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.

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.

Here is just a taster of what is on offer:

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.


For a healthy alternative that feels sinful with flavour, go for a feed at Filo. Their salads are stellar, their selections of filos are phenomenal and they have vegan, vegetarian and gluten free options available.

La Cabrita Mexican Grill

If you are looking for authentic Mexican food that will bring a fiesta of flavours to your taste buds, La Cabrita delivers, and then some! La Cabrita’s family recipes never disappoint.

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.

Zara's Kebabs

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

Bubble Tree

New in town: Bubble Tree

Tuk Tuk Thai has become one of Porirua’s go-to restaurants since it opened in Hartham Place in e in the city centre in June 2019.

Address: 16 Hartham Place North, Porirua

Keep up with Bubble Tree on Instagram: @bubbletreeporirua

Tell us about the bubble tea!

Bubble tea is fairly new for us and it’s taking us to that next level. It’s tea that originated in Taiwan with a fruit flavour – you can choose passionfruit, mango, raspberry, kiwifruit – and we add bubbles. It’s delicious and refreshing, the colours give it eyecatching colours.

Why bring it to Porirua?

Some of our staff would travel after work to the Hutt or Wellington for their fix and we thought “why not do it here?” We sold about 400 cups at the Love Local expo, it was huge. It’s dairy-free, gluten-free and vegan but we have alcohol types as well, with vodka and Kahlua for example.

So you have a part of Tuk Tuk Thai dedicated to bubble tea?

It’s called Bubble Tree and it’s next door to the restaurant. I think of it as a dessert corner, because we sell gelato, sorbet and cakes as well. It’s very exciting for us.

How is Tuk Tuk Thai going?

We were very lucky during lockdown – we stayed busy with vegetable boxes, delivering them regularly. We were proactive and are lucky to have so much support from our community.

What other places do you enjoy eating at?

We often go to Cobb n Co, a great addition to the area. And we love Jaylon’s, it’s an institution. Overall, we just try and eat local, keeping that support going for Porirua.

Away from work, what sort of things do you do?

I have little spare time, Tuk Tuk keeps me very busy! I do like going to Palmer’s to pick up plants, I find that relaxing

Kai with a view

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, then look no further that these eateries.

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 Café 

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

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.


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.

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

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