You can’t go to Wellington without walking along Cuba Street a million times a day. Not only is it the busiest street in the city, it’s also the place where you find most of the popular cafes in town.
Wellington is well known for its cafe society. Every cafe I visited had its own character, was buzzing with people, but also carried a relaxed vibe. People took their time and enjoyed their meals a lot more.
Floriditas was like a little European getaway in the middle of the city. If you love eggs you have to come here. There’s eggs, eggs and more eggs to choose from, all at reasonable prices.
Ham off the bone with poached eggs ($17.50) – eggs cooked to perfection! We were much too hungry to stop and capture the amazing runny yolk. The dish was simply delicious, with crispy ciabattas and grilled ham.
We also ordered the Ham off the bone with salad greens, beetroot relish and whole wheat sourdough ($18.50). I loved the fact the sourdough was served heated and crispy. The beetroot relish was fresh and went well with the ham. Though the ham on its own was a bit too dry. Hot lemon honey with freshly grated ginger ($5)
Grapefruit & bitter lemon tea ($4.50) – served in a cute china cup. The tea was very refreshing and wasn’t too strong nor bitter.These jars of home-made jam looked super delicious, wish I’d bought a jar!
I’ve heard great things about their dinner menu and baked goods. Will definitely come back to try out their other dishes.
161 Cuba Street, Wellington.
Having lived in New Zealand for almost 19 years we’ve actually never visited the capital (Kelly still needs to go). I wasn’t looking forward to the flight since Wellington is known for strong winds and bumpy landings, but for the 3 days I was there the city showcased its best weather. A gentle breeze, clear blue skies and lots of sunshine. It almost convinced me that it could be better than Auckland.
I’ve been dying to try out The Crab Shack ever since I heard about it. The interior is similar to Orleans and Miss Clawdy in Auckland with an added nautical touch. Make sure you go in early as the place fills up quite fast.
The Welly ($20) – A typical fish burger. The fish fillets were fresh and crispy served with cream corn on the side. The fish portions were rather generous. 1Kg Nelson Paddle Crab Pot ($30) – Put the bib on and be prepared to use your hands. Before the crab is served, you’ll be given a mini bucket of warm lemon water to wash your hands during the meal. The crab was cooked in chilli-garlic sauce and served hot in a pot. They were fresh and there was a fair bit to go around the table. The sauce was delicious. We ended up ordering bread ($8) on the side so we could soak up sauce with it.
Mixed scoop of clams and mussels cooked in Indian coconut curry ($14.50) – The size of the clams were huge! Like the crab pot, the sauce was amazing and didn’t overpower the freshness of the clams. Next time I’d give the mussels a miss – they just weren’t a match for the clams.
The Crab Shack was definitely a fun dining experience to end our first exhausting day in Wellington. If you’re not in a rush after dinner go for a stroll down the waterfront and take in the amazing night view of the city.
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The Crab Shack
Shed 5 on Queens Wharf, Wellington