Explore Some Cool Street Art
FLARE murals and nearby foodie hot spots FLARE Street Art Festival kicked off 2 March, running until 12 March and bringing a bunch of new murals to town. Head into town to watch the artists at work, and check out our recommendations for where to fuel up before or after.
Artist: Kophie Hulsbosch AKA Meep
Where to eat/drink: The Welder is on Welles St and is stacked with culinary options, from vegan treats to decadent pastries, Japanese tapas to fat pizza. Get your foodie fix.
Artist: Nick Tam AKA Ikarus
Where: Ikarus, founding member of the DTR Crew, is throwing paint on a wall at 87 Manchester St, adding to this main road’s artistic collection. His work includes the Riverside Market Mural, now one of the central city’s favourites.
Where to eat/drink: Moment Café is right next to Ikarus’ new wall, and serves up Insta-worthy dishes on the daily. Their sustainable focus is a bonus, as is their ability to cater to all tastes and dietary requirements.
Artist: Elliot Frances Stewart AKA Deus
Where to eat/drink: Wander down Southwark St to Grain Coffee where simplicity is king. Their cheese scones sell out daily, and people flock for some of the best coffees in town.
Artist: Kelly Spencer AKA Kell Sunshine
Where to eat/drink: Espresso 245 is the coffee equivalent of a cellar door for Viking Coffee, roasted on site. Their cabinet is well-stocked and their menu will satisfy all post-art cravings.
Where to eat/drink: Little High is one of the central city’s most popular spots, serving up snacks and full-scale feasts from around the world. Get cosy inside, or sit outside surrounded by murals and urban chatter.
Where to eat/drink: Heard of C1 Espresso? Of course you have, and for good reason. This place is a Christchurch institution, slinging burgers and fries, café style grub, and excellent coffee. You can even get your face printed onto your flat white…whaaat?
Artist: Wongi Wilson
Where to eat/drink: Smash Palace is a favourite across demographics. A bikie bar, a hipster hang out, a place to unwind and take in the sights. Well-known for a classy pint and a fantastic burger, you can’t go wrong with a stop in at Smash.