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salmon logan brown wellingtonYou'll never lack for places to eat in Wellington. Hundreds of restaurants around the city offer a wide variety of cuisine from Thai to Turkish. Funky Cuba Street is a good place to start, with its open-air cafes, bustling pubs and fine ethnic restaurants. Consider trying a little New Zealand wine with your meal. Note: Tipping is not customary in New Zealand.

Looking for a splurge? Step back in time at Logan Brown Restaurant, set in the rotunda of a classic 1920's bank. Be sure to sip some New Zealand wine at the glass-topped aquarium that doubles as a bar.

Great India earns raves as Wellington's best Indian restaurant. The lengthy menu includes everything from standards (tandoori chicken) to less familiar items (Goan pork curry). Servers are friendly and efficient.

Zibibbo, named for a grape, offers great dining in casual surroundings. Chef Adam Newell, who hails from London's star-rated La Gavroche, shows off his creative talents with tapas, pizzas and local produce.

Shed 5, built in 1888, is one of the oldest remaining wharf buildings. Now it's a seafood restaurant, refurbished of course, right on Queens Wharf.

Explore the flavors of Vietnam at Restaurant 88. You'll struggle to choose among dishes like crab noodle soup with sugarcane prawn salad, "shaking" beef with crispy spring rolls and banana-leaf-wrapped grilled fish.

For a quick pick-me-up, try Mojo for excellent coffee and Greek pastries. There are nearly two dozen locations around the city.

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