Meet the makers

Dial down your food miles by buying the freshest and most delicious goods directly from the people that make them.

Hunt out local favourites

Hit the shops to find international brands at Queensgate and discover something new at the High St and Jackson St shops where you'll often be served by the owner behind the counter happy to share their know-how insider tips.


Be inspired alongside locals

Export yourself to Italy, Turkey, Japan and around the globe in the international smorgasbord of eateries in Jackson Street - a reflection of our diverse and friendly population. 


Buy fresh food

The Riverbank Market every Saturday is the Hutt Valleys one stop shop for fresh fruit, vegetables, fish, meat and bread with a changing range of food trucks to feast on. From the cheap and cheerful to the gourmet and sublime as well as a few arts, crafts and clothing stores.

make a day of it

9am - Walk the gentle Te Whiti Riser track for city views

11am - Inspiration at The Dowse Art Museum and buy a gift for a friend at MINE

1pm - Fly in for lunch at Bellbird Eatery

2pm - Wander the specialty shops in Jackson Street

4pm - Ravioli making class at La Bella Italia and stay for a special no-menu dinner