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The best cafes in Wellington for a flat white

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Looking for a cafe that doesn’t just get a flat white right in New Zealand, but also delivers on what a cafe experience can and should be?

The best cafes in Wellington do just that. Below, these four establishments belong in that category…

1) Maranui Surf Lifesaving Cafe

With locals recommending that outsiders visit this place while in Wellington, the Maranui Surf Lifesaving Cafe should be at the top of your list when it comes to the search for the perfect flat white in New Zealand’s capital city.

With the choicest of choice views over Lyall Bay, outstanding food that caters to a variety of dietary styles (check out their brunch), and with a location close by to Wellington’s international airport, those seeking a cuppa fresh off the plane, or those looking to spot planes landing or taking off will love this place.

2) Kaffee Eis

With summer well on its way in the Southern Hemisphere, you’ll want to duck into a place on your visit here that does not only coffee well, but ice cream as well.

New Zealand locals consistently recommend the gelato that Kaffee Eis produces in-store, which is the best kind of endorsement that any business hope to have for its products.

With its flagship location occupying a place down by the water, this cafe is also an excellent place for people watching, so if you have time to kill on a fine afternoon, keep this place at the front of your mind.

3) CQ Restaurant

Have members in your party that uses sign language, or want to have a mind-expanding experience on your holiday in New Zealand?

If this is the case, then having coffee or a light meal at the CQ Restaurant will be a great thing to do on your trip to Wellington.

Employing wait staff that have hearing disabilities, orders are communicated to them by using the sign language phrases outlined on the menu.

It might be a little uncomfortable at first, but the personal growth you will undergo with a visit to the CQ Restaurant will make the hilarious stumbles you make well worth the effort.

4) Scorch-O-Rama

Located out in the bay roads some distance from Wellington’s downtown core, Scorch-O-Rama may be busy on a weekend afternoon, but that’s only because the coffee and food that it serves up keeps loyal customer coming back on days when the weather outside is fabulous.

Known particularly for its seafood chowder, this place is the perfect spot to go before hopping on the ferry to go to the South Island.

Best cafes in Queenstown to get a flat white (and other caffeinated treats)

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Those that seek the best cafes in Queenstown will be glad to know that there are many worthy candidates here. The following five are our personal favorites, so don’t be shy, try them out when visiting the Adventure Capital of the World.

1) Vudu Café and Larder

Boasting a perfect view of Lake Wakatipu and the sawtoothed ranges of The Remarkables behind it, Vudu Café and Larder is an offshoot of the original Vudu Café that exists further uptown. Possessing a sophistication that would be more at home in a big city, this coffee shop’s industrial style ambiance makes for a spot where any self-respecting hipster would feel at home.

In addition to being able to prepare flat whites and almost any variant of coffee or tea available under the midday sun, breakfast and lunch are also served here, with each dish being prepared with organic and/or free range ingredients.

2) Joe’s Garage

Once a cafe that was hidden away in the most innocuous of places – a former post office sorting room – Joe’s Garage has become a mini-empire around Queenstown and New Zealand.

In spite of this, it has remained true to its grounded roots, playing groovy music and offering down to earth homemade food that complements its responsibly sourced coffee beans from choice destinations around the globe.

3) Boat Shed Café

Those looking to get up close and personal with Lake Wakatipu’s shore will love spending time at the Boat Shed Cafe, as its patio seating hangs over this stunning natural gem, and with plenty of gourmet bistro cuisine complementing its perky java creations, you’ll have the perfect place for an afternoon answering e-mail with a strong French press, or a causal dinner meeting with friends and family.

4) Red Rock Bar Cafe

Want a place that can double as a spot where you can let your hair down at night in addition to being a spot where you can lounge with a lively cuppa during the day? The Red Rock Bar Cafe offers a pub like atmosphere in which to enjoy your coffee, so if you are into consuming your java in a social setting, this establishment will suit you well.

5) The Tin Goose Cafe

This quaint cafe is well hidden within the quiet back streets of Queenstown, well away from the busy thoroughfares in this popular tourist town. With free wi-fi being hard to come by throughout much of New Zealand, patrons from abroad will be happy to know that this establishment offers this service, as well as great lunches that go well with the roasts on offer here.