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Eat & drink

Here in Porirua City, we are spoilt for choice for food to love! From food truck treats at our night markets to fantastic café fare in each village.

Sip your way around the city

What’s better than a refreshing cold drink on a hot summer’s day? If you’ve been shopping, hiking or hitting the beach in Porirua and need a quick pick-me-up, we have just the fix for you!

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26 Whitehouse Road, Titahi Bay - Head to t bay café for a delicious berry banana smoothie. Or if caffeine is more your cup of tea, grab an iced coffee. Very chill, very yum!

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Local Authority

1 Walton Leigh Avenue, Porirua City Centre - Get your superfood smoothie fix here. This blueberry smoothie has a chia seed and coconut flake topping for extra star power. Pow!

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The Little Goat

Cobham Court, Porirua City Centre - Take your taste buds on an adventure with this traditional Greek frappe coffee. Its intense flavour and cool caffeine kick will keep you going

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Bubble Tree & Chia Cha

Hartham Place North, Porirua City Centre - No matter what your style of bubble tea is, from silky, milky teas to popping, fizzing, fresh flavours – our bubble tea shops hit the spot!

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Little Green Olive

Dolly Varden Beach, Paremata - Grab a refreshing caffeine fix before heading to picturesque Camborne Walkway, or take in the harbour views with a cold cuppa

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Greedy & Co.

98 Rawhiti Road, Pukerua Bay - Pukerua Bay’s best kept secret is out. Take a detour to this lovely coffee caravan and find your cold fix for a hot day.

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Anita Vogt - The Duchess of butter

The Regal Shortbread Co bakery recently opened its doors in Whitby. Owner/baker and South African expat Anita Vogt’s famed shortbread, delicious baking creations and sourdough breads are already becoming the stuff of local legend.

Has this shop always been your dream?

I’m not going to lie, I struggled to connect to my new home even though I loved it. I see my business as a natural extension of myself. A bridge between me and my community, using food as a universal love language to connect meaningfully to everyone.

Where do you get inspiration for your baking creations?

All my inspiration centres around people. Sometimes it’s deeply personal, sometimes it comes from my fun chats with customers about food. I also get a kick of out of food that tells a story, like culture, history and tradition.

How is the Regal Shortbread Co going?

Right now, just mind-glowingly wonderful! The community has really come out from all over Wellington. Keeping up with demand can be a challenge. But as they say, that’s the kind of problem every business wants! My heart is so full!

What do you like about living in Porirua?

Firstly, the walking tracks available. There is great variety of length, intensity and scenery. I also adore driving around the inlet watching the seasons and weather create different vistas and looking over the water to the velvety green hills of Camborne. And Pātaka has got to be my favourite gallery in the Wellington region!

What do you do when you need to relax?

I love to walk and read, and I know it sounds cheesy, but I find spending time with my precious family always grounds me. They remind me why I’m so happy!

Where do you go to grab a bite in Porirua? Any favourite spots?

Tuk Tuk Thai is right up there. Their chicken laab blows my head off and I love it! I’ve also never been sad after a coffee and a snack at Café Kaizen at Pātaka. Their food is what I call REAL and the coffee is always great! Oh, and the Little Goat has some primo burgers!

The Beer Engine


31 Whitehouse Road, Titahi Bay – In the heart of the Bay is New Zealand’s first small batch contract brewery and dedicated taphouse. Get a taste of some of the best locally made beer, wine and kai in a funky steampunk space. A hopping good time!

Tastebud Travel in Te Manawa

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Take your taste buds on a trip to remember. Te Manawa, our city centre, offers a world of flavours at the tip of your tongue with cuisines from across the globe and the best in local fare.

Annabelle Kabab House - With a reputation of the best kebabs in Wellington, is not a place to miss! Feast on the exotic flavours of authentic Turkish food. Gluten-free, vegetarian and vegan options available

Cobb & Co - In the heart of Porirua, you will find the iconic kiwi family restaurant Cobb & Co. The menu boasts traditional favourites (yes, they have traffic lights!) and modern kiwi food, all set in a friendly atmosphere to satisfy the whole whanau.

Curry Village - To add some spice to your tasty travels, head over to Curry Village. It offers flavourful Indian cuisine and their butter chicken is local legend. Alcoholic beverages and BYO available.

Tuk Tuk Thai Kitchen - You will forget you are in New Zealand when you step into the beautiful Tuk Tuk Thai restaurant. Daeng and her team offer delicious authentic Thai cuisine made with passion. Take-aways available.

Authentic Syrian cuisine in the heart of Porirua


Diwan, under the leadership of owner and seasoned Syrian restaurateur Ahmad, offers its patrons the unique flavours and authentic tastes of Syrian cuisine. Expect genuine dishes made from scratch that include juicy kebabs, mouth-watering shawarma and meat on mandi rice. A special treat for foodies is the handmade Manakeesh pastries, a Syrian style pie that will leave you coming back for more.

Asian street food that hits the spot

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The 2 Bears Asian street food cart is fast becoming a favourite local spot to grab great food that will blow your mind, but not your budget. Their yummy skewers, Asian-inspired snack bites and cool shakes are all made in-house by owners and foodie couple, Sidney and Mansha. They have dairy-free and vegan options and special snack + shake combos to make your dollars go further, without giving an inch on flavour!

Kai with a view

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Looking for a the best places to eat under the sun? If you are looking for a meal with some indoor-outdoor flow, or like your kia with a view over the waters?

Cafe Kaizen - Sit outdoors and enjoy the tranquility of the Japanese garden while enjoying abundant cabinet food or yummy meals from Kaizen’s extensive menu.  Visit Pātaka Art + Museum or visit them at 17 Parumoana St, Porirua.

Backyard Cafe - Lush green plants, freshly baked food and some of the best coffee in Porirua awaits you in the peaceful courtyard of Palmers Garden Centre in Plimmerton.  Head down to 99-109 St Andrews Rd,  Plimmerton or follow them on Facebook.

D4 Mana, Supply Room and The Sandbar - With west-facing decks and patios for maximum sea views and afternoon sun, you may even catch a show of kite-boarders while sipping on a refreshing beverage. Follow them on Facebook or head down to 105-109 Mana Esplanade.

Get Fixed Bicycle Cafe - Perfectly positioned to take in the views at Harbour’s Edge, you can relax on a bean bag with a gelato or sip on a coffee while watching the kids play.  Visit them at 16 Parumoana St or follow them on Facebook.

Plimmerton Fish Supply - Grab your iconic summer meal of fish and chips from one of New Zealand’s top-rated fish & chippies then stroll down to the beach at Plimmerton or Karehana Bay. Happy days!

Whitby Co-op Kitchen and Bar - This family-friendly restaurant on the banks of the Whitby Lakes is perfect for a burger and fries and sitting in the outside patio area with a glass of wine or craft beer. Head down to 69A Discovery Drive, Whitby or find them on Facebook

Flavours of Porirua

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You may not be able to travel at the moment, but why not take your taste buds on a trip to remember? Te Manawa, our city centre, offers a world of flavours at the tip of your tongue with cuisines from across the globe and the best in local fare. Here is just a taster of what is on offer:

Little India - Located in the historic Mungavin Homestead, Little India offers exotic ingredients, familiar dishes and tongue-tingling flavours, not to mention a great place to try Indian sweets. Great for groups, located at 1D Mungavin Ave, Ranui

Pizza Express - If you feel like a night off from cooking tonight why not try one of our newbies Pizza Express Porirua. You can find them and some other great new vendors in Serlby Place!

Samoa's Finest - From palusami (taro leaves and coconut cream wrapped and cooked in tinfoil) to panikeke (deep-fried balls much like a doughnut) and Samoan pork or lamb buns - customers come from far and wide for an authentic taste of the islands.

The Little Goat - For fresh, tasty Greek and Spanish fare then go, visit our favourite foodie spots. The Little Goat for pita pockets dripping with hummus, tahini, tzatziki, olives, pickled pepper and meats.

Topor - New Zealand's only Polish restaurant nestled in Plimmerton village, offering an unforgettable experience of fresh modern Polish cuisine and a variety of Polish vodkas to match. Find them at 3 Beach road, Plimmerton Village.

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Annabelle Kebab House

Firm crowd favourite Zara’s Kebabs recently had a name change but they’re making the same delicious food as always, only now as Annabelle Kebab House, located in the City Centre. Annabelle Kebab House has everything you can expect from a world-class Mediterranean eatery.

It’s a difficult choice between the mouth-watering kebabs, yummy iskender, fresh salads and of course, don’t forget the homemade baklava and Turkish delight! They also have plenty of vegetarian and vegan options available, so everyone can eat here.

When you enter Annabelle’s you will be greeted with warm Mediterranean hospitality from husband and wife team Namrad and Sanaa and their daughter Orina. The restaurant is named after their other daughter, Annabelle, which means 'beautiful'. And, true to its name, the food here is really beautiful.

You can taste the Mediterranean in every bite, from the spitfired meat and handmade falafels to the tasty sides such as tabbouleh and hummus, not to mention the warm Turkish breads. Yum.

“There is no sincerer love than the love of food” – said Irish playwright George Bernard Shaw. 

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