Native Café

Monday7:30 am – 3:15 pm.

Tuesday7:30 am – 3:15 pm.

Wednesday7:30 am – 3:15 pm.

Thursday7:30 am – 3:15 pm.

Friday7:30 am – 3:15 pm.



383 Colombo Street, Sydenham, Christchurch

If you’ve walked along Colombo Street in Sydenham once or twice, you’ve bound to have stumbled upon Native Cafe. A tall outdoor table sits in a sunny spot right beside black framed sliding windows through which you can make your order and sip your coffee street-side big city styles. Or wonder on in and find a nook within one of the comfy leather couches or along the communal table that stands pride of place in the middle of the space. Perhaps you’re after a quiet spot to run a hui with a few colleagues? Native Cafe has got you covered there as well: a light filled meeting room sits off to the side of the main cafe, which can be reserved in its entirety or by table. 

The offerings of this fine wee cafe are all made fresh on-site each day. There’s daily changing salads topped with toasted nuts and seeds for that extra punch of protein, hearty sammies made with Grizzly Baked Goods bread, deluxe scones with a bit of a twist created with ingredients such as cumin seed or swiss cheese, muffins, slices, cookies and the like; all catering to a variety of dietary needs from gluten free, to vegetarian, vegan, not forgetting omnivorous eaters. During the colder months you can expect to find some warm lunch options such as soups, stews and curries. 

On the drinks side of things coffee is of course at the heart of it all and at Native Cafe it’s brewed to perfection with locally roasted Embassy beans. Cold drinks come from Karma Cola co. and Greenroots Juicery.

There’s something for everyone at Native Cafe and the small, friendly team works passionately towards providing the best for all its customers. Next time you find yourself Sydenham side of town, you’ll know where to stop for a cup of top-notch coffee and an honest bite to eat.


Words by Petra Nyman & Photography by Nancy Zhou

383 Colombo Street, Sydenham, Christchurch

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