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...

The Rabbit, Ashburton

A man and woman standing in the entrance of The Rabbit restaurant, cafe and bar in Ashburton.
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The Rabbit is an exciting eatery in the heart of The Triangle in Ashburton.

Triangle Espresso, Ashburton

The painted black brick exterior of Triangle Espresso in 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.

Smoke Restaurant, Ashburton

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Ashburton's Smoke restaurant is a carnivore's haven specialising in American low and slow barbeque.

Ashburton Art Gallery & Heritage Centre

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The Ashburton Art Gallery & Heritage Centre is home to both the town's art gallery and museum.

The Cakelady, Ashburton

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

Supreme Supreme

The red and brown interior of Supreme Supreme cafe in Christchurch.
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Supreme Supreme doesn't do anything by halves.

Ngaio Marsh House

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Ngaio Marsh House sits in a beautiful spot on the lower slopes of Christchurch’s Cashmere Hills.

Movementor Pilates

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Movementor is a well-known Pilates studio situated within the Beckenham hub at the corner of Christchurch’s Colombo and Tennyson Streets.

Frances Nation Home

The inside of Frances Nation Home.
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A store devoted to celebrating beautiful, made-to-last daily wares from New Zealand makers.

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 two storey exterior of 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.

Central Deli Sandwiches

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

Kokomo

The brightly lit interior of Kokomo in Christchurch.
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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

The busy bar inside 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.

Hinewai Reserve

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Not far from the township of Akaroa (walking distance if you’re really game), lies an idyllic haven of regenerating native bush nestled in the wild south east corner...

Lovoir Day Spa

The entrance to Lovoir Day Spa in Christchurch.
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As soon as you step inside Lovoir Day Spa at The Crossing in Christchurch, you will find yourself enveloped by an atmosphere of luxury and sophistication.

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...

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.

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.

Addy & Lou Christchurch

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The younger sibling of its Kaikōura based namesake, Addy & Lou Christchurch, is a homewares and gift store and a whole lot more.

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.

Marmaduke Shoppe

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Sitting pretty within the Tannery, Marmaduke Shoppe is one of those rare interior stores that is so beautifully curated that it takes a while to realise each piece within...

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.

Sophie Divett Jewellery

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Stepping into Sophie Divett Jewellery on Christchurch’s Colombo Street is like entering a jewellery store of a bygone era.

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.

Crown & Pantry

A woman browsing the refrigerated goods inside a well stocked Crown and Pantry store.
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A good old fashioned general store, Crown & Pantry in Amberley is a one-stop-shop for everything you might need for a platter and wine kind of scenario, be it a picnic,...

La Luna

Customers sitting at green and green booths inside a high ceilinged cafe.
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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.

Flow Wellbeing

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Flow Wellbeing is a stunning purpose built wellness centre on the edge of the four avenues in Central Christchurch.

Mapu

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Hidden down a small lane on Lyttelton's main drag, you'll find one of Christchurch's best-kept dining secrets. There is no signage, no walk-ins, no hours and no menu.

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.

Lily & Langford

Baby bowls, cups and clothes displayed on shelves and racks in Lily and Langford Christchurch.
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Tucked away on the picturesque Chester Street East on the edge of central Christchurch sits Lily & Langford, a specialty boutique for children and mothers.

The Margaret Mahy Family Playground

A tower at the Margaret Mahy playground.
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If you have kids and are looking for a way to burn some energy in Christchurch’s city centre, look no further than the beloved Margaret Mahy Family Playground.

Nifty

The pink block exterior of Nifty in Christchurch.
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Driving along the industrial end of Christchurch's Cashel Street, you don’t expect to come across a pale pink pop of colour that is the Nifty building.

New Brighton Community Gardens

A woman crouching whilst tending to plants at New Brighton Community Gardens.
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Around Christchurch Ōtautahi there are so many unique suburbs and within these, there are amazing communities and initiatives that deserve the spotlight.

Uncommon

A wide view of colourful clothes on racks inside Uncommon store.
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Championing slow fashion, unique designs and clever craftsmanship, Uncommon is known for its beautifully curated selection of contemporary womenswear.

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

A wide view of the inside of the Odeon restaurant in Christchurch.
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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.

The Custard Square Bookshop

Two women standing outside the bookshop caravan on a sunny day.
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As a tram rattles down Worcester Boulevard, the driver loves to point out an adorable outdoor set-up known as The Custard Square Bookshop.

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

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...

Mind Your Temper

A close up of colourful chocolates on display at Mind Your Temper Christchurch.
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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

Two women sitting and chatting a table inside Zeek's Christchurch.
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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.

The Mayfair

A dark grey and white bedroom inside The Mayfair Christchurch.
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For the discerning modern traveller, The Mayfair is a rare and precious find in the typically heritage-focused city of Christchurch.

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.

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.

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.

The Observatory Hotel

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The Observatory Hotel is a beautiful central location in Christchurch, allowing you to leave the car for your stay and explore the city on foot.

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...

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.

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.

Telling Tales

Books on shelves and seating area at Telling Tales, Christchurch.
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Igniting the love of reading in children is a magical gift and one that Telling Tales know plenty about.

Shelf Home + Gifts

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Anyone looking for a gift in Christchurch should head to Shelf Home + Gifts on the Cashmere Hills.

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

Exterior view of Pilgrim in Christchurch.
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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

Exterior of 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.

General Post

Interior view of shop 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.

Tussock Hill Vineyard

Interior of Tussock Hill restaurant with customers dining against the panoramic windows that look out over the Christchurch Port Hills.
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The long and winding road up to Tussock Hill Vineyard & Cellar Door is as inconspicuous as it is rewarding.

The Juniper Collective

Close up of Awildan gin on top of a barrel at The Juniper Collective, Christchurch.
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The Juniper Collective on Cashel Street is a beacon for Aotearoa gin.

Seven Dining

The dining room interior with people dining at Seven, Christchurch.
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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.

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

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.

La Voute

Vintage chair with retro painting of clown's face behind it at La Voute, Christchurch.
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La Voute, French for "The Vault", certainly lives up to its name. While the showroom for this vintage furniture and homewares shop may be a little off the beaten path, it only makes the underground space feel even more transportive.

Eliza's Manor

Inside the lounge and dinning room at Eliza's Manor, Christchurch.
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Eliza's Manor is a luxury lodge hidden in the heart of Christchurch. Providing outstanding accommodation and dining from the restaurateurs behind Miro.

Smith's Bookshop

Woman looking at books at Smith's Bookshop, Christchurch.
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Tucked away in the elegant corridors of The Tannery, you’ll...

The Mediterranean Food Company

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 Down the industrial eastern end of Tuam Street in an old brickery is a secluded slice of Italy.

A&C Homestore

A&C Homestore interior in Christchurch.
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Found down a laneway in The Crossing precinct, the retail heart of Christchurch’s inner city, shopping at A&C Homestore is always a dreamy experience.

He Puna Taimoana

Two friends in the sauna at He Puna Taimoana.
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Nestled beside the sandy beaches of New Brighton, you’ll find He Puna Taimoana, aka the New Brighton Hot Pools, boasting five luxurious hot pools with jaw dropping...

Ride On Super Sound

Lots of records for sale at Ride On Super Sound.
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Ride on Super Sound is a treasure trove of records, comics, zines waiting for you.

Empire Chicken

Table of fried chicken and sides from Empire Chicken in Christchurch.
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A fried chicken establishment to rival the big dogs.

Bellbird Bakery

Close up of rows of sourdough on wooden shelves attached to a wall at Bellbird Bakery in Christchurch.
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Bellbird is everything you want in a local bakery — filled with classic pastries and delicious loaves of fresh-baked bread.

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.

Movement Art Practice

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Start the journey into contemporary dance without judgement.

Story

Bottles of wine on a shelf at Story.
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The dining experience at Story is anything but ordinary.

Austin Club

Austin Club green neon sign.
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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.

Te Whare Waiutuutu Kate Sheppard House

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Discover the home of NZ icon, Kate Sheppard.

Kung Fu Dumplings

Alok laughing with customers at his food truck.
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Christchurch may be a long jaunt from Kathmandu, but you won't have to go nearly as far for momo dumplings.

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.

Mona Vale Homestead & Pantry

Mum and baby sitting at a table next to the window.
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Mona Vale Homestead & Pantry in Christchurch creates an idyllic setting for a beautifully appointed restaurant, perched along the Avon River.

PLUME

The exterior and entrance to the PLUME clothing store in Christchurch.
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Makes a strong case for the enduring value of a bespoke and compelling retail experience.

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.

Soul Quarter

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Soul Quarter captures the essence of a contemporary brasserie – great service, simple and seasonal dishes, and a splash of how you say, je ne sais quoi.

PERRIAM

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Step into Perriam’s Cashel Street store and you’ll feel like you’ve been transported to the Otago high country.

Pizza Trap

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Pizza Trap is a collaboration between the person behind Alligator Pizza and Space Academy, serving up neo-neapolitan pizzas with quality ingredients on hand-thrown, sourdough bases.

Tramway Restaurant

Tramway Restaurant exterior.
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The Tramway Restaurant is somewhat of a moving Christchurch institution. Most of us have seen it roll past us lit up with warm lighting, filled with happy diners waving at passers by.

Dead Video

Dead Video sign.
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If you’re wondering — did streaming kill the video star? — the answer is not quite, thanks to neat people like Evan at Dead Video.

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.

Brew Academy

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Brew Academy gives you the chance to learn to brew, grab a pint from their tap room, and get a mean feed from Smoke ’n’ Barrel, who operate out of the same premises. There’s a lot on offer at Brew Academy, and good beer ties it all together.

Grizzly Baked Goods CBD

Bread, croissants and sandwiches behind glass at Grizzly Baked Goods in the Christchurch 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.

Head over Heels

Shoes and bags on display at Head Over Heels in Christchurch.
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With New Zealand and international labels abound, expect plenty of classic shoe designs, mixed with fashion-forward options from the latest collections of top designers.

Absolution Tattoo and Body Piercing

View of the counter at Absolution Tattoo and Body Piercing studio in Christchurch.
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A contemporary tattoo and body-piercing studio in the Arts Centre.

Okuti Garden

A yurt surrounded by tables and chairs at Okuti Garden in Little River.
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A garden for creating, learning, playing and celebrating. And a garden you can stay in.

El Quincho

People dining inside El Quincho in Riverside Market.
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For a taste of Argentina, head to El Quincho at Riverside Market.

Riccarton Noodle House

Close up of customers serving themselves fried rice.
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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

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.

Henry Trading

Anglepoise lamp with candles stocked on the shelves at Henry Trading, Lyttelton.
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A must-visit spot brimming with homewares and more made by good people.

O-Studio

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An unique concept, O-Studio is the work of three locals with a wide array of experiences in the world of sport, meditation, yoga and well-being.

The Tack Rooms

Inside the Tack Rooms.
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The Tack Rooms are one of the city’s most innovative and unique accommodation options that double as an equally spectacular event space.

Midnight Shanghai

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Midnight Shanghai offers Christchurch elevated, modern Chinese fare with karaoke, handcrafted cocktails and a menu designed for sharing.

Recycle Boutique Christchurch

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Recycle Boutique challenges the status quo as one part designer boutique, one part second hand shop and one part sustainable shopping option.

Harakeke Florist

Dried flower wreath hanging on wall at Harakeke Florist in Christchurch.
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This one-of-a-kind floral shop by the seashore is the product of creativity and appreciation for native foliage, Sumner and the greater Christchurch community.

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.

Tūranga

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It’s not often that grand designs are plucked from the mind’s eye and brought to life. At Tūranga they are, every day.

Foundation Café

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Foundation is fully licensed, serving up flavoursome fare seamlessly integrated into Otautahi’s world-class library, Tūranga.

Three Boys Brewery

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Pop into Three Boys Brewery and fill a rigger, order a keg for that next bash or sit down and enjoy a cold one right here – there’s a comfy space upstairs to set down your tush and watch the brewers at work.

Canterbury Brewers' Collective

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Canterbury Brewers’ Collective at Riverside Market is your CBD spot for takeaway brews, cold pints and free-flowing chat over which to find your new favourite pour.

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.

Gelato & Tea

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

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.

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.

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.

gin gin

Woman pouring a cocktail at gin gin in Christchurch.
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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.

J'aime les Macarons

Blue shop exterior and glass cabinet of J’aime les macarons in Christchurch.
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Hundreds of colourful macarons with punchy and interesting flavours are produced out of the J’aime les macarons kitchen each day.

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

The red and white interior of 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.

J Friend & Co

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Find local honey with as little intervention as possible at Christchurch honey business, J Friend & Co.

Beauty at the Tannery

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Beauty at the Tannery specialises in all your beauty essentials. The treatment menu is overflowing with exciting options for your body and face.

Rekindle

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This is a place for craft, for making things. Rekindle is focused on creating opportunities for resourcefulness – making what we need from what we have around us.

New City Barbers

Interior view of New City Barbers in Christchurch.
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New City Barbers provides gents with quality, consistent and long lasting cuts - all in a space they can feel comfortable and relaxed.

Shopology

Shelve of warm winter scarfs at Shopology.
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Shopology is a collaborative retail space, where talented artisans, makers and designers come together.

Miss Peppercorn

Three different cocktails on a black table with straws.
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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.

Fiksate

View of the gallery with woman working in the distance at Fiksate in Christchurch.
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Fiksate provides an unexpected hotspot for Christchurch’s love of urban art.

Prima Roastery

The counter at Prima Roastery.
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Whether you’re after a caffeine kick, a cool spot for a catch up, a resupply of beans or a new espresso machine, Prima is the place - they’ve got parking out the back, too.

Earl

Dishes on a table ready to eat at Earl, Christchurch.
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Earl is a local for inner-city residents and workers, bringing a breath of European bistro culture to central Christchurch.

Indigo & Provisions

Interior view of the historic windows and leather chesterfield at Indigo & Provisions, Christchurch.
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Indigo & Provisions is a specialised fashion store inspired by traditional work-wear, heritage styles and high quality.

Dux Central

Dux Central exterior, Christchurch.
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If bars could be left or right handed, Dux Central would be ambidextrous. There’s nothing this place can’t be.

Canterbury Museum

Dinosaur skeleton on display at Canterbury Museum in downtown Christchurch.
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It’s exciting times for Canterbury Museum as a major five-year redevelopment is now underway at its Rolleston Avenue site. In the meantime, a pop-up a few blocks away serves as a temporary museum space.

The Court Theatre

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There is something for everyone at The Court with shows ranging from comedy to musical, mystery to children’s theatre, improv to Māori and Pasifika plays.

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.

Untouched World

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The only fashion company in the world to be recognised by the United Nations for sustainability, Untouched World is a true leader in the field of ethical lifestyle fashion.

Grizzly Baked Goods

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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.

Ilex Café

People walking into Ilex Café in Christchurch Botanical Gardens.
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Right in the heart of the stunning Christchurch Botanic Gardens, Ilex Café is a must visit for beautiful food and good vibes.

50 Bistro

Bistro bar at the 50 Bistro restaurant in Christchurch.
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50 Bistro at The George offers quality local produce, views of Hagley Park and the perfect pre-theatre dining spot.

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

Customers eating breakfast at The Birdwood, Christchurch.
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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.

The Arts Centre

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A much-loved heritage hub for all things creative and cultural, Christchurch’s Arts Centre is a real jewel in the city’s crown.

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.

5th Street

Close up of a seared fillet of fish in a shallow bowl of sauce at 5th Street restaurant Christchurch.
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A spectacular spot for evening dining seven days a week.

Barrys Bay Cheese

A worker holding a large slice of cheese at Barrys Bay Cheese, Akaroa.
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Barrys Bay Cheese has been creating delicious, memorable cheeses in its namesake bay since 1895.

The Craft Embassy

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Great beer, great food, great views. Craft Embassy is the whole package and more.

Miro

Three dishes of food on a table at Miro in the old Caffe Roma building in Christchurch.
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A stylish and cosy spot for breakfast, lunch or brunch, any day of the week.

RUBY Christchurch

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Timeless, beautiful and instantly recognisable, Ruby is one of New Zealand’s favourite brands.

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.

Pegasus Bay

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Pegasus Bay will blow you away with its beautiful setting and world-class wine.

SUPER

Inside the SUPER restaurant.
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Lyttelton’s Asian-fusion eatery, SUPER, is nothing short of what the name suggests.

The Physics Room

Ivy on wall outside The Physics Room.
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The Physics Room is well worth a visit.

CoCA

Footpath signboard pointing to CoCA, Centre of Contemporary Art in Christchurch.
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CoCA is a slick and ultra-modern art gallery space in the centre of Christchurch.

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.

Christchurch Art Gallery

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

Christchurch Adventure Park

A woman on a zipline Adventure Park in Christchurch.
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Christchurch’s innately unique Adventure Park is a tranquil escape for those seeking more than just thrills.

The National

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The National has been at the forefront of the contemporary art scene in Christchurch for over a decade.

French Bay House

Bedroom at French Bay House in Akarao, Canterbury.
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A sprawling, idyllic guest house steeped in local history and offering genuine hospitality in the picturesque Akaroa.

Embassy

Skateboards and shoes on display at Embassy in Christchurch.
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Peruse the likes of Adidas, Vans, Element, and Lower’s latest lines all stocked in store, or choose from more than 50 other international and New Zealand brands.

Bessie

A table setting at Bessie, Christchurch's steak house.
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Dark, a little brooding and faultless in its theme, Bessie is an immaculate display of fine dining in the inner city.

Allpress Espresso

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

Action Bicycle Club

The building which is home to Action Bicycle Club in Christchurch.
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A specialist shop offering rentals, repairs, retro bikes for sale and an array of contemporary biking accessories.

Dose Diner

Close up of the counter at Dose Diner in Christchurch.
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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.

Renaissance

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From expert facial therapy to massages, and everything beauty and skin related in between, there’s a treatment for everyone.

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.

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.

Harbour Co-Op

Close up of tomatoes and lemons at Harbour Co-op in Lyttelton.
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No longer the domain of hippies and survivalists; organic, free-range, bulk and sustainable foods are now the norm.

Bohemian Bakery Sumner

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Located in sunny Sumner, Bohemian Bakery is an Eastern European-inspired neighbourhood bakery.

Smash Palace

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For the novelty of having your local beer served from the window of a bus, look no further than Smash Palace.

Scorpio Books

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The city's best independent bookshop, come here for the latest and greatest novels and non-fiction.

Twenty Seven Steps

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An effortless combination of old and new, Twenty Seven Steps is a modern and sophisticated restaurant on New Regent Street.

Nicola Quinn Beauty and Day Spa

The entrance to Nicola Quinn.
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For indulgence from your head down to your toes, pop along to this Merivale day spa.

Boo's

Plated food and drink on the table at Boo's.
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Inventive in its approach to dining, Boo's draws from the savant of comfort food: Southern American cuisine.

Dispense Espresso

Man making coffee behind blue coffee machine at Dispense Espresso in Christchurch.
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Dispense Espresso’s owner, Hamish Bell, knows a thing or two about what makes a café great.

University Bookshop

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Nestled amongst the towering gum trees, manicured gardens and delightful river, the University Bookshop offers a vibrant shopping experience.

Tomi Japanese Restaurant

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Serving authentic Japanese cuisine, Tomi is most famous for their sashimi sourced from the local fish market.

Lyttelton Coffee Company

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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.

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.

The Tannery

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

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...

Pomeroy's Old Brewery Inn

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Pomeroy’s has been the catalyst of the Christchurch craft beer scene for years, with its ever-changing blackboard showcasing over 31 beers on offer.

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.

Stencil

The shop area.
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Variety is the spice of life, and you’ll certainly find something to spice up your wardrobe at Stencil.

Punky Brewster

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Housed in what is, quite literally, a garage in the back streets of Riccarton, Punky Brewster is an unexpected find in an otherwise nondescript part of town.

Christchurch Farmers Market

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One of the best food markets in Christchurch.

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.

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.

Fiddlesticks

Close up of food being served Fiddlesticks in Christchurch.
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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.

Inati

Th chef Simon Levy working in the kitchen inside Inati restaurant Christchurch, New Zealand.
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Prepare to be wowed by the thoughtful and beautifully executed Inati.

Infinite Definite

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Cool kicks, clothing and lifestyle goods find themselves a home here, and with over 60 different designers in stock, there is something for everyone.

Gap Filler Dance-O-Mat

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If it’s a good enough dance floor for old Prince Charles and Camilla then it’s good enough for you too.

Brew Moon Brewing Company

Two patrons chat with the bartender up at the bar at Brew Moon.
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An independent family-run craft beer brewery and pizzeria, the Brew Moon is a much-loved hospitality spot in Amberley.

Mod's Hair

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Let’s be honest – lovely as they both are – Merivale and Paris aren’t exactly twins. But thanks to Mod's Hair, the two places are connected just that little bit more.