The best brunch in Christchurch
Brunch enthusiasts, rejoice! Neat Places has compiled your weekend hit-list for the best brunch in Christchurch. From the caffeine hit to the perfectly poached eggs, you'll find somewhere just right for that next weekend brunch outing.
When the New York Times declared that ‘brunch was for jerks’ in 2014, it didn’t take long for them to be put in their place by the angry masses on the internet decrying the insult to their favourite meal.
That's because we all love brunch. Don't we? For many, brunch represents the best part of the day, encompassing the highlights of breakfast and lunch meals in one menu, and best of all; operating on weekend time. There's something of an art to creating the best brunch experience - particularly in a city like Christchurch where brunch options are varied and creative.
The coffee needs to be top quality and reliably so. The brunch menu should provide variety and quality - and a little something unexpected. The service must conquer that hungover mid-morning struggle, and the brunch-eating venue itself simply must set the weekend off to the perfect start. Such a combination is tricky to find.
Fortunately, we have thought long and hard about these requirements, and determined some of the very best brunch spots in Christchurch.
254 Saint Asaph Street, Christchurch Central City, Christchurch
Unknown Chapter has all your brunch bases covered - from a tried and tested menu of favourites, to a cabinet stocked with some of the most appealing options in town. Whether you're topping up an earlier breakfast, and hankering for a sweet treat, or diving into the full brunch experience, you can rely on Unknown. They serve their own blend of locally roasted coffee, the baristas are quick and talented, and the food rolls out of the kitchen like clockwork.
10 Welles Street, Christchurch Central City, Christchurch
Ah, pikelets! They're classic, aren't they? Well, Coffee Supreme's Welles St cafe serves them up (a pile of mini ones) with red jam and whipped cream. Delightful, and perfectly paired with perfect coffee, time and again. For the heartier appetite, head to the sandwich menu for robust, creative and generously portioned sandwiches that are sure to keep you going well into the afternoon.
165 Madras Street, Christchurch
A classic haunt for Cantabrians, Black Betty has been a stalwart of the brunch scene since forever ago. The Pig Daddy (slow-cooked pork belly for breakfast? Yes please!) is to die for, and the changing French toast crumpets are always spot on. For those who prefer lighter fare, Black Betty's signature granola is among the best in town. Try one of their many excellent coffee processes, such as the aeropress and cold drip. They also crank out a mean flat white, and fluffies with colourful sprinkles. Black Betty is a family-friendly spot with plenty of toys, and half-size portions for kids.
176 Oxford Terrace, Christchurch
When there's a breakfast cocktail menu, you know you've come to the right place. Miro, elegant and effortlessly cool, is the weekend brunch spot to be seen at. Pair your tipple with waffles, hotcakes or a divine croque madame with prosciutto. Can't decide? There's a tasting breakfast board for that! Beautiful, delicious food awaits.
95 Westminster Street Corner of Cranford Street &, Westminster Street, Saint Albans, Christchurch
Vegans and vegetarians, here's a spot catering to your every need. The Origin's cool, calm and collected vibe is reflected in its brunch offerings, which focus on clean, simple flavours. This white-on-white cafe interior is the perfect spot for those looking to escape the crowded, noisy cafes of the central city. Here in St Albans, you can get away from it all and dine on some simple, nourishing fare. Pair with a coffee or dive into the range of speciality teas.
6 Elgin Street, Sydenham, Christchurch
Known for its colourful and engaging plates, Hello Sunday offers bold flavours and designer dishes that hit just the right spot. Wrap your tastebuds around a fried chicken burger, chia pudding or dig into a hearty beef cheek hash. The sticky beef tacos are made from pulled beef shortrib with kimchi and spicy mayo - for those after a bit of a pick me up. Hello Sunday has a reputation for producing excellent coffee, and the doughnuts are always a worthwhile temptation.
294 Kilmore Street, Christchurch Central City, Christchurch
An eggs benedict is a classic breakfast choice. At Little Pom's, you can expect that benny to have a little more flare than your average. Served with smoke bacon, cheddar buttermilk biscuits, avocado, charred corn and smoked jalapeno lime hollandaise, this dish really offers up something a little bit different - with perfectly poached eggs, of course. Loved by young and old, this Kilmore St spot is a must try.
The Caffeine Laboratory
Christchurch Central City, Christchurch
Views of the historic New Regent St go nicely with the modern, exciting flavours served up at brunch-o-clock at The Caffeine Laboratory. Head upstairs for a look down the tram tracks, and select something trend-setting from the seasonal brunch menu. The chilli scramble is a recurring favourite, and the French toast with cinnamon apples, crumble and vanilla bean mascarpone is essential brunch fare. Coffee is a particular passion here, so be sure to leave space for another cup before you go.
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