Best Urban Wine Experiences in New Zealand

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All around New Zealand, we are blessed with incredible wine experiences right in our own urban backyard. No matter your vino preference from a classic Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc to a Central Otago Pinot Noir or perhaps an interesting blend from a far away European vineyard, you don’t have to travel far to sample and enjoy a glass or two (responsibly of course!).

Child Sister

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Seeking a calm environment with aesthetically-pleasing interior decor, complete with incredible coffee and delicious food to match? Then look no further, Child Sister has...

Sumner Social

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The arrival of Sumner Social warrants high fives all around because, at last, the coastal suburb has a top-notch bar and restaurant with ocean views.

Tom's

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If you are a sando aficionado and find yourself in the South Town area of Christchurch city centre, keep an eye out for the striking cobalt blue hue of Tom’s.

Bonobo Café

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Bonobo: a benevolent primate, a trip-hop artist and more recently a plant-based cuisine destination in the seaside suburb of Sumner.

Pilgrim

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A tenacious stand alone espresso bar and café, Pilgrim has become a central city favourite amongst its regulars and central city workers that come and go for the...

The Old Vicarage

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The Old Vicarage is exactly that, the former home of the Vicars from St Mary’s Church in Halswell.

General Post

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You’ll find a few golden nuggets interspersed around Tai Tapu, and General Post is one of them.

Tussock Hill Vineyard

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The long and winding road up to Tussock Hill Vineyard & Cellar Door is as inconspicuous as it is rewarding.

Seven

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Take the elevator to Level 7 of the Muse Art Hotel in Christchurch, and from there you’ll be ushered into the elegant restaurant, Seven.

Truffle Café

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You may think of truffle as clandestine but this Merivale café - with the same name - is anything but.

Paddy McNaughton's

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Paddy McNaughton's is a pint-sized pub with Guinness and Magners on tap. It’s the closest thing to a Dublin pub this side of the equator. Live music every week.

The Mediterranean Food Company

Table with pizza and glasses of red wine at Mediterranean Food Company, Christchurch.
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 Down the industrial eastern end of Tuam Street in an old brickery is a secluded slice of Italy.

Seven Vegetarian Spots to Travel for this Meat Free May

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Challenge yourself and go Meat Free this May. The planet, the animals and your body will thank you for it.

Empire Chicken

Table of fried chicken and sides from Empire Chicken in Christchurch.
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A fried chicken establishment to rival the big dogs.

Viking Coffee Roasters x Espresso245

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The role Viking Coffee Roasters plays in the local cafe community can’t be understated.

Bellbird Bakery

Close up of rows of sourdough on wooden shelves attached to a wall at Bellbird Bakery in Christchurch.
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Bellbird is everything you want in a local bakery — filled with classic pastries and delicious loaves of fresh-baked bread.

Addington Coffee Co-op

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Addington Coffee Co-op is, simply put, a true Christchurch institution with laid-back vibes and house-roasted coffee.

8 Café and Restaurant Interiors that will set your heart aflutter in Ōtautahi

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Forget Pinterest, head to these Christchurch spots for major mood board inspo.

Story

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The dining experience at Story is anything but ordinary.

Austin Club

Austin Club green neon sign.
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If you like your bars secret, check out Austin Club tucked in a basement, down an alleyway. Oh, and you'll need the password, too.

Six Ounces

Avi pouring a glass of wine at Six Ounces, Christchurch.
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There’s nothing quite like a cosy neighbourhood haunt and six ounces is exactly that.

Kung Fu Dumplings

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Christchurch may be a long jaunt from Kathmandu, but you won't have to go nearly as far for momo dumplings.

The Great Pastry Shop

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Tucked inside the bustling Riverside Market, just under the stairwell, you’ll come across a charming stall designed to make you feel like you’ve taken a quick jaunt to Europe.

Mona Vale Homestead & Pantry

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Mona Vale Homestead & Pantry in Christchurch creates an idyllic setting for a beautifully appointed restaurant, perched along the Avon River.

Niche Coffee + Eatery

Table of delicious food at Niche Cafe and Eatery in Sumner.
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Niche Coffee + Eatery, the latest addition to the hospitality scene of Sumner, fits like a glove to the seaside village.

Soul Quarter

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Soul Quarter captures the essence of a contemporary brasserie – great service, simple and seasonal dishes, and a splash of how you say, je ne sais quoi.

Pizza Trap

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Pizza Trap is a collaboration between the person behind Alligator Pizza and Space Academy, serving up neo-neapolitan pizzas with quality ingredients on hand-thrown, sourdough bases.

Tramway Restaurant

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The Tramway Restaurant is somewhat of a moving Christchurch institution. Most of us have seen it roll past us lit up with warm lighting, filled with happy diners waving at passers by.

Red Eight Café at Portstone

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Red Eight, the much-loved Kaiapoi café, has blossomed in a new spot at the picturesque Portstone Garden Centre.

South Town Club

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South Town Club is a sweet collab between the old owner’s Supreme and Dan Hobson, an absolute champion of top-notch hospitality.

Ode to Long Lunches

People having a long lunch at Tussock Hill Vineyard, Christchurch.
Is there anything more satisfying than a lingering long lunch?

Native Café

Two women having coffee at the counter outside Native Cafe in Christchurch.
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Next time you find yourself Sydenham side of Christchurch town, stop at Native Café for a cup of top-notch coffee and an honest bite to eat.

Otahuna Lodge

Woman eating a starter at Otahuna Lodge in Tai Tapu.
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If there ever was a unique dining experience to be had, dining at Otahuna is it.

Arbour Woodfire Pizza

Close up of slicing fresh pizza at Arbour in Lyttelton.
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A standout eatery where you can expect to find perfectly charred pizzas and a plant-filled atmosphere.

Pink Lady

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At the corner of Manchester Street and High you’ll find Muse Art Hotel, while at the top of the hotel, you’ll find Pink Lady.

Get Acquainted at the Chef’s Table at these 5 Christchurch Spots

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Dine up close and personal.

Dice and Slice

Close up of a bowl of onion rings next to board game at Dice and Slice in Christchurch.
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A top-notch spot for New York Style pizza, craft beer and local wine, with a hearty side of board games.

The Spirits Workshop

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Head to The Spirits Workshop in Sydenham for a uniquely New Zealand spirit experience. Here you can sample gins and whiskies that reflect Aotearoa, meet the people that make it and see the whole process, too.

Saturdays

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Saturdays is a celebration of not just the weekend, but every day. It’s an ode to what saturdays stand for: slowing down, enjoying one another and pairing it all with excellent food and drink.

Brew Academy

Side view of a man pouring a beer from taps at Brew Academy in Christchurch.
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Brew Academy gives you the chance to learn to brew, grab a pint from their tap room, and get a mean feed from Smoke ’n’ Barrel, who operate out of the same premises. There’s a lot on offer at Brew Academy, and good beer ties it all together.

Grizzly Baked Goods CBD

Avo on toast at Grizzly Baked Goods in the Christchurch CBD.
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Grizzly's shop at The Welder offers classic sourdough breads as well as cookies, doughnuts, sammies, bear claws and croissants.

Bottle & Stone

People dining inside Bottle and Stone in Christchurch.
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A hole in the wall pizza joint in The Welder.

Gatherings

Art on the wall at Gatherings in Christchurch.
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Food is best enjoyed together, and when you’re tucked into the intimate restaurant that is Gatherings, you’ll remember why.

El Quincho

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For a taste of Argentina, head to El Quincho at Riverside Market.

Riccarton Noodle House

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For a flavoursome lunch on the run, a family get together and a few hot brothy bowls that’ll leave you wanting more head to Riccarton Noodle House.

The Last Word

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Prepare to be charmed by The Last Word’s relaxed, friendly environment and impressive drinks offering

Georges Road Wines

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If you like great wine, stunning scenery and a quick escape from the city head to Georges Road Wines in Waipara.

Fire and Slice Woodfired Pizza

A chef making pizza at Fire and Slice woodfired pizza in Sumner.
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Most great things are built from the ground (or base) up, just like pizza. Woodfired pizza shop, Fire and Slice, located in Sumner village is no different.

Best on Bread: 7 Carby Delights to Eat Your Way Across Christchurch

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Not all sandwiches were made equal so we've rounded up some of our favourite spots to grab a sammy in Christchurch.

Greystone Wines

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A day exploring the magic being made by Greystone Wines ibn Waipara is a day well spent.

Barefoot Eatery

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Grab your mates, your mum, your bubs and even your dog, and head down to Barefoot Eatery at The Welder to discover a nourishing and fun café experience.

12 Bar

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If you love a good neighbourhood bar in the city, 12 Bar is the spot for you. 12 Bar brings together all our favourite things; beer, food and music in abundance.

Riverside Kitchen

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Riverside Kitchen cooking school draws inspiration from the local flavours and friendly faces found at Riverside Market everyday.

CHC Institutions We Love

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Still going strong after 10 plus years, and there's a whole multitude of reasons why.

Little River Café and Store

Seating area at Little River Cafe and Store.
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This institutional café, specialising in homemade fare for all, is well worth a visit next time you're passing through Little River.

Midnight Shanghai

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Midnight Shanghai offers Christchurch elevated, modern Chinese fare with karaoke, handcrafted cocktails and a menu designed for sharing.

Rollickin' Gelato Cashel Street

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Rollickin' Gelato brings a fabulous late-night dessert venue to the riverside end of Cashel St.

Posh Porridge

Eating a piece of loaded toast from Posh Porridge.
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Posh Porridge offers boutique flavours and lashings of luxury toppings for its porridge bowls. Just pop into its Montreal St location and find out for yourself.

Cellar Door

Row of wine tasting glasses outside on a table at Cellar Door in Christchurch.
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The Cellar Door focus is on approachable wine drinking, seasonal fare and free flowing conversation. It feels like your ‘local’ but has a distinctive, exciting element, sans pretentiousness.

Ally & Sid

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Everything about Ally & Sid is inviting - a breezy spot for excellent coffee, tasty cabinet fare and a big side of sunshine.

Foundation Café

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Foundation is fully licensed, serving up flavoursome fare seamlessly integrated into Otautahi’s world-class library, Tūranga.

Moon Under Water

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Moon Under Water features all the best aspects of a classic pub that's up with the times when it comes to great brews, food and service.

Gelato & Tea

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Gelato & Tea offers homemade gelato and a range of tea drinks, alongside a selection of delicious sweet treats.

Ramen Ria

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Ramen Ria has all of the flavour and fun that can be found in some of Tokyo’s most well known, yet tucked away ramen joints.

Three Boys Brewery

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Three Boys Brewery produces some 35,000 litres of beer annually has its finger on the pulse with the latest trends as well as old time favourites.

Canterbury Brewers' Collective

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Canterbury Brewers’ Collective at Riverside Market is your CBD spot for takeaway brews, cold pints and free-flowing chat over which to find your new favourite pour.

Christchurch’s Art Galleries and Where To Grab a Drink Afterwards

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From heritage spaces to dealer galleries, here are the best places to get your dose of art culture in Christchurch, and where to grab a drink afterwards.

Salut! Salut!

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Salut! Salut! is a tiny establishment where atmosphere is at the heart of it all. This wine and tapas bar keeps things simple.

Bar Yoku

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The only Yakitori joint in Ōtautahi, Bar Yoku dishes out the traditional Japanese street food in a relaxed and authentic environment.

Bohemian Bakery Central City

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Bohemian Bakery’s second storefront is a cozy enclave filled with the smells and sounds of a traditional bakery, like the ever popular Portuguese tart and crusty loaves.

The Welder

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The Welder is a unique health and wellbeing centre in stunningly repurposed buildings in the heart of South Town.

8 Kid-friendly Spots in Christchurch for Your next Family Day Out

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Head to any of these Christchurch locations for parent and kid friendly experiences sure to delight on all levels.

Utopia Ice Central City

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Place Christchurch & Canterbury

Head down to southern High Street to experience all of the delicious, classic, exotic and mindfully made ice cream flavours from Utopia Ice.

Riverside Market

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This unique Christchurch establishment brings fresh produce, artisan bakeries, independent food stalls, rooftop bars and restaurants, high-class retail and eclectic market stalls all under one roof.

Little High Lanes

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Little High Lanes is an eclectic blend of food, fashion and industry.

Sweet Soul Patisserie

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This light-filled corner shop is the first fine patisserie shop in Christchurch.

Gelato Lab

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Place Christchurch & Canterbury

Gelato Lab churns out traditional gelato in a number of delicious and ever-changing flavours, all made on-site by two passionate ladies.

Grain Coffee

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Petite, yet oh so beautiful and sleek, Grain is a café that keeps things honest and simple.

Evil Genius Bar & Eatery

Woman making cocktail on a bar at Evil Genius Bar and Eatery in Christchurch.
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Evil Genius Bar & Eatery is a destination you need to get to know. Open from dawn ‘til way past dusk, offering everything from coffee to cocktails.

Burger Burger Christchurch

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Burger Burger is all about good times, good people and most importantly, good food. You’re in for a feast that hits the spot big time.

J'aime les macarons

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Hundreds of colourful macarons with punchy and interesting flavours are produced out of the J’aime les macarons kitchen each day.

gin gin

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gin gin's the spot whether you’re keen for an after work bevvie, a boogie, a place to host your own party, seriously good food, a night on the town, or some combination thereof.

Old School Collective

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This collective of lifestyle businesses in North Canterbury has turned a 140-year-old school into a dream destination just north of Christchurch.

Grater Goods

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Found in an old glass factory in Sydenham’s industrial blocks, you'll find everything from sausages to bacon and steak - just the more humane and sustainable kind.

Get to Know the North Canterbury Wine Region

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The North Canterbury wine region is a hidden gem for wine, food and relaxing accommodation — the perfect recipe for a long weekend. Surrounded by the Southern Alps, close to the sea and with fertile soil for a variety of growing opportunities, this close-to-Christchurch destination is a must-stay. Discover some of North Canterbury’s finest vineyards, ready and waiting for you to explore.

The Burger Joint

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The Burger Joint has an ethos that is plain and simple – and pretty hard to miss, with it boldly printed across the entranceway: Real Food, Real Local.

Westend Stories

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Westend Stories is a green oasis for those looking to temporarily escape the confines of their workplace.

Pot Sticker Dumpling Bar

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There are a select few dumpling destinations serving up the full experience – and Pot Sticker Dumpling Bar is one of those topping the charts.

Miss Peppercorn

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Miss Peppercorn is a modern eatery, celebrating the fragrant and mouth-numbing flavours of the owner's hometown in the Chinese province of Sichuan.

9 Reasons You Should Visit North Canterbury's Cellar Doors

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The North Canterbury wine region offers diverse and intriguing varieties and unexpected delights.

Switch New Brighton

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Switch is a bit of an institution of the seaside suburb of New Brighton.

Prima Roastery

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Whether you’re after a caffeine kick, a cool spot for a catch up, a resupply of beans or a new espresso machine, Prima is the place - they’ve got parking out the back, too.

Earl

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Earl is a local for inner-city residents and workers, bringing a breath of European bistro culture to central Christchurch.

Dux Central

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If bars could be left or right handed, Dux Central would be ambidextrous. There’s nothing this place can’t be.

Dux Dine

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Dux Dine is one of those rare gems where anyone and everyone has a place at the table, all in a cosy, home-like atmosphere.

Grizzly Baked Goods

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Effortlessly cool with a friendly and inviting vibe, Grizzly Baked Goods will have you feeling like you’ve woken up in another city.

Ilex Café

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Right in the heart of the stunning Christchurch Botanic Gardens, Ilex Café is a must visit for beautiful food and good vibes.

50 Bistro

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50 Bistro at The George offers quality local produce, views of Hagley Park and the perfect pre-theatre dining spot.

Smokey T's

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Expect the softest, juiciest slow cooked meat you’ve ever tasted at Smokey T's.

Little Poms

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Located in the same building as the ever-popular Pomeroy’s Old Brewery Inn, Little Poms is charming neighbourhood café all about good food made by Christchurch’s talented producers and artisans.

The Birdwood

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Much-loved neighbourhood cafe by day, knock-out contemporary Italian eatery by night – The Birdwood might just be the dream local hospo joint.

Black Betty

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One of the first cafes to pop up after the 2011 earthquakes, Black Betty is a much-loved spot for coffee and brunch seven days a week.

Drool-worthy Donut Spots You Need to Devour in Christchurch

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From sprinkles to custard, Lyttelton to Wigram, Christchurch has plenty to offer in the donut scene.

The Arts Centre

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A much-loved heritage hub for all things creative and cultural, Christchurch’s Arts Centre is a real jewel in the city’s crown.

BOXed Quarter

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A hub for all things food, creativity and culture, BOXed Quarter thinks outside the square.

5th Street

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A spectacular spot for evening dining seven days a week.

Francesca's Italian Kitchen Christchurch

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A big ol’ slice of authentic, rustic Italian cuisine in the heart of Christchurch.

Snack Your Way Through 9 of the Best Baos in Christchurch

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You may not have heard of bao buns before, but we can guarantee you’ll quickly become addicted from the first bite.

Barrys Bay Cheese

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Barrys Bay Cheese has been creating delicious, memorable cheeses in its namesake bay since 1895.

The Craft Embassy

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Great beer, great food, great views. Craft Embassy is the whole package and more.

Miro

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A stylish and cosy spot for breakfast, lunch or brunch any day of the week.

Little Vintage Espresso

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A jewel in the Amberley crown, Little Vintage Espresso offers delicious homemade food and good coffee.

Pegasus Bay

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Pegasus Bay will blow you away with its beautiful setting and world-class wine.

SUPER

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Lyttelton’s Asian-fusion eatery, SUPER, is nothing short of what the name suggests.

Terrace Edge Wines

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The classy yet laid back winery atmosphere you’ve been looking for.

O.G.B

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A speakeasy-style bar, OGB serves up an old-school approach to hospitality.

Rona's

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With glistening Akaroa seaside views just around the corner, stepping into Rona’s for a gourmet brunch feels like treating yourself to a bona fide holiday.

Akaroa Butchery

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Home to award-winning ham and sausages, black pudding, condiments and sauces, spices, fresh bread and cheeses.

Utopia Ice Sumner

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It’s a bold move naming your business after the ultimate paradise, but it couldn’t be a more accurate description of this beach side nirvana.

Bessie

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Dark, a little brooding and faultless in its theme, Bessie is an immaculate display of fine dining in the inner city.

Where To Get Your American Food and Drink Fix in Christchurch

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American food spans many cultures, locations and cuisines, making it an exciting and varied cuisine.

Allpress Espresso

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The coffee here is just what you'd expect from the experienced Allpress roasters.

The Origin

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Vegetarian cafe The Origin brings a much needed boost to the hospitality scene in St Albans to the delight of locals.

Sun Dog Diner

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Based on traditional American diners, Sun Dog Diner aims to provide the locals of Christchurch with a place to enjoy great comfort food in an old-fashioned diner, but with a...

The Laboratory

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Offering an excellent range of craft beer, wood fired pizzas and tapas-style plates that are designed to be shared, this pub is a Lincoln local’s favourite.

How to Spend an Afternoon in New Brighton

Pierside building sign in New Brighton.
Oh, I do like to be beside the seaside (in New Brighton) and here's a whole bunch of reasons why.

Blue Smoke

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A live music venue and craft beer bar, Blue Smoke hosts weekly gigs, bringing their love of live shows to the Tannery.

Chillingworth Road

Food on a plate at Chillingworth Road in Christchurch.
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Dinnertime is the hero of this Redwood destination, where degustation dining centres around classic cuisine, done well.

Bohemian Bakery Sumner

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Located in sunny Sumner, Bohemian Bakery is an Eastern European-inspired neighbourhood bakery.

Herba Gourmet

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If you thought fast food was served greasy treats, think again. Herba Gourmet has rethought street food to bring fresh, healthy, fine food to diners on the go.

Peninsula General Store

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Don’t be fooled by the vintage exterior of this cafe, deli and gourmet food store — inside you'll find the most modern of cuisine philosophies.

Black Estate

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A winery, tasting room and restaurant, Black Estate is famous not only for its organic and biodynamic wines but its refreshing approach to food.

Unknown Chapter

Seating area at Unknown Chapter.
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A sunny spot always bustling with life thanks to its epic brunch menu, homemade slices and cakes and speciality roasted coffee.

Civil and Naval

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This Lyttelton spot offers a well thought-out sharing menu dotted with memorable plates along with excellent wine, beer and cocktails.

Lyttelton Coffee Company

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A quirky place humming with activity, this place is home to a coffee roastery and a cafe big on sustainability, community and authentic fare.

Inati

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Prepare to be wowed by the thoughtful and beautifully executed Inati.

Cultivate Christchurch

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Cultivate Christchurch is on a social enterprise mission to supply the city with fresh produce and help out some locals down on their luck.

Coffee Embassy

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This flagship café is the best place to try adventurous coffee coupled with house-made lunches and coffee accompaniments like their delicious doughnuts.

Where to Get the Best Hand-Pulled Noodle Spots in NZ

A woman eating a bowl of noodles at Miss Peppercorn in Christchurch.
Great hand-pulled noodles are silky, springy, chewy ribbons to savour. Here are a few places across Aotearoa to find the best.

Dispense Espresso

Man making coffee behind blue coffee machine at Dispense Espresso in Christchurch.
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Dispense Espresso’s owner, Hamish Bell, knows a thing or two about what makes a café great.

Punky Brewster

Looking into the bar from the outside doors.
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Housed in what is, quite literally, a garage in the back streets of Riccarton, Punky Brewster is an unexpected find in an otherwise nondescript part of town.

Fiddlesticks

Close up of food being served Fiddlesticks in Christchurch.
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With a focus on modern New Zealand cuisine where presentation is key, there are plenty of creative menu choices from breakfast through to dessert.

Rollickin' Gelato

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House made organic milk gelatos and sorbets mean Rollickin’ is the talk of the town.

Where to Find the Best Pastries in Christchurch

Trays of croissants and pastries from Bohemian Bakery.
Pastry has been kicking around since Egyptian times so it’s high time we put together a list for the best spots to pick up pastries in Ōtautahi.

Boo's

A cocktail being made by a bar man at Boo Radley's in Christchurch.
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Inventive in its approach to dining, Boo Radley’s draws from the savant of comfort food: Southern American cuisine.

Dose Diner

Close up of the counter at Dose Diner in Christchurch.
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Adding a much needed touch of ‘cool’ to Blenheim Road, Dose Diner takes a page from the book of the quirky Melbourne café scene.

The Monday Room

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The way this restaurant changes constantly yet simultaneously remains a longtime local favourite speaks to just how special it is.

Harbour Co-Op

Close up of tomatoes and lemons at Harbour Co-op in Lyttelton.
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No longer the domain of hippies and survivalists; organic, free-range, bulk and sustainable foods are now the norm.

Ōtoromiro Hotel

Veranda with seating at Ōtoromiro Hotel, Governors Bay.
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Founded in 1870, the hotel still stands in all it’s colonial beauty, featuring seven fully-renovated guest rooms some with sea views and balcony access.

Smash Palace

Lots of customers seating outside on tables.
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For the novelty of having your local beer served from the window of a bus, look no further than Smash Palace.

Twenty Seven Steps

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An effortless combination of old and new, Twenty Seven Steps is a modern and sophisticated restaurant on New Regent Street.

The Little High Eatery

Dumplings in a pan.
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A collection of eateries housed in an open space building, Little High is more than your typical food cooperative.

Tomi Japanese Restaurant

The counter looking into the kitchen.
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Serving authentic Japanese cuisine, Tomi is most famous for their sashimi sourced from the local fish market.

Park Ranger

Park Ranger cafe space.
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A café that hasn’t missed a beat when it comes to the details, and one of the best to have opened its doors in the city.

8 Places to Elevate Your Dining Experience

Two woman dining outside at Black Estate.
When was the last time you treated yourself to a slow dinner with friends and family or visited a restaurant that is a little bit special? We think it's about now.

Sweet or Savoury? Scope Our Definitive Guide to Christchurch's Best Scones

Jam on scones.
The humble scone is synonymous with New Zealand hospitality and a staple of our café culture.

Warm Your Winter Soul at the Cosiest Places in Christchurch

Roaring fire in fireplace by Stephane Juban.
If the winter weather is keeping you curled up at home, we suggest warming up at some of our favourite cosy spots in Christchurch instead.

These 8 Christchurch Roasters Will Change the Way You Think about Coffee

Close up of unroasted bag of coffee beans at Prima Roastery.
Christchurch’s coffee roasters are the ones to watch. With established roasteries and new players popping up on the scene, the South Island’s biggest city is competing with the best of ‘em.

Cure Your Cravings With 10 Locally Made Craft Chocolates

A stack of Bennetto chocolate.
Embrace your inner Willy Wonka, here’s the golden ticket to ten of the best craft chocolatiers in Aotearoa.

Sip Your Way Through Our Guide To Kiwi-Made Spirits

Cardrona Distillery looking out to the mountains.
From specialty gin to artisan whiskey, amp up your next cocktail party with our curated selection of homegrown spirits.

8 Unique Date Ideas in Christchurch

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Whether you've just met on Hinge or been together longer than The Rolling Stones, here are a few ideas for date night that isn't dinner and a movie.

Where to get Down with Donuts

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Doughnuts or donuts--who really cares? We've rounded up the best doughy deliciousness you can find in NZ.

Top Plant-Based Brunches in Christchurch

Avocado on toast from Grizzly Baked Goods.
Plant-based brunches are settling into the Christchurch food scene, and we couldn’t be more excited to branch out and enjoy.

10 Christchurch Restaurants to Try When You Feel Like Travelling

Globe at Sherpa Kai x The Commoners
Sure, the plane ride to a new place may be a while away, but we invite you to explore Christchurch with tourist eyes. You just may surprise yourself with what you find.

8 Fried Chicken Alternatives in Christchurch

Foundation fried cauliflower.
Vegetarians rejoice - we’ve found the best fried chicken alternatives in Christchurch, so you can enjoy the finger-lickin’ goodness sans cluck. No chicken, no problem.

Where to Find the Best Craft Cocktails in Christchurch

Close up of a cocktail from Boo Radleys.
We've done the legwork and narrowed down the best spots to sip a flawless craft cocktail in Christchurch’s CBD.

Where to Dine as a Big Group in Christchurch

Big group dining at The Laboratory.
It can be hard to find a place to grab a bite when you're going out as a big group. Don’t despair! We’ve rounded up some of the neatest places to hit when your numbers are looking more like a football team than an intimate table for two.

How to Spend the Perfect Night Out in Christchurch CBD

Here's your guide to the Christchurch CBD after dark.

6 Ways to Celebrate Valentine's Day in Christchurch

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While Valentine's Day may be considered a polarising holiday, we’re not ones to pass up an excuse to get out into our fair city alongside someone we love.

Dine Al Fresco at the Best Outdoor Restaurant Spots in Christchurch

Lyttelton Coffee Co. balcony.
Whether you’re looking to settle in for an evening of people watching or prefer to enjoy your long black in al fresco solitude, keep scrolling for where to find outdoor dining in Christchurch

9 New Discoveries in Ōtautahi

View of shelves with produce at Frances Nation Grocer.
After all that 2020 has been, we couldn’t be happier to welcome this new crew of hospitality venues to Ōtautahi.

6 of the Best Plant-Based Eateries in Christchurch

Food and wine at Grater Goods.
With options ranging from casual café grab-and-go options, to full sit down dinners, it’s never been a better time to explore your plant-based options in Christchurch’s food scene.

Explore New Zealand's most beautiful street

People sitting around down New Regent Street.
A stroll down colourful, pedestrianised New Regent Street in Christchurch will instantly transport you to a bygone era.

7 Places Every Brunch Enthusiast Needs to Tick off in Christchurch

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Brunch enthusiasts, rejoice! Neat Places has compiled your weekend hit-list for the best brunch in Christchurch. From the caffeine hit to the perfectly poached eggs, you'll find somewhere just right for that next weekend brunch outing.

Make Goldilocks Jealous with Christchurch's Best Porridge Dishes

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

Brunch in the 'Burbs with the Best Neighbourhood Cafés in Christchurch

People dining around a table at The Origin, Christchurch.
There’s nothing quite like the comfort of your local neighbourhood café where familiar faces greet you from day to day and your regular order can be placed with a mere nod and a smile.

Dose up on Goodness, Here's 5 Places to Sink a Green Smoothie in Christchurch

A green juice on a table at Dose Diner Christchurch.
Healthy, filling, nutritious, energising, the green smoothie is one craving not to feel guilty over.

Drool Your Way Through Christchurch's Finger-lickin' Fried Chicken Dishes

A bowl of fried chicken from Chicken Empire.
We've scoured Christchurch to find the best places to get your hands on the finger-lickin' fried chicken.

Christchurch Cafés Open on a Sunday to Stave off Your Work Week Blues

A burger, chips and beer sitting on a table in Ten27 Christchurch cafe.
There’s no bigger bummer than a well earned weekend off rolling round and discovering your favourite Christchurch café is closed.

Five of the best: where to fill your own beer

A bottle being filled up with craft beer at The Brewery Christchurch.
Bring your own bottle? How about filling your own bottle - of delicious, fresh craft beer, that is.

Sharing is caring. The best places for shared plates

Sharing plates on a table at Earl, Christchurch
Whoever first coined the phrase “sharing is caring” was clearly a good person to head out to dinner with.

Live the Digital Nomad Life with 13 Christchurch Cafés That Have Free Wifi

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A necessity in homes, workplaces and public spaces – but wifi connections in cafés, bars and restaurants can feel few and far between.

Neatest places for an ice cream

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On a hot day in Christchurch, there’s no better way to cool down than with a delicious iced delight.