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An intimate look at Wellington's beloved Cuba Street - the place, the people, the food.

More than just a cookbook.
Cuba Street has many faces. Restaurants, cafés, record shops, fashion outlets — and the bucket fountain. Cuba Street has iconic status in Wellington – its colour and character over the last few decades have made it a favourite spot for locals and visitors alike. From the late lamented Matterhorn and Mighty Mighty, to Midnight Espresso, Logan Brown and Ombra, the street is filled with places and people worth remembering.
Beth Brash is a Wellington-based foodie and blogger. She knows the local food scene extremely well, having been the manager of the popular Beervana festival and now programme manager for Visa Wellington On a Plate. She and her photographer sister, Alice Lloyd, spent a summer capturing the essence of Cuba Street, visiting all the eateries and off-beat shops, with Alice taking the photographs and Beth researching, interviewing and gathering recipes. The fascinating result is The Cuba Street Project.
Great production values (hardback with blunt cut edges) and a very contemporary look make this a highly desirable package.


...an atmospheric, beautifully crafted book...

New Zealand Listener

The ultimate love letter to one of the capital's most popular districts. Brash and Lloyd's book captures the distinctive flair of Cuba St's signature restaurants, quirky cafes, vintage fashion stores, old-school records and collectable curiosities. Equal parts coffee table keepsake and recipe book, its tasteful black-and-white portraits capture the people at the heart of Wellington, while colour photographs showcase the food and interiors of popular neighbourhood eateries, such as Loretta and Fidel's.

Gianina Schwanecke, North & South

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Formats & editions

  • Hardback


    October 29, 2018

    Random House NZ

    272 pages

    RRP $55.00

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Olive's Chicken Sausage Brunch

Delve into the history of one of Cuba Street's rock star restaurants, then try this tantilising brunch recipe from The Cuba Street Project.