Wellington, New Zealand
Guy, 22
Philosophy & Fine Arts Student
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What do you do and why do you do it?

I study philosophy and Fine arts, mostly for the aesthetic and to make myself seem aloof and bohemian, but also because I wouldn't forgive myself if I did anything else!

You’re broken hearted - what tracks does your heartbreak playlist consist of?

Bowie from start to finish. Not because his music is cathartic but because it puts me in a good mood.

What are the best TV shows of all time?

I don't know much about TV shows, but I could watch Wes Anderson's films on repeat for a lifetime. Same goes for Paolo Sorrentino.

Name some spots in Wellington that are good for a Tinder date.

Kaffee Eis or a Mojo on the waterfront, because when everything inevitably goes awry you can just jump in.

Who’s your hero and where in Wellington would you take them out for a serious hang?

I really don't know, I'm tempted to say Bowie again but these days that might be a challenge. I guess next would have to be Paolo Sorrentino, the Italian film director, and we'd go to Olive, a bistro up cuba street because its great place to comfy as it transforms seamlessly from cafe to restaurant to bar around you.

Where do you buy those fabulous clothes of yours?

Edit. just off Lambton Quay is a go-to but shopping in Wellington is best done at the myriad of op-shops dotting Cuba street.

What’s the area/ spot in town you’ll never be caught dead in?

Starbucks. There are so many excellent cafes on every street that I have no idea how starbucks can possibly survive here, don't help it to.

What’s the thing you LOVE to do in your city that you never get to do?

Go on walks around the Hills. The entire CBD is engulfed by a lush green belt and it's a great walk to do on a nice day with the nicest views. It is also so easy to forget exists when you live here.

What’s the most decadent / extreme dish you ever ate in Wellington and where did you get it?

Most decadant dish has got to go to the Chocolate Burger from the Library Bar. A Chocolate Brioche bun with about a dozen different types of chocolate in-between. It did require a nap afterwards.

Is there a hidden bar / hole in the wall in Wellington that you particularly like?

There a couple of places that they ask you to keep as word of mouth - so keep that in mind if you're willing to explore, they are worthy rewards. One I can mention is Caroline bar, it's kept away from the clubbing district and hosts some excellent gigs.

Where can you get the best cocktail in Wellington? Which one do you like?

For cocktails you want to go to Crumpet. They nail every classic under the sun, will be familiar with every obscure drink you can think of, and with their Rolodex of flavours you can have your cocktail tailor made.

Where would you take your partner in Wellington if you wanted to really pamper them?

Capitol is an excellent resteraunt, just next door to the plush Embassy thearter and Black Sparrow bar, so it's perfect for a night out.

Which snacks can you only get in your country, and which ones do you recommend?

Jaffas are okay? They're just orange chocoate so if that's your thing. New Zealand's snacks are pretty wierd, and I wouldn't particularly reccomend any of them. Sorry.

What’s the one place you think is overrated in Wellington?

Prefab. It gets a lot of hype but the whole place just feels clinical and commercial, lacking any real any character (almost prefabicated...) and the food is okay but nothing particuarly amazing and certainly not worth the markup.

What are the Wellington spots a first-time visitor can’t miss?

Memphis Belle Coffee House, Unity Books is an independent bookseller/wonderland, Enjoy is a small gallery nestled up Cuba St. and they show a lot of local artists. The Botanical Gardens and Scorching Bay are great in summer too.

Tomorrow’s your last day in Wellington. How do you spend it?

I'd set up camp at Memphis Belle Coffee House. It's a busy little cafe right in the center of town, excellent for people watching, and it has a cult following amoungst the alternative-kids and close knit regulars from all walks of life. The coffee is excellent, the baristas are the life and soul, and it's probably the most accurate window into Wellington culture.

What’s your favorite vacation city in the world and why?

Portofino, because Negronis and Mediterranean Sun. Obviously.

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