When the sun goes down, the lights turn on in the Salt District with an invitation to wine and dine the night away. From classy & intimate restaurants to courtyard bars & foodie hives filled with international flavours, this inner city quarter offers a cluster of unconventional hospitality spots to discover.
Not Without You
Sophisticated yet relaxed, intimate yet approachable, NWY is a wine bar that’s easy to fall in love with. Specializing in New Zealand wine, this is the spot to find your new favourite home-grown vino. Accompany your drop of choice with one of NWY’s delicious platters created with produce sourced from local bakers, artisans and specialist butcheries. 181 High Street
A true foodie haven, Little High houses a flock of interesting eateries under one roof. Punters entering this open space filled with mouth-watering aromas are well and truly spoilt for choice. For something to compliment a sweltering summers day, grab a seat at the bar at Eightgrains, watch the chefs at work, sip on a teapot cocktail and munch on some darn delicious dumplings. Or perhaps a burger from Bacon Brothers accompanied with a cold one on the courtyard hits the spot; with ample outdoor seating it’s easy to find yourself a spot in the fading sun. Afterwards treat yourself to an ice cream dessert from Little Social or a freakshake from BASE Woodfired Pizza. 255 Saint Asaph Street
Madam Woo is famous for its buttery, flakey rotis, aka Hawker Rolls, topped with your choice of pulled sticky pork, percik chicken or soy and sesame eggplant. The cravings are real when it comes to these morsels of goodness and they are the best summery snack enjoyed with a Singapore Sling. 255 St Asaph Street
The Monday Room
Located on lower High Street within a beautifully restored building, The Monday Room provides an atmosphere like no other. This is a great spot to share small plates and experience offerings from some of the city’s best young hospitality operators. Take the ‘Trust the Chef’ option here and indulge in impressive dishes crafted from the freshest, seasonal ingredients around. 161 High Street
Smash Palace is a true Christchurch institution. This old school bus-turned-bar sits in a prime spot for the last rays of the evening sun and boasts a beast of a courtyard. A great selection of craft beer on tap (think local Cassels & Sons and Three Boys Brewery), tasty burgers and a friendly vibe make for a great night out every time. 172 High Street
An icon of Christchurch, C1 has been around for over 20 years, but always remains fast, fresh and unique. C1 is always pushing the boundaries with new drink and food creations as well as sticking to the classics. Be sure to order some tasty sliders or the iconic curly fries delivered by pneumatic tubes. Corner of High & Tuam Streets.