Miss FQ’s digital content producer Terri Dunn discovers the new shopping precinct in Wellington and a number of coveted treasures along the way.
ENA, 30 Ghuznee St, Wellington
Being of Manawatu origins, weekends shopping in Wellington have been the norm since I accrued an allowance for doing miscellaneous chores around the property, plus my parents were partial to a spree at Moore Wilsons with a Cafe L’affare coffee in hand (if you know, you know). I now reside in Auckland, home to most of New Zealand’s designers and flagship stores, and before that, Christchurch, always considering myself more of a farmers market than a high street kind of girl. In other words, I thought I’d seen it all.
So you can appreciate the surprise that ensued when I was recently flown to Wellington to attend the 30th anniversary World of WearableArt Awards, discovering the city that I thought I knew well through an entirely new lens.
Precinct 35, 35 Ghuznee St, Wellington
It started on Ghuznee street at a café called Milk Crate. The open plan design has an outdoor area that basks in all of the sunshine and none of the wind – believe me, it exists – sharing the space with homeware store Precinct 35 – which also contains a doorway through to an art gallery.
FIX & FOG, 5 Eva St, Wellington
There are a number of destination stores on Ghuznee St alone with all of the details and flagship atmo an avid shopper could wish for. You can forget about Lambton Quay Ghuznee is where Wellington’s finest shopping is at. From there, tiny streets such as Leeds St and Hannah Factory Laneway take you through intimate alleyways embellished with street art, botanicals and a host of quaint stores complete with their own unique charms all to the delicious aroma of cocoa and sugar wafting from the Wellington Chocolate Factory, FIX & FOG and Lashings.
The Wellington Chocolate Factory, Eva St, Wellington
They’re all ‘grammable, sure, but at the same time, you kind of don’t want to share these gems with the public, you want to save them in your back pocket only to return with your BFF, your Mum, your boyfriend, your sister.
To top it all off, every store, every sales assistant in Wellington was so kind, approachable – but not encroaching – and extremely knowledgeable of the product in their stores. As I exited one store that was certainly outside of my price range, the woman called out “Hey, I’ll see you later!” as if we were old friends. And you know what, I felt like, I just might.
Caughley, 57 Ghuznee St, Wellington
But that’s enough yarns on how dreamy my day browsing the town was, you’ll have to experience it yourself to pick up what I’m putting down. And as for what I’m adding to cart hypothetically (girl gotta save for that home depoz, right?), scroll below: