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Bonobo Café

Man holding burger and chips at Bonobo, Christchurch.
Place Christchurch & Canterbury
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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

Exterior view of Pilgrim in Christchurch.
Place Christchurch & Canterbury
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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

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

Truffle Café

Exterior of Truffle café, Christchurch.
Place Christchurch & Canterbury
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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

Exterior of Paddy McNaughton's, Christchurch.
Place Christchurch & Canterbury
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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.
Place Christchurch & Canterbury
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 Down the industrial eastern end of Tuam Street in an old brickery is a secluded slice of Italy.

Viking Coffee Roasters x Espresso245

Espresso245 exterior.
Place Christchurch & Canterbury
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The role Viking Coffee Roasters plays in the local cafe community can’t be understated.

Addington Coffee Co-op

View of big table of customers at Addington Coffee Co-op in Christchurch.
Place Christchurch & Canterbury
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Addington Coffee Co-op is, simply put, a true Christchurch institution with laid-back vibes and house-roasted coffee.

Six Ounces

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

The Great Pastry Shop

The Great Pastry Shop sign.
Place Christchurch & Canterbury

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.

Niche Coffee + Eatery

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

Red Eight Café at Portstone

Close up of lemon meringue pies.
Place Christchurch & Canterbury
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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

Person squeezing lime on tacos from South Town Club.
Place Christchurch & Canterbury
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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.

Arbour Woodfire Pizza

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

Pink Lady

Close up of cocktail on a table.
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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.

Dice and Slice

Close up of a bowl of onion rings next to board game at Dice and Slice in Christchurch.
Place Christchurch & Canterbury
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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

Close up of 4 bottles of gin.
Place Christchurch & Canterbury

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

Eating oats with poached pear.
Place Christchurch & Canterbury
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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.

Grizzly Baked Goods CBD

Avo on toast at Grizzly Baked Goods in the Christchurch CBD.
Place Christchurch & Canterbury

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.

El Quincho

People dining inside El Quincho in Riverside Market.
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For a taste of Argentina, head to El Quincho at Riverside Market.

Riccarton Noodle House

Close up of customers serving themselves fried rice.
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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

Close up of liquor bottles on a shelf.
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Prepare to be charmed by The Last Word’s relaxed, friendly environment and impressive drinks offering

Greystone Wines

Dining table with green leather chairs at Greystone Wines, North Canterbury.
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A day exploring the magic being made by Greystone Wines ibn Waipara is a day well spent.

Barefoot Eatery

Interior of Barefoot Eatery in Christchurch.
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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

A guitarist playing music on a stage at 12 Bar in Christchurch.
Place Christchurch & Canterbury
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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.

Little River Café and Store

Seating area at Little River Cafe and Store.
Place Christchurch & Canterbury
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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.

Rollickin' Gelato Cashel Street

Double scoop gelato on a cone in front of an orange wall.
Place Christchurch & Canterbury
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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

The counter and coffee machine at Ally & Sid café in Christchurch.
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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

Two people eating at a table in front of a window.
Place Christchurch & Canterbury
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Foundation is fully licensed, serving up flavoursome fare seamlessly integrated into Otautahi’s world-class library, Tūranga.

Moon Under Water

Exterior of Moon Under Water, Christchurch.
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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.

Ramen Ria

Bowl of fresh ramen with sides.
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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.

The Welder

A courtyard full of plants with two hanging white chairs.
Place Christchurch & Canterbury
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The Welder is a unique health and wellbeing centre in stunningly repurposed buildings in the heart of South Town.

Gelato Lab

Customer holding her Gelato Lab ice cream.
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.

gin gin

View of the bar through green archway at gin gin..
Place Christchurch & Canterbury
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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.

The Burger Joint

Large colourful poster over table and cheers.
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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

Interior shot showing hanging plants and cafe scene at Westend Stories..
Place Christchurch & Canterbury
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Westend Stories is a green oasis for those looking to temporarily escape the confines of their workplace.

Switch New Brighton

View of seating area inside Switch with customers..
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Switch is a bit of an institution of the seaside suburb of New Brighton.

Smokey T's

Flatlay of BBQ meat and chips on a table.
Place Christchurch & Canterbury
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Expect the softest, juiciest slow cooked meat you’ve ever tasted at Smokey T's.

The Birdwood

Customers eating breakfast at The Birdwood, Christchurch.
Place Christchurch & Canterbury
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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.

BOXed Quarter

People hanging out in the lanes at The Boxed Quarter Christchurch.
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A hub for all things food, creativity and culture, BOXed Quarter thinks outside the square.

Francesca's Italian Kitchen Christchurch

The bar area of Francesca's Italian Kitchen, Christchurch.
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A big ol’ slice of authentic, rustic Italian cuisine in the heart of Christchurch.

Miro

A flatlay of food on a table at Miro cafe in the old Caffe Roma building in Christchurch.
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A stylish and cosy spot for breakfast, lunch or brunch any day of the week.

Little Vintage Espresso

Customers queuing to order at the counter at Little Vintage Espresso in Amberley.
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A jewel in the Amberley crown, Little Vintage Espresso offers delicious homemade food and good coffee.

Pegasus Bay

Exterior doors with manicured trees in the foreground at Pegasus Bay.
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Pegasus Bay will blow you away with its beautiful setting and world-class wine.

SUPER

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

Terrace Edge Wines

Wine being poured into a glass.
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The classy yet laid back winery atmosphere you’ve been looking for.

O.G.B

A man pouring a cocktail at OGB in Christchurch.
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A speakeasy-style bar, OGB serves up an old-school approach to hospitality.

Allpress Espresso

Two employees working behind the cafe counter at Allpress Espresso in Christchurch.
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The coffee here is just what you'd expect from the experienced Allpress roasters.

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

The building exterior of Civil and Naval in Lyttelton
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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.

Coffee Embassy

Outdoor Coffee Embassy signage on a brick wall.
Place Christchurch & Canterbury
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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.

Herba Gourmet

A painted Herba Gourmet sign.
Place Christchurch & Canterbury
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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

The exterior of the Peninsula General Store building.
Place Christchurch & Canterbury Akaroa
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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.

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.

Park Ranger

Park Ranger cafe space.
Place Christchurch & Canterbury
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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.

Sun Dog Diner

Flatlay of couple eating American style food at Sun Dog Diner, Christchurch.
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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...

Black Estate

View out of window at Black Estate, North Canterbury towards vines.
Place Christchurch & Canterbury
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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.

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.

The Laboratory

Seating area with exposed brick wall.
Place Christchurch & Canterbury
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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.

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.

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.

The Little High Eatery

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