the finest Wedgwood.
Location: 1 Southgate Ave, Southbank, Melbourne
Price: From $55
5. Cafe Blush
Located in Melbourne’s Emporium shopping centre, Cafe Blush is the perfect place to relax after a little retail therapy. Head there after a day of shopping in the city to indulge in the high tea menu and sample the delicious scones.
Location: Emporium Melbourne, 2/295 Lonsdale St, Melbourne
6. The Hotel Windsor
When it comes to high tea in Melbourne, The Hotel Windsor is the place to go. The location has been serving its signature afternoon tea since 1883, making it a quintessential experience. Perfect for traditionalists, the Windsor provides a top selection of finger sandwiches, savoury canapés, exquisite French pastries, and freshly baked scones for its patrons.
Location: 111 Spring St, Melbourne
Price: Mon-Fri $69, Sat-Sun $89
The Melbourne Marriot Hotel is known for its unparalleled high tea experience. Dubbed Three Plates High, the afternoon tea includes favourites such as petite scones, macaroons, and mini sandwiches. When it comes to the tea itself, Marriot serves high-quality Tea Forte.
Location: Lonsdale St & Exhibition St, Melbourne
Price: Wed-Fri from $49, Sat-Sun from $55
8. NGV Tea Room
Not all high teas have to be served in a hotel to be impressive and delicious. The National Gallery of Victory offers its own modern interpretation of the timeless tradition, which you’re sure to enjoy immensely.
Location: National Gallery of Victoria, 180 St Kilda Rd, Melbourne
9. InterContinental Melbourne The Rialto
InterContinental Melbourne The Rialto offers not only an incredible high tea but also a special “high coffee”. While Alluvial Restaurant serves both, each offers a unique experience.
Location: Alluvial Restaurant,495 Collins St, Melbourne
10. Park Hyatt
The Park Hyatt’s elegant and delicious afternoon tea is served daily to ensure everyone gets to indulge in the experience. Expect exquisite house-made scones with fresh cream and jam, delicious sandwiches, petit desserts, and a complimentary glass of sparkling wine when dining here.
Location: 1 Parliament Pl, East Melbourne, Melbourne
Price: From $65
11. The Waiting Room at Crown Melbourne
The Crown Casino entertainment complex in Melbourne offers not one, but two fantastic destinations to have high tea. The first is The Waiting Room, which offers both a traditional afternoon tea as well as a special dietary version that is gluten free, dairy free, vegetarian, nut free and fructose free.
Location: Crown Towers Melbourne, 8 Whiteman St, Southbank, Melbourne
Price: From $60
12. The Westin
The Westin’s autumn high tea menu has kicked off and is ready to satisfy your taste buds. Offering a contemporary take on traditional favourites, the menu includes an array of delicious, seasonal sweet and savoury bites served alongside some of the rarest and most delicious herbal infusions.
Location: 205 Collins St, Melbourne
Price: From $49
13. Madame Brussels
If you’re looking for a high tea that’s a little less traditional, consider heading to Madame Brussels. The quirky and charming, retro-styled location hosts garden parties every weekend where you can indulge in some old-fashioned and unpretentious nibbles while sipping on a glass of punch.
Location: Level 3, 57-59 Bourke St, Melbourne
14. Mámor Chocolates & High Tea Szalón
When visiting Mámor Chocolates & High Tea Szalón, choose between the Afternoon Tea, Full Indulgent High Tea, and 7 Sins of Chocolate High Tea to suit your cravings. While there you can also partake in some unique activities, such as tarot readings, chocolate making, burlesque, and more.
Location: 153 Johnston St, Collingwood, Melbourne
Price: From $30
15. Fancy Nance at Zumbo Cafe
Dessert whiz and pastry perfectionist, Adriano Zumbo created the Fancy Nance High Tea with a primary focus on sweets and drinks. As such, the set menu interestingly starts with dessert and ends with savoury treats. The traditional tiered stands are also done away with for this fresh take, which opts for share plates instead.
Location: 21 Daly St, South Yarra, Melbourne
Price: From $45
16. Mary Eats Cake
Previously known as the Brunswick Tea Room, Mary Eats Cake is an award-winning tea house. Perfect for some picturesque indulgence, the location boasts fluffy scones, freshly baked treats, and artisan teas served upon vintage tea ware and surrounded by flowers.
Location 1: 558 Sydney Rd, Brunswick, Melbourne
Location 2: 13 Leith Road, Montrose, Melbourne
17. Melbourne Zoo
Fancy an afternoon of high tea and amazing animals? Head to Melbourne Zoo for a unique experience where you can wander the gardens and view the wildlife before heading to the Rainforest Room for some delicious treats, tea, and coffee.
Location: Elliott Ave, Parkville, Melbourne
Price: From $71
18. Cinema Nova
While far from traditional, Cinema Nova in Carlton does offer an excellent high tea experience. For just $45 you’ll be treated to high tea and a movie so that you can catch the latest flick while dining on delicious cakes, sandwiches, and finger food.
Location: 380 Lygon St, Carlton, Melbourne
Price: $45 (includes film admission)
Located in South Melbourne, Bibelot is a chic destination for all things sweet. Head down to the high tea salon for a lavish afternoon tea filled with gourmet sweet and savoury treats as well as tea, coffee, and champagne.
Location: 285-287 Coventry St, South Melbourne, Melbourne
Price: Approx. $65
20. Hopetoun Tea Rooms
the Windsor, the Hopetoun Tea Rooms is another historical spot for high tea in Melbourne. Located in the iconic Block Arcade, this elegant salon began in 1891 as a small tea room for the Victorian Ladies Work Association. Today, it sees lines of people wait at its door daily for a chance to try its excellent offerings.
Location: The Block Arcade, 1-2/282 Collins St, Melbourne
Top 10 Hot Chocolates in Melbourne
Mörk is the origin of the hot chocolate served at some of Melbourne’s best cafes and they decided to get in on the cafe action for themselves! Mörk's flagship cafe provides patrons with a variety of options, including the Junior Dark (50% cacao), Original Dark (70% cacao) and Even Darker Dark (85% cacao) hot chocolates.
Their signature menu offers something for those who are keen to stray from the norm. It features the 'Hot' Hot Chocolate which comes with four chillies and the Breakfast Hot Chocolate which comes with house-made oat milk, coconut and cinnamon.
The best part? With dairy-free options available, their Pure Dark 100% Cacao — described as the 'short black' of chocolate — everyone can play.
It's Melbourne's take on Willy Wonka's Chocolate Factory! So of course, that means that in place of Oompa Loompas, your hot chocolate will be made by an uber cool barista and in place of the crazy colours and edible-lolly trees, the furnishing of a trendy loft-style cafe are your surrounds. There might not be a chocolate river flowing through it, but prepare to be delighted non-the-less. Enjoy your hot chocolate while watching the artisan chocolate makers of Monsieur Truffe do their thing through a glass window, for an all-encompassing chocolatey experience.
Have your phone camera at the ready for this one — it's sure to bring in the s on your socials. A marshmallow-filled, gold-specked chocolate sphere sits inside your cup. As you pour the hot chocolate milk over it, the sphere spins and melts away into your delicious drink. Oh, and if you do upload it to Instagram, don't forget to use #melbournenow so we can check it out.
With a beaker full of decadent Mörk hot chocolate and a mug topped with a cloud of fairy floss served on a wooden board, you’d be forgiven for thinking you’ve ordered a science experiment.
Pour your hot chocolate over the fairy floss and, after one sip, you won’t mind if you have! It may sound super sugary, but if you're intrigued, definitely give it a go — the hot chocolate is 85% cacao balances out the sweetness of the fairy floss perfectly!
To the specialists at Cacoa Lab, chocolate is no joke. And by extension, neither is hot chocolate. Stop in to experience their rotating hot choccie blends, served to you in a beaker that you add to a mug of warm milk.
Sample flavours chilli chocolate, salted caramel, choc mint and any of the new, genius blends the lab gurus invent.
End you’re Cacao Lab experience on an even sweeter note by trying out one of their to-die-for eclairs in a unique flavour.
Peanut butter lovers rejoice! Melbourne has a hot chocolate that is made just for you. Introducing the peanut butter hot chocolate that is available at Bowery to Williamsburg. Combining hot chocolate with a delicious peanut butter caramel syrup and garnished with one a Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup on the side, enjoy this winter warmer with one of their American-style meals or treats.
After something a little stronger from your hot chocolate? Here you will find the deliciously sweet hot chocolate drink spiked with rum, perfect for those cold Melbourne days. It might not be the hot chocolate to start your day with (but hey no judgements), however it’s a good one to try in place of your cocktail or dessert.
No visit to Melbourne is complete without a trip to the Italian wonderland and Melbourne institution that is Brunetti.
The good news? Their authentic Italian hot chocolate is on par with their fabulous cakes and treats.
Enjoy this rich, thick and creamy chocolatey drink with one of their delicious pastries or cakes — or, if you’re a real chocoholic, something from their cioccolateria range.
As a household favourite in chocolate labels, the Lindt Cafe is a reliable place to go for your chocolate hit and is sure to resonate with the little ones (Lindt chocolate bunny anyone?). Try their Signature Hot Chocolate for a nice hot mug of the flowing Lindt milk or dark chocolates, or if caffeine is calling, try their Lindt Mocha, topped with a delicious chocolate thin.
Want something a little more left field? Experience the hot chocolate of the Colombian culture with a visit to Sonido.
It offers hot chocolate served with queso — a white cheese that will soften in your hot drink of deliciousness.
Your drink comes with a mug holding the queso and a little saucepan-style mug containing imported drinking chocolate. Pour the drinking chocolate over the cheese to experience hot choccie the Colombian way!