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Why I love the central city - Logan McMillian, Crate Escape

A date in a crate?! Wait...what?! Solve puzzles, riddles and escape the crate with your crew or date. Crate Escape owner Logan McMillan has set up his themed escape room business right here in Christchurch and chats to us about what he loves about the city.

How long have you worked/operated in the central city? Where?

We've been in the CBD for 3 years now. Previously had our escape rooms opposite Margaret Mahy Playground and now we're under the old Court Buildings on Durham Street with our Prison Escape and on Colombo Street with our other two rooms.

What is your go-to lunch spot?

Caffeine Laboratory on New Regent Street, grab a coffee and sandwich and head upstairs....followed by a little Rollickin' Gelato just down the street.

Where in the city do you live?

Cashmere but looking to move back into the CBD.

Tell us what your ideal day out in the city looks like?

Run around Hagley Park, scrambled eggs at Vics Cafe (probably the best scrambled eggs in world), Lime around town, check out Scorpio Books, lunch at food trucks in the square (Friday), movie at EntX, Burger Burger for dinner and drinks at Smash Palace (best bar in town!) ... I just won't check my bank balance the next day!

What is your best kept central-city secret?

Ceylon Kitchen at The Yard. Formerly in a food truck, Ceylon Kitchen have moved into a great new space just off St Asaph Street. Their Sri Lankan food is AMAZING.

Can you sum up the central city up in one word?


What would you say to someone who says there is nothing to do in the central city?

The city is the best it has been for 8 years. Venues are back open - Christchurch Town Hall, The Piano & Isaac Theatre Royal and I love the Tūranga Library. All the best cafes and restaurants are in the CBD. The Arts Centre is open. And contrary to popular belief, there is a tonne of parking.

Can you finish this sentence: ’I love Christchurch central city because…”

... it's full of opportunity.

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