Eat & drink

The hospitality scene in Christchurch is booming, with new eateries, bars and cafés popping up all over the city. With creative and inspiring new dishes, décor and dining, here are some of our must do city food and wine experiences.

  1. Named New Zealand’s Best Restaurant for 2015 by Cuisine Magazine, Roots is a dining experience second to none. Embracing seasonal, locally sourced and sustainable ingredients, Roots offer degustation menus crafted with the ever-changing environment in mind.
  2. See the city from a different perspective from the open air, second floor balcony at Dux Central. Think pizza, platters and a huge range of craft beer. The Brew Bar focuses on Beer, the Emerald Room is a wine bar, and the Upper Dux is the place to head for live music and tasty cocktails.
  3. Sophisticated, sociable and relaxed, Fiddlesticks Bar & Restaurant provides an inviting atmosphere inwhich to while away some time. Watch the street side activity while soaking up the ambiance in front of a roaring outdoor fire in our well sheltered courtyard.  Providing in-season, sensational local fare, the team offer up a menu of beautifully cooked tasters and intriguing meals. 
  4. Nestled in the Botanic Gardens is the Curators House, serving up fresh food with a Spanish flair. The garden next door produces fresh vegetables that the restaurant uses in their tapas style dishes. 
  5. Twenty Seven Steps offers up a European bistro style menu set up in the classic entre, main desert configuration focuses on local produce and ingredients, served in an intimate setting upstairs on the pretty pastel New Regent Street. 
  6. Head to C1 Espresso cafe, and have your sliders and fries delivered to you through the amazing pneumatic tube system! Finding its home in Christchurch's "old post office building" built in the 1930's, this cafe has become a Christchurch institution. Full of character, excellent coffee and friendly staff.
  7. Spice Paragon gives you a culinary experience in Thai cuisine. The chefs use modern cooking procedures to give the traditional dishes a funky edge. The wooden decorated dining room and the friendly staff makes the experience complete. 
  8. For mouth-wateringly good South East Asian food, head to King of Snake on Victoria Street. The menu ranges from open-grill street food to the elegance of Thailand's oldest traditions.
  9. Mexicano’s is the place to go for amazing tacos and Mexican mains. A fresh and funky approach to Mexican food, with light meals and authentic south of the border flavours. 
  10. On the growing nightlife strip of St Asaph street, you’ll find The Cuban, a little slice of Havana in the central city.
  11. The Brewery at The Tannery is a family friendly dining experience with delicious pizza, fab fries and craft beer on tap.
  12. The freshly restored Mona Vale Homestead and Garden is a bijou in the heart of Christchurch. The garden is very famous and attracts visitors from near and afar.
  13. 50 bistro at The George offers contemporary bistro fare with modern flavours, with spectacular views overlooking Hagley Park.
  14. Head an hour north of Canterbury to the Waipara wine region. Black Estate is a remarkable place for wine and food, with organic, free range and seasonal meals, so the menu changes frequently. Pegasus Bay was awarded New Zealand’s best winery restaurant for five consecutive years, offering diners a total food and wine experience with an emphasis on freshness and simplicity. 
  15. Shop Eight is an experience unique to post-quake Christchurch. Located on a beautiful heritage street, the small space has been cleverly fitted out by Rekindle using materials salvaged from the post-earthquake demolition process. They are committed to using local produce that has been grown / reared ethically and sustainably.
  16. The smells wafting from the Christchurch Farmers Market are enough to draw in the crowds. Hot pork buns, Cakes by Anna, good coffee and fresh produce are all on offer under the trees at Riccarton House gardens. 
  17. Orleans, down the popular nightspot Stranges Lane, celebrate the culture of New Orleans with soul food and live music.
  18. Pescatore continues to earn its position as one of New Zealand’s best contemporary dining experiences, whilst also offering panoramic views over Hagley Park. Pescatore’s exciting new concept in dining is enhanced by its stunning, fresh interior, which has certainly been turning heads, and continues to be the subject of guests’ longstanding love affair with this iconic Christchurch restaurant.
  19. Pot Sticker Dumplings is home to the most delicious dumplings in town, now at home at The Colombo and recently opened on Poplar Lane. 
  20. Casa Publica heads the top of New Regent Street, with both a downstairs and upstairs outdoor terrace area to watch the world go by. The South American flavours that come from Casa Publica's kitchen include something to satisfy any palate, and the staff even make guacamole right your table.