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7 Of The Most Indulgent Vegan Eateries In Wellington

Megan Zara Walsh Megan Zara Walsh

Vegan Eats

Because veganism doesn’t need to be a sacrifice.

Opting for a vegan lifestyle has taken the world by storm in recent years. And specifically, in Wellington, we love a good highly nutritious vegan joint. For those of you who don’t know, a vegan or plant-based diet excludes all animal products, including dairy, eggs and meat. Though, it can be hard to pinpoint the most scrumptious vegan eateries in the city, hence why Secret went on a mission and tracked down the best seven diverse places for you to indulge at.

1. The Botanist 

Devour some satisfying vegan dishes, with epic views along the coast, at this exclusive plant-based eatery. The choices here are endless, from breakfast dishes like scrambled tofu, toasties, gluten-free pancakes with vegan salted caramel cream and bananas, while dinner options include butternut risotto, mouth-watering burgers, fish and chips, and plenty more. Go on Tuesday to take advantage of Taco Tuesdays paired with a beer.

📍 219 Onepu Road, Lyall Bay, Wellington 6022, New Zealand

2. Lord Of The Fries

This award-winning ethical fast food chain serves the most scrumptious vegan fries, breakfasts, plant-based burgers, shakes and hot dogs in town. You won’t find a selection of four different types of fries anywhere else. They’ve got classic, chunky, shoestring and sweet potato, while also catering glorious international flavoured loaded fries such as African, Mexican and French. Their hot dogs are also globally inspired with menu favourites like Chicago and Melbourne. Why not try the munch box and feed a gang of your vegan mates.

📍 Various Locations 

3. Sweet Release

If you’re in the mood for a sweet treat, this vegan café has got you covered. Think deep fried oreos, stuffed cookies, droll-worthy cheesecakes, just to name a few. They also cater an array of savoury options like huge vegan burritos, French toast, spinach scrolls, mouth-watering burgers, Asian noodle salad, loaded fries, and lots more options. Click and collect your order using the Sweet Release website.

📍 99 Manners Street, Te Aro, Wellington 6011, New Zealand

4. Aunty Mena’s Vegetarian Restaurant


Nourish your soul with some cheap and cheerful wholesome vegan food at this wonderful Malaysian-inspired spot on Cuba street. You can get a belly filling meal for between $8 and $14 from the dinner menu. Some of the most indulgent dishes include nasi goreng, deep fried squid rings, laksa, homemade roti and curry and plenty more goodness. Indeed, one of the best vegan eateries in Wellington.

 📍 167 Cuba Street, Te Aro, Wellington 6011, New Zealand

5. Aroha

Refuel for after lunch by visiting this grab-and-go heavenly vegan joint in Press Hall. They offer the most pleasurable burgers, kebabs and curries, inspired by Indian, Middle Eastern and Western cuisine. Wonderfully, you can build your own power bowl which includes a range of vegan proteins and salads. Undoubtedly, it is a fantastic spot for those vegans in a mad rush.

📍 78 Willis Street, Wellington Central, Wellington 6011, New Zealand

6. Higher Taste

Pile your plate full of authentic global vegan cuisine at this buffet-style restaurant which takes its inspiration from Indian, Italian and Chinese food. Think wholesome platters of Bombay street food, samosas, roti, halloumi burgers, soya pizza, lasagna and veggie nachos, the list is never-ending. And if this doesn’t fill you, you can order delicious desserts like almond delights. Indeed, this spot is the vegan food porn you need this weekend. After seeing the jaw-dropping menu, you’ll ended up pre-ordering from the Higher Taste website.

📍 Old Bank Arcade, Customhouse Quay, Wellington 6011, New Zealand

7. Nolita

We recently wrote about New Zealand’s first plant-based pizzeria and pastaria which is another one of the most indulgent vegan eateries in Wellington.

This Wellington Spot is New Zealand’s First Plant-Based Pizza and Pastaria • Nolita

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