Fact: breakfast IS the most important meal of the day. And whether you’re after a classic eggs benedict, decadent pancake stack or even pimped-up peanut butter toast (it’s a thing), Wellington is serving up pre-noon deliciousness in spades.
But with so much to choose from, how does a breakfast lover decide where to start? Luckily, we’ve discovered all the best spots to cure those morning munchies. Here are all the best places for breakfast in Wellington, handily categorised by location—you’re welcome.
Cosy and chic, Scopa is the perfect place for comfort food. Serving brunch from 9am on the weekends, choose from indulgent eats like baked cannellini beans and eggs with local sourdough complete with a cup of their legendary Gusto Cioccolato—rich and decadent Italian hot chocolate.
Since 1996 Fidel’s has been providing the people of Wellington with the goods. A winner for vegetarians, Fidel’s has a solid range of veggie options, as well as some mega meaty meals and pretty famous thick shakes.
For delicious eats that don’t break the bank, look no further than Cuba Street’s Midnight Espresso. Highlights of the predominantly vegetarian/vegan menu include dishes such as Eggs Midnight: a chickpea and veggie patty topped with poached eggs, spinach, green salad, red pesto, and hollandaise.
Loretta is the cool-girl on the Wellington café scene. She’s effortlessly stylish, timeless, and pretty damn popular. Their natural, no-fuss style is also reflected in their menu; with wholesome, classic meals made from locally sourced ingredients.
Prefab has mastered the art of a chic, modern interior, with a laid back, not-taking-themselves-too-seriously kind of vibe. Simple dishes are made with fresh ingredients (and bread baked on site), complemented with a bottomless cup of ACME filter coffee.
Neo Café & Eatery
Neo does a modern twist on a classic really, really well. Decked out in a bright, minimal interior, it’s the perfect spot for a lazy Sunday brunch. Serving pumpkin buttermilk pancakes, chilli parmesan fries and colourful superfood lattes—you really can’t go wrong.
Ti Kouka Café
Ti Kouka places a big emphasis on sustainability and aims to compost all their food scraps, as well as recycling everything they possibly can. The café also make an effort to use organic and local produce where possible, which means that you already know that their food is going to be fresh and tasty.
Best Ugly Bagels
The brainchild of chef Al Brown, Best Ugly Bagels is the new-ish kid on the block. For something simple and fresh, we recommend the T.A.B (tomato, avocado, and basil) bagel. Wash it all down with a delicious iced maple. Good coffee + ice + maple syrup = game changer.
Fix & Fogg Window
Tucked away down the eclectic Eva Street is a hidden gem all toast lovers should seek out—the Fix & Fogg Window. Serving pimped-up peanut butter on toast or next-level porridge, this is the ideal on-the-go brekkie.
Sixes and Sevens Deli
Seek out sweet treats and decadent cabinet food at this hidey-hole down Taranaki Street. Decked out in a shabby-chic style you’ll be spoilt for choice with their tasty brunch menu, coffee, slices, salads, sandwiches and mouth-watering specialty doughnuts.
Sweet Mothers Kitchen
Travel to New Orleans with the indulgent American-inspired fare at Sweet Mothers Kitchen. Their brunch menu boasts the essential fried chicken and maple syrup waffles, New Orleans-style french toast and a mammoth breakfast burrito.
Egmont Street Eatery
Hidden down a central laneway you’ll find this flavourful paradise serving breakfast on weekdays and brunch on the weekend. Sweet-tooths can take a bite out of the decadent brioche french toast with apple curd and crumble, and egg-lovers opt for the Fontina cheese omelet which just oozes deliciousness.
Loved by Newtown locals, Baobab’s laid back, bohemian style is not to be missed. With an ever-changing seasonal menu full of fresh feasts, and a well-stocked supply of cabinet food (including an epic caramel slice) you’re spoilt for choice.
Frank’s Coffee & Eats
Sporting a clean, minimal aesthetic, wood tones and industrial fittings, Frank’s surely serves up some on-trend looks and on-point breakfasts. Sample something from their curated menu of refined Kiwi classics and pair your meal with a cup of single-origin coffee.
If pinball machines, throwback decor and cheese toasties are your vibe—Black Coffee is where it’s at. Offering a dedicated toasted sandwich menu and extensive coffee list, you won’t want to leave this art gallery meets music store meets coffee shop.
Comes & Goes
If you’re one to take photos of your eggs benny and pop them on the ‘gram, then you have got to pay Comes and Goes a visit. Where they really stand out amongst the crowd is with their crazy aesthetically pleasing dishes—think bright colours, beautiful crockery and edible flowers.
Seashore Cabaret is an eclectic mix of a bunch of really awesome stuff. Vintage signage, retro furniture, and pinball machines give the space a quirky vibe. Their coffee, made with Good Fortune coffee beans (that are roasted in-house) goes perfectly with a sweet treat from the cabinet, including cakes, doughnuts, pies, and tarts.
Vegans and vegos will feel right at home in this Lyall Bay outfit. Decked out in greenery and boasting beautiful sea views, you’ll chow down on some delicious plant-based eats packed with nutrients and flavour.
Maranui is a Wellington institution. Loved for its eclectic interior, classic menu, and its unbeatable views of the beach, it’s a go-to Sunday brunch spot for locals. Their classically Kiwi menu is simple and delicious, just what you need before or after a day at the beach.
Situated across the road from Wellington’s Scorching Bay beach, Scorch-O-Rama is the perfect beachy café. For a big breakfast that will hit the spot and some, you’d be mad to go past the ‘Scorch-O-Rama Lama Ding Dong’. With a name that good, how could you resist?
The vibe in Betsy is unbeatable—funky, fresh and ever so friendly. Pop in for a lazy weekend breakfast (try the toasted cinnamon brioche with salted caramel butter and lemon vodka marmalade) or if you’re short on time, treat yourself to something to-go from their insane selection of homemade cabinet food.
This cosy out-of-town cafe offers eclectic decor, homely vibes and drool-worthy eats across the board. Opt for a hearty breakfast burrito or homemade bacon and egg muffin, but leave room for their sweet treats—flaky loaded croissants, decadent cakes, home-style pies and some epic scones.
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Image Credit: Fix & Fogg, Scopa, Betsy, Neo Café & Eatery, Egmont Street Eatery