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Nikau Gallery Cafe

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Mercer Street | City Art Gallery, Civic Square, Wellington 6001, New Zealand
+64 4-801 4168
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  • Excellent57%
  • Very good26%
  • Average11%
  • Poor5%
  • Terrible1%
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“lunch” (36 reviews)
“kedgeree” (32 reviews)
“rice pudding” (3 reviews)
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Cafe, New Zealand, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options, Vegan Options
$$ - $$$
Mercer Street | City Art Gallery, Civic Square, Wellington 6001, New Zealand
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Reviewed 24 February 2018 via mobile

Wandered in on a lovely sunny day, feeling in the mood for a coffee and a cake...sadly all the seats outside were taken but inside was bright and airy. Very welcoming service, the inside seems more set up as a restaurant cafe rather than a...More

Thank HRCB79
Reviewed 25 January 2018 via mobile

Following a recommendation by a local, we thought we should try Nikau for breakfast. Between us we enjoyed the sage fried eggs and pancakes with fresh fruit - both delicious, as was the coffee.

Thank BrizzleSu
Reviewed 13 January 2018 via mobile

Had a group of 7 , the service was amazing and the food was pretty delicious and inventive . We all found the menu a little hard to follow but otherwise no complaints . A friend of ours wasn’t feeling well so they packaged her...More

Thank Natalie C
Reviewed 10 December 2017 via mobile

Nikau cafe is hands down my favourite Wellington cafe and my go-to for business coffees or lunches in the city. The coffee is always excellent, the seasonal lunch menu is simple but has enough variety (the kedgeree is their most famous dish), the desserts in...More

Thank Tindust
Reviewed 20 October 2017 via mobile

I can't believe we have lived in Wellington more than 10 years and never noticed this place tucked away behind the City Gallery. It had a real buzz, and despite being packed, service was friendly and prompt. Lunch was grilled haloumi with a farro salad,...More

Thank Calum G
Reviewed 16 October 2017 via mobile

A Wellingtonian recommended this cafe and we loved it. We actually enjoyed our brunch there so much, we returned for lunch. Not that easy to find, so we were pleased we had directions. Delicious cheese on toast with pickles for brunch and yummy haloumi dish...More

Thank Ciao2007
Reviewed 15 October 2017 via mobile

Great friendly service was a good start! Good strong coffee and a small but good breakfast menu. I had the herbed scrambled eggs which were delicious and creamy. Probably the best eggs I have had in a long time. I will definitely be back.

Thank Lisa A
Reviewed 9 October 2017 via mobile

And my partner enjoyed her coffee but I just wanted a Diet Coke. Instead I got some pretentious “cola” that tasted like stewed weeds and paid nearly $6 for the privilege.

1  Thank Alex R
Reviewed 12 September 2017 via mobile

Menu is not the easiest to read and certainly not your standard cafe nosh and not cheap. The decor is basic and worn and certainly not up to the standard of the prices asked. Acoustics are poor. For me this gets a very good because...More

Thank Murray P
Reviewed 3 September 2017

This place has a lovely but overly frou frou menu for me. Clever use of vegetables and flavours that I wouldn't normally rush too put me off a bit. Now I had some lovely fritters and the coffee was well made but... I just didn't...More

Thank Nicholas H
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Child-friendly, Business meetings, Local cuisine
Open Hours
7:00 AM - 4:00 PM
7:00 AM - 4:00 PM
7:00 AM - 4:00 PM
7:00 AM - 4:00 PM
7:00 AM - 4:00 PM
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Mercer Street | City Art Gallery, Civic Square, Wellington 6001, New Zealand
  • Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  North Island  >  Greater Wellington  >  Wellington
  • Phone Number: +64 4-801 4168
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