Start your day with a serve of boozy buttermilk pancakes with house-made limoncello, amaretto mousse and fresh fruit at the sleek and faintly industrial Egmont Street Eatery located in a converted carpark. Or if you want a savoury option that’s not eggs, this is the kind of place that isn’t afraid to put a flank steak on their bunch menu. You’re on holidays, the rules are there for breaking.
The gang at Loretta know that carbs are an excellent way to start the day, which is why you can kick things off with waffles, crumpets, a croquet monsieur or even a sweet toastie stuffed with banana and a chocolate and hazelnut spread in this beautifully designed breakfast spot on Cuba St.
Before you book European flights for a culinary holiday, look closer to home for gastronomic adventures. Wellington is less than four hours away by plane and is punching well above its weight on the drinking and dining front. This famously windy city built into the hills around a beautiful (and impressively clean) harbour gets casual dining pitch perfect – you’ve got neighbourhood bistros dishing up five star eats in comfortable surrounds and an enviable roster of local wineries at their disposal. And for craft beer fans, Wellington is paradise. In addition to a glut of craft beer devoted venues dotted across the city, in August each year people descend on Wellington in droves to attend the famous craft beer festival, Beervana, where over 50 of New Zealand’s best brewers host a monster party in the Westpac Stadium. Want to make sure no meal is wasted on your weekend escape? Here’s how.