NZ History have recently added an amazing tea towel, thought to be from the mid-1960s, listing the coffee houses of Wellington.

It’s very cool to see such a list of classy joints that our forefathers and foremothers ran, making Wellington such a good coffee town.

Only a couple of these places are still in existence today (and the Matterhorn’s specialty is no longer "Continental cakes"). I wonder what businesses can now be found in these locations.

(And it’s interesting that in the days before the Beehive and the Fern Ball, the icon of Wellington was, er, the National War Memorial, and National Museum and Gallery.)