Wellington punches far above its weight when it comes to its local eateries, and where it really excels is its breakfast and brunch dining.
Although tempting, Sunday mornings should never be spent wholey in bed when there are this many brunch spots minutes from your door.
Excellence in elegance. Olive would be my pick of the Wellington Breakfast hideouts. Located in the heart of the city on Cuba street, the decor is simple and it's simple tasteful style feels almost out of place amongst the usual downplayed homely style of Wellington City's eateries. The outdoor area scattered with plants of various size feels almost like a Winter Garden of sorts. Doubling at a bar at night, the outdoors is where you want to be, even on a cold day. It has beautiful soft lighting, plenty of space and warm gas heaters in Winter.
The menu changes regularly, but keeps itself restrained with a range of around 10 dishes available each season. Always keeping staples at it's core, a big breakfast will never let you down here. The more traditional or exotic dishes like Brisket or Pork Sausages with horseradish are also going to tempt you. Just know, that at Olive you can't really go wrong.
Nowhere is as solid as Polo. Club sandwiches with fries or Apple Crumble pancakes - the choice is yours.
Located on the Miramar peninsular, just five minutes from beautiful Eastern beaches and always bustling, Polo never disappoints. Although the coffee isn't quite as pitch perfect as other locations around town, the food is never short of satisfying.
The first thing you should know about Elements cafe is that it will always be filled with senior citizens. Tucked away somewhere between the hustle and bustle of Lyall bay's dog walking crowds and the market streets of Kilbernie. This little cafe always has a table free, and it's menu contains a couple of killer dishes. Top of the list is the Bacon-potato hash and the popcorn chicken enchilada. Just make sure you leave yourself plenty of time as the regulars are a little slow at the cashier.
Location location location. Chocolate fish takes full advantage of the stunning layout of Wellington harbour. Bask in the sun (if you're lucky) on the coast of the Miramar peninsular, overlooking the sailboat dotted harbour and ever-gorgeous Hataitai. Chocolate fish has hearty staples for brunch like their Rubén sandwich or stack of corn fritters, and although the food is good, the location is what really makes this cafe fly.
Egmont St. Eatery.
The newest and perhaps tastiest brunch spot in the city. Egmont St eatery is tucked away down a laneways little more then a block from Cuba street. Beautiful understated design gives the space an elegance that I imagine was difficult to achieve and the staff are on top of their game.
The food manages to find new flavours in inventive and fresh brunch ideas. The potato hash with pork sausage-balls is especially delicious and the burger is tastefully put together. Egmont St also takes the cake for the best brunch spot in town, this title is not given lightly.