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8 Christchurch Eateries With The Best Views

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A Side Of Stunning Scenery With Your Meal

Christchurch is quickly becoming recognised for our foodie culture with delicious, sustainable, and local fare. But a handful of restaurants also offer something a bit special with your meal, epic scenery to feast your eyes on. From seaside vibes to cityscapes, here's our picks of eateries with the best views in Ōtautahi Christchurch. 

Exterior View Of Pink Lady
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Pink Lady Central City

Crowning the Muse Hotel you'll find the Pink Lady. Chic yet relaxed, proud but intimate, inside but outside. The vibe is reminiscent of peak 1960s Baja, California. Think all-day, sun-drenched pool parties and bottomless cosmos. From the 7th floor, you're treated to one of the best vantage points in the city with sweeping views in all directions. Pink is naturally the colour of choice, paired with clean white lines, a gleaming tiled bar and plenty of greenery. A singular palm tree sits on each of the deck’s four corners symbolising what this place is all about - breezy days and summer fun.

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Otoromiro Hotel Looking Towards The Bay
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Ōtoromiro Hotel Governor's Bay

Often filled to the brim on sunny days with diners eager to enjoy this harbour haven, the relaxed vibe of the historic Ōtoromiro Hotel is contagious. Park up on the sun-soaked deck to enjoy sweeping views of Lyttelton Harbour, or nestle into the lawn furniture amongst the surrounding native trees and rose garden. Inside, relax in the snug bar or host larger groups in their function room. Unwind around the pool table, giant chessboard or board games. This award-winning seasonal gastropub features many prized wines and local, crafty beers.

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Sign of the Takahe with Sky
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Sign of the Takahe Cashmere Lookout

For a great shot of Christchurch and some elegant old-school architecture, you can’t beat the Sign of the Takahe. This castle is a historic building planned by Harry E.G. Ell in 1918. Take in the majestic surroundings over a coffee and snack. Think beautiful stone walls wrapped with stained glass windows and family crests. More energy to burn? Take a walk along the Harry Ell track to the Sign of the Kiwi where another great local café awaits, and plenty more walking options – head through the bush, up to the top of Sugarloaf for views of the city and Lyttelton Harbour.

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Christchurch Ilex Cafe Dining

Ilex Botanic Gardens

Nestled amidst Christchurch's beloved Botanic Gardens, Ilex is an architectural delight that pays homage to its natural surroundings. Walking past the nursery and into the cafe, you're greeted with a flood of natural light, minimalist decor, and lots of green. The floor to ceiling windows provides an unobstructed view of monumental trees, lush lawn and tropical glasshouse beyond. Centered on local produce through simple, sophisticated dishes, Ilex’s menu is brimming with memorable breakfast, brunch and lunch dishes. A must-do spot for the warmer months.

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Lyttelton Coffee Company Balcony View
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Lyttelton Coffee Company Lyttelton

You may not have been to the Lyttelton Coffee Company cafe, but you've probably tasted their work. Suppling around 30 wholesale clients around the Canterbury Region including Dose, Caffeine Lab, and Gentle Giant to name a few. After their iconic 1921 heritage-noted building was severely broken after the February earthquake the owner decided to put it back together over 2 ½ years with the help of Lyttelton locals. And we are so glad he did! The restored cafe boasts a sun-drenched deck overlooking the harbour where you watch the port's activity with their famous coffee in hand.

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Mr Brightside Outside

Mr Brightside Central City

The penthouse-style rooftop bar on The Terrace is the perfect spot to get above it all. Resting atop the iconic Public Trust Office, the views take in the Ōtākaro Avon River and Cathedral square below, with views of the Port Hills and Southern Alps beyond. Relax with a drink in hand and enjoy the bright side of life. The retractable roof lets you bask in the summer sun till twilight creeps over the city. Savour a cocktail after work alongside their gourmet platters. Be sure to arrive early or reserve ahead of time. Mr Brightside is a local favourite.

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Curator's House Central City

Right at the edge of Botanic Gardens is the historic Curator's House. Framed by elegant landscaping with a view over the Ōtākaro Avon River, you can't beat a lazy Summer's lunch here. Once housing the Botanic Garden's Curator's and their families until 1983, the building now serves traditional Spanish cuisine after the owner's homeland. Visitors are encouraged to wander through the building and its garden, and enjoy summer dining al fresco in the garden or fireside in winter. Be treated to fresh local produce including goods from their very own garden and savour their beautifully crafted wine list.

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Evil Genius Bar Christchurch Inside Bar

Evil Genius Ferrymead

One of Ferrymead’s best-kept secrets, Evil Genius Bar & Eatery is a destination you need to get to know. Open Wednesday to Sunday from noon ’til way past dusk, the intimate space offers relaxed dining, choice beverages, and live entertainment along the Heathcote Estuary. Grab a seat outside on the warmer nights and watch the nightlights reflect off the water. Pop in for a leisurely lunch, end the day with casual dining, or meet your best wine-drinking buddy here for a glass or two. Word has it they have some of the best fried chicken in the city.

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