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Nikau Gallery Cafe

$$ - $$$Cafe, , European
Mercer Street | City Art Gallery, Civic Square, Wellington 6001, New Zealand
+64 4-801 4168
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  • Excellent57%
  • Very good25%
  • Average12%
  • Poor5%
  • Terrible1%
Travellers talk about
“lunch” (36 reviews)
“kedgeree” (33 reviews)
“rice pudding” (3 reviews)
Open Now
7:00 AM - 4:00 PM Hours
Cafe, New Zealand, European, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options, Vegan Options
$$ - $$$
Mercer Street | City Art Gallery, Civic Square, Wellington 6001, New Zealand
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Reviewed 1 week ago

A really good flat white cafe should be a walk in the park for a cafe of this pedigree. Sadly too many pretty boys on front-of-house duty who were too busy enjoying themselves instead of making good coffee. Won't be back for coffee.

Thank KSAX88
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Good food and coffee. It’s in the Lonely Planet recommended list, and they mention their Sage Eggs but it’s really overrated. The location is awesome though - seems like it's in the middle of the arts district.

Thank Neha G
Reviewed 19 May 2018 via mobile

A quick Saturday lunch break during a course in central Wellington. Nikau was busy as always but the service was friendly and fast. The kedgeree, which I hadn't had for years was as outstanding as ever - back to the days when those in the...More

Thank alexbH5837JU
Reviewed 27 April 2018 via mobile

Went for a business breakfast, while the food was good the service was so slow that it took over 40 mins to get our food. Unfortunately now will cross off our breakfast meeting list.

Thank Nick G
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
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Reservations
Good for
Child-friendly, Business meetings, Local cuisine
Open Hours
10:00 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
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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