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Best Brunch Spots

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Brunch Or Lunch In Ōtautahi

You will never be short of delectable dining in Ōtautahi Christchurch and that includes the many places to brunch and lunch. Get yourself fuelled up for a big day of city slicking at one of these delightfully delicious cafes in the central city. Even better is that they are all walking distance from the CBD! 


One of the central city’s newest additions, Akin is everything you want in a café and more! We are talking drool worthy cabinet food, a refined and thoughtful menu, expertly made coffee, and a chic fit out that makes the space feel like an oasis in the inner-city. Sit in for a lovely brunch or grab and go if you are on the move but either way be sure to check out the sweet treats sitting pretty in the cabinet, you won’t regret it.   

235 High Street


Easy, breezy and delicious, a morning at Doubles is the perfect way to start your day. For brunch, lunch, coffee or a quick bite to grab on the go, Doubles do it all. The menu options are unique and flavourful, with something for every tastebud. Sweet tooths will love the crouffle (yes that’s a croissant waffle!), or try one of the Japanese inspired options like the omu-rice - Doubles take on a classic vegetable fried rice and scrambled egg. Yum!  

62 Worcester Boulevard

Unknown Chapter

A popular oasis in the heart of the city, Unknown Chapter is a reliable hot spot for delicious food, a vibrant atmosphere and a friendly team behind the counter. From a classic cooked brekkie to the tasty quesadilla or halloumi salad bowl, you won't be disappointed with the array of dishes. Coffee aficionados are also in luck as the team at Unknown Chapter seriously know coffee, from roasting and brewing to serving up the perfect cup!  

254 Staint Asaph Street 

Bohemian Bakery

There are bakeries, and then there is Bohemian Bakery. So popular that they now have four locations around Ōtautahi, this is the place to find freshly baked treats. Everything is prepared from scratch, from almond croissants and pain au chocolat to creamy chicken pies and pork sausage rolls. Order a coffee and enjoy in the café or take with you to eat on the go. The city location also has a brunch menu on Fridays and Saturdays. 

255 Staint Asaph Street

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Child Sister

The simple white brick, polished concrete and earthy colour palette of Child Sister creates a calm environment for anyone who needs a break from the hustle and bustle. This café is a favourite amongst locals, known for its serene space, fabulous coffee and unique and delicious menu. With breakfast classics such as eggs benedict and French toast, as well as Korean inspired items included kimchi grilled cheese and gochujang shakshuka, expect a flavourful experience! 

277 Manchester Street

Riverside Market

An indoor market set in the centre of the city, Riverside Market is one of Ōtautahi’s most loved foodie spots. For an easy lunch on the go, choose from loaded salad bowls from Herba Gourmet or fresh sandwiches from Bellbird Bakery. If the sun is shining, park up at one of the outdoor tables and dig into souvlakis from Dimitris Greek Food or a flavourful curry from Dosa Kitchen. Also don’t forget to head upstairs to Kaiser Brew Garden, they took out the Supreme Award in the recent Hospitality Awards for Excellence. 

96 Oxford Terrace

Little High Eatery

Christchurch’s modern twist on a traditional food court, Little High Eatery offers a little bit of everything, from Bacon Brother burgers to Base Woodfire Pizza and so much more. This really is the perfect spot for the whole family or larger groups where everyone fancies something different! On those warm sunny evenings, grab a table outside to maximise the spring vibes.  

255 Staint Asaph Street

C1 Espresso

Established in 1996, C1 is iconic on Christchurch’s café scene. From the historic post office that serves as the location, to the playlist of tunes that rock all day, this is a unique dining experience. Order from the cabinet or dig into something hearty from the large menu. If you are in the mood for lunch and a show, opt for the burger and fries and watch your food get delivered to the table through pneumatic tubes. The breakfast and lunch menus are extensive with something for everyone's tastes, and on a sunny day the outdoor seating space will fill your cup right up!  

185 High Street

Little Poms

Eggs benedict is a classic brunch delight but at Little Pom’s, expect that benny to have more flare than your average. Served with smoked bacon, cheddar buttermilk biscuits, avocado, charred corn, and smoked jalapeno lime hollandaise, this dish packs a flavour punch. Loved by young and old, this Kilmore St spot is a must-try. 

294 Kilmore Street

Westend Stories

With an all-day breakfast menu as well as a lunch menu, Westend Stories hits all the marks for daytime dining. The airy, green filled space is a calming environment for catching up and fuelling up. From loaded chicken waffles and croissant French toast to the open steak sandwich, a delicious selection is guaranteed. You'll love the cabinet food for something on the go and the coffee made by expert baristas just hits the spot every time. The large location offers plenty of room for groups too! 

93c Cambridge Terrace


With entrees like venison tartare with a side of crayfish mayo, head down to Miro and treat yourself. The ‘Bubbles & Brunch’ is served until 11.30am if you're celebrating something special (or just because!). This is a fun brunch to get dressed up for, then round out your afternoon at the nearby Mr. Brightside rooftop bar, drenched in sun and sipping cocktails.

176 Oxford Terrace