Prak & Nadya's Wellington
We are Prak and Nadya, residents of Pōneke. I run Precinct, a store and contemporary gallery on Ghuznee Street, and Nadya runs ENA, a womenswear store across the road. It’s pretty cute. There are some great personalities that we feel very lucky to have in the city, who contribute to its unique fabric. We understand the importance of this as business owners ourselves, and feel indebted to them for being here. This spans across hospitality, retail and art.
We both enjoy looking outwards of the city as well. Some of the best the city has to offer, is the natural landscape, the perfect antidote for us both working in town. Running is my meditative release and Nadya enjoys yoga. She’s just finished her yoga teacher training course.
Take in the décor at Tory Urban Retreat
80 Tory Street, Te Aro, Wellington
This city sauna is sublime. They are right in the central city, tucked away up a set of stairs, and have been in Wellington for a long time. A great spot to wind down, sweat out the day and meditate a little. We also enjoy the decor too. There’s a Grecian bath house vibe inside, with a plastered mural on the wall by the dipping pool. They make their own Kombucha and yoghurt and beautiful teas.
Experience calm at Unity Books
57 Willis Street, Wellington Central
We’re not sure if it’s the carpeted floor, but there is an overwhelming sense of calm whenever we step foot into Unity Books. A bit of a sanctuary, jumping off the conveyor belt of commuters and hustle on Willis St. We quite like to pop in here after work, and we get a buzz from how busy a bookshop is. We enjoy cooking and generally head to the cooking section to see what’s new.
Find treasure at Hunters and Collectors
134 Cuba Street, Te Aro, Wellington
This Cuba Street institution is recognised as one of the country’s oldest and best designer and vintage consignment shops, full of the rare and exotic. Chrissy has been running Hunters and Collectors for 30 years in various forms. We definitely admire her long-standing ability to put the mahi in, and she has the most amazing network to pull from when it comes to secondhand and preloved stock. We very rarely walk out empty-handed.
Boutique shopping on Ghuznee Street
Ghuznee Street, Wellington
Ghuznee Street is known as Wellington’s home of independent style. For us, there’s a gravitational pull to this area, even on our day’s off from running Precinct 35 or ENA. And that was something we felt even before we’d opened our stores. We enjoy seeing how the area has grown and expanded over the last few years, and how people have supported this hub of independent businesses. Milk Crate café is an institution here on Ghuznee Street.
Channel Gwenyth at Hana-akari
278 Cuba Street, Te Aro, Wellington
We think a lot of Wellingtonians describe Miki as their own little secret. Miki at Hana-akari is a Japanese-born traditionally trained massage therapist and reiki practitioner with her studio at the top of Cuba Street. She is a gorgeous woman and going to see her is pure bliss. The massage is heavenly. I’ve never tried it, but she also offers Yoni sauna. Look it up. Very Gwenyth Paltrow.
Native bush walk in Mt Victoria Forest
Mount Victoria Forest, Wellington
The Mt Victoria forest was a saviour over lockdown. Living in Mt Victoria, this was our daily allocated walk and we’d find new paths to explore every time - up to the top of Maunga or across the Southern Walkway. Each day it seems to take on quite different forms, depending on the weather - whether it’s raining, sunny or blowing a gale. It’s pretty special to have our city nestled within native bush.
Roti Chanai at Aunty Mena’s
167 Cuba Street, Te Aro, Wellington
We love visiting the Aunty’s. It’s difficult to put them in just the vegan food category, because the food is so delicious, regardless of the fact that it’s vegan. I am hopeless. I order the same thing every time, Roti Chanai with Vege Curry, while Nadya’s pick is the Fried Char kuey teow.
Sip a negroni at Crumpet
109 Manners Street, Te Aro, Wellington
The perfect way to start, or end your night. This is our favourite kind of bar, with great knowledgeable staff and not pretentious in any way. Nadya and I will usually try to visit for a half-pint or negroni after work, to chat and de-stress - the drink choice depending on what kind of day we’ve had.
Fresh OJ from Moore Wilsons
Corner of Tory Street & College Street, Te Aro, Wellington
The pulsing heart of Pōneke, and it’s hard to find a day where we don’t find ourselves popping in. With the loveliest staff and the best OJ in town, it will ruin every other supermarket experience you’ll have after - guaranteed.
Peruse the Adam Art Gallery
Gate 3, Victoria University, Kelburn Parade, Wellington
The Adam Art Gallery is probably one of our favourite galleries and has a great programme run by Christina and Stephen. The architecture is quite interesting, which I think can dictate how the shows feel. It’s a rather nostalgic hike up to the University campus, but well worth it. A nice way to pause for the day. We definitely enjoy taking this time to have our eyes opened and to have our thinking challenged in certain ways. A lovely thing to do together.