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.

Christchurch & Canterbury

Eat & Drink

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.

Diners eating in the food hall at The Colombo.

The Colombo

363 Colombo Street, Sydenham
Christchurch & Canterbury

Once it was little more than the Spotlight Centre, but now The Colombo can lay claim to the title of being one of the city’s most stylish and innovative boutique shopping complexes. And the food fits in perfectly. Here there is a particular emphasis on upping the ante with the usual shopping mall food court experience – think gourmet sandwiches, delicious Slideys burgers and hand-cut chips, handmade dumplings and impressive hearty meals and superfoods from Gre3n. Underground Coffee should keep the thirst of any eager shopper quenched. A far cry from the standard shopping mall experience, The Colombo has paid attention to the finer details and that’s what makes it so darn good.

A platter of food on a table at Bunsen Christchurch.

The Arts Centre of Christchurch

2 Worcester Boulevard, Christchurch Central, Christchurch
Christchurch & Canterbury

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, Christchurch
Christchurch & Canterbury

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
Christchurch & Canterbury

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.