18 April 2011


my city: wellington by twenty-seven names

Story by Anna Kidman

Youthful and fun in approach, the girls from Twenty-Seven Names take us to their favourite haunts in Wellington.

Fashion designers and best friends Rachel Easting and Anjali Stewart have inspired a cult-like following with their label Twenty-Seven Names since its inception five years ago. The winter collection this year – dubbed as the Fearsome Five references school uniforms of the past with blazers and early 90s florals, polkadots and velvets reigning supreme throughout. With this in mind, we asked them for a youthful breakdown of where they like to hang out in their hometown Wellington.

Monterey, an awesome neighbourhood bar in Newtown with I think, the best cocktails in Wellington. Great atmosphere, cool decor, and super friendly and talented staff. (4 Rintoul Street, Newtown, Wellington)

About Asia gallery, this is a cool little shop in Kilbirnie that sells dirt-cheap kimonos, and scraps of beautiful material, often hand-dyed silk. (5-23 Bay Road, Kilbirnie, Wellington)

Kreuzberg Summer Cafe, best coffee in Wellington, hands down. On a sunny day, the outdoor seating here is perfect; surrounded by a garden centre, it’s a little park in the centre of the city. The food, especially the haloumi burger- is amazing too. (50 Webb Street, Te Aro, Wellington)

2nd Hand bookstores on Cuba St, there is a great trifecta of bookstores on Cuba that I love perusing. Ferret bookstore on the mall itself, a little shop up left bank, and the bookstore connected to Milk Crate on Ghuznee St.

K Bar, I’m a total sucker for karaoke, and this place, will change your life. Each karaoke song (performed on a main stage, none of this private rooms rubbish) is interspersed with great hip hop. (40 Dixon Street, Wellington)

Kazu Yakitori, this Japanese restaurant is my favourite; the food is delicious, and they have umeshu. (43 Courtney Place, Wellington)

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