• The Fat Duck (Melbourne, Australia) - British food wizard Heston Blumenthal was at the forefront of neurogastronomy and multi-sensory dining before either concept had a name. His three-Michelin-starred restaurant, The Fat Duck, left its longtime home in the English village of Bray this year and leaped to the antipodes for a six-month stint at the Crown Towers hotel in Melbourne's Southbank. Blumenthal promises the same "multi-sensory phantasmagoria" diners have come to expect from him, "taking you on a journey of history, nostalgia, memory and emotion." Dishes include salmon lollies, snail porridge and his signature "Sound of the Sea," a sculptural plate of seafood, seaweed and panko "sand" that comes with an iPod tucked into a conch shell. The Fat Duck will return to its Bray, Berkshire, location in the latter part of 2015.
  • Havana Coffee Works - Wellington, NZ

A weathered minty-green facade lets you know you’ve arrived at Havana Coffee Works, a staple on the Wellington coffee scene known for its strong roasts and eclectic interior. Instead of grabbing a coffee and dashing off, do as the Kiwis do and stick around awhile to sip your drink while soaking in the city’s creative and down-to-earth spirit. Besides serving top-quality espresso, Havana is also a roastery that ships its sustainably sourced and well-loved beans to cafés and restaurants throughout the country.

  • Flight Coffee Hangar - Wellington, NZ

If you’ve somehow grown tired of New Zealand’s coffee options and are after a bit of variety, head to The Hangar, where you can bask in a perfectly presented tasting flight, which lets you try three separate single-origin coffees or blends. Served in colorful Acme & Co. cups, the flat white sampler may be one of the most aesthetically pleasing café offerings you’ll ever set eyes on. Owned by a trio of self-described coffee nerds, this café is all about experimentation, and there’s always something interesting to try.

  • Maranui Cafe - Wellington, NZ

Situated at Wellington’s picturesque Lyall Bay, Maranui Cafe is a bit of a local institution that’s located right on the beach just above a surf lifesaving club. The best way to experience Maranui and take in some of Wellington’s beachy character? Order your coffee of choice, grab a window seat and fantasize about a move to Wellington while watching surfers catch wave after wave just a few sandy steps away. Minutes from the airport, Maranui is a solid choice if you’re looking for a quick caffeine hit after landing or a farewell flat white as you head out of town.

  • Caffe L'Affare - Wellington, NZ

Sitting in its current location for more than 25 years, Caffe L’Affare is an old favorite as far as Wellington cafés go, serving 150,000 or more coffees every year. With more than 120 seats, you shouldn’t have any trouble finding a place to perch in the sea of mismatched chairs and tables. Pair your coffee with poached eggs on toast, and you’ll be well fueled for all the Wellington escapades that await.

nov 16 2015 ∞
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