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The Beer Library

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Place Christchurch & Canterbury
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Listen up craft beer lovers of Christchurch and beyond, if you haven’t already visited The Beer Library, you must rectify this situation immediately.

Frances Nation Café

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

Coffee Embassy

The cafe space at 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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Place Christchurch & Canterbury
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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...

Smoke Restaurant, Ashburton

The large bar area inside Smoke restaurant in Ashburton.
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Ashburton's Smoke restaurant is a carnivore's haven specialising in American low and slow barbeque.

Dune Café

Customers sitting at tables inside Dune Cafe New Brighton.
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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.

Central Deli Sandwiches

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

Ally & Sid

Customers sitting at tables inside a sunny cafe.
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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.

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.

Lux Espresso

The bench seating next to the counter inside Lux Espresso Christchurch.
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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

A customer ordering at the white and green counter at Doubles cafe Christchurch.
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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...

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

Outdoor seating area at Sumner Social, Christchurch.
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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.

General Post

Sauces for sale on a shelf above fresh fruit bins at General Post, Christchurch.
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You’ll find a few golden nuggets interspersed around Tai Tapu, and General Post is one of them.

Paddy McNaughton's

Exterior of Paddy McNaughton's, Christchurch.
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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.

Six Ounces

People enjoying a platter at Six Ounces, Christchurch.
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There’s nothing quite like a cosy neighbourhood haunt and six ounces is exactly that.

Mona Vale Homestead & Pantry

Two woman at a table eating food at Mona Vale in Christchurch.
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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

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.

The Last Word

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

Greystone Wines

A woman in a white shirt holds a bottle of Greystone Rose Pet Nat against the vineyard's green backdrop at Greystone Wines.
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A day exploring the magic being made by Greystone Wines in 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.

Evil Genius Bar & Eatery

A flatlay of food at Evil Genius Bar and Eatery in Christchurch.
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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.

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.

Dux Dine

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

A woman orders at the Grizzly Baked Goods window in Christchurch.
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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.

BOXed Quarter

Laneways and an overhead walkway within BOXed Quarter in Christchurch.
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A hub for all things food, creativity and culture, BOXed Quarter thinks outside the square.

Little Vintage Espresso

Customers queuing to order at the counter at Little Vintage Espresso in Amberley.
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A jewel in the Amberley crown, Little Vintage Espresso offers delicious homemade food and good coffee.

OGB

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

Civil and Naval

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Place Christchurch & Canterbury Editor's Pick
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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.

Ōtoromiro Hotel

Ōtoromiro Hotel exterior in Govenor's Bay.
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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...

Lyttelton Coffee Company

The cabinet at Lyttelton Coffee Company cafe.
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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.

Park Ranger

Park Ranger cafe space.
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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.