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Top 5 Recommended Cafes In Wellington

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Cafe Mode 86A Upland Road, Kelburn (04) 939 0090

Cafe Mode is the right place to be on a cold Wellington day. The windows steam up with an inviting allure that suggests the warmth and good things to be found within, making it hard to resist for many passers by.

The cafe is petite, but perfectly laid out. The tables towards the back offer an spectacular view from Kelburn, looking down the city.

From chocolate fish and home made fudge, to warming bowls of soup, Cafe Mode does comfort food well. Try the hot chocolate to go and enjoy a meander around the boutique shops of Kelburn. Caffe Astoria 159 Lambton Quay, Wellington (04) 473 8500

Walking into Astoria feels a little like entering a secret club. The cafe is located in the heart of working Wellington and is frequented by suited types.

Despite the possibility to feel otherwise, the cafe has an unpretentious air. The low light and busy feel means that solo coffee drinkers reading the paper will feel just as comfortable as a group catching up on gossip.

The cafe offers a selection of main meals and is particularly famous for its bowls of fries -- an unsual item for such as chic cafe to be known for, but fantastic none the less.

Word Of Mouth Shop 10, 100 Molesworth St, Thorndon, Wellington Ph/fax:  (04) 472-7202

Walk a little bit up from Parliament and you will come across the hidden gem of Word of Mouth. The cafe décor is bright and modern, with booths and tables, as well as space outside on the warmer days.

Come here for the salads, the bagels and the generously filled sandwiches and wraps. The service is prompt, and this is a good place to get a yummy and healthy lunch-to-go. Mount Cook Cafe 75 Wallace Street, Mount Cook

The Mount Cook Cafe is what every cafe should be: good food, good prices and most importantly a welcoming vibe.

Just a 15minute walk from Cuba Street, this cafe is located in an old remodeled house. The 'house' feel is harnessed by having a back room for diners, as well as the traditional front room cafe layout.

The counter is well stocked with delicious looking food, including big and small versions of slices. It was the perfect spot for my friends and I to enjoy a lazy brunch of great coffee and muesli, eggs benedict and pancakes while pouring over the papers.

Kaffee Eis 25 Courtenay Place or 236 Oriental Parade

I've been to Italy. I've eaten real Italian gellato in Tuscany. It was great, it really was, but I can honestly say that the gelato and sorbets of Kaffee Eis are just as good, if not better than the real Italian deal.

While Kaffee Eis does specialise in ice cream, it is not to be overlooked in the winter, or by those not in the ice cream eating mode. Both cafes offer a wide range of slices, savoury food, and cupcakes. Enjoy either a view on to bustling Courtenay Place or the sea and sand of Oriental Parade.  

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Beach Babylon is my all-time

Beach Babylon is my all-time favourite and would have to replace Kaffee Eis on Oriental Parade on this top five. BB serves great, locally roasted Ripe coffee - always fresh and zingy. It is also a place where I can hang out, enjoy a cafe meal - or a beer/cider on a hot day. Top Five material easy. I think it does nice evening meals too. 1. Beach Babylon on Oriental Parade 2. Finc opposite Civic Centre/Michael Fowler Centre - Wakefield St 3. Aro Cafe on Aro St 4. Fidel's on Cuba St 5. Cafe L'Affare on College St