I’ve gotta hand it to Wellington – it has some really, really wonderful shops! From cute homeware to boutique vintage (more on that later!) it has it all, while still keeping in line with the city’s quirky vibe. It has taken me way longer than I meant to put this mini guide together, but finally, here are my very favourite places to shop in Wellington, New Zealand.
118 Cuba Street / 198 Lambton Quay
It only seemed right to start off with my favourite shop in the entire world; Iko Iko! This shop is bulging with the sweetest stuff you’ve ever seen, and I genuinely find it quite hard to choose out one thing when I go there – because I want to own absolutely everything. Lucky for us Wellingtonians, there are two branches to choose from – and I highly recommend taking a look at them both! Oh, and if you live too far away (which is pretty likely, as I know lots of readers are overseas!) they also have an online store – which is equally cute!
166 Cuba Street
It’s basically impossible not to fall in love with the goodness that is Matchbox Studios. From stocking Ban.do (♥) to the greatest collection of stamps ever, this beaut of a shop even runs a fully functioning art gallery at the back of the store – complete with hanging foliage and an abundance of natural light. I’ll usually split my time (and money!) between here and Iko Iko at my weekends!
103 Victoria Street
Everything in this store is handmade – don’t you just love that! They have a brilliant supply of locally made prints and t-shirts, and some of the sweetest looking (and smelling!) mason jar candles candles I’ve ever seen (and err, well, smelt!) Made it also boasts a seriously impressive terrarium collection; housing creatures from the likes of flamingos (pictured!) to pugs.
Madame Fancy Pants
217 Cuba Street
Madame Fancy Pants is one of the very first Wellington shops I fell in love with when I first moved here. I remember being completely captured by their collection of porcelain animal necklaces..Two years on, and not much has changed! I love frequenting this adorable store – whether it’s to rifle through their stationary and books, or to gaze at the rows of beautifully curated clothing. You know that saying ‘there’s something for everyone’? Well in MFP’s case, there most certainly is.