Westend Stories

Monday7:00 am – 3:30 pm.

Tuesday7:00 am – 3:30 pm.

Wednesday7:00 am – 3:30 pm.

Thursday7:00 am – 3:30 pm.

Friday7:00 am – 3:30 pm.

Saturday8:00 am – 2:30 pm.

Sunday8:00 am – 2:30 pm.

93C Cambridge Terrace, Christchurch Central City, Christchurch

03-421 5672

Hidden in the heart of Christchurch's bustling and vibrant city centre is a secret garden. Westend Stories is a green oasis for those looking to temporarily escape the confines of their workplace and tomorrow morning's deadline.

With its elongated and inviting open spaced design, there's plenty of room for you to stop, take a breath, and a much needed gulp of Allpress Espresso. A jungle of greenery hanging from the ceiling and sprouting from pots at every step is complemented by arms of industrial lighting poking from the walls, scandi-style dining sets and contemporary art.

Immersed in the soul of Christchurch’s business hub, you’ll find top dogs caffeinating while planning the week ahead or work buddies convening for an urgent out of office ‘meeting’ (agenda item number one: their city famous cheese scone). Westend Stories also offers an alternative to the usual boardroom gathering, with a private room tucked tidily in the corner for your convenience But don’t let the suit and tie brigade deter you – you needn’t have a certain job title to feel at home here.

An array of fresh baking, including gluten free friands and chocolate brownies, as well as gooey salted caramel slice and their popular vegan and gluten free Belgium biscuits, are tantalising options to grab on the go. Nourishing and colourful salads, and gourmet house-made sandwiches will liven up your lunchtime. Their freshly squeezed cold pressed juices are the perfect sidekick for a spot of courtyard sun.

If you do have time to stick around for a little longer, or pop in on the weekend (oh yes, go ahead and rejoice ‘cos these guys are open 7 days!), please allow us to direct your attention to the menu.

Upgrade your average marmite on toast for an indulgent morning of sweet waffles coated in lemon curd and fresh fruit, complete with a dark chocolate dome. Or if savoury is what you're after, their Mediterranean-style bruschetta loaded with smashed avocado and nuggets of halloumi more than hits the spot. Lunch is perfectly laid-back with a good splash of sophistication. Napoli style pizza on daily house-made dough and whole rotisserie chicken are just a couple of stellar midday choices, with a range of local and wine and beer always at the ready

The Westend crew takes good hospitality seriously, so don’t be surprised if the staff here not only remember your name and your coffee order, but check in on your latest DIY project or how your kiddo’s piano exam went. They’re cool like that.

Words by Maggie Worthington & Photography by Nancy Zhou

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Location

93C Cambridge Terrace, Christchurch Central City, Christchurch

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