The best porridge around

Porridge is everywhere - luxury, next level porridge, that is. Find out some of the top spots around Christchurch to get your fix.

Woman pouring milk onto porridge.

In rags to riches fashion, porridge has become an unexpectedly exciting breakfast item on offer at many Christchurch cafes and markets. What was once a bland way to start the day is now a glamorous, flavourful morning meal.

Unknown Chapter

254 Saint Asaph Street, Christchurch Central City, Christchurch

CBD favourite, Unknown Chapter, brings their own flare to porridge with a creamy oat and chia mixture topped with blueberry compote, almond crumble, grilled banana, honey and pistachios. A bit of nuttiness plus mellow sweetness make this breakfast treat something you don’t want to miss this winter. It’s often served with a side of sunshine as this cafe is filled with natural light and lush greenery. Plus they roast their own beans so you know the coffee has got to be good.

Outside view of bright blue Switch cafe with umbrellas.

Switch New Brighton

7/78 Brighton Mall, New Brighton, Christchurch

For a hot breakfast by the beach pop over to Switch New Brighton and tuck into their coconut turmeric porridge. Oats are soaked overnight in coconut and soy milk to get that rich creamy goodness and are then combined with turmeric and topped with roasted rhubarb, fresh banana and a crunchy topping that consists of freeze dried fruits, nuts and seeds. Did we mention it’s also vegan? Pair your porridge with a Switch Espresso coffee to take on the day with a smile and a full tummy.

Grain

19 Southwark Street, Christchurch Central City, Christchurch

Grain offers their take on a porridge ‘grain bowl’. Cinnamon oats are served with house made seedy granola (contains only the good stuff like pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, chia seeds, almonds, cranberries and freeze dried raspberries), rhubarb berry compote and a bit of runny cream. This porridge has the right amount of crunch, a balance of sweet sour tastes and creamy goodness to tie it all together. Grain’s friendly baristas use an iconic olive green espresso machine and Allpress beans to bring customers top notch coffees. Smoothies and other non-caffeinated beverage options are also available.

The Origin

95 Westminster Street Corner of Cranford Street &, Westminster Street, Saint Albans, Christchurch

Head to The Origin for an exotic porridge and an all around fabulous vegetarian cafe experience. Here an Indian spiced turmeric porridge is cooked with millet and a hint of pepper. This comes served with a mix of berries, roasted hazelnuts and a dash of coconut yoghurt. Porridge simply hasn’t seen this level of colour and flavour before. The Origin wows with this dish but also with their selection of New Zealand grown organic tea, specialty coffees and other delicious vegetarian fare.

The Caffeine Laboratory

1 New Regent Street, Christchurch Central City, Christchurch

On the all day breakfast menu at The Caffeine Laboratory you’ll find a vegan ‘Ancient Grain Porridge’. Steel cut oats, quinoa and chia are cooked in coconut milk and served with a blueberry pear compote, toasted coconut chips and vanilla coconut yoghurt. This knockout brekkie has become a favourite way to start the day for both vegans and non vegans alike. And as the name suggests, this is also the spot for a high quality caffeine kick. Try any of the coffee drinks which are made with Lyttelton Coffee Company beans and don’t forget about Caffeine Lab’s famous doughnuts either.

Posh Porridge

Christchurch Farmers Market

Every Saturday morning at the Christchurch Farmers Market, Posh Porridge has been serving up slow-cooked organic steel cut oats from Ashburton, paired with a myriad of seasonal homemade toppings to create something totally well...posh. Owner, Caroline Strack, says she has plans to open a takeaway spot later this year, stay tuned.

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