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Unique Shops in the CBD

H&M, Country Road or Glassons - these are big brands that are widely known. But have you heard about "Shut the Front Door"? Or "The General Store? If not, it's high time to go out on a wee shopping spree in the inner-city.

Shut the Front Door

Looking to move? On the hunt for unique pieces for the house? Then this is the shop for you! Shut the Front Door has everything from bathroom decor to living room accessories and furniture - even clothing. This New Zealand store has a focus on sustainability and offers cool looking alternatives to the plastic bag.

268 High Street

The General Store

You might remember this shop from the Re:START container mall. If you think that The General Store sells only souvenirs for tourists, you are wrong. The General Store has a wide range of products from home decor to clothing for children and babies. Make sure to check out the novelty section: Darth Vader lights and egg monster bread cutters - just to name a few.

Plymouth Lane


HAPA is a design store specialising in New Zealand made products. From Ōtautahi Christchurch coffee mugs to greenstone jewellery and old Christchurch tram maps - HAPA has it all.

Cashel Square, The BNZ Centre

Scorpio Books

Scorpio Books has been around for 40 years and is a Christchurch institution. The independent bookstore has a new home in the BNZ Centre. You can spend hours in Scorpio Books browsing magazines and books sitting on the comfy couch or having a chat about the latest bestseller with one of the staff.

Cashel Square, The BNZ Centre

The Gift Shop

The Gift Shop is located in The Crossing next to FreshChoice and is packed full of lots of gift ideas. The perfect place to buy something unique to surprise your best friend.

The Crossing


Opposite the Central Station is Boardertown. This is a haven for all the skateboarders and snowboarders out there. The shop sells boards, clothing and accessories and also stocks New Zealand clothing brand RPM.

79 Lichfield Street

Arts Centre

The Boys High Building at the Arts Centre is filled with quirky shops: Pepa Stationery, Frances Nation, Fudge Cottage, Soul Jewellery, Shopology. All shops have a strong New Zealand or Christchurch made focus. 

The Arts Centre


WORLD was founded by two Kiwi designers in 1989. The shop specialises in designer clothing made in New Zealand.

181 High Street


The Dunedin based design store Plume has opened its shop in High Street. The boutique's range includes New Zealand and international brands like Comme des Garçons, Y's by Yohji Yamamoto or Zambesi.

181 High Street

Hunters and Collectors

One of the best places in Christchurch to pick up that perfect pair of jeans. Make sure you head in the next time you need to get your next denim fix.

227b High Street

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