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Caffe L'affare

Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
Cafe, New Zealand
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27 College Street | Te Aro, Wellington 6011, New Zealand
+64 4-385 9748
7:00 am - 4:00 pm
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Sun 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Mon - Fri 7:00 am - 4:00 pm
Sat 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

We came to Caffe L'affare for lunch on a very windy summer day Thursday 12 January and despite them being incredibly busy got seated quite quickly. What a great atmosphere and very very busy. The food was fantastic but another thing that really impressed me was the staff. All were brilliant but a real stand out was the guy who... More 

Thank chelleyl
Ohaupo, New Zealand
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 10, 2016

we found this place about 5 years ago and loved it then. It has changed and now modern and not the quirky decor it used to be. Food is still good but not the selection either. Coffee is good as brewed here. Go to the Auckland one now and then and are both similar and good coffee there too. Maybe... More 

Thank Adrienne O
Wellington, New Zealand
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467 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 9, 2016 via mobile

Love the fresh coffee here. As this is where the coffee is roasted you can't get better than this. Great atmosphere and always busy. Right opposite Moore Wilsons which is a must see for foodies.

Thank Alipa50
Melbourne, Australia
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140 reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 4, 2016 via mobile

Had the pancake with bacon and whilst it was cooked well, nothing out of the ordinary. I came here during the quiet period and service was poor, waitress said sit any where and I'll come over which she never did and I eventually got someone's attention. Nothing worth coming back for, purely came here due to ratings.

Thank ComfyGourmetSeeker
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7 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 2, 2016 via mobile

Staff's recommendation was good. Food is delicious here. Good place for friends to eat together. Parking space available outside the restaurant.

Thank 581sies
Havelock North
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 30, 2016

Had to queue for a table but the personable maitre'd soon had us seated. Noisy and very busy. Drinks and food for the three of us all came at different times. Pita filled chicken from the cabinet was good, chips as always excellent....so fluffy in the middle, and the pancakes with banana, berries and maple syrup with a bacon add... More 

Thank ausgezeichnet70
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 28, 2016 via mobile

Visiting briefly again to Wellington, a must do cafe for me for breakfast, morning tea and lunch. The atmosphere wonderful and food fantastic. Top spot to meet friends or business meeting. Check out the water dispenser - love the tap. Coffee roasters also. Recommed the Primo blend.

Thank BrisbaneMegan
Golden Bay, New Zealand
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 26, 2016 via mobile

A great find after lots of walking. Very friendly greetings and super helpful staff. Our pot of tea arrived shortly after we sat down. Thanks :)

Thank devangi108
Wellington, New Zealand
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 17, 2016

Like the bustle of a city-chique coffee shop and roastery. can't go wrong here. Quick and efficient service, even on busy days. No faults to be found. Good experience all round.

Thank Hermanicus
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 30, 2016 via mobile

Will not be back, this coffee place was highly recommended to me, the food was below average and all of our coffee (4) took over 40 mins to get to us and were cold! We returned them and another 20mins we got another cold coffee and average over priced food.

Thank drinksonme79
Enzo L, Public Relations Manager at Caffe L'affare, responded to this review

Hi there, We're sorry to hear that your experience was unenjoyable. Would it be possible if you could please email enzo@laffare.co.nz with more information? Thanks, Cory More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
Cafe, New Zealand
Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch
Restaurant features
Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Free Wifi, Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Street Parking, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available
Good for
Large groups, Families with children
Open Hours
9:00 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
8:00 am - 4:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 27 College Street | Te Aro, Wellington 6011, New Zealand
  • Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  North Island  >  Greater Wellington  >  Wellington
  • Phone Number: +64 4-385 9748
Established in Wellington in 1990, L'affare is a pioneer of New Zealand's celebrated café and coffee culture. Driven by an insatiable curiosity, we've covered the globe to bring the best and freshest coffee to New Zealanders. Our iconic café in College Street remains in its original location 26 years later. And in March 2016 we opened the door to our flagship Auckland roastery, café and HQ in Newmarket. Today we continue to roast locally and we continue to explore the world - all in the name of coffee.

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