Christchurch Cafés Open on a Sunday to Stave off Your Work Week Blues

A burger, chips and beer sitting on a table in Ten27 Christchurch cafe.

There’s no bigger bummer than a well earned weekend off rolling round and discovering your favourite Christchurch café is closed.

To help you on your hunt for a weekend local that won’t end in frustration, we have rounded up the best cafes open on a Sunday.

Exterior of Hello Sunday in Christchurch.

Hello Sunday

6 Elgin Street, Sydenham, Christchurch

Hello Sunday has certainly made a name for itself with its superb brunch menu and perfectly brewed coffee. This ‘made from scratch’ cafe makes everything from the sauces right through to the baked goods in the cabinet.

Unknown Chapter

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

Unknown Chapter is a sunny spot always bustling with life thanks to its epic brunch menu, homemade slices and cakes, and speciality roasted coffee. A clean-cut European-style interior with sweeping street views makes for comfy people watching and turns this café into an easy place to tally a while.

Dose Diner

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295 Blenheim Road, Upper Riccarton

Adding a much needed touch of ‘cool’ to Blenheim Road, Dose Diner takes a page from the book of the quirky Melbourne café scene. Breakfast and lunch is served seven days a week in the bright graffiti-painted interior.

Lyttelton Coffee Company

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29 London Street, Lyttelton, Christchurch & Canterbury

A quirky place humming with activity, this Lyttelton-famous establishment is home to a roastery and a café big on sustainability, community and authentic fare. Keep an eye out for local artwork donning the walls and the occasional music gig.

Addington Coffee Co-op

297 Lincoln Road, Addington

A cafe slash fair trade shop slash laundry, Addington Coffee Co-Op is many things to many people. Try one of their superb meals from the menu or sample a little something from the cabinet alongside their in-house roasted Jailbreaker coffee.

Little Poms

294 Kilmore Street

A neighbourhood café all about good food made by Christchurch’s talented producers and artisans, you’re in safe hands for breakfast, brunch and lunch at Little Poms. Sit at the large communal table and marvel at the open kitchen and flamboyant walls.

People dining at a table at Gentle Giant.

Gentle Giant

158 Ferry Road, Waltham

Gentle Giant is a staple on the brunch aficionado’s to-do-list. Their menu offers a conventional take on eggs, and a list of sweet and savoury offerings set to impress, including spicy pork belly and smashed avocado, vanilla and cinnamon French toast and superfood salad.

Burger and chips from Ten27.


1027 Ferry Road, Ferrymead

Bringing upmarket cafe fare and live music performances to Ferrymead, Ten27 is a refreshing departure from the big box strip malls of Ferry Road. A charcoal bun beef burger and truffle polenta soldiers with avocado sit pride of place amongst other cabinet food and sweet treats.

Interior view of The Origin.

The Origin

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

With an entirely pure vegetarian menu, The Origin might fall outside of typical cafe fare, but make no mistake, flavour is no compromise. The small, but selective menu encompasses sweet and savoury options, as well as a cabinet stocked full of delicious baked goods.

Park Ranger

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114 Riccarton Road, Riccarton, Christchurch, Christchurch & Canterbury

Park Ranger sits on a leafy corner of Riccarton Road. There's a real focus on things that are handmade or produced by artisans at this cafe. The kitchen team makes its own chutneys and relishes and granola, all of which line custom-built shelves, along with a well-curated collection of other artisan-produced products that are available to buy – everything from Hasami Porcelain mugs to locally produced Mikau Teas and Lyttelton Lights candles.

Neat Christchurch & Canterbury Places

Mind Your Temper

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

Hinewai Reserve

A view of the ocean from the Banks Peninsula.
Place Christchurch & Canterbury
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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...


Harry Potter stairs at Turanga.
Place Christchurch & Canterbury
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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.

Seven Dining

The dining room interior with people dining at Seven, Christchurch.
Place Christchurch & Canterbury
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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.