Fast food

Serves meat, vegan options available. Breakfast, sandwiches, cakes, nachos, soya cappucino. Counter service. Open until late. Open Mon-Fri 7:30am-3:00am, Sat-Sun 8:00am-3:00am.

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50 Reviews

First Review by rattdogg


Points +22273

01 Mar 2023

Vegan Brunch on Cuba St.

Opened in 1988 this is one of Wellington’s longest standing cafes and a serious contender for being one of the coolest local hangouts I have ever been to in my life. The vegan choice is quite phenomenal. We had a vegan hash stack (mushrooms on toast, grilled tomato, spinach, hash browns and mayo) and the vegan midnight breakfast (chickpea and vegetable patty with avocado, spinach, salad, red pesto and mayo). The coffee is bold and vibrant which in my opinion goes a long way in saying how good a place really is. There’s even a Mandalorian pinball machine in the corner, ‘This is the Way’

Pros: Cool interior, Retro vibes



Points +250

26 Jan 2023

Oh my vegan.

Nacho flavor out of this world. Large size the move.
Audible sighs from us both. Wowza. .
Two very happy vegans but there are options for all!

Pros: Reasonable prices for lovely portions, Friendly kitchen staff and happy to hear delish, Upfront staff kind and swift.

Cons: Would love more vegan dessert options


Points +13857

17 Dec 2022


Even though Midnight isn’t a vegan cafe, it will always hold a place in my heart, with a lot of fond memories stretching back nearly 30 years. On the occasions when I’ve returned it has been a bit uneven as far as vegan options go, but on my most recent visit it seemed to have a few decent offerings. I found myself looking for a place for dinner on Cuba Street with a group of friends, and the vegan pizza joint and vegan Malaysian restaurant were both closing. We’d just been reminiscing about Midnight so decided to eat there. I ordered and shared the vegan burger and the vegan nachos, which my friend had told me were big enough for two. The burger was adequate but not particularly exciting. My jaw dropped when the nachos arrived: I’d ordered a large, when it was actually the small my friend had meant was big enough for two, and it was massive. This is a good thing if you have enough people to eat it, but unfortunately we didn’t. It’s also worth nothing the beans were a bit dry, without enough sauces to address this. An extra star for the nostalgia, but this visit was a bit disappointing.

Updated from previous review on 2022-12-17

Pros: Open late

Cons: Burger and nachos a bit unexciting


Points +324

17 Dec 2022

Cute coffee bar with main meals and snacks

Lots of vegan options and open late with good coffee

Pros: Good vegan options , Open late , Good coffee

Cons: Serves meat


Points +151

21 Sep 2022

Late Night Heaven

Midnight Espresso was one of my favourite Wellington finds... it's a very casual setting but the music was pumping, the art beautiful, staff attentive, coffee surprisingly good for 11pm and the food was truly delicious. If you like an alternative vibe, check it out


Points +128

11 Sep 2022

Loved the different vegan options

Filled peppers, banana cake and more. Very flavourful, and the cake was nice an moist. Good to see these vegan options offered. It's a smaller cafe at Cube St, so it can be busy and harder to find a place to sit down. Friendly stuff too.


Points +372

04 Sep 2022

Great coffee

Such a good place to have breakfast, with a lot of vegan options to choose from.

Pros: Lots of vegan options, Good prices, Friendly staff


Points +46

15 Feb 2021

Late night snack.....

Called in for a snack of toasties.
Great choices on the menu and it’s great that they’re open to the early hours 😁
Not allowed to give you the five stars that you deserve 👍

Pros: Lots of choice, Great atmosphere , Friendly, helpful staff


Points +140

27 Dec 2020

Good cafe, great vegan tofu burger

Has good vegan selection including vegan thick shakes. Recommend the gangsta tofu burger and tofu buns, as well as the vegan nachos. Variable selection of vegan cakes, sometimes most of their cakes are vegan, other times only one or two options


Points +42

26 Jul 2020

Great coffee, exceptionally average food

The coffee here is so nice but the food really did not match up. I'm sad to say it because I really like the vibe

Pros: Good coffee, Cool drawings on the wall

Cons: Not very good food


Points +78

29 Feb 2020

Alty Cafe with Great Vegan Options!

Ordered the Vegan Hash Stack and it was amazing! Plenty of vegan breakfast, lunch and drinks options! Highly recommend, one of the best vegan breakfasts ive had!


Points +119

31 Jan 2020

Awesome tofu burger.

A really hip cafe with tasty food.
I noticed they were advertising for a chef. The ad stated “vegan cooking experience is a MUST.” Made me happy.


Points +58

15 Jan 2020

One of my favourite cafes

This cafe has a cool atmosphere, good music and a pinball machine.

The coffee is good and cheap, the food is tasty. They usually have good sweet and savory vegan counter food and can make nearly all of their menu food vegan.

Pros: Food is tasty with a good selection, Coffee is good and cheap, Open til REAL late

Cons: You sometimes have to wait in line for a long time, Cafe is quite long and narrow


Points +249

05 Nov 2019

All-time favourite

I love love love this café. Its got a very cozy atmosphere and great food. A lot of vegan options, and most dishes can be made vegan in request! Great vegan cakes. Also I love the Nachos! Friendly staff, good coffee, good chai latte.
Nice place to stay for a while, eg. To read or work on something. Good taste in music.

I would definitely give 5 stars, but I can't because that's only available for vegan only restaurants.

Pros: Vegan cakes, Lots of vegan options


Points +2323

05 May 2019

Huge vega choc cake!

Creazy good choc cake for a reasonable price (seen the quantity!). Nice staff and good background music


Points +485

23 Jan 2019

Rad Cafe, Few Vegan Options

Dope hip little cafe. Rad spot. Pretty good food, but few options on the menu... Preferred the dedicated vegan/veg spots in town, but it’s a cool spot if you are looking for a hip cafe vibe.


Points +112

11 Dec 2018

Great cake

These days you’re lucky if there’s more than one vegan cake on the counter, get the chocolate if it’s there. The hot food is meh, and it’s pretty popular so can be hard to find a seat, and it’s super loud


Points +197

25 Aug 2018

Cool cafe

Cool and artsy cafe on Cuba St with good music and atmosphere. There are a lot of vegan options on their counter and almost everything on their menu can be made vegan. Portions are good for the price you pay and everything I had there was always tasty. Staff isn't overly friendly but I reckon they're just too busy. Closes very late!

Pros: Lots of vegan options, Great food + good value, Great ambiance, closes very late


Points +267

11 Mar 2018

Great options and open late

A funky espresso bar in the city that is open late. Good range of vegan meals all very large servings! Chunky potato chips were divine! Coffee was also great and they have keep cups you can purchase as well as coffee beans/grind to purchase

Pros: Open late, Big servings


Points +164

24 Feb 2018

Tons of vegan options - open late

Open until 3 am on Friday and Saturday, which was a lifesaver. Had an awesome meal - the spinach, pumpkin, tofu curry was to die for. Fun vibe - great desserts, coffee all night, no alcohol, but really, really good food. Might have to go back for the vegan nachos ... it looked insane.


Points +304

15 Feb 2018

very good

They have like 3-4 vegan meals, I tried the vegan hash stack. It was big enough to split and very good. The only con was that they had vegan nachos on the menu but they did not have any :(


Points +50

10 Jan 2018

Wellington classic

As a student across the road, Midnight Espresso has been a blessing for healthy meals or sweet treats at any hour of the night. The cake is always vegan and there is always other vegan baking in the cabinet too.
It's advertised on the board that nearly everything on the menu can be veganised.
Midnight is always busy and there is often a good few minutes wait before ordering, go with this in mind.

Recommend- Cake, Nachos, Snickers Milkshake, Vegan bread

Pros: Home style vegan food , Vegan cabinet food , Good Value


Points +45

10 Jan 2018

Delicious, filling breakfast!

Another hostel guest recommended this place to me so I went to grab a quick breakfast, expecting to just get one of their scones. Instead, I ordered the avocado/tomato/basil toast with a side of hash browns, as well as the scone and a soy latte. The latte was perfect (and I'm a little picky as I used to be a barista) and the meal was sooo good and kept me full all morning. A bit pricey but I was really happy with my experience.

Pros: Yummy food, several vegan options, great coffee, c

Cons: A bit pricey


Points +26

04 Dec 2017

love this place

Great coffee, heaps of vegan options, including amazing french toast. cool atmosphere. reasonably priced.


Points +540

18 Nov 2017

Really good tofu scramble

This place is not vegan or vegetarian but they have plenty of vegan options and what isn't vegan can usually be made vegan. I went for the tofu scramble with rice and it was very good. It was a bit oily for my liking but the taste was great.

Pros: Very tasty


Points +72

13 Nov 2017

vegan heaven

This small coffee shop has a large variety of vegan options. We had the vegan hay stack, and cinnamon roll. Delicious.

Pros: lots of options


Points +766

01 Aug 2017

lots of options!!!

Clearly marked menu of what is vegan (includes nachos, French toast, breakfasts, toasts etc) and what can be made vegan. Always an abundance of cabinet foods which are labelled vegan such as baking, sandwiches etc. sometimes they have vegan donuts which are known to sell out fast! Always a top option when choosing a vegan cafe

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