Your List To The Best Scones
Sweet, or savoury, buttery soft with a golden crunch. A good café scone is highly coveted in Ōtautahi Christchurch.
Here’s a list of scones you can’t pass up when venturing out for your next caffeine hit.
The Caffeine Laboratory - Blueberry Bliss
Crispy, buttery, crunchy, sweet, and delicious. New Regent Street’s Caffeine Lab has mastered the blueberry scone. This baked bad boi is especially delightful in the early morning, takeaway coffee in hand. A visit to this friendly crew will not disappoint! Be prepared for some banter and great coffee from barista David as you watch the trams pass by on this quaint little street.
Addington Coffee Co-op – A ‘Date’ To Dream Of
Lincoln Road is a hub of many hidden gems including the date scone at Addington Coffee Co-Op. This is a classic with a twist. This scone is an unexpected, sweet treat. It's more like a scrumptious sandwich – the date mix is between two scone pieces all topped with raw sugar. Honestly, you’ve just got to try it! *chefs kiss*. While you visit, check out The Addington Store which stocks ethical, local and ecofriendly goods.
Raw Sugar - A Vegan Treat
Raw Sugar in the central city is a haven for vegans and omnivores alike. There is a range of delicious vegan delights, and their cheese scone is no exception. This is vegan cheese like you’ve never known. Cheesy, herby and served toasted to perfection with a side of vegan butter, this secret recipe has been perfected over time and is a true contender for its dairy competition.
Made Espresso Bar - For Organic On The Go
An inner-city café for busy bees who like fast service and caffeine to go. Made Espresso Bar is home to a wholesome staple with a spicy kick (cumin seeds!) and is made with organic ingredients like butter, spelt flour, and yoghurt – What a plot twist! Feel guilt-free as you carry this mouthwatering scone away in recycled packaging. Delicious, organic, and helping the planet? YES. Please!
Grain - Rustic Chive Twist
Fluffy yet chewy, this rustic take on the quintessential cheese scone is and simply divine. Served as two halves and speckled through with chives for a twist, this crispy morsel gets its soft centre from a special mix of buttermilk, a pinch of cayenne pepper and two types of cheese. Oh la la! The dough is baked fresh daily so make sure you’re early at Grain to grab one of these babies before they sell out! (they do).
Niche Coffee + Eatery - Gluten Free Dream
If you’re one to avoid gluten, you don’t need to travel far to get a flour free cheesy delight. Sumner’s Niche Café is well loved by seaside locals and visitors alike. This classic cheese scone is served toasty warm with a crunch, but soft and bouncy in the centre.
The Shroom Room - A Traditional Vanilla Flashback
Hipster or grandma's kitchen? Either way we’re here for it. These sweet date and vanilla scones are a hidden gem of Lyttelton that will take you back in time to baking with family. The Shroom Room's dense and rustic scones are served with icing sugar dust on top and toasted beautifully so that every inch of buttery goodness tastes as good as the first bite.
Foundation Café - Cheesy Light & Fluffy
A scone so good you’ll be tempted to pass it off as your own homemade creation. Foundation Café sits in the ground floor of Tūranga, and is a caffeine hotspot for those in need of a refuel after browsing their next read. These incredibly light and fluffy scones are a bit famous in the central city and the recipe is handed down to the café chefs and bakers who make about 200 of these cheesy scones daily.
Unknown Chapter - Comforts Of Home
This scone recipe comes from the cookbook of the owner's mother. Served heated and crunchy with butter, this cheesy scone is generously sized and comes with a side of greens and a cheesy wafer. DE-LISH. Well known as a Sunday Brunch hotspot, Unknown Chapter also roast their own coffee beans. Be sure to book in advance or at the very least get a scone and coffee to go!
Truffle Café - Chili kick Sell Out
Truffle Café - Chili kick Sell Out
This Papanui Road café boasts some amazing Instagram comments praising ‘the best scones’ in Christchurch. Warm your soul and your tastebuds with this delicious light and crunchy scone. The secret ingredient is a pinch of chili and boy oh boy we are not mad about it. The Chili is balanced perfectly with a large side of butter and the flavour of cheddary goodness. Be sure to get in early as these Truffle Café scones often sell out!