Wellington’s tastiest place for hidden gems is tucked away in a little laneway in central Wellington, capturing the true essence of New Zealand Kiwi life. You’ll discover a trail of boutique factories and eateries, each with delectable goodies. Hannah’s Laneway, packed with culinary goodness, is where you’ll find an eclectic mix of options.
Six Barrel Soda Co.
At the start of the lane, Six Barrel Soda Co. makes natural sodas and speciality soda syrups the old-fashioned way, with all natural ingredients just like you remember from your childhood years. The company grew from a love of classic sodas and soda fountains, and it’s one of the most creative cafés you’ll find in this laneway if you’re looking for something a bit different. Sip on some unique flavours like blueberry and fennel, celery tonic, feijoa, and sarsaparilla, while you watch the world go by and the people passing. They also serve snacks and meals if you’re feeling a bit peckish.
Wellington Chocolate Factory
Everyone loves chocolate, and at Wellington Chocolate Factory you’ll find only the highest quality organic and ethically traded treasures. From bean to bar, they bring the best single-origin beans from farmers to New Zealand and use traditional methods to create batches of mouthwatering organic chocolate. You’ll love the unique flavours such as chilli lime nuts, coconut milk chocolate, and peanut butter raspberry. Each bar even comes individually wrapped in beautifully designed paper, making it a special treat to enjoy or a sweet gift to send loved ones from a New Zealand Kiwi. Once you get a taste of this chocolate, you’ll be coming back daily for more morsels of goodness!
Golding’s Free Dive
Talk about truly hidden gems: Golding’s Free Dive is a crazy little craft beer bar tucked in the middle of the laneway, decorated with an array of recycled materials from plastic bucket lampshades to old ski awnings—all inspired by tiny American and European neighbourhood bars. With a name like Free Dive, you can expect anything on tap as they serve from a wide range of breweries, allowing you to try whatever quenches your thirst. Craft beer is at the heart of what they do, so you’ll find many boutique organic brews on offer. If you’re new to craft beer, the knowledgeable staff will guide you on a journey of discovery through the different types of ales, lagers, and more.
Leeds Street Bakery
Ti Kouka Café is well known on Wellington’s social scene, and owner-brothers Jesse and Shepherd bring their love of all baked goods to Hannah’s Laneway with Leeds Street Bakery. Let the smell of freshly baked bread waft down the laneway and lead you to this delightful new bakery. One of the famous highlights of this new venture is the Wellington-famous salted caramel cookie—delicious and oh so sweet! There’s plenty of fresh breads, pastries, and sandwiches for you to choose from, but don’t worry if you’re wheat-intolerant; they also have a variety of gluten-free options on offer.
Rabbit Coffee Co.
No Wellington laneway would be complete without a delicious cup of coffee, and right next to Leeds Street Bakery is where you’ll find Red Rabbit Coffee Co. While enjoying some freshly baked pastries, sip on an espresso and savour the complex flavours of the single-origin coffee. Even those who aren’t coffee fans will be converts after trying one of these amazing cups of steaming coffee. For the real enthusiasts, you can also buy some to take home.
Fix and Fogg
Ever heard of a ‘nut buttery’? Fix and Fogg is another one of those hidden gems, and it’s where they make the most delicious peanut butter you’ve ever tried. Just a short stroll down the laneway, you’ll find this tiny boutique shop making small-batch peanut butter. The range caters to all different flavours, styles, and textures, so whether you choose smooth, crunchy, Smoke and Fire, or the popular decadent dark chocolate peanut butter, you’re in for a treat! Watch these guys in action so you can se see where the magic is made directly from the shop window.