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. Harlequin Public House on Victoria Street finds its home in a cosy and sophisticated old villa. The food is hearty bistro fare, made with fresh produce from the region. The wine list is extensive, and the outdoor deck makes it an ideal spot for afternoon drinks. 
  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, friendly staff
  7. Chinwag Eathai is a Christchurch icon, serving up authentic Thai cuisine in an exotic and modern restaurant 
  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 brightly coloured containers at Re:START are not only home to fantastic retails, but food trucks too! Dimitri’s souvlakis is a Christchurch institution, and the wood fire pizzas and Fritz’s Wieners are top of the list for many
  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. Latin fusion bar and restaurant Tequila Mockingbird blends the flavours of the Caribbean and South America. Award winning Chef Mark Sycamore and his team have recreated the delicious flavours of Latin America that will leave you coming back for more.