Best scones in Christchurch

A nod to our British colonial history, the humble scone is synonymous with New Zealand hospitality and a staple of our café culture.

Jam on scones.

Christchurch & Canterbury

Eat & Drink

Here are some of the neatest local scone spots in Christchurch ....

Scones at Made Espresso.

Made Espresso Bar

56 Cashel Street, Christchurch Central
Christchurch & Canterbury

The cumin seeds in this organic delight add a spicy kick to the overall wholesome taste. Constructed with organic spelt flour, butter and yoghurt, this scone lives up to the Made mantra of “honest, wholesome, simple”, and its this organic point of difference which owners and bakers Michelle Burns and Kate Bloomfield say brings scone lovers their way.

The petite espresso bar skirting the CBD is designed for customers on the go, and so is their signature scone. A nourishing take on the staple sweet treat, Made’s scones are not guilt-free, but can be taken away in recyclable packaging that will make you feel that way.

Scones at Unknown Chapter.

Unknown Chapter

254 Saint Asaph Street, Christchurch Central
Christchurch & Canterbury

Like all the baking in the impressive cabinet at this stylish mid-town eatery, Unknown Chapter’s scones are from the recipe book of the owner’s mother. Served toasted with butter, the scones are also accompanied by a cheese wafer and micro greens. An impressive sight for arguably the most modest of baked treats.

Generously portioned, these homely creations are made on site where Unknown Chapter prepares all its other edibles, and even roasts its own coffee beans. Like all the other cafés visited, customers call ahead to make sure they won’t miss out on their scone. One man is such a devout dough lover he doesn’t even take a bag, and just walks out with his scone on his hand.

A scone on a table at Kadett.


371 Saint Asaph Street, Christchurch Central
Christchurch & Canterbury

Much like everything adorning the small cabinet of goodies at the much-loved Kadett cafe, the cheese scones are nothing short of delectable.

Served warm with butter and, in true Kadett style, a small bowl of perfectly piquant homemade tomato relish, the scones are a great role model for young scones everywhere. They’re not fiddly either – no herbs, spices, bacon or onion – just a good old fashioned cheesy-but-not-too-cheesy scone with a good crunchy shell and a soft inside waiting to be smothered in butter or zingy homemade relish – or both.

The scones, alongside a batch of their date counterparts (served with homemade jam, of course) are baked fresh each morning by the Kadett crew and are in hot demand so scone-seekers should move quickly to ensure they get their fix.