Eat Your Way to Wellness

Interior view of Barefoot Eatery with people dining amongst the green plants.

First things first, we are not your guru and neither is Tony (iykyk). However, what we do promote is partaking in daily practices that encourage a sense of thriving. 

Wellness gets bandied around a lot these days. It's open to a plethora of interpretations and frankly, it can be exhausting keeping up. We’ve tried to keep our Wellness Series simple by breaking it down into bite-size sections and highlighting a bunch of places we like to search out in Christchurch when the cup needs filling up. Namaste folks.    

Places For The Body

You only get one, so it’s a good idea to show your body some kindness when you can. Nourishing yourself from the inside is imperative and here’s the kicker, it doesn’t have to feel like you’re eating rabbit food. Piling your plate with organic, local and seasonal produce is a solid starting block and pretty darn tasty too. Here are some of our tried and tested places for filling your bod with all of those goodies.

Grater Goods

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105 Orbell Street, Sydenham, Christchurch, Christchurch & Canterbury

Champions of plant-based food, Flip Grater and her husband Youssef Iskrane, have imparted their passion for vegan dishes to Canterburians since opening their deli and restaurant, Grater Goods, in 2018. We are eternally grateful to them for introducing an accessible way for people to sample these meat-free alternatives while simultaneously doing their bit for the planet. Sustainability and scrumptiousness working in tandem is always a winner in our books. 

The Origin

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

The Origin is a vegetarian café serving yummy Asian influenced dishes alongside specialty coffee and New Zealand grown organic tea. The interior and food evoke effortless minimalism, with a small menu available along with a cabinet stocked full of delicious baked goods (all created without any animal products).

Bowl of fruit and yoghurt from The Origin in Christchurch.

Barefoot Eatery

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20 Welles Street, Christchurch Central City, Christchurch, Christchurch & Canterbury

If you are looking for a cosmically conscious eatery, Barefoot should be your first port of call. Pumping out the finest of cold-press juices and indulgent smoothies from their hub at The Welder, Barefoot does a sterling job of creating delicious food and drinks that are entirely plant-based, dairy-free, gluten-free, refined sugar-free and free of any additives. Now that’s impressive.

Fill The Pantry

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Restocking your pantry with wholesome food is an easy way to reset your eating habits in the right direction. If you’re looking for an epic selection of ancient grains, pulses, nuts, seeds and much more, we suggest heading to Piko, Harbour Co-op or GoodFor to help you stock your cupboards full of the good stuff. Bring your own containers for the ultimate feel-good shopping feeling.

Green Dinner Table

, Christchurch & Canterbury

Starting to tire of the excessive packaging and gloopy mayo found in your weekly meal box? For those wanting a healthy and sustainable option, Green Dinner Table is the one you’ve been waiting for. Curated by chef Tom Riley, Green Dinner Table is proudly committed to being as environmentally friendly as possible by sourcing ingredients in-season from local growers and food producers, as well as using recyclable and biodegradable packaging.

Christchurch Markets

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Farmers’ Markets are the epitome of fresh and seasonal produce showcasing the best of local growers and makers. Christchurch Farmers’ Market flanks Riccarton House on Saturday morning and is the height of hustle and bustle. People fill their baskets and bags to the brim with fruit and veggies here. Across town, Lyttelton Farmers’ Market has a similar buzz on a Saturday morning. The market runs the length of London Street and has a broad range of stallholders on hand to sell you their delicious produce.


Now read how to Move Your Way to Wellness in Christchurch. 

Veg on display at Lyttelton Market.