Lola stays cafe in wellington, great spot for brunch

Wellington Brunch: My Top 5 Places

emilysintransitNovember 22, 2020

Heading out for brunch is one of my favourite Wellington weekend activities. Whether you’re after a classic or something a bit different, there are so many places to choose from. Here are my top 5 picks.

Seashore Cabaret

Seashore Cabaret is on the Petone Esplanade. On a nice day, sit outside on the massive deck and enjoy the view of the Wellington Harbour. If the weather is not so lovely, grab a table inside and enjoy the eclectic decor. They serve breakfast until 3pm so it a great place to go if you want to spend your morning sleeping in and start your day a bit later. Seashore Cabaret has an excellent range of gluten-free and vegetarian options as well as a wide selection of cabinet food. The big breakfast is a great way to try a bit of everything, but if you’re looking for something on the healthier side, you can’t go past the Goodness Gracious Bowl. It’s packed with veggies and topped with beetroot hummus and turmeric dress and is the prefect way to fuel your body for an epic weekend. 

Price range: $12-$25 per meal. Check out their menu 

Lola Stays

Lola Stays is one of those places that hits you with charm as soon as you enter. The decor is adorable and sets the scene for an enjoyable dining experience. My personal favourite is the Breakfast Bruschetta, free-range bacon, halloumi, poached egg and pesto on delicious sourdough toast. All the food is delicious, but what makes Lola stays extra special in the little details such as the parchment wrapped butter. The cafe also allows well-behaved dogs inside so is the perfect spot to refuel after taking a walk along Oriental Parade.

Price range: $15 – $25 per meal. Check out their menu 

Beach Babylon

Beach Babylon is another Oriental Parade favourite of mine. If you’re looking for something a bit different try on of their breakfast burrito bowls or Persian eggs. My go-to is usually the potato rosti topped with poached eggs, hollandaise and free-range ham. There are plenty of gluten-free, vegan and vegetarian options, so there is something for everyone. Dogs are also welcome, and while they might not be allowed inside, they do get their own puppy menu if you’re looking to treat your dog as well as yourself.

Price range: $15 – $25 per meal. Check out their menu 

Egmont Street Eatery

Egmont Street Eatery is one of my favourite places in the CBD to grab brunch. As the name suggests, it’s located on Egmont Street and is a great spot if you’re meeting friends coming from all different directions. All the meals are delicious, but you can’t go past the Smoked potato hash with housemade pastrami and a slow-cooked egg. If you’re looking to try a bit of everything you can also build your own breakfast from their vast range of side. Also, make sure you try one of their cheese scone which are some of the best in Wellington.

Price range: $8 – $27 per meal. Check out their menu 


Loretta is one of the most popular brunch spots in Wellington. However with 120 person capacity, you’re guaranteed to get a table. The menu is hugely varied. From their range of grain salads to wood fire pizza’s you’re bound to find something that takes your fancy. Last time I went, It was a classic cold and rainy Wellington morning. I got the Croque Madame (Ham and gruyere toastie with a fried egg), which hit the spot perfectly.

Price range: $15 – $28 per meal. Check out their menu 

Is your favourite spot not on the list? Let me know where you love to go for brunch in Wellington

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