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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.

Seven

View of the interior of Seven with cream leather booths and mahogany furniture.
Place Christchurch & Canterbury
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Take the elevator to Level 7 of the Muse Art Hotel in Christchurch, and from there you’ll be ushered into the elegant restaurant, Seven.

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.

Austin Club

Austin Club green neon sign.
Place Christchurch & Canterbury
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If you like your bars secret, check out Austin Club tucked in a basement, down an alleyway. Oh, and you'll need the password, too.

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.

Native Café

Two women having coffee at the counter outside Native Cafe in Christchurch.
Place Christchurch & Canterbury
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Next time you find yourself Sydenham side of Christchurch town, stop at Native Café for a cup of top-notch coffee and an honest bite to eat.

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.

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.

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.

Bottle & Stone

People dining inside Bottle and Stone in Christchurch.
Place Christchurch & Canterbury
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A hole in the wall pizza joint in The Welder.

Gatherings

Art on the wall at Gatherings in Christchurch.
Place Christchurch & Canterbury
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Food is best enjoyed together, and when you’re tucked into the intimate restaurant that is Gatherings, you’ll remember why.

Riccarton Noodle House

Close up of customers serving themselves fried rice.
Place Christchurch & Canterbury
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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.

Fire and Slice Woodfired Pizza

A chef making pizza at Fire and Slice woodfired pizza in Sumner.
Place Christchurch & Canterbury
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Most great things are built from the ground (or base) up, just like pizza. Woodfired pizza shop, Fire and Slice, located in Sumner village is no different.

Barefoot Eatery

Interior of Barefoot Eatery in Christchurch.
Place Christchurch & Canterbury
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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.

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.
Place Christchurch & Canterbury
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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.
Place Christchurch & Canterbury
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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.

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.

Ramen Ria

Bowl of fresh ramen with sides.
Place Christchurch & Canterbury
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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.

Bohemian Bakery Central City

Brick facade of the Bohemian Bakery.
Place Christchurch & Canterbury

Bohemian Bakery’s second storefront is a cozy enclave filled with the smells and sounds of a traditional bakery, like the ever popular Portuguese tart and crusty loaves.

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.

Utopia Ice Central City

Ice cream light on a pink wall with a bench seat.
Place Christchurch & Canterbury

Head down to southern High Street to experience all of the delicious, classic, exotic and mindfully made ice cream flavours from Utopia Ice.

Sweet Soul Patisserie

Fine patisserie on a white plate.
Place Christchurch & Canterbury
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This light-filled corner shop is the first fine patisserie shop in Christchurch.

Grain Coffee

People sitting at tall leaners at Grain café in Christchurch.
Place Christchurch & Canterbury
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Petite, yet oh so beautiful and sleek, Grain is a café that keeps things honest and simple.

Grater Goods

Two woman dining at Grater Goods in Christchurch.
Place Christchurch & Canterbury
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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.

The Burger Joint

Large colourful poster over table and cheers.
Place Christchurch & Canterbury
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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.

Miss Peppercorn

Plate of noodles being eaten with chopsticks at Miss Peppercorn in Sumner.
Place Christchurch & Canterbury
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Miss Peppercorn is a modern eatery, celebrating the fragrant and mouth-numbing flavours of the owner's hometown in the Chinese province of Sichuan.

Switch New Brighton

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

Earl

Dishes on a table ready to eat at Earl, Christchurch.
Place Christchurch & Canterbury
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Earl is a local for inner-city residents and workers, bringing a breath of European bistro culture to central Christchurch.

Dux Dine

Bi-fold white doors onto deck and courtyard area of Dux Dine in Christchurch.
Place Christchurch & Canterbury
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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.

Little Poms

Waiter holding breakfast bowl at Little Poms, Christchurch.
Place Christchurch & Canterbury
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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.

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.

SUPER

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

O.G.B

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

Rona's

Exterior of Rona's, Akaroa.
Place Christchurch & Canterbury Akaroa
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With glistening Akaroa seaside views just around the corner, stepping into Rona’s for a gourmet brunch feels like treating yourself to a bona fide holiday.

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.

Inati

Th chef Simon Levy working in the kitchen inside Inati restaurant Christchurch, New Zealand.
Place Christchurch & Canterbury
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Prepare to be wowed by the thoughtful and beautifully executed Inati.

The Monday Room

Chef pouring sauce on a plated dish.
Place Christchurch & Canterbury
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The way this restaurant changes constantly yet simultaneously remains a longtime local favourite speaks to just how special it is.

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.

Unknown Chapter

Seating area at Unknown Chapter.
Place Christchurch & Canterbury
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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.

Sun Dog Diner

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

Tomi Japanese Restaurant

The counter looking into the kitchen.
Place Christchurch & Canterbury
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Serving authentic Japanese cuisine, Tomi is most famous for their sashimi sourced from the local fish market.

Civil and Naval

The building exterior of Civil and Naval in Lyttelton
Place Christchurch & Canterbury
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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.

Harbour Co-Op

Close up of tomatoes and lemons at Harbour Co-op in Lyttelton.
Place Christchurch & Canterbury

No longer the domain of hippies and survivalists; organic, free-range, bulk and sustainable foods are now the norm.

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.