Top Plant-Based Brunches in Christchurch

Plant-based brunches are settling into the Christchurch food scene, and we couldn’t be more excited to branch out and enjoy.

Avocado on toast from Grizzly Baked Goods.

Words by: Ashlyn Oswalt

Photography by: Nancy Zhou

The days of a sad porridge and granola for plant-based eaters are gone, check out these delicious vegetarian and vegan-friendly feasts at Christchurch’s top brunch spots.

Waiter holding breakfast bowl at Little Poms, Christchurch.

Little Poms

294 Kilmore Street, Christchurch Central City, Christchurch

While no one will stop you from gorging yourself on crumpets or toast and preserves, we recommend something more substantial at Little Poms. Their steel cut porridge features star anise poached plums, banana, rhubarb, cardamom custard, and chocolate caramel crumble, a fun twist on a classic. For something more veggie heavy, try the ‘Zany Zeus Halloumi’ (for vegetarians) featuring smashed peas, broccolini, snow peas, and poached eggs on toasted multigrain with smoked almonds.

A flatlay of food on a table at Miro cafe in the old Caffe Roma building in Christchurch.

Miro

176 Oxford Terrace, Christchurch

With a menu dedicated to vegans, it’s hard to go wrong at a place like Miro. Their mushroom benedict features a vegan hollandaise sauce, mushrooms, spinach, and potato and leek cakes sprinkled with yuzu salt, while their ‘Mavacado on Toast’ delights with pickled tomato, avocado, and vegan aioli sprinkled on homemade sourdough. Plus, their dazzling array of breakfast cocktails (Bloody Mary, anyone?) and smoothies are sure to be a hit with vegans and meat-eaters alike.

Exterior view of Under The Red Verandah.

Under the Red Verandah

29 Tancred Street, Linwood, Christchurch

A true delight, Under the Red Verandah sits in a tiny Linwood home, tucked into a quaint neighbourhood. Their ‘Posh Beans’ stand out as a vegan favourite, mixed with spiced tomato and crumbled with homemade nut cheese, topped on toasted focaccia. For the hungry, they offer a ‘Vegan Big Breakfast’, which features roast potatoes, mushrooms, tomato, wilted spinach, vegan cheese, and hummus served with toast. All enjoyed under a red verandah and with delicious coffee - what more could you ask for?

Seating area at Unknown Chapter.

Unknown Chapter

254 Saint Asaph Street, Christchurch Central City, Christchurch

Among plant-based favourites such as porridge and granola, Unknown Chapter rises above with their ‘Scrambled Tofu’. This dish offers an exciting alternative to scrambled eggs, featuring turmeric tofu, smashed avocado, baby spinach, beetroot hummus, roast mushrooms, and mixed seeds atop toasted sourdough. If you’re looking for something sweeter, try the brioche french toast with a mixed berry compote, vanilla mascarpone (opt out for vegans), banana, fresh berries, and maple syrup.

Interior of Barefoot Eatery.

Barefoot Eatery

20 Welles Street, Christchurch Central City, Christchurch

Nestled in The Welder, Barefoot Eatery has roots in clean eating. For breakfast, pop into their bright space for a matcha bowl - mixed with banana, organic greens, and mint, topped with house made sprouted organic granola, coconut, banana, kiwi, and local organic blackcurrants. Or try their buckwheat waffles made with organic crushed almonds and gluten free flours, served with banana, coconut yogurt, house made nutella, berry chia jam, and caramelized buckinis. Top it all off with an organic smoothie or cold pressed juice and enjoy! 

Wedge of cheese on a wooden board.

Grater Goods

105 Orbell Street, Sydenham, Christchurch

For those that like to bend the rules at brunch, head over to Grater Goods for something more lunch than breakfast. With plenty of vegan twists on meaty classics, Grater Goods offers up some curiosity to the tastebuds. Try the reuben, plant pastrami with sauerkraut, pickles, cheese, and russian dressing on toasted sourdough or go all out with the antipasti platter.

Glass of kombucha on a table.

The Fermentist

380 Colombo Street, Sydenham, Christchurch

For an avant garde brunch, try The Fermentist. Famed for their beers, but also their plant-based, sustainability-minded menu, The Fermentist has all sorts of surprises on their menu. Try their grilled veggie chorizo and their roasted pumpkin hummus - or go with friends and grab a whole platter. They also have incredible kombucha on tap (made in house!) so be sure to grab a glass with your meal.

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