If you come to Wellington and find yourself winding your way down Cuba Street you will find many rewards in the coolest street in NZ's coolest city. Since 1995, Cuba has been designated a heritage street and is the best place to get the feel for the city's cultural, creative and culinary heart.
While there’s a bit of the Caribbean in the feel with places like Fidel’s, the street was actually named after an 1840 settler ship of the same name.
In Cuba Street you will find grunge meeting gourmet, old folk and young folk, tourists and locals, buskers and business people, hipsters and hippies. There are alleyways covered in graffiti, exhibition spaces, great cafes and restaurants and a laid-back vibrancy that happens when people meet over coffee to chat and challenge.
This is the street to head to if you are into vintage shopping with second-hand boutique shops like Emporium Vintage Boutique, Ziggurat and Hunters & Collectors. There are terrific bars like Matterhorn, Good Luck and San Francisco Bathhouse and great cafes and ethnic eateries like Arthur’s Plum and Logan Brown where you can get High Tea, a bistro lunch or a pre-theatre dinner.
Cuba Street is eclectic, bohemian, diverse, interesting, welcoming and a rich part of our cool capital character, as of course is Rydges Wellington for all your accommodation needs.