Since 2021, cool little spaces for eating, drinking, playing and relaxing have been popping up across Wellington city. Also known as parklets, these spaces take a ‘people first’ approach to urban design which emphasises quick, low-cost, and scalable projects that make creative use of existing space and help build a sense of community.
As summer rolls around and the beautiful long, warm days return to Wellington, the city’s 15 parklets are just waiting to be enjoyed, whether you’re savouring your morning coffee and Danish, grabbing some lunch after a morning exploring, or sharing some al fresco tapas with friends. From Oriental Parade to The Terrace, parklets boost the vibrancy of the city and make Wellington the creative and thriving place we know and love.
Where to find parklets across the city
- Babaili Malatang: 45 Dixon Street – Take a break from the shops and grab a delicious bite to eat at this Chinese street food hotspot
- Mexico: 41 Dixon Street – Celebrate the vibrant and fresh cuisine of Mexico
- Aye! Empanada: 236 Oriental Parade – Melt in the mouth empanadas (and more!) at this beachside eatery
- La Cloche: 26 The Terrace – Beautiful French pastries and your favourite hot beverage to get your day off to a great start
- Eva Beva: 31-35 Dixon Street – Step into one of Wellington's coolest dive bars for a tipple or two
- Vinyl Bar/Shady Lady: 66 Courtenay Place – Visit this retro nightspot in the heart of the CBD
- The Champagneria: 8 Courtenay Place – After work drinks and fun in the sun at this colourful Courtenay parklet
- Nolita: 203 Cuba Street – Plant-based Italian delights at this Cuba Street restaurant
- Ernesto’s: 1 Grey Street – A fusion of classic American bistro, Cuban, Carribbean and regional Americas cuisine
- Stuff Ltd: 10 Brandon Street – A spot for you to park up your bike or have a rest in the sunshine
- Swimsuit Cafe: 38 Dixon Street – Stop in for a delicious coffee and sweet treat
- The Tasting Room: 2 Courtenay Place – Head to the Tasting Room bar and restaurant for good times, great food and fantastic range of beer, wines and spirits
- Pho Viet: 40 Dixon Street – Vietnamese house and street food made the traditional way
- Bicycle Junction: 1 Marion Street – Not just a bike store, but a cafe too! The menu is stacked full of fresh, quality, locally sourced eats ‘n treats with great coffee
- The Old Quarter: 39 Dixon Street – Fresh vietnamese fusion restaurant in the heart of the CBD.
Parklets have proven to be successful for both businesses and the community since the early pilots, in 2021, as part of Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency’s Innovating Streets project.