Christchurch's neatest food halls and collectives

It's cold outside, and winter has come. With the rainy days camped in for a few months, what better time to visit the best food halls and collectives in Christchurch?

A view of The Yard interior.

Cast aside that Vegemite sandwich, that limp salad, that not-quite-the-same-reheated curry – it’s time to mix things up with some exciting lunch options. Not only will an interesting lunch perk up your morning as you count down the hours until spring, it’ll also ensure the rest of the day runs smoothly as you wallow in the glory of your good culinary decisions.

A platter of food on a table at Bunsen Christchurch.

The Arts Centre of Christchurch

2 Worcester Boulevard, Christchurch Central City, Christchurch

With the potential to get away with a second identity as the Food Centre, the Arts Centre of Christchurch knows thing or five about good food. Whether you’re after dumplings and sushi from the popular (for good reason) Zen Sushi, a scoop of something delicious from Rollickin Gelato, coffee and delicious kai from Bunsen, a slice of something for your sweet tooth from The Fudge Cottage or some tasty street food from The Rolling Om food truck, you are in safe hands at the Arts Centre.

People walking in The Boxed Quarter.

BOXed Quarter

Saint Asaph Street, Christchurch Central City, Christchurch

A melting pot of art, music, food and culture, BOXed Quarter is a hub of innovation nestled in the city and the perfect spot for your next lunch. Allow us to talk you through some of the options for eating – in true BOXed Quarter style, there’s no chance of being uninspired in this department. From Thai, Vietnamese and Korean through to Italian and Japanese (Rice and Paper’s ramen is not to be missed), BOXed Quarter’s food offering is diverse but always guaranteed to be delicious. And if it’s coffee you’re after – Engine Coffee Brewers will sort you out with their delicious brews.

The Yard

173 Saint Asaph Street, Christchurch Central City, Christchurch

If you find yourself in the central city around lunch time, The Yard is your one-stop-shop for everything, from a gourmet sandwich to a Sri Lankan curry. This simple, stylish collective of foodie businesses offers plenty of choice. You'll find Maison de Crepes serving mouthwatering French pancakes, and if Chinese pancakes are more your scene, J-Bings has you sorted. Sedap serves authentic Malay street food, Golden Lotus does a great Thai, Mokoji puts a spin on things with tasty-as-heck Korean Pancakes, and Otto Delicatessen elevates the humble corner deli by producing honest, quality sandwiches served with a side of crisps. 

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