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.
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.
Where 161 Cuba Street, Te Aro, Wellington
When Mon–Sat 7am–10pm, Sun 7.30am–9pm