Floriditas, Wellington

Floriditas

Floriditas’ classic styling makes it a haven on Cuba Street. Photo: the Coffee Cities Project

Floriditas celebrates its 10th birthday in February 2016, but it feels like it might have been a fixture in Wellington for half a century or more.

The Floriditas style is the opposite of contemporary cafe industrial – call it classic coffeehouse chic. There’s an old-world feel to the tile-and-concrete floor, the marble-topped bar, walnut timber tables and the leather banquettes that makes Floriditas a diamond in the Cuba Street rough, and as one of Wellington’s few Sunday early-openers (from 7.30am) it can be a life-saver.

The coffee is very straightforward: a Coffee Supreme blend brewed as espresso on a La San Marco. That means delicious, creamy flat whites in classic Kiwi style and short blacks with the characteristic Coffee Supreme bright front, buttery mouth and toasty finish.

Floriditas

Floriditas … like it’s been there for ever. Photo: the Coffee Cities Project

Also classic is the breakfast menu, which features heavy emphasis on eggs: fried with crisp bacon on a toasted bap, scrambled on a toasted ciabatta or poached and served Benedict-style with a tangy hollandaise and charred asparagus on toasted sourdough. Lunch and dinner feature more classic restaurant-style mains based on meat, fish and poultry.

Deco lamps hang from the ceiling, reproduction Indonesian art hangs from the walls, the counter is stacked with delicious house-baked cakes and an air of quietly taking your time over delicious food and well-made coffee prevails.

Floriditas

Where 161 Cuba Street, Te Aro, Wellington
When Mon–Sat 7am–10pm, Sun 7.30am–9pm
Food ★★★★☆
Coffee ★★★☆☆

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