Cities for Food Lovers

Wellington is featured in National Geographic’s “neighborhood guide to the best eats on (almost) every continent” as the best city for food lovers in Oceania.

 Best Neighborhood for a Food Frenzy in Wellington:

“Wellington’s Cuba Street is the city’s hippest stretch, home to trendy restaurants, cool bars, and hidden gems,” according to the article. Try Matterhorn “a self-described “scene of assembly for Wellington’s creative cognoscenti”, “Logan Brown, an eco-friendly fine-dining restaurant in a former National Bank of New Zealand building” or Olive, which “is a feast for the eyes as much as the palate—sample Mediterranean fare in its tropical courtyard.” For those who like it weird, try laundry – “a bar and restaurant that retains the exterior appearance of its former life as a dry cleaner.”

Best Neighborhood for Beach Eats:

 National Geographic recommends colorful Maranui Café, which “serves up some of the area’s best coffee, along with light dishes (many vegan) and milk shakes, right on the water,” “Spruce Goose, a restaurant in a repurposed airport building with views of both the runway and Lyall Bay” and Lyall Bay institution Seaview Takeaways.

 Best Neighborhood to DIY:

 For the freshest produce, meats and seafood head to Wellington’s waterfront. The city’s Harbourside Market “has dozens of stalls (selling everything from spice mixes to flowers) and eateries (burritos to barbecue)”; its Underground market is a “showcase for bakers, designers, and artists”. The nearby Wellington

Sea Market on Lambton Quay (there’s also one on Cuba Street) is the place to go for freshly caught fish.

Other cities the article identifies as food paradises are:

  • Budapest in Hungary where the “food scene is starting to cause a stir.”
  • Yerevan, the capital of Armenia, “has charm in spades and enough places to eat to keep your belly happily filled.”
  • Detroit in the United States, the city that’s “revving its culinary motors,” according to the article.
  • Santiago, Chile’s capital “has barrios filled with restaurants, bars, and markets.”
  • Dakar, Senegal’s capital and largest city, is “home to a flavorful food scene that mixes French, Lebanese, and West African styles.”

To read more about the individual neighbourhoods recommended in the article please click here.

Article Source: National Geographic, Nancy Gupton, January 12, 2017

Image Source: Wikipedia

Tags: Cuba Street  Logan Brown  Maranui Café  Matterhorn  National Geographic  Olive  Sea Market on Lambton Quay  Seaview Takeaways  Spruce Goose  Wellington  

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