Traiteur European Butchery

Monday7:00 am – 5:30 pm.

Tuesday7:00 am – 5:30 pm.

Wednesday7:00 am – 5:30 pm.

Thursday7:00 am – 5:30 pm.

Friday7:00 am – 5:30 pm.

Saturday7:00 am – 4:00 pm.


crn Aikmans and, Papanui Road, Merivale, Christchurch

03-355 7750

Traiteur European Butchery has served the people of Christchurch for 25 years and during that time it has doubled in size within its original corner shop space - and for a good reason. There is such an amazing selection of products on offer here (with 75% of products made in-house) it’s quite impossible to imagine it in a smaller space without bursting at the seams.

You’ll find an impressive selection of meat, from sausages to lamb and beef fillet - all free farmed and grass fed, and most of it sourced from South Canterbury. Then there is a huge selection of hearty ready-made-meals, lunch options, family pies, fresh daily soup, fresh bread, fresh fish, olives, baking, coffee, wine, cheese – heck, you can just about do all your grocery shopping here.

Despite the huge range under one roof, there is nothing disorderly about Traiteur. Maarten Loeffen, the owner of this foodie mecca, has his roots in Holland and puts the efficiency of that European nation into good use running this huge operation, together with his wife Anthea. Everything at Traiteur is well planned, well placed and crisp clean. Maarten’s philosophy is simple: he spends most of his awake-time in the shop and refuses to work in an untidy environment. He is also a self-acclaimed customerholic, and thrives on keeping his clients happy.

Customers new to Traiteur often assume that with such perfection comes high prices, but the Loeffens work hard trying to keep their products cost effective. They want people to come in and buy quality products for themselves to eat, not just for special occasions or as a gift. On top of lots of high end products, you can find your day-to-day cooking essentials here at a reasonable price.

Make your way to this charming corner store, take in the impressive cabinet filled with delicious food, browse the shelves heaving with Traiteur’s own relishes, marinades, barbeque sauce and the like. With all of these carefully selected products here, it will be hard to shop anywhere else.

Words by Petra Nyman & Photography by Naomi Haussmann

crn Aikmans and, Papanui Road, Merivale, Christchurch

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