The Wine Bars Winning Over Christchurch Ōtautahi

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Whether you prefer a pinot or crave a cabernet, we’ve got your guide to the neatest wine bars winning over Ōtautahi locals and visitors alike.

Fresh On Kendal

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Weekly supermarket shops aren’t usually synonymous with peace and calm, but it’s a whole other story at Fresh On Kendal.

Bar Yoku

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The ultimate izakaya experience in Ōtautahi Christchurch, Bar Yoku is something special.

Tanoshi

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Tanoshi has made a name for itself in Queenstown with three popular sites, each with a slightly different focus. But its Christchurch restaurant is a fusion of them all.

Victoria Free House

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A British-style pub, Victoria Free House is a slice of the old world in the heart of Ōtautahi Christchurch.

Frances Nation Café

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Frances Nation Café is a go-to in Christchurch for superb coffee and delicious food.

Coffee Embassy

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Pay attention next time you are driving down Fitzgerald Ave because here you will find a cafe and roastery home to some of the best brews and beans in the city.

Two Thumb Brewing on Colombo

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On the edge of Christchurch’s city centre, just as Colombo Street crosses into Sydenham, you’ll find Two Thumb Brewing Co.’s brewery and taproom.

Two Thumb Brewing Company on Manchester

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Everyone needs a good local pub in their lives, a place you can go with a relaxed atmosphere, where you are guaranteed to run into a few mates and, most importantly, enjoy a...

Scoundrel

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A destination on the east side of town, just a stone's throw away from Te Kaha Christchurch stadium, Scoundrel is one of those spots you wander into once and know instantly...

Triangle Espresso, Ashburton

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Triangle Espresso is a landmark of Ashburton’s up-and-coming Triangle District.

The Rabbit, Ashburton

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The Rabbit is an exciting eatery in the heart of The Triangle in Ashburton.

Cleavers Corner, Ashburton

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Cleavers Corner is the locals' go-to in Ashburton.

8 Businesses Championing Sustainability in Ōtautahi

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Championing sustainability is no easy feat, but these businesses are walking the walk and making a positive impact on the world around us.

Smoke Restaurant, Ashburton

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Ashburton's Smoke restaurant is a carnivore's haven specialising in American low and slow barbeque.

The Cakelady, Ashburton

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Tharina Nel is the Cakelady of Ashburton. A self-taught baker of incredible creations, she can whip up just about anything you can imagine.

Supreme Supreme

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Supreme Supreme doesn't do anything by halves.

Dune Café

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On the corner of Bridge Street and Estuary Road in the heart of South Brighton, you’ll find Dune Café.

New Brighton Good Life Guide: Elisha Blogg

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Elisha Blogg grew up in pre-quake Christchurch before taking off overseas for nearly ten years. When she was pregnant with their first child, Elisha and her partner Mike moved to Christchurch to be closer to the much-appreciated support of her folks, and landed in New Brighton in 2018. Six years, two tiny humans, one very needy black cat and their second New Brighton home later, they have immersed themselves into the culture and community. They cannot imagine living in any other part of Ōtautahi Christchurch. We chatted to Elisha about her favourite experiences in New Brighton and what makes it special.

Central Deli Sandwiches

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Central Deli Sandwiches is a permanent daytime pop-up within Christchurch's New Regent Street restaurant Story.

Kokomo

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Kokomo brings a modern coastal dining experience to Ōtautahi Christchurch.

The Lil' Brew Espresso Bar

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Located within an iconic heritage building in the heart of Redcliffs, The Lil Brew Espresso Bar is quite possibly the cutest cafe in town.

Rascal

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Located in the heart of the CBD on Christchurch’s High Street, Rascal is a modern bistro offering innovative food and exceptional cocktails.

Akin Café

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Akin is as clean-cut as a café can be.

The Church Pub

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The Church on the corner of Manchester and Worcester Streets in the heart of the city is a cornerstone of Christchurch hospitality.

LONDO

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Good things come in small packages, and Londo is a prime example of that age old proverb.

Estelle

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A sophisticated sibling to Tom’s sandwich bar on Christchurch's Southwark Street, Estelle sits neatly just a few strides and a diagonal road crossing away in a space...

Moon Under Water

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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.

The Lane

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Tucked next door to the Sudima Christchurch city hotel on Salisbury Street, The Lane is so much more than a hotel restaurant.

BUTTER Pastry

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At the Phillipstown end of Tuam Street in Christchurch stands a small kitchen where award winning pastry chef Corentin Esquenet works his magic.

Tiny Door

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Tiny Door is New Zealand’s very first hole-in-the-wall food experience, offering restaurant quality food in a quick-as-a-flash grab-and-go manner to the hungry people...

The Best Eats Down Riccarton Road

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While for some Riccarton Road may conjure up images of slow crawling traffic, BYOs gone rogue or adolescent moments at the mall that they’d rather forget, the quantity of exceptional eateries makes up for the road’s lesser qualities.

Bohemian Bakery St Martins

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Bohemian Bakery’s St Martins shop provides the south of the city with all of the carby goodness familiar from the bakery’s other locations.

The Little High Eatery

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A collection of eateries housed in an open space building, Little High is more than your typical food cooperative.

Muy Muy

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Muy Muy breathes a breath of warm Central American air to the edge of Christchurch's CBD.

Francesca's Italian Kitchen Christchurch

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A big ol’ slice of authentic, rustic Italian cuisine in the heart of Christchurch.

Ashburton is the New Black - A New Look Guide to this Mid Canterbury Town

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Just over an hour south of Ōtautahi Christchurch sits the rural township of Hakatere Ashburton. Servicing a greater area of Mid Canterbury, this is where the coast, the mountains, the rivers and the rural landscape meet. For many Cantabrians, this is a town you pass through along journeys north or south, but scratch the surface, and you’ll find much more to Ashburton than you see along the highway.

Westend Stories Café & Eatery

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Westend Stories is a green oasis for those looking to temporarily escape the confines of their workplace.

Ally & Sid

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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.

Crown & Pantry

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A good old fashioned general store, Crown & Pantry in Amberley is a one-stop-shop for everything you might need for a platter and wine kind of scenario, be it a picnic,...

La Luna

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A café by day, an a la carte restaurant by night, La Luna Eatery & Bar located in the heart of Rangiora, carries out each of its roles effortlessly.

Mapu

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Hidden down a small lane on Lyttelton's main drag, you'll find one of Christchurch's best-kept dining secrets. There is no signage, no walk-ins, no hours and no menu.

Sweet Soul Patisserie

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Step in through the floor-to-ceiling glass doors of Sweet Soul Patisserie, and you will immediately be greeted with an air of amicable sophistication.

Gatherings

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Living in harmony with the seasons has many benefits, and dining at Gatherings is undoubtedly one of them.

Odeon

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Take one of Christchurch’s best chefs and his wealth of international experience, add his Andalusian-inspired dishes to an epic and interesting wine list, and top it all off with a sumptuous, luxe decor and you get Odeon.

C4 Coffee

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If you’re in Christchurch and seeking an exceptional coffee experience, C4 Coffee should be your primary destination.

Kinji

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Upon arrival, you’ll be greeted with Irasshaimase, a traditional Japanese welcome, and immediately feel transported to another continent. If you’re after an authentic Japanese dining experience with truly exceptional cuisine then you need to book a table at Kinji and do it soon.

Doubles

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Game, set, match! In a sunny spot on Worcester Boulevard, this tennis-themed café with a gram-worthy brunch menu is the new King of...

Lux Espresso

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Positioned in the entrance of CoCA Gallery, Lux Espresso has a contemporary design and a wholesome breakfast and lunch menu.

Shafeeq Ismail's Favourite Christchurch Food Spots

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Chef Shafeeq Ismail gives us an insight into some of his favourite food spots in Ōtautahi Christchurch.

Mind Your Temper

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If you’re feeling grumpy or a little blue, a visit to Mind Your Temper is sure to lighten your mood.

Zeek's

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Everyone deserves a good lunch, and you’ll get a great one at Zeek’s. Fresh, fast and super tasty is the name of the game.

Downstairs Bar

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What do you get when you marry the cosy vibes of an intimate pub with the sophistication of an inner city wine bar? You end up with the best of both worlds and the result is Downstairs on New Regent Street.

Black Burger

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Found in the heart of the hustle and bustle of Christchurch's Riverside Market, is the small but perfectly primed kitchen that Black Burger calls home.

Christchurch's Finest Places To Go For A Cocktail

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No matter the weather it's always the right time for a cocktail. It could be the height of summer, the sun is shining, you’re with good friends and fruity concoctions are flowing. Or perhaps the temperatures have taken a dive, cosy vibes are key and your drink of choice also has the job of providing some much-needed warmth.

Three Donkeys

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Located in the heart of New Brighton, Three Donkeys is a small restaurant focused on an authentic yet elegantly modern take on Indian and Japanese cuisine.

Child Sister

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Seeking a calm environment with aesthetically-pleasing interior decor, complete with incredible coffee and delicious food to match? Then look no further, Child Sister has...

Sumner Social

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The arrival of Sumner Social warrants high fives all around because, at last, the coastal suburb has a top-notch bar and restaurant with ocean views.

Tom's

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If you are a sando aficionado and find yourself in the South Town area of Christchurch city centre, keep an eye out for the striking cobalt blue hue of Tom’s.

Bonobo Café

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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

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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

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

General Post

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You’ll find a few golden nuggets interspersed around Tai Tapu, and General Post is one of them.

Tussock Hill Vineyard

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The long and winding road up to Tussock Hill Vineyard & Cellar Door is as inconspicuous as it is rewarding.

Truffle Café

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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

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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

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 Down the industrial eastern end of Tuam Street in an old brickery is a secluded slice of Italy.

Elevate Your Lunch in Christchurch's CBD

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When it comes to meals throughout the day, breakfast is touted as the most important and dinner often gets all the glory, however, we say there is a serious case to be made for lunch being the best. In Christchurch’s city centre, there are plenty of options to satisfy your twelve o’clock hunger.

Empire Chicken

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A fried chicken establishment to rival the big dogs.

Bellbird Bakery

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Bellbird is everything you want in a local bakery — filled with classic pastries and delicious loaves of fresh-baked bread.

Addington Coffee Co-op

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Addington Coffee Co-op is, simply put, a true Christchurch institution with laid-back vibes and house-roasted coffee.

Story

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The dining experience at Story is anything but ordinary.

The Best Christchurch Spots For An Iced Drink This Summer

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Picture this… the sun is shining, the vibes are popping and you’re in the mood for the perfect icy beverage to complement your day.

Austin Club

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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.

Six Ounces

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There’s nothing quite like a cosy neighbourhood haunt and six ounces is exactly that.

Kung Fu Dumplings

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Christchurch may be a long jaunt from Kathmandu, but you won't have to go nearly as far for momo dumplings.

Mona Vale Homestead & Pantry

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Mona Vale Homestead & Pantry in Christchurch creates an idyllic setting for a beautifully appointed restaurant, perched along the Avon River.

Niche Coffee + Eatery

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Niche Coffee + Eatery, the latest addition to the hospitality scene of Sumner, fits like a glove to the seaside village.

Soul Quarter

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Soul Quarter captures the essence of a contemporary brasserie – great service, simple and seasonal dishes, and a splash of how you say, je ne sais quoi.

Pizza Trap

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Pizza Trap is a collaboration between the person behind Alligator Pizza and Space Academy, serving up neo-neapolitan pizzas with quality ingredients on hand-thrown, sourdough bases.

Tramway Restaurant

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The Tramway Restaurant is somewhat of a moving Christchurch institution. Most of us have seen it roll past us lit up with warm lighting, filled with happy diners waving at passers by.

Arbour Woodfire Pizza

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A standout eatery where you can expect to find perfectly charred pizzas and a plant-filled atmosphere.

Saturdays

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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.

The Spirits Workshop

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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.

Brew Academy

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Brew Academy gives you the chance to learn to brew, grab a pint from their tap room, and get a mean feed from Smoke ’n’ Barrel, who operate out of the same premises. There’s a lot on offer at Brew Academy, and good beer ties it all together.

Neatest Places in Christchurch for an Ice Cream

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On a hot day in Christchurch, there’s no better way to cool down than with a delicious iced delight.

Grizzly Baked Goods CBD

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Grizzly's shop at The Welder offers classic sourdough breads as well as cookies, donuts, sammies, bear claws and croissants.

El Quincho

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For a taste of Argentina, head to El Quincho at Riverside Market.

Riccarton Noodle House

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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

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Prepare to be charmed by The Last Word’s relaxed, friendly environment and impressive drinks offering

Dine Out on the Neat Places’ Team's Restaurant Picks

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If there’s one thing we can be certain of, it’s that New Zealand’s restaurant scene is up there with the best. Whether it’s cheap eats or silver service, our country really does have it all. Our Neat Places team has taken the time to each pick their absolute favourite (or two!) places for dinner across the country and their reasoning behind each selection. Expect casual eateries and breweries to Italian pasta houses and Asian eats - there really is quite the range.

Georges Road Wines

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If you like great wine, stunning scenery and a quick escape from the city head to Georges Road Wines in Waipara.

Greystone Wines

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A day exploring the magic being made by Greystone Wines in Waipara is a day well spent.

Midnight Shanghai

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Midnight Shanghai offers Christchurch elevated, modern Chinese fare with karaoke, handcrafted cocktails and a menu designed for sharing.

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

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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

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Foundation is fully licensed, serving up flavoursome fare seamlessly integrated into Otautahi’s world-class library, Tūranga.

Ramen Ria

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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.

Canterbury Brewers' Collective

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Canterbury Brewers’ Collective at Riverside Market is your CBD spot for takeaway brews, cold pints and free-flowing chat over which to find your new favourite pour.

Three Boys Brewery

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Pop into Three Boys Brewery and fill a rigger, order a keg for that next bash or sit down and enjoy a cold one right here – there’s a comfy space upstairs to set down your tush and watch the brewers at work.

Gelato & Tea

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Gelato & Tea offers homemade gelato and a range of tea drinks, alongside a selection of delicious sweet treats.

Bohemian Bakery Central City

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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

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The Welder is a unique health and wellbeing centre in stunningly repurposed buildings in the heart of South Town.

Best of 2023: The Neatest Newcomers of Christchurch’s Food Scene

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Sandwich shops, spritz bars, the return of old favourites, churches converted into pubs and open fire cooking. This year was arguably one of the most exciting times to be dining out in Christchurch Ōtautahi, as we were treated to an influx of new cafés, delis, wine bars, pubs and restaurants. From flashy riverside venues to humble hidden gems, here are 17 notable newcomers who opened their doors in 2023.

Gelato Lab

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Gelato Lab churns out traditional gelato in a number of delicious and ever-changing flavours, all made on-site by two passionate ladies.

Evil Genius Bar & Eatery

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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.

J'aime les Macarons

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Hundreds of colourful macarons with punchy and interesting flavours are produced out of the J’aime les macarons kitchen each day.

gin gin

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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.

Rolleston Fields: Experience the New Side to Rolleston

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Hit the motorway heading south from the centre of Christchurch, and in a mere 15-20 minutes, you’ll arrive in New Zealand’s fastest-growing town, Rolleston. Once dubbed “the town of the future”, it’s apparent this is now very much a reality with a booming population, plenty of investment and exciting new developments appearing on the scene. With its modern, design-led town centre, it’s clear to see why so many people from around the country and further afield are choosing to call Rolleston home.

Grater Goods

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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

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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.

Miss Peppercorn

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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

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Switch is a bit of an institution of the seaside suburb of New Brighton.

Prima Roastery

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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.

Earl

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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 Central

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If bars could be left or right handed, Dux Central would be ambidextrous. There’s nothing this place can’t be.

Dux Dine

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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.

Grizzly Baked Goods

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Effortlessly cool with a friendly and inviting vibe, Grizzly Baked Goods will have you feeling like you’ve woken up in another city.

Ilex Café

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Right in the heart of the stunning Christchurch Botanic Gardens, Ilex Café is a must visit for beautiful food and good vibes.

50 Bistro

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50 Bistro at The George offers quality local produce, views of Hagley Park and the perfect pre-theatre dining spot.

Smokey T's

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Expect the softest, juiciest slow cooked meat you’ve ever tasted at Smokey T's.

Our Pick of the Tastiest Veggie Burgers in Christchurch

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Ask a kid what their favourite food is, and you’re bound to get a simple answer: a burger. Ask a grown-up, and who knows what answer you’ll get, but in all honesty, there’s really that kid within most of us who finds digging their teeth into a good burger a satisfaction unlike anything else.

Little Pom's

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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

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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.

The Arts Centre

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A much-loved heritage hub for all things creative and cultural, Christchurch’s Arts Centre is a real jewel in the city’s crown.

BOXed Quarter

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A hub for all things food, creativity and culture, BOXed Quarter thinks outside the square.

The Recipe for a Neighbourhood Institution with Sarah Freeman of The Birdwood

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Is there much better than a great neighbourhood local? A place where everyone knows your name, usual order and favourite seat. A place you’ve frequented so often that it feels like an extension of your living room. Wellington and Auckland have endless ‘locals’, but here in Ōtautahi Christchurch, they’re a little harder to uncover. For residents of Beckenham, however, they’re blessed with The Birdwood. A prominent character building perfectly positioned in the heart of the community. A café by day in one space and a restaurant come evening in another, and now thanks to some renovations, there’s more connection between the two and a new bar to familiarise yourself with.

5th Street

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A spectacular spot for evening dining seven days a week.

Barrys Bay Cheese

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Barrys Bay Cheese has been creating delicious, memorable cheeses in its namesake bay since 1895.

The Craft Embassy

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Great beer, great food, great views. Craft Embassy is the whole package and more.

Miro

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A stylish and cosy spot for breakfast, lunch or brunch, any day of the week.

Little Vintage Espresso

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A jewel in the Amberley crown, Little Vintage Espresso offers delicious homemade food and good coffee.

Pegasus Bay

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Pegasus Bay will blow you away with its beautiful setting and world-class wine.

SUPER

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

OGB

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A speakeasy-style bar, OGB serves up an old-school approach to hospitality.

Bessie

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Dark, a little brooding and faultless in its theme, Bessie is an immaculate display of fine dining in the inner city.

Allpress Espresso

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The coffee here is just what you'd expect from the experienced Allpress roasters.

The Laboratory

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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

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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.

The Emerging Organic Wine Brands of Waipara, North Canterbury

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If you look beyond the standout Waipara wine brands we all know and love, four passionate young Canterbury winemakers are doing things a little differently. We spoke with each of them to better understand their inspiration and wine styles.

Civil and Naval

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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.

Herba Gourmet

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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.

Twenty Seven Steps

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An effortless combination of old and new, Twenty Seven Steps is a modern and sophisticated restaurant on New Regent Street.

Black Estate

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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.

The Tale of Tussock Hill; The Journey of Vineyard to Table on Christchurch’s Port Hills

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Growing grapes on Christchurch's Port Hills is rare and, from what I've been told, not easy. Match that with an onsite restaurant with a vantage point looking over Christchurch City and the vineyard while enjoying your glass of organic goodness, and you've got Tussock Hill. It's only been open since 2021 but already feels like part of the landscape.

Lyttelton Coffee Company

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A quirky place humming with activity, this place is home to a coffee roastery and a cafe big on sustainability, community and authentic fare.

Ōtoromiro Hotel

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Perched at its grand position on a hillside at the end of Te Whakaraupō Lyttelton Harbour, the historical Ōtoromiro Hotel offers hard-to-beat views, friendly service and...

Fiddlesticks

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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.

Park Ranger

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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.

Boo's

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Inventive in its approach to dining, Boo's draws from the savant of comfort food: Southern American cuisine.

Harbour Co-Op

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

Bohemian Bakery Sumner

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Located in sunny Sumner, Bohemian Bakery is an Eastern European-inspired neighbourhood bakery.

Smash Palace

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For the novelty of having your local beer served from the window of a bus, look no further than Smash Palace.

The Tannery

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Prepared to be wowed by the sophisticated one-stop-shop that is The Tannery.

Inati

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Prepare to be wowed by the thoughtful and beautifully executed Inati.

Dispense Espresso

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Dispense Espresso’s owner, Hamish Bell, knows a thing or two about what makes a café great.

Punky Brewster

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Housed in what is, quite literally, a garage in the back streets of Riccarton, Punky Brewster is an unexpected find in an otherwise nondescript part of town.

Culinary Inspirations: Behind the Scenes with Sweet Soul Pâtisserie's Rea Scur

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As a passionate Francophile and self-confessed sweet tooth, Nicola Amy Hinman was rather excited to chat with Rea Scur, one half of the incredibly talented sister duo behind Christchurch Ōtautahi’s favourite pâtisserie, about her culinary inspirations and the creative process behind their exquisite desserts.

Tomi Japanese Restaurant

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Serving authentic Japanese cuisine, Tomi is most famous for their sashimi sourced from the local fish market.

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.