Schools nearly out, out-of-office emails nearly on and the gang has been corralled for a day of living it up in the heart of the city. Here are some of the neatest spots to add to your group’s itinerary.
A.M. at The Arts Centre
Ensure the crew is fully risen and well-shined with coffee and brunch at Bunsen - the flagship cafe at The Arts Centre. Whatever their taste, each of your mates is bound to find their dish. Whether it’s vegan breakfast platters, brioche French toast or classic eggs on toast, Bunsen has it sorted. Sit inside or lounge in the sunny courtyard outside and make sure you get a squad selfie with the insta-worthy 19th Century building as your backdrop.
Once the coffee has started working its magic, you don’t have to go far for your next neat discovery. If your mates have been good to you this year, visit the Arts Centre shops for high quality Christmas gifts with a bit of quirk. Paper and pen fiends will be drawn straight to Pepa Stationery, while Shopology and Frances Nation offer an Aladdin’s cave of Kiwi-made goods and new fashion retailer, Indigo & Provisions, stocks specialist denim, workwear and exclusive brands you'll struggle to find anywhere else in New Zealand. Make friendship sweeter at The Fudge Cottage or perhaps a little more permanent at Absolution Tattoo and Body Piercing Studio. The Christchurch Arts Centre, 2 Worcester Blvd.
Watch this Space Tour
If you thought you had to venture inside an art gallery to get a dose of culture, stop and look around you. You are lucky enough to be smack bang in the middle of a city with a 24/7 outdoor exhibition of colourful walls and art installations. Share in every street art experience with your pals and book online for a 90 minute Watch This Space Tour. It begins at Canterbury Museum (a short walk north of The Arts Centre down Rolleston Ave) and finishes at Fiksate Studio & Gallery on the corner of Gloucester and New Regent Street.
Lunch at the Library
You’re now in prime position to visit the newest, largest and flashiest library in the South Island - Tūranga. Experience virtual reality, interact with the seven-metre touch screen Discovery Wall and sign up to the library. Each of your friends will find a perfect summer beach read within an abundant five floors of literature.
After all that art and literature, lunch is calling at Foundation Café, located on the ground floor of Tūranga. Choose from a well-stocked cabinet of fresh salads, hearty sammies and an assortment of gourmet pastries. Lunch can be enjoyed in the café’s seating area or in the nearby gardens of Victoria Square. You simply can’t leave the vicinity without a final sweet stop down New Regent Street at the town’s best gelato shop, Rollickin’. Tūranga, 60 Cathedral Square
High Street Fashion Finds
Wipe the remaining ice cream from your face (it pays to get a friend to double check) and strut all the way through Cathedral Square until you make it to High Street. Here, great buddies will play the role of enabler to your inner big-spender. Time to update your summer wardrobe. Pop into Infinite Definite for ethical and edgy designer fashion, try on head-turning footwear in Head Over Heels and stock up on cool and casual street-style apparel in Stencil.
Toast on the Terrace
With the entire entourage now modelling new threads, a drink along The Terrace is as good a time as any to show them off. Make the most of the new riverside bars that have opened since last summer, including Craft Embassy which has fast become a local favourite. Boasting 30 beers on tap, a great wine list and excellent selection of small and large plates, it’s not a bad spot at all to clink glasses with a table of familiar faces. The Terrace, Oxford Terrace.
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