On weekends, hungry Wellington residents crowd into the Maranui Café hoping for a table, spilling down the stairs and onto the beach. A short drive from downtown and overlooking Lyall Bay, Maranui serves hearty Kiwi favorites like baked beans and free-range eggs on toast, ideal for fueling up before or after a swim. The colorful décor is diner-meets-nautical, with wooden oar banisters and retro mismatched furniture. On a sunny day, try for an outside table; on a gray one, watch the boats and surfers through the large picture windows.
By Meg Nesterov, AFAR Local Expert
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