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Nikau Gallery Cafe

4_half star rating
8 reviews

Cuisine: Cafe, Breakfast, Organic

101 Wakefield St
(Wellington City Art Gallery)
Wellington Central
Wellington City
04-801 4168


  • Mon – Fri 7:00am – 4:00pm
  • Sat 9:00am – 4:00pm
  • Payment Types: EFTPOS, Visa, MasterCard
  • Price Range: Moderate, $15 - $25
  • Dress Code: Casual
  • Alcohol: Beer, Wine
  • Seating for: 80
  • Good For Children: Yes
  • Takes Reservations: Yes
  • Dietary Restrictions: Vegetarian
  • Wheelchair Accessible: Yes
  • Outdoor Seating: Yes
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Nikau Cafe is situated on the ground floor of the City Art Gallery Wellington. Nikau serves simple, stylish and authentic food, using the best ingredients. Our small menu changes often and features seasonal, local and organic produce where possible.
There are also many vegetarian options available and adjustments are able to be made to meals for gluten free and dairy free customers, vegan customers and children.

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8 Reviews for Nikau Gallery Cafe

28th April 2014
5 star rating
I’ve enjoyed a couple of business lunches here over the past 2 years and finally had the opportunity to take my wife to Nikau for lunch. We both had the kedgeree, which was excellent. In spite of being quite busy, the staff were friendly and attentive. Seems to be a consistently good cafe.

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22nd April 2014
5 star rating
Nikau is in my top 3 cafes in Wellington. Food is always fresh and tasty. I usually go for the Haloumi or the soup.
The wine list is small but perfectly formed.
Service always quick and attentive.
Coffee fantastic.
Portions are a little on the small side which doesn’t bother me but does my partner, I’d rather have less but with excellent quality!

Visited March 2014

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8th May 2013
5 star rating
I love this place. Never fails to deliver. Great service, great atmosphere, great food, what more could you want? The house special, kedgeree, is fantastic and even better washed down with a glass of vodka soaked raspberry bubbles – perfect.
Highly recommend this place but book if you want a seat in the sun because it’s always busy.

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20th April 2013
5 star rating
Nikau represents the best in Wellington cafe culture. Friendly service, great coffee and the signature kedgeree is consistently brilliant. The rest of the menu offers simple dishes prepared very well and with a style of their own. For a longer lunch, the wine list never disappoints.

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23rd August 2012
4 star rating
Really good breakfasts. The sage fried eggs are insanely good. Make sure you wake up early if you were out partying the night before, breakfast ends at noon.

Visited July 2012

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24th July 2010
4 star rating
This has got to be one of Welly’s best kept secrets… a gem hidden beside the art gallery. Tasty and creative food, great staff and beautiful architecture – why would you not treat yourself regularly? I will be now that I know it’s open on Sundays!

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12th July 2010
4 star rating
Nikau is a comfortable and stylish restaurant, offering quality food and the glass windows in the roof and walls creates lovely natural light during the middle of winter. I had a simple breakfast, choosing the boiled eggs. They were perfectly cooked and came with toast and soft butter. The tea was a bit too weak (however forgot to say “strong Tea” will say this next time). But it was tealeaf’s instead of a teabag. When it came to paying, noticed the waitress had billed me for the wrong table. (check your receipt).

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28th February 2010
4 star rating
Great to have it back, after a long time being closed while the building was earthquake strengthened. I always order the kedgeree and it never fails to disappoint. The cakes & sticky things are good too. It’s one of my favourite places for lunch, or coffee meetings. Very ‘Wellington’.

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