The café scene in Christchurch and Canterbury has taken off, showcasing delicious options for coffee, cabinet food, and more. Taking the chance to grow anew post-earthquake, there's a fresh, upbeat vibe among the newcomers of today and the local institutions from years ago. From Sumner to Lyttelton and over the hill to the centre city, Christchurch hosts an outstanding collection of roasteries, bakeries, cafés, and restaurants that could rival even some of the finest overseas dining options.
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Addington Coffee Co-op
Addington Coffee Co-op is, simply put, a true Christchurch institution with laid-back vibes and house-roasted coffee.
The coffee here is just what you'd expect from the experienced Allpress roasters.
Ally & Sid
Everything about Ally & Sid is inviting - a breezy spot for excellent coffee, tasty cabinet fare and a big side of sunshine.
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.
A hub for all things food, creativity and culture, BOXed Quarter thinks outside the square.
This flagship café is the best place to try adventurous coffee coupled with house-made lunches and coffee accompaniments like their delicious doughnuts.
Dispense Espresso’s owner, Hamish Bell, knows a thing or two about what makes a café great.
Adding a much needed touch of ‘cool’ to Blenheim Road, Dose Diner takes a page from the book of the quirky Melbourne café scene.
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.
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Kinfolk meets wasabi at Everyday Dose, an immaculate Hereford Street espresso bar where you will be met with the scent of house made croissants and bagels.
Evil Genius Bar & Eatery
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.
Foundation is fully licensed, serving up flavoursome fare seamlessly integrated into Otautahi’s world-class library, Tūranga.
Petite, yet oh so beautiful and sleek, Grain is a café that keeps things honest and simple.
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.
If you thought fast food was served greasy treats, think again. That’s what Herba Gourmet have done: rethought street food to bring fresh, healthy, fine food to diners on-the-go.
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J'aime les macarons
Hundreds of colourful macarons with punchy and interesting flavours are produced out of the J’aime les macarons kitchen each day.
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.
Little River Café and Store
This institutional café, specialising in homemade fare for all, is well worth a visit next time you're passing through Little River.
Little Vintage Espresso
A jewel in the Amberley crown, Little Vintage Espresso offers delicious homemade food and good coffee.
Lyttelton Coffee Company
A quirky place humming with activity, this place is home to a coffee roastery and a cafe big on sustainability, community and authentic fare.
A stylish and cosy spot for breakfast, lunch or brunch any day of the week.
Mona Vale Homestead & Pantry
Walking onto the grounds of Mona Vale Homestead & Pantry is a transportive experience of its own.
There’s something for everyone at Native Café.
Niche Coffee + Eatery
Niche Coffee + Eatery, the latest addition to the hospitality scene of Sumner, fits like a glove to the seaside village.
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Old School Collective
This collective of lifestyle businesses in North Canterbury has turned a 140-year-old school into a dream destination just north of Christchurch.
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.
Peninsula General Store
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.
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.
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.
Kaiapoi cafe Red Eight, offers up moorish quiches, freshly baked focaccia and famous Lemon Meringue Tarts in Canterbury.
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Red Eight Café at Portstone
Red Eight, the much-loved Kaiapoi café, has blossomed in a new spot at the picturesque Portstone Garden Centre.
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.
House made organic milk gelatos and sorbets mean Rollickin’ is the talk of the town.
Rollickin' Gelato Cashel Street
Rollickin' Gelato brings a fabulous late-night dessert venue to the riverside end of Cashel St.
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.
There’s nothing quite like a cosy neighbourhood coffee shop and six ounces is exactly that.
Expect the softest, juiciest slow cooked meat you’ve ever tasted at Smokey T's.
South Town Club
South Town Club is a sweet collab between the old owner’s Supreme and Dan Hobson, an absolute champion of top-notch hospitality.
Sweet Soul Patisserie
This light-filled corner shop is the first fine patisserie shop in Christchurch.
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Switch New Brighton
Switch is a bit of an institution of the seaside suburb of New Brighton.
The Arts Centre
A much-loved heritage hub for all things creative and cultural, Christchurch’s Arts Centre is a real jewel in the city’s crown.
Much-loved neighbourhood cafe by day, knock-out contemporary Italian eatery by night – The Birdwood might just be the dream local hospo joint.
The Caffeine Laboratory
Cafe and burger joint, Caffeine Laboratory is a stylish space fitted out in raw timber and with a brand new upstairs area.
The Mediterranean Food Company
Down the industrial eastern end of Tuam Street in an old brickery is a secluded slice of Italy.
Vegetarian cafe The Origin brings a much needed boost to the hospitality scene in St Albans to the delight of locals.
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The Welder is a unique health and wellbeing centre in stunningly repurposed buildings in the heart of South Town.
A sunny spot always bustling with life thanks to its epic brunch menu, homemade slices and cakes and speciality roasted coffee.
Viking Coffee Roasters x Espresso245
The role Viking Coffee Roasters plays in the local cafe community can’t be understated.
Westend Stories is a green oasis for those looking to temporarily escape the confines of their workplace.
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