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Destination guides > Pacific Islands > New Zealand > Wellington Region > Wellington > Eating & drinking


Eating & drinking

Wellington has a reputation as one of the country’s best places for eating and drinking with an excellent choice of good restaurants and bars, including many that fit within the backpackers’ budget.

There are plenty of good value eateries in the city; particularly along Cuba Street and around Courtney Place. There are also plenty of food courts in the area around Lambton Quay and Willis Street, which cater to the office workers on their lunch break.

Wellington has New Zealand’s best café scene and the bar scene is pretty good as well. The neighbourhoods around Courtney Place and Cuba Street have developed a thriving bar culture. Cuba Street tends to be a bit more alternative with plenty of funky bars while the pubs on Courtenay Place are another good choice for a night out. The free listings papers, Capital Times and City Voice, are a good place to turn for up-to-date information on nightlife in Wellington.

There are three New World supermarkets in the city centre. The one across the road from the YHA hostel (279 Wakefield Street, Wellington) is the most convenient supermarket for many backpackers although the most central is the New World Willis Street Metro (70 Willis Street, Wellington). There is also a New World inside the train station (Bunny Street, Wellington) that may be convenient if you’re staying at Downtown Backpackers or if you want to get some snacks for your journey.

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