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“interesting street” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Cuba Street District

Cuba Street District
Access from Wakefield Street and, Wellington 6001, New Zealand
+64 0(4) 802 4860
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Ranked #26 of 189 things to do in Wellington
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Canberra, Australia
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“interesting street”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 7, 2014

We stayed in the Quality Hotel for one night on our way out of NZ, and chose the location so we could check out Cuba Street. It's very different from the rest of Wellington, and we really liked its eclectic style. Sure, there was dirt, the occasional beggar and some closed shops, etc, the sort of thing you expect in any urban environment, but we loved the sense of being in a place that had grown organically over many decades. And sure, decades rather than centuries, so it's a New World rather than Old World perspective I'm offering. I can definitely understand how some people wouldn't get the attraction. But the gelato at Kaffe Eis was spectacularly good, the bucket fountain was fun, and the walk to the waterfront and back was always interesting

On the negative side, we were a little disappointed in the range of restaurants available (as we had expected a lot more) but the one we finally chose, the Rasa Malaysia, served very tasty food (if rather slowly for those who ordered dosai) at quite cheap prices. The bottle shop further down the street towards the waterfront also seemed very reasonable to us.

Visited February 2014
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Richards Bay, South Africa
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“Failed the test”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 7, 2014

From reviews we we read, we were expecting something completely different. I'm not sure if the city cleaners were on strike Sunday the 2nd Feb, but the rubbish bins were overflowing and cardboard boxes were stacked two meters high in front of many shops. Besides seeing a lone guitarist strumming away on one of the intersections, and another young man with a mic and amp making noise, nothing else was happening. Sorry Cuba Street, but I'm not sure what all the hype is about.

Visited February 2014
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London, United Kingdom
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“All depends on what you like .......”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 6, 2014

This is a tricky one. It's different from the rest of Wellington - older, a throwback no doubt, not smart and glitzy like some other central areas. But it's got character, style and some interesting places, particularly restaurants and bars.

I quite liked it. My better half found it a little dirty/shabby/intimidating - maybe a mixture of all of these. Not helped by a few beggars and the sight of a couple of policemen in pursuit of a nimble-footed individual, guilty of who knows what?

Our hotel was on Cuba Street so we had no option but to walk along it. I'm glad we did so, rather than stay in a more sanitised area.

Visited January 2014
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Brussels, Région De Bruxelles-Capitale, Belgium
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“Hip”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 6, 2014 via mobile

A very different part of wellington. Lots of Asian cafés, ice cream parlours and bars. Good place for cheap eats, booze and entertainment. Unlike the rest of New Zealand, this street doesn't remind opioid of your blatant poverty every time you go for a meal or a drink! Highly recommended

Visited February 2014
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Auckland, New Zealand
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“The state of Cuba Street”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2014

A complete oasis of cultural alternatives, Cuba Street is unlike the rest of the Wellington (and maybe NZ). Full of alternative life-stylers, hipsters, undergrads for Victoria and Massey Uni's, this iconic street is a must do for anybody visiting Wellington.

Visited January 2014
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