Lux Espresso

Cafes key icon.
Cafes key icon.

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.

Saturday10:00 am – 2:00 pm.

SundayClosed.

66 Gloucester Street, Christchurch Central City, Christchurch

0274 266 113

Tucked inside the CoCA art gallery building on Gloucester Street, you’ll find the aesthetically pleasing Lux Espresso. A hotspot for central city workers and art lovers alike, their baked goods and mouth-watering salads are typically sold out long before lunchtime.

Bare concrete floors, white-washed walls and steel lighting rigs lend an industrial feel to the space. In contrast, the custom-designed counter of unfinished oak and earthen-toned Japanese tiles is a stunning focal point bringing a warm touch to this Christchurch café. As could be expected for a café inside an art gallery, exhibitions overflow into the café space with many changing pieces adorning Lux’s walls. Combine this with the subtle mood lighting, superior Allpress coffee, and freshly baked goods, and you have the perfect space for post-gallery chats.

If you make it to Lux early enough, you’ll find the countertop laden with moreish sweet treats and a cabinet chock full of lunch options so good you might just start drooling. It’s not hard to guess why they’re normally sold out before midday, the food at Lux is incredible. Forget boring green salads with soggy lettuce, Lux makes salads that are a whole meal and a very satisfying one at that. 

Quality ingredients are sourced as locally as possible, with fresh bread daily from Grizzly Baked Goods. The immensely popular veggie loaves and gluten-free cheese scones (with just a pinch of chilli) are baked on-site every morning, along with every kind of brownie, cookie, muffin, and donut you could possibly imagine.

Friendly and efficient service has made Lux Espresso a prime spot for that early morning caffeine fix on your way to the office. The folks at Lux sure know how to make your workday sweeter - pick up some takeaway lunch with your morning espresso and a sweet treat for the three o’clock munchies. No doubt, you’ll be back tomorrow for more!

Words by Nicola Amy Hinman & Photography by Nancy Zhou

Information not correct? Report an error

Location

66 Gloucester Street, Christchurch Central City, Christchurch

Nearby Places

Christchurch Art Gallery

Exterior curved glass building of the Christchurch Art Gallery.
Place Christchurch & Canterbury
Galleries and museum key icon.

Locals and visitors alike have the pleasure of viewing some of the best art in New Zealand and the world here.

Miro

Three dishes of food on a table at Miro in the old Caffe Roma building in Christchurch.
Place Christchurch & Canterbury
Cafes key icon.

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

Fiddlesticks

Close up of food being served Fiddlesticks in Christchurch.
Place Christchurch & Canterbury
Restaurants key icon.

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 Physics Room

Exterior of The Physics Room.
Place Christchurch & Canterbury
Galleries and museum key icon.

The Physics Room is well worth a visit.

Similar Places

Tom's

Close up of a sandwich on a blue bench.
Place Christchurch & Canterbury
Cafes key icon.

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.

The Cakelady, Ashburton

Colourful cakes beautifully decorated on a table at The Cakelady in Ashburton.
Place Christchurch & Canterbury
Cafes key icon.

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

The Birdwood

Customers eating breakfast at The Birdwood, Christchurch.
Place Christchurch & Canterbury
Bars key icon. Cafes key icon. Restaurants key icon.

Much-loved neighbourhood cafe by day, knock-out contemporary Italian eatery by night – The Birdwood might just be the dream local hospo joint.

Smokey T's

Flatlay of BBQ meat and chips on a table.
Place Christchurch & Canterbury
Cafes key icon. Restaurants key icon.

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