13 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.

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.

Exterior of Hello Sunday in Christchurch.

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.

South Town Club

10 Welles Street, Christchurch

Open seven days a week, South Town Club eatery serves breakfast and lunch all made using locally sourced ingredients. Stay for the exceptional service, delicious modern take on brunch (even eggs on toast come with umami dust) and on point coffee.  

People having breakfast at a table at South Town Club in Christchurch.

Dose Diner

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.

Interior view of Dose Diner in Christchurch.

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.

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.

People dining at a table at Gentle Giant.

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.

Burger and chips from Ten27.

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.

Interior view of The Origin.

Rollickin' Gelato

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35 New Regent Street, Christchurch Central City, Christchurch, Christchurch & Canterbury

House made organic milk gelatos and sorbets mean Rollickin’ is the talk of the town. Enjoy alongside organic coffee or sweet baking in the cheerful interior. Expect to see some creative combinations like black forest, pomegranate and berries and salty caramel.

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

Red Eight Café at Portstone

Close up of lemon meringue pies.
Place Christchurch & Canterbury
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Red Eight, the much-loved Kaiapoi café, has blossomed in a new spot at the picturesque Portstone Garden Centre.

Grizzly Baked Goods

Grizzly Baked Goods shopfront in Christchurch's Sydenham suburb.
Place Christchurch & Canterbury

Effortlessly cool with a friendly and inviting vibe, Grizzly Baked Goods will have you feeling like you’ve woken up in another city.

Absolution Tattoo and Body Piercing

View of the counter at Absolution Tattoo and Body Piercing studio in Christchurch.
Place Christchurch & Canterbury

A contemporary tattoo and body-piercing studio in the Arts Centre.

Allpress Espresso

Two employees working behind the cafe counter at Allpress Espresso in Christchurch.
Place Christchurch & Canterbury
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The coffee here is just what you'd expect from the experienced Allpress roasters.