Sweet Release Cakes and Treats

  • Vegan Vegan
    ( 21 reviews )

Small vegan cafe offering a lunch menu plus shakes, coffee, and desserts. Makes custom cakes. Became all-vegan in 2017. Previously at 148 Willis St. Open Mon-Sat 10:00am-4:00pm.

Categories: Vegan, Western, Take-out, Bakery, Catering

21 Reviews

First Review by Guspops

Best Vegan Bagels Ever! - Edit

This place is awesome. It's the kind of place you take your non-vegan friends to show them that vegans do actually eat yummy mouth-watering food! Everything vegan and delicious. I had the BLT toasted bagel and died of happiness. I can't wait to go back and try another tasty treat.

Pros: Everything is Vegan, Everything is delicious

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so good! - Edit

I had half of a vegan BLT & Half a vegan chicken/ cheese bagel and it was DELISH.
Also, I was able to order from DeliverEasy and get it sent to my work!

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Unique and tasty - Edit

A lovely place to go to if you're free between their opening hours.

I love how they change up the menu regularly.

If you go here you need to try their vegan aioli. You can buy it by the pot and it goes so well with sandwiches or as a dip.

Great selection of plant based milks.

Updated from previous review on 2018-01-12

Pros: Unique, fresh, and yummy food, vegan desserts, vegan aioli is LITERALLY to die for

Cons: Small with little seating, opening hours

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Great little cafe with unique foods to try - Edit

A cute little cafe with colourful artworks for sale on the walls, and a selection fo vegan books to read. Easy to miss if you didn’t know it was there. Prices very reasonable. Great coffee and encourage reusable cups with 50c discount for using your own. Had breakfast there and our little kids ate everything too, while entertained by a colouring-in station and toys. Definitely ditch the animal-heavy hotel buffet for this place if you are holidaying in Wellington. Staff very friendly and accommodating too.

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Delicious vegan bagels, community feel - Edit

This place seemed to be a hub of the Wellington vegan community and I had chats about animal lib and vegan issues with people there. Ironically, everything I ate here on my three visits was savoury - and all delicious. The mock tuna bagel was good; the chicken and cheese delicious, with convincing melted vegan cheese; and the standout was the BLT, with tasty mock bacon. The cheese scone was also nice, but a bit crumbly. I liked that I could see the fresh preparation of these taking place in the back kitchen. An absolute must for vegan lunch or a snack.

Pros: Delicious bagels, Sense of vegan community

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Brownies!! - Edit

The best goddamn brownies I have ever tasted. Baked goods are a tasty treat, and these guys got it on point.

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That's a good Bagel!..... - Edit

Sweet Release is in a handy location and was a great stop for lunch. I tried the Elvis Toasted Bagel off their new Summer menu. Perfect! The bagel was very tasty and the filling proportions were just right. For me, that's a perfect size meal in the middle of the day and also, any day I can get my fix of Pics Peanut Butter is a good day!
It's a nice, bright, clean cafe with friendly staff who all seemed busy as the midday rush was approaching. A really nice selection of cabinet food too. I'll be back when I'm next in the CBD! ~ Recommended.

Updated from previous review on 2017-12-14

Pros: Friendly staff. Good prices. Good service., Everything here is Vegan!

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Lovely, little cafe - Edit

Cute and cosy, little cafe. Great for cakes and the pies are delicious. Gracious and caring staff, also.

Pros: Good selection of cakes

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Happy I came here!! - Edit

Tried the pasties and muffin x doughnut creation all was really good. Flavours have been well balanced.

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amazing bakery!!! - Edit

Always love coming here! Great yummy food. Their milkshakes are super good (caramel and chocolate is my favourite they have homemade caramel sauce and it's divine!) they have items like BLT sandwiches, brownies, banoffee pies, cookies with Oreos inside, donut-muffins. And all VEGAN 👍🏼

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Cute cafe in town - Edit

Good pie, good cake, good staff, it's all vegan, what's not to love, PLUS all the work putting The Vegan Vault together - 5 stars

Pros: Value, Staff, All vegan

Cons: Nada...

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They are delicious and turning vegan! - Edit

I have just heard that these guys are going 100% vegan in the next month which is great. They're milkshakes are to die for. Not much seating area but the cafe isn't too far from the waterfront/other nice places to sit. I highly recommend the nachos and Al of their baked good I've tried are delicious!

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What a gem in Wellington! - Edit

They have such delicious vegan and also vegan/gf treats and we would recommend in a heartbeat. The woman/owners there were super friendly and knowledgeable. Yummy!

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For those with a true vegan sweet tooth - Edit

All the baked goods are vegan, you can get cupcakes, muffins, and tiramisu. Lots of vegan ice cream and milkshake flavours. The Mount Cookie is truly a dessert to be reckoned with - a volcano-shaped cookie filled with four scoops of ice cream, topped with whipped cream and caramel sauce.

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YUM - Edit

Crazy cakes and milkshakes! Can't believe it was vegan, super nice. Thank you :))

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Cravings satisfied! - Edit

What an amazing little spot! They have such an awesome range of vegan sweet (and savoury but I didn't try these) treats. I recommend the brownie and the doughnut muffins wholeheartedly. They even make a variety of vegan milkshakes! Lovely staff also.

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great choice - Edit

These guys are working hard and doing it with a smile.
Perfect selection, I'd say based on popularity, and not too many options which I personally like as you know there's more chance it's fresh (and it's easier to choose!)
As far as I'm aware everything has been adjusted to be totally plant based.
Only criticism is the savoury pies are very 'bite size', since going vegan I eat much more so would rather pay an extra $1-2 to fill the gap (please make them bigger and just charge more!) ha
I want to see this place grow, so we'll be back :)

Pros: vegan treats by Vegan baker, friendly easy going staff, free recipe book loans!

Cons: no option for a bigger savoury pie

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Kezabeth 08 Feb 2017 - Hi Alex

As of the beginning of this year, we doubled the size of our pies and only increased it by $1 thanks to your input! Thank you for visiting and for the feedback :)  


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Tasty pies and cakes to die for - Edit

We had amazing vegan pies with delicious potato salad and yummy vegan blueberry cake for the dessert. Place is cute and staff nice and friendly. Must go if in Wellington.

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Great little find well worth a visit - Edit

What a lovely little find in Willis Street. Focused mainly on cakes and treats this cafe does have a selection of toasties and dishes for lunch too, using plant based foods.

What is good is that there is no other cafe in this area offering vegan cakes and drinks, so really good to have somewhere handy to go. Do you have to be vegan to eat here? Well I doubt you’d know it by the quality of the cakes - they are DELICIOUS and very decadent. The owner also does a selection of custom made birthday and celebration cakes.

What was lovely was having a vegan chocolate ice ’cream’ and almond milkshake. I’d forgotten how much I enjoyed this type of food. Their donut snickers cake with peanut fondant icing was dreamy and certainly didn’t break the bank.

The owner is trying to convert her menu to totally plant based and to make her 'meat eating' customers feel like they are still eating 'normal' food. She has moved herself onto a plant based diet recently so good on her. Tendency to focus a bit much on soya, I personally like a chance to eat vegan non-soya foods. But that said don't let that stop you eating here it is well worth it.

The cafe itself is small, with a Dr Who theme! It only has one table outside in the courtyard for eating so not really a place to hang out and socialise which is a real shame because it is in a nice quiet area off the main street which would be perfect for meeting up with friends. Vincent’s Art Gallery is next door too if you fancy getting creative.

Pros: Good range of food and deserts, Nice handy quiet location, Able to order custom made cakes

Cons: Not a lot of seating

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Delicious vegan treats - Edit

Sweet Release is a nice little cafe in the Willis St courtyard, across the street from the Capital Markets. Lots of vegan options - pies, nachos, cake, brownies, doughnuts, milkshakes, and more.

Pros: yummy vegan sweets

Cons: not much seating

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amazing baked goods and food - Edit

It's a small bakery but they have close connections with the Wellington vegan community, so lots of vegan happy stuff =) including brownies, banoffi pie, chilli pies, nachoes, thickshakes.

Pros: Lots of vegan options, Very friendly staff

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