TOURIST AT HEART
Instagram can become a real problem when your feed is full of tropical vacation snaps. Envy is a very real emotion, girls and guys. Rather than feeling sorry for myself and counting down the days till summer returns I decided to get out of my warm bed and become a tourist in my own city.
I’ve lived in five different towns and cities throughout New Zealand and whilst my childhood home of Queenstown will always hold my heart, Wellington is undoubtedly my home. One thing I love about Wellington that literally gets me out of bed in the morning is the coffee culture. I’ve been told that Wellington has the most coffee shops per capita in the Southern Hemisphere, but I’ll let google be the judge of that.
21 Majoribanks St, Mount Victoria
I’ll admit that living literally next door to a cakery has its disadvantages (hello new love handles) but the perks of fresh treats and strong coffee far outweigh a little extra chub. Tomboy feels like you’re having coffee and cake at your best friend’s house – if your friend was an incredible baker that is. Kate & Dave seem to know literally everyone that walks through the door and the décor screams Insta worthy. I’m a big fan of a Soy Mocha and Cinnamon Orange Brioche but the savoury treats should not be missed either. Basically, buy anything and I guarantee you won’t regret it.
Franks Coffee & Eats
120 The Terrace
Mon-Fri 6.30-4.30 Sat 8.00-3.00
The new kid on the block. I’ll preface this by saying I do-not like donuts (see what I did there). However I had heard that Frank’s Donuts were in a league of their own and not one to miss out on an opportunity to drink more caffeine I was keen to check it out. I had a lemon curd mascarpone donut, and even to a donut hater it was pretty good. Also the scandi inspired décor and cosy upstairs seating proved a nice retreat from a typical rainy wellington day.
30 Ghuznee Street
Mon – Thurs 10am – 5.30 Fri 10am – 6pm Sat 10am-5pm Sun 11-4pm
Ena is cool. Like older sister in a rockband kind of cool. Home to curated mix of emerging local designers and iconic international labels there is nothing not to like, although your bank balance might wince after you do a little damage. Ghuznee Street is fast emerging as Wellington’s high end hub, and with neighbours like Deadly Ponies, and Twenty-Seven Names just around the corner, this is an area to watch.
57 Ghuznee Street
Mon – Sat 10am – 5.30 Sun 11am – 4.00
Walk down the street a little and you’ll come across Caughley. Caughley brought brands to Wellington that you previously had to lust over on Insta. With a mix of luxury clothing, streetwear and an ethos of catering for the ageless there really is something for everyone.
Underground carpark, Wellington Waterfront, Jervois Quay
Saturday 10am – 4pm
For shopping that won’t make your bank account cry the Underground Markets are a must see. Boasting an ever-evolving mix of artwork, jewellery, clothing, crafts, souvenirs and more than my brain can think about, you can easily spend a morning wandering through. Personally, the chocoholic in me can’t go past The Chocolate Bar or The Mayan Man.
When I decided to write this blogpost I was expecting that the day I’d play tourist would be a beautiful winters day. Wellington had other plans. With a storm on the way the weather put a (literal) damper on some of my plans.
Cable cart + Botanical Gardens
The architect in me really comes out at the redesigned cable car terminal/lookout. However, if you could care less about columns and beams then the cable car will take you to some pretty spectacular views of Wellington, and you can wander to your hearts content in the botanical gardens.
Home to an evolving display of contemporary art the City Gallery showcases both New Zealand and International artists. If you’re planning ahead the first Thursday of every month is “Tuatara Open Late” where the gallery is open to 10pm with artist talks, tours and beer!
If you’re unlike me and happen to catch Wellington on a good day the waterfront is one of my favourite place to wander around. If you’re from out of town the waterfront is the best place to navigate without getting lost, follow the harbour and you’ll easily get from Lambton quay to Civic Square, Te Papa, and Oriental Bay.
Let me know your favourite places to wander around wellington! I’m always open to more suggestions on where to get great coffee.