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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.

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.

Cleavers Corner, Ashburton

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

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

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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.

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.

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.

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...

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

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

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

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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.

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

Art on the wall at Gatherings in Christchurch.
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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.

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...

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.

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...

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

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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.

Seven Dining

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Take the elevator to Level 7 of the Muse Art Hotel in Christchurch, and from there you’ll be ushered into the elegant restaurant, Seven.

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.

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.

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

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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 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.

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.

Miro

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

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.

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.

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...

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.

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.

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.

Inati

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

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.