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This alternative inner city quarter is a hive of caffeine activity.
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Best coffee spots in the Salt District

The Salt District is the gritty, character-packed part of town where you’ll find historical buildings rubbing shoulders with new office blocks and modern architecture. Think interesting shops, bars and cafes dotted around every corner. This alternative inner city quarter is a hive of caffeine activity, and is the place to discover your new favourite coffee spot.

Unknown Chapter

Unknown Chapter roasts on site to bring its patrons first class coffee each and every day. The offerings here change throughout the year and all coffee is traceable back to the farmer. Check out the cute little roastery in action, with the beans turned to brews by talented baristas. Industrial decor is softened with a sea of hanging indoor plants dangling from the ceiling. 254 St Asaph Street


Turn up for a slice of Christchurch history, stay for the coffee and cake. This iconic inner city café originally existed across the road. Now in the beautiful old High Street Post Office building. Famous, or infamous, for its controversial menu illustrations and bold political statements, C1 is a must visit. Grab a delish cup of coffee, play the arcade games, and try and figure out which of the walls leads to a secret passageway. 185 High Street

Not Without You

This intimate and sophisticated wine bar moonlights as a café by day serving excellent coffee crafted from Unknown Chapter beans, along with great counter food. What we love about Not Without You is from wine to spirits, food to plates everything in this eatery is locally made or sourced. A perfect spot for people who like to retreat to a quiet spot for a cuppa in a busy day. 181 High Street

Grain Coffee & Eatery

Hidden among a collective of industrial traders in the inner city fringe, Grain Coffee & Eatery offers a refreshing change of atmosphere for your caffeine fix. Think white on white on white, with clean, bold coffee flavours to match. Coffee here is crafted from organic beans by Auckland-based Allpress and hits the spot every time. 19 Southwark Street

Black & White Coffee Cartel

New Zealand’s only locally owned micro-roasting coffee franchise, Black & White Coffee Cartel can be found in multiple spots around the city. Expect freshly roasted coffee and consistent quality every time. Depending on where you find yourself, you might like to stop into the High St or the Lichfield St outlet. Both celebrate the uniqueness of single origin coffee, with multiple beans available at any time. This is the place to come to appreciate an excellent cup of coffee. 71 Lichfield Street and 169 High Street

Little Social

Tucked within Little High Eatery, Little Social serves delicious Supreme coffee and cakes to die for. Set yourself up for some people watching and recharge over a cup of joe at a high-energy establishment. You’ll also be perfectly placed to grab a bacon buttie, dumplings, or whatever else takes your fancy at this boutique food hall. 255 St Asaph Street

Engine Coffee

Engine Coffee Brewers is a hole-in-the-wall tucked inside BOXed Quarter. It’s a real find, and if you’re not an in-the-know local, you could easily miss it. Serving top notch coffee with traceability to the place of origin, Engine is all about experiencing and enjoying coffee the way it should be - ethical and delicious every time. 270 St Asaph Street

This feature is collaboration between Neat Places and ChristchurchNZ #explorechristchurch

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