With the rebuild of our city well on the way, a number of new and previously established shopping boutiques have found their way back in to the CBD. Make a day of it and pop round to visit the small shops that give the city its unique flavour.
Scorpio Books is one of the city’s best independent bookshops. With an extensive range of titles covering a variety of genres topped off with knowledgeable staff that is able to source just about any title for you, this is a haven for all literary lovers. The BNZ Centre, 120 Hereford Street
The prettiest stationery store in town, there is nothing not to love about Pepa. An oasis of all you need for a handwritten note to a special someone, this is a store with a philosophy of spreading joy by the good-old fashioned mail. The Arts Centre 28 Worcester Boulevard
At Hapa you’ll find traditional pounamu pendants next to contemporary jewellery, quirky children’s toys nestled alongside books, an impressive selection of art prints, along with a number of goods that celebrate and promote Te Reo Māori. The BNZ Centre, 111 Cashel Street
Absolution Tattoo and Body Piercing
On top of being one of the best tattoo and body piercing studios in the city, Absolution is also partial to art and sculpture. Their contemporary studio plays host to revolving monthly exhibitions and boast a carefully curated selection of jewellery. The Arts Centre 28 Worcester Boulevard
Frances Nation is no ordinary gift store. Instead, it is a celebration of New Zealand made daily wares, each with a purpose and a story to tell. From potato mashers to tool boxes, hand thrown ceramics to harakeke baskets, the shop is full of made-to-last things and is much loved by any visitor. Level 1, The Arts Centre 28 Worcester Boulevard
A collaborative retail space, Shopology brings together a bunch of creatives to work and sell their products. From artisan edibles to homewares and accessories, kids clothing and books to garden goodies, there’s much to discover here. Level 1, The Arts Centre 28 Worcester Boulevard
Action Bicycle Club
On top of a range of beautiful city bikes, Action Bicycle Club boasts a curated selection of functional and fashionable bike apparels and accessories. With a mission to make everyday cycling a pleasure, this is a shop to visit if you’ve been meaning to get back on that bike. 8 Walker Street
Differentiating themselves from other optometry practices by stocking spectacle frames that are creative, colourful and literally more out there than you’d find from anywhere else, Groovy Glasses is well worth a visit if you’ve ever wanted specs that stand out. 17 New Regent Street
Christchurch Art Gallery Design Store
Gallery stores are a destination in themselves, and Christchurch Art Gallery Design Store is no exception. Boasting an ever-changing range of creative products inspired by the gallery’s exhibitions, this is a great spot to find an imaginative gift or something special to treat yourself with. Don’t miss the curated collection of books, though be aware, it would be easy to spend hours flicking through the lot! Cnr of Worcester Boulevard & Montreal Street
This feature is collaboration between Neat Places and ChristchurchNZ #explorechristchurch.