The Lil' Brew Espresso Bar

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Monday7:30 am – 2:00 pm.

Tuesday7:30 am – 2:00 pm.

Wednesday7:30 am – 2:00 pm.

Thursday7:30 am – 2:00 pm.

Friday7:30 am – 2:00 pm.

Saturday8:00 am – 2:30 pm.

Sunday8:00 am – 2:30 pm.

186a Main Road, Redcliffs, Christchurch

Located within an iconic heritage building in the heart of Redcliffs, The Lil Brew Espresso Bar is quite possibly the cutest cafe in town. Step in, and you’ll immediately soak in the amicable atmosphere. No matter how busy the staff behind the counter are, you’ll find a smile on their faces. And when the sun is out, to say they are busy is an understatement.

The front room is where the action takes place. Be it a cup of coffee, a bite to eat or a refreshing smoothie, you’ll find something to tickle your fancy here. A selection of Bellbird pastries, in-house made salads and sandwiches, plus a bunch of delicate vegan slices await devouring. If you’ve arrived with your furry friend, they’ll be glad to find a  freezer full of Cocomutt Ice Cream – the people behind Lil Brew are, in fact, also behind the small canine goodness business. During the summer months, you may come across the Lil Ice Trike by the very same folk selling human ice cream up front as well.

Wander through the creaky corridor and find a cute nook complete with a kid’s table and toys, or take the narrow stairs up and discover a quaint little room with a window offering a glimpse of the ocean across the road. Another upstairs room serves as a gift store selling a range of locally made products as well as the very kid’s tables and chairs you can get your little ones to test drive downstairs.

Outdoors offers plenty of seating on those sunny days when this beachy spot is at its best. There’s also a lovely little kids play area that local tots are bound to love. It’s fair to say that The Lil Brew Espresso Bar is the kind of neighbourhood cafe that is loved by locals and visitors alike.


Words by Petra Nyman & Photography by Nancy Zhou

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186a Main Road, Redcliffs, Christchurch

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