It’s very simple really. At Smith the Grocer, we love looking after people and crafting beautiful food.


Price Range Reasonable
Ambience Relaxed atmosphere
Accepts credit cards Yes
Noise level Serene
Food Options Vegetarian

Products and specialities

Retail store, quality cafe and caterers


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Tucked in the Old Bank Arcade is Smiths the Grocer, this place is ideal for either a long or quick stay. Specialising in comfort food from local sourced food, suitable for speed and long stays, you can take yourself out of the main cafe area and down a few stairs and find yourself in a comfortable environment away from the bustle. A highly advisable stop for food that is homely and well made, with the ability to just sit down and hide away.

Smith The Grocer has a wide range of high-quality cabinet food at different price points, making it a popular choice for office and retail workers at lunchtime in the Lambton Quay area. Being situated smack-bang in the middle of Old Bank Arcade, it has a fast-paced, lively atmosphere, but if you're looking to linger over lunch the downstairs area is a little more quiet, with a wide range of reading material to choose from. The coffee is pretty good, too (by no means a given in the CBD, even in Wellington).

Tucked away in the old bank building is this delightful cafe.