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Unique Shops in Christchurch's CBD

Unique Shops In The Heart Of Ōtautahi Christchurch

H&M, Country Road or Glassons – these are big brands you’re bound to know. But have you heard about ‘Shut the Front Door’ or ‘The General Store?’ If not, now’s the time to go out on a wee shopping spree in the inner-city! 

Unique Gift Shops


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. 

Five Lanes at the BNZ Centre 

The Gift Shop  

As the name suggests, The Gift Shop is packed full to the brim with epic gift ideas. The perfect place to buy something unique to surprise your best friend! You can find this cute wee shop at The Crossing.  

The Crossing 

The Kōwhai Collective

The Kōwhai Collective is a group of skilled artists and creatives who work together to run a gorgeous little gift shop. Their locally crafted products, handmade or designed by their members, embody their shared mission to grow local design, celebrate local designers and share their creativity. Pop in and meet one of the talented makers while finding unique gifts for yourself or a loved one.

SALT District

Thrift Stores and Secondhand Clothing Shops


Initially known for their flea markets, Nifty opened their new store in October 2022 so their lovely locals can now shop and sell pre-loved clothing with Nifty five days a week at their Cashel Street location. If there’s one thing that they love as much as the clothes, it’s the community that comes with it - pop into the store and swing by one of their markets.

306 Cashel Street 

Recycle Boutique

Recycle Boutique is a consignment store that celebrates conscious shopping and provides a platform for you to sell your clothing, shoes and accessories.
They specialise in high-quality designer, contemporary and vintage clothing, for men and women. Visit one of their two Christchurch stores at the Tannery o High Street.

The Tannery

High Street 

Art and Creative Shops

Christchurch Art Gallery Design Store 

Gallery stores are destinations in themselves, and Christchurch Art Gallery Design Store is no exception. Boasting an ever-changing range of creative products inspired by the gallery’s exhibitions, this is a great spot to find an imaginative gift or something special to treat yourself with. Don’t miss the curated collection of books, though be aware, it would be easy to spend hours flicking through the lot!  

Corner of Worcester Boulevard & Montreal Street 

Absolution Tattoo and Body Piercing  

On top of being one of the best tattoo and body piercing studios in the city, Absolution is also partial to art and sculpture. Their contemporary studio plays host to revolving monthly exhibitions and boast a carefully curated selection of jewellery. 

The Arts Centre, 28 Worcester Boulevard 


A collaborative retail space, Shopology brings together a bunch of creatives to work and sell their products. From artisan edibles to homewares and accessories, kids clothing and books to garden goodies, there’s much to discover here.  

Little Riverside Laneway, Riverside Market

Homeware Shops

Shut the Front Door  

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

268 High Street 

The General Store  

If you think that The General Store only offers souvenirs for tourists, think again! 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 

Frances Nation  

Frances Nation is no ordinary gift store. Instead, it is a celebration of New Zealand made daily wares, each with a purpose and a story to tell. From potato mashers to tool boxes, hand thrown ceramics to harakeke flax baskets, the shop is full of made-to-last things and is much loved by any visitor!  

Level 1, The Arts Centre, 28 Worcester Boulevard 

Clothing and Accessory Shops


Opposite the Central Bus Exchange is Boardertown - a haven for all the skateboarders and snowboarders out there. The shop offers boards, clothing and accessories and also stocks New Zealand clothing brand RPM. 

74 Lichfield St

Action Bicycle Club  

On top of a range of beautiful Instagram-worthy city bikes, Action Bicycle Club boasts a curated selection of functional and fashionable bike apparels and accessories. With a mission to make every day cycling a pleasure, this is a shop to visit if you’ve been meaning to get back on cycle grind.  

8 Walker Street 

Groovy Glasses  

Differentiating themselves from other optometry practices by stocking spectacle frames that are creative, colourful and literally more out there than you’d find from anywhere else, Groovy Glasses is well worth a visit if you’ve ever wanted specs that stand out.  

17 New Regent Street 

Books and Stationery Shops

Scorpio Books  

Scorpio Books has been around for 40 years and is uniquely Christchurch. You can spend hours in Scorpio Books browsing magazines and books sitting on comfy couches or having a chat about the latest bestsellers with the friendly staff! 

Five Lanes at the BNZ Centre 

Designer and High End Shops


The Dunedin based design store Plume is home to the definition of edgy, located conveniently on 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 


WORLD was founded by two Kiwi designers in 1989. The shop specialises in designer clothing made in New Zealand. Perfect for those who like to dress to impress!   

181 High Street