7 Places Every Brunch Enthusiast Needs to Tick off in Christchurch

Brunch served in a Christchurch cafe offering the best brunch in the city.

Brunch enthusiasts, rejoice! Neat Places has compiled your weekend hit-list for the best brunch in Christchurch. From the caffeine hit to the perfectly poached eggs, you'll find somewhere just right for that next weekend brunch outing.

We all love brunch. Don't we? For many, brunch represents the best part of the day, encompassing the highlights of breakfast and lunch meals in one menu, and best of all; operating on weekend time. There's something of an art to creating the best brunch experience - particularly in a city like Christchurch where brunch options are varied and creative.

The coffee needs to be top quality and reliably so. The brunch menu should provide variety and quality - and a little something unexpected. The service must conquer that hungover mid-morning struggle, and the brunch-eating venue itself simply must set the weekend off to the perfect start. Such a combination is tricky to find. 

Fortunately, we have thought long and hard about these requirements, and determined some of the very best brunch spots in Christchurch.

Unknown Chapter

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254 Saint Asaph Street, Christchurch Central City, Christchurch, Christchurch & Canterbury

Unknown Chapter has all your brunch bases covered - from a tried and tested menu of favourites to a cabinet stocked with some of the most appealing options in town. Whether you're topping up an earlier breakfast and hankering for a sweet treat, or diving into the full brunch experience, you can rely on Unknown. They serve their own blend of locally roasted coffee, the baristas are quick and talented, and the food rolls out of the kitchen like clockwork. 

South Town Club

10 Welles Street, Christchurch

South Town Club is a sweet collab between the old owner’s Supreme and Dan Hobson, an absolute champion of top-notch hospitality. The laid back vibe and humming coffee machine continues but now there’s the added bonus of a well-thought out brunch menu with an assortment of flavours and combinations to try. 

People eating brunch at South Town Club.

Black Betty

165 Madras Street, Christchurch

A classic haunt for Cantabrians, Black Betty has been a stalwart of the brunch scene since forever ago. The Pig Daddy (slow-cooked pork belly for breakfast? Yes please!) is to die for, and the changing French toast crumpets are always spot on. For those who prefer lighter fare, Black Betty's signature granola is among the best in town. Try one of their many excellent coffee processes, such as the Aeropress and cold drip. They also crank out a mean flat white, and fluffies with colourful sprinkles. Black Betty is a family-friendly spot with plenty of toys, and half-size portions for kids. 

Brunch from Black Betty.

Miro

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176 Oxford Terrace, Christchurch, Christchurch & Canterbury

When there's a breakfast cocktail menu, you know you've come to the right place. Miro, elegant and effortlessly cool, is the weekend brunch spot to be seen at. Pair your tipple with waffles, hotcakes or a divine croque madame with prosciutto. Can't decide? There's a tasting breakfast board for that! Beautiful, delicious food awaits. 

The Origin

95 Westminster Street Corner of Cranford Street &, Westminster Street, St Albans, Christchurch

Vegans and vegetarians, here's a spot catering to your every need. The Origin's cool, calm and collected vibe is reflected in its brunch offerings, which focus on clean, simple flavours. This white-on-white cafe interior is the perfect spot for those looking to escape the crowded, noisy cafes of the central city. Here in St Albans, you can get away from it all and dine on some simple, nourishing fare. Pair with a coffee or dive into the range of speciality teas. 

Hello Sunday

6 Elgin Street, Sydenham, Christchurch

Known for its colourful and engaging plates, Hello Sunday offers bold flavours and designer dishes that hit just the right spot. Wrap your tastebuds around a fried chicken burger, chia pudding or dig into a hearty beef cheek hash. The sticky beef tacos are made from pulled beef shortrib with kimchi and spicy mayo - for those after a bit of a pick me up. Hello Sunday has a reputation for producing excellent coffee, and the doughnuts are always a worthwhile temptation. 

Little Poms

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294 Kilmore Street, Christchurch Central City, Christchurch, Christchurch & Canterbury

An eggs benedict is a classic breakfast choice. At Little Pom's, you can expect that benny to have a little more flare than your average. Served with smoke bacon, cheddar buttermilk biscuits, avocado, charred corn and smoked jalapeno lime hollandaise, this dish really offers up something a little bit different - with perfectly poached eggs, of course. Loved by young and old, this Kilmore St spot is a must try. 

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Native Café

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Place Christchurch & Canterbury
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Next time you find yourself Sydenham side of Christchurch town, stop at Native Café for a cup of top-notch coffee and an honest bite to eat.

Little High Lanes

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Place Christchurch & Canterbury
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Little High Lanes is an eclectic blend of food, fashion and industry.

Tramway Restaurant

Tramway Restaurant exterior.
Place Christchurch & Canterbury
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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.

Sweet Soul Patisserie

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Place Christchurch & Canterbury
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This light-filled corner shop is the first fine patisserie shop in Christchurch.