Chill out for a while at Fidel’s Cafe, then get your game on at Counter Culture—Wellington’s most popular place to play board games.
Making a visit to Fidel’s and then Counter Culture is ticking off two serious Wellington favourites in one day.
Fidel’s is a beacon of Cuba Street that exudes cool vibes all around itself and delivers consistently with great food and strong coffee.
Secondly, there is Counter Culture. I first heard about Counter Culture about a year ago. Since then, I haven’t stopped hearing about it as the venue’s popularity has grown and grown. It seems like board games are generally experiencing a resurgence of popularity at the moment—but on top of that, Counter Culture is a laidback and super friendly place to be with an amazing selection of games.
You can get your soul-filling brunch at Fidel’s first, then sip away at Fortune Favours beer at Counter Culture later on. That’s a winning combo for me.
Where you’re going
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234 Cuba St, Te Aro
Fidel’s is more ‘local institution’ than cafe. The place has grown a steady following since its inception in 1996 and is now easily one of Cuba’s top spots to eat, drink and pass time. Expect bohemian vibes, nachos in generous helpings and Havana Coffee.
At peak weekend hours there may be a wait—try and go off-peak, or order to-go from their impressive cabinet selection.
Opening hours: 7.30am–9.30pm weekdays. 8am–9.30pm Saturdays. 9am–9.30pm Sundays.
211 Victoria Street, Te Aro
Cheap, moderate cost with food
Counter Culture executes the cafe-meets-gaming-venue idea particularly well. With a monsterous games collection, craft beers on tap and a team of knowledgeable staff on deck, it’s no wonder that Counter Culture is super popular around town.
Opening hours: 12–10pm Monday to Wednesday. 12–11pm Thursday and Friday. 10am–11pm Saturdays. 10am–10pm Sundays.Book a table
A | Fidel’s Cafe
B | Counter Culture Board Games Cafe & Bar