Eating Out in North Wellington

Cafes and Restaurants in North Wellington


In no particular order……

Simmer Cafe is North Wellington’s newest addition and sits in the sun in the new Churton Park shopping precinct.
Good coffee, yummy fresh food, indoor and outdoor seating options. The best cafe in the suburb.

Dunshea’s Deli – A small scale but popular spot for a coffee and bite to eat with yummy deli pies (the chicken and tarragon is my fav) and salads competing for the appetite along with other delicious morsels. Well worth a coffee stop especially if its sunny and not too busy (do a drive past first and check for empty tables outside).

Villa Cafe – Good coffee and a nice sunny deck, but too busy for my liking. Also avoid 10-11.30am if you seeking quietness, this is the mums with babys peak time!

Cafe du Parc – Small, quiet cafe in a lovely tree clad setting. Average coffee and average service. A real hit with the Khandallah set. Grab a takeaway coffee and go sit on a seat in Khandallah park if you are allergic to mohair sweaters and pearls.

Parsons Nose – This place has no ambience at all but is popular with the local retired people. Don’t go there for the coffee!

Queue Cafe – Classic suburban cafe. Not really my taste though. It used to be great but the new owners have let it slide. Very average coffee and no ambience plus overpriced and flacid food keeps me away.

Khandallah Trading Company  – Definitely a great stop for a cold beer. Live music and plenty of local action makes this place a real community hub. They are good with kids too! $10 curry thursday night is a real hit with regular cardholders but be in early or try the garden bar on a sunny day.

Hell Pizza – Newlands and Khandallah. Gourmet pizza expensive and salty but tasty.

Taste – Impeccable Fine Dining in the suburbs. A rarity indeed. Beautiful food and an intimate atmosphere make this a sure stop if you have a special occasion but don’t expect a full wallet when you’ve finished. David and Gary work hard to make sure you have a good dining experience.

The Village Patisserie Cafe (formerly Roas Cafe) in the Khandallah Village. If you are a coffee fiend then this is the best place for a coffee in the Northern Suburbs hands down! No flacid whites here! The food is delicious with a full range of decadent deli delights and take home meals. In the last year, Rosa’s has grown to take over the shop next door and now also has a sheltered sunny courtyard. Well worth the visit!

So Bar – More a pub than a cafe or restaurant. Perfect if you like black jeans, meals with plenty of fries, and sports on the big screen.

Thyme Cafe (formerly Herbs)  – 238 Middleton Rd, Johnsonville. Set in a garden centre, Herbs was very run down but the new owner has given the premises a good paint.  A nice quiet spot to have a coffee.

Johnsonville Shopping Centre also offers the standard type of Cafe’s and takeaway food outlets. Muffin Break in the mall is popular with the locals. The muffins are huge and the coffee is okay but very expensive.

Curry to go in the Newlands Shopping centre is a best kept secret in the Northern Suburbs. Their madras, kormas, and vindaloos are worth phoning through for. Fresh, spicy, and delicious! Don’t be put off by the run down shop fittings, the smells coming from the tandor oven should reassure you. ph 4776662 to order

Chilis – Indian dine in and takeways restaurant in Newlands Mall. The chef is an ex-apprentice of the Curry to Go owner. After trying a few off the menu, my pick is definitely Curry to Go unless you want to sit in the restaurant. And if you want to dine in, wouldn’t you go to Tulsi or Dawaat in Jville?

Eat Right at the bottom of Ngaio Gorge. New owners have taken over from the original visionarys. A mezzanine cafe that has pleasant staff and is really well priced with good gluten free options. No ambience and passable coffee lets it down

Burger Fuel  – Huge burgers for hung over teenagers. Too many calories to do anyone any good but tastier and  more filling than Burger King or Mac Donalds. BURP!

The Roast Canteen –  Johnsonville Road. Roast meat and veges. End of story. Have never been and never intend to

Johnsonville Mall Fish Supply and Johnsonville Fish Supply – Don’t get them confused. Costa at JFS has won awards on occasions for his fare. I’m not a fish and chips person but I have a number of saturated fat lovers at my office and they all swear by JFS. JFS is the one at the North end of the main road opposite the National Bank.

Joes Food World – the usual feeding troughs of gluggy, over salted, calories disguised as chinese takeaways and fried stuff.