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Old Bank Arcade, Lambton Quay, Wellington, New Zealand
0800 764 843
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Dining options: Breakfast, Brunch, Lunch, Takeout

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  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Coffee in a unique setting

Very popular coffee shop in the Old bank building. Good coffee and friendly service in a fantastic old building....

4 of 5 starsReviewed June 24, 2015
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Queenstown, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2015 NEW

The owner of this cafe in the bank arcade is a baker who developed an allergy to gluten so she's spent a long time perfecting the art of gluten-free baking and even has written a book on it - which we purchased. So if you're gluten-free, this little cafe will enable you to have the best ever muffins and cakes!... More 

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Canberra, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2015

Very popular coffee shop in the Old bank building. Good coffee and friendly service in a fantastic old building....

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Wellington, New Zealand
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2015

I often go here for lunch - although the service behind the counter is often very slow, the food is really good (with GF options), and the coffee excellent. If you sit at a table out in what was the main bank chamber it's a great place to watch the world go by. It's central location also makes it a... More 

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Invercargill, New Zealand
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2015

Have been here before when visiting Wellingyon so decided to revisit. Food still good quality and decent portions. Good variety to choose from. So busy though had to wait for a table. Staff pleasant. Will return again

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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2015

I think this is the best coffee in Wellington. Anytime I go to Wellington I always make sure I go to SMiths. The atmosphere is really laid back and takes you back in time. The only thing I dont like are the wobbly chairs (part of the experience? haha)

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Epsom, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2015

One of the joys of touring New Zealand is that there are usually plenty of options to dine out for breakfast. Smith the Grocer was conveniently close to our hotel and has a really nice setting. My wife an I both ordered the French toast. What arrived was a huge portion of French toast served with banana, maple syrup and... More 

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Wellington, New Zealand
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2015

I went here for lunch today. Ashamed to say it was a while since I'd been in the Old Bank Arcade and Smith the Grocer was new to me. The food looked quite nice, but was fairly average. I had a panini which was served on a warmed place (nice touch) but completely devoid of any garnish. The tide was... More 

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2015

Went there in March with my partner and friends who were down from Auckland. Service was poor, over priced for the quality of food paid an extra $7 for spinach to be added to my eggs Benedict. Spinach was cold and tasted like it had been the froZen packaged not nice and fresh. Partner had salmon with his which tasted... More 

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Christchurch, New Zealand
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2015

Was in Wellington for a long weekend and visited twice! Great location - funky place Staff were attentive and helpful as I am gluten intolerant - first day I was just too late for the full menu but plenty to have in cabinet Second day ordered from menu and was extremely happy Yes it is busy Yes you do have... More 

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Brisbane, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015

Visited on a Saturday morning - maybe that was our mistake. Only had the coffee and cake, but wished we had breaky. It looked awesome. Our order was good but it did take a long time for the coffees. Be sure to have one of their hot cross buns before Easter goes!!

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Address: Old Bank Arcade, Lambton Quay, Wellington, New Zealand
Phone Number: 0800 764 843
Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  North Island  >  Greater Wellington  >  Wellington
Cuisine: Cafe, Bakeries

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  • Address: Old Bank Arcade, Lambton Quay, Wellington, New Zealand
  • Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  North Island  >  Greater Wellington  >  Wellington
  • Phone Number: 0800 764 843

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Cafe, Bakeries

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