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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.

Eruption Brewing

The front counter inside Eruption Brewing in Lyttelton.
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Located on the main drag of the harbourside township of Lyttelton, Eruption Brewing is a destination for good beer, good food and good vibes.

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

Hands holding a bowl of food made at Rascal in Christchurch.
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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

A man placing a plate of food on the counter at Londo in Christchurch.
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Good things come in small packages, and Londo is a prime example of that age old proverb.

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.

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...

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...

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

Blue seats lined up against a burnt orange brick wall.
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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.

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.

Castro’s Tapas & Bar

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Named after its owner-operator and chef extraordinaire Richard Castro, this Riverside Market top-floor restaurant is an experience not to be missed.

Nikkei

Coloured lamp shades hanging down over tables and chairs at Nikkei.
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Home of Christchurch's only Japanese Peruvian fusion restaurant, Nikkei is a unique foodie destination.

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.

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.

C4 Coffee

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

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.

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...

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.

Pretty Good Pizza

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Picture this… an old-school cozy Italian pizza restaurant, but make it modern and set it in Christchurch's Riverside Market.

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.

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...

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.

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.

Bonobo Café

Birds-eye view of four dishes on a pink table at Bonobo, Christchurch.
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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

Coloured glass in the sunroom at The Old Vicarage, Christchurch.
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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

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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

Table with pizza and glasses of red wine at Mediterranean Food Company, Christchurch.
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 Down the industrial eastern end of Tuam Street in an old brickery is a secluded slice of Italy.

Addington Coffee Co-op

View of big table of customers at Addington Coffee Co-op in Christchurch.
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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.
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There’s nothing quite like a cosy neighbourhood haunt and six ounces is exactly that.

Niche Coffee + Eatery

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

Arbour Woodfire Pizza

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

Pink Lady

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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.

The Spirits Workshop

Close up of 4 bottles of gin.
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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.

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.

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

Flatlay of meat platter from 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

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

Person holding a sharing platter 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.

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.

Foundation Café

Bright turquoise counter and chef station at Foundation Café in Christchurch.
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Foundation is fully licensed, serving up flavoursome fare seamlessly integrated into Otautahi’s world-class library, Tūranga.

Gelato & Tea

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

Ramen Ria

Outdoor seating at 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Switch New Brighton

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

Smokey T's

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

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.

BOXed Quarter

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

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.

Allpress Espresso

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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...

The Tannery

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

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.

Dispense Espresso

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

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.

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.

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.