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Matterhorn Bar (1-2 hrs)
One of the best bars in town is, without a doubt, Matterhorn. In this beautiful bar they serve many wines by the glass and the most delicious cocktails. Matterhorn Restaurant serves full meals as well as boldly imaginative tapas and small plates for grazing into the small hours.
Matterhorn is located halfway the pedestrian zone on Cuba Street at number 106. The opening hours are Monday to Sunday from 3pm till late. On Friday and Saturday evenings they have live DJ’s spinning the music. For more information about their events, visit their website.
Fishermans Table (1-2 hrs)
The restaurant with the best location in town is Fishermans Table. They serve fresh fish, steak and café style meals including 'all you can eat from the salad boat'. The meals are very ‘old school’ but very affordable. Meals start at $15,95 and included is: the million-dollar view on the harbour and the CBD.
Fishermans Table is located at 245 Oriental Parade, just a few minutes walk from Te Papa. The place is open 7 days a week from 11:30 for all day dining. Last orders at 9 pm.
Cuba Street (1-2 hrs)
Cuba Street was once the route of the Wellington trams. Following the removal of the rails, the middle section of the street was closed to traffic in 1969, and is one of the busiest areas of pedestrian activity in the city.
It is one of the more bohemian areas of Wellington, and is the home to an eclectic collection of cafes, op-shops, boutique, small fashion stores, art galleries, music shops and a lot of Asian restaurants.
Balancing chic and kitsch, boutique and bohemia, Cuba Street is widely considered to be the coolest street in New Zealand. There’s something to do in this street from early morning to late evening.
Fidel's Cafe (1-2 hrs)
A great place to enjoy lunch, dinner or drinks and snacks in between is Fidel’s Cafe at 234 Cuba Street. In this place the coffee is Cuban and the hospitality pure New Zealand.
It is a nice bar and they serve great food and delicious cakes. They have a great terrace to enjoy your drinks outside.
Fidel’s is open from Monday to Friday from 7:30 am till late and on Saturday and Sunday from 9 am till late.
Maranui, Layall Bay (1-2 hrs)
A great place to go for lunch or just a coffee is located opposite the airport at Layall Bay, the best surfers beach of Wellington. This wonderful place is called The Maranui Surf Life Saving Club or simply called Maranui.
When your tummy's beginning to rumble and you are low on caffeine, Maranui Café is a real lifesaver. The opening hours are from 7 am to 5 pm seven days a week. If you want to make a reservation call them at: 04 387 4539
Courtenay Place (1 eve)
Courtenay Place, in the centre of Wellington, is regarded as 'New Zealand's Party Street'. It is known for its entertainment and nightlife. Many restaurants are open late and most of the bars stay open until dawn.
There are many bars and not only in the main street, also in many side streets. So for sure you will find your place here to hang out during the night.
Hippopotamus Bar (1-2 hrs)
The Hippopotamus cocktail bar is tucked neatly in the dazzling Museum Art Hotel overlooking the Wellington Harbour. It is a welcome addition to Wellington’s cocktail bar scene. The cocktails are great but definitely not cheap but the team delivers cocktails with finesse, flair and a discreet elegance.
The bar is located opposite Te Papa Museum and the vibrant Wellington waterfront, inside Museum Hotel. It’s a great place to start your night out in Wellington.
The Film Archive Café (1-4 hrs)
The Film Archive is the home of New Zealand’s moving image history with over 150,000 titles spanning feature films, documentaries, short films, home movies, newsreels, TV programmes and advertisements.
There is a gallery, cinema and media library boasting thousands of kiwi classics, searchable online catalogue and personal viewing areas. Very nice but… they have a very comfy café where you can get delicious scones, supreme coffee, wifi, meeting tables and hours of footage to watch if you get stood up. And you can watch everything for free.
It is located at the corner of Ghuznee and Taranaki Streets. Cafe and Gallery are open from Monday to Tuesday from 9am to 5pm;, on Wednesday to Friday from 9am to 7pm and on Saturday from 4pm to 7pm. Closed on Public Holidays.
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