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Eat Around the World While Still in Wellington

We all know that Wellington, and New Zealand in general, is a popular travel destination for people from all over the globe. But did you know that Wellington also has a fantastic food scene to bring the world to you?

Here are six hot eateries in Wellington that will definitely whet your appetite for the most tasty of international cuisines.


From a small village in The Gambia, owner Barika opened Afrika to share his culture with New Zealand. Barika keeps the African spirit alive through combining delicious African eats with traditional live music. You will certainly get a taste and feel for village life at Afrika and there is definitely fun to be had for all ages!

Where: 18 Cambridge Terrace


The warm, welcoming decor, the hum of happy diners and the open plan kitchen will beckon you through the door of this Italian establishment. Then, the fantastic food and wine will make you stay, and even come back for more. Described as a ‘Venetian Bacaro’ (Italian for something similar to a ‘gastropub’), Ombra brings a breath of fresh Italian air to Cuba Street with morish nibbles, hearty mains and a whole bunch of Italian wine.

Where: 199 Cuba Street

El Matador

Follow the smell of the parrilla (an Argentinean BBQ), and you will find El Matador with ease. Known for its exceptional preparation of grilled meats, it’s best to try a range of different cuts. Wash it all down with a local or South American wine or a local craft beer. This will leave you incredibly satisfied and, no doubt, having meat sweats.

Where: 196 Cuba Street

Five Boroughs

New York style diner. Need I say more? A lot of us don’t like to admit that we like the fried chicken, burgers and loaded fries that come with American cuisine, but who are we kidding? Five Boroughs does all these things and more, amazingly! Throw in an ice cream sundae for dessert and you’ll go home extremely happy. And perhaps thinking about having salad for dinner tomorrow night …

Where: 4 Roxburgh Street

Capital Market

The Capital Market is a one-stop-shop for countless foreign delectables. Take your pick of anything from Sri Lankan, Indian and Filipino, to Vietnamese, Malaysian, Chinese and Korean. There’s even to die for Mexican on offer! Bring your appetite or some friends so you can try a bit of everything! No need for food envy if you play your cards right.

Where: 151 Willis Street

Hot Sauce

If it’s specifically Asian-influenced dishes that you are after, Hot Sauce at QT Museum Wellington will bring the spice. With a cool vibe, smooth tunes and a focus on devine dishes, the whole experience will be fresh, fresh, fresh. You can’t really go wrong with a fusion of Vietnamese, Japanese, Korean and Thai flavours. Wear your fat pants!

Here’s to eating the world in Wellington and many a food coma!

words by emily carstairs

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