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How To Spend A Summer’s Day In The City

Summer In The City

Summer is here and Christchurch is looking oh so good in its golden filter. The sun is shining a light on all the best bits of the city you may have missed during the cooler days. Take your time looking around every corner and get to know the best summertime spots of the city to spend alone or in the good company of friends, little humans, four-legged friends and other halves.

New Regent Street Brunch With Best Buds

There’s no better place to see Christchurch wake up than surrounded by friends in the pastel Heritage setting of New Regent Street.

Stop in for breakfast at Belle (cafe & micro roastery), sitting on the corner of the street at the Armagh Street end. The coffee here is good – and made extra summery with the additional range of iced options. Sit back, relax and enjoy a serve of eggs benedict with house-made hollandaise - yum!

With every craving met, you can now feast your eyes on what’s waiting down the rest of New Regent Street. It won’t take long for each member of the gang to fall under the street’s charm, with its range of gift and homeware stores, jewellers, well-known cafés, bars and restaurants as well as friendly – and sometimes a little magical – street dwellers.

Solo Summer Shopping And Self-Pampering In The BNZ Centre

While you veer away from New Regent Street and the crew disperses, a walking route of rich visuals awaits. Pass by the grand Isaac Theatre Royal before crossing through Cathedral Square to marvel at the new Tūranga and the raw contrast of the old Cathedral. Street art and quirky pre-quake innovations such as the life-size chess board will make you stop and stare, until you eventually make it to Five Lanes at the BNZ Centre on Hereford Street.

Here, modern laneways are home to florists, boutique coffee shops, designer brands, nail salons, hairdressers and more. Make sure you stock up on your summer reading at everyone’s favourite independent bookshop, Scorpio Books, and pick up goods from locally-made designers at HAPA. With so much on offer, you’ll be breezing through your Christmas shopping list with plenty of time to get your nails and hair done.

Summer Holiday Lunching For The Whole Family

If you’re pushing a pram or herding a group of cheeky young’uns, get to know some of the central eateries becoming every parent and babysitter’s best friend during the summer holidays. These places have nailed the balance of sunshine, space and food offerings to accommodate fusspots as well as their minders who may fancy something a little more exciting than ham and cheese.

With a whole 21 hectares’ worth of garden space to explore, the Botanic Garden’s Ilex Café is an ideal place to take children with bucket loads of energy or a little one who needs rocking in the fresh air. A whole section dedicated to kids is available on the menu, featuring the Botanic Kid Pack made up of a sandwich, piece of fruit, cookie, yoghurt and juice.

Little High Eatery’s modern food court offers a little bit of everything, from handmade burgers and fries, sushi, dumplings, wood-fired pizza and more – with options to suit the pickiest of the lot, it’s unlikely anyone will throw a wobbly here. 

Dog-friendly Central City Digs

There are a range of hospo folk getting every tail in town wagging, as they open their space up to accommodate four-legged locals.

If you’re a dog owner looking for a coffee fix and somewhere to settle for an hour or two of work, coffee roasters at C4 Coffee have free WiFi as well as plenty of room in the sun and shade for your friend to sit, lie down and play dead. Cultured pooches will love the surroundings of The Arts Centre’s café, Bunsen, while hipster hounds are very welcome to join their owners for a boogie at Smash Palace.

For a cooling post-walkies treat, humans can enjoy handmade ice cream from Ice Cream Charlie’s pink and white van on Armagh Street - yum!