Welles Street and Earl have emerged as two of the central city’s most beloved hospitality spots. Now meet Bottle and Stone, their cheeky little brother and the “most unorthodox pizzeria and bottle-o” around. You’re going to love it. The Welder, Bottle and Stone is a hole in the wall pizza joint. With just 25 seats this spot is tiny but bursting with sunshine and a whole lot of heart. Taking pride of place in the open kitchen and representing the second half of the name, the Italian stone oven weighs a whopping 500kg. Every pizza is fired within this special hearth before being served to happy customers. But let’s not get ahead of ourselves.
A melting pot of art, music, food and culture, BOXed Quarter is a hub of innovation nestled in the city.
On the ground floor of this stunning multi-layered precinct, you’ll find a range of eateries, bars and cafés sitting alongside music studios and gallery space. Look up at the above levels and you’ll find light-filled modern office spaces and the beautiful ARTpartment – a loft-style apartment able to be rented through Airbnb.
And scattered among all this, there’s also a resident tattoo parlour, hairdresser and beautician. Already feeling spoilt for choice?
Allow us to talk you through the options for eating – in true BOXed...
Granville and Nadine Denton opened Brew Academy in 2019 to bring brewing education to the people of Christchurch. Put simply, they love beer and think everyone should give home brewing a go. At their Waltham location you can learn to brew, grab a pint from their tap room, and get a mean feed from Smoke ’n’ Barrel, who operate out of the same premises. There’s a lot on offer at Brew Academy, and good beer ties it all together.
If you’re keen to give homebrewing a go start out with Brew Academy’s ‘Learn the Steps’ course. In four hours you’ll make your very own all-grain beer from scratch and complete every part of the process from...
The home of beer in Amberley, the Brew Moon Brewing Company, is an independent brewery, taproom and kitchen. Residing on the historic Markham Street in Amberley, Brew Moon provides locals and travellers with a relaxed spot to enjoy locally crafted beer and delicious food.
Kieran McCauley and Belinda Gould started the Brew Moon in 2002 at the original brewery on State Highway One and moved into their current location, an empty warehouse they refitted in 2016. The family has recently been joined by Maty Johns and Rod Thomson, hospitality pros from Base Wood-fired Pizza and Base Food by Fire, to enhance the food offering to match the strong brewing focus that Brew Moon has always...
Since 2015, Chris Ruske has been on a mission to bring great beer to the people of Christchurch while supporting the one and two-man brewing operations that dot the Canterbury craft beer landscape. He started at local farmers’ markets and quickly became known as “The Beer Man.” Chris’s permanent setup, Canterbury Brewers’ Collective at Riverside Market, is your CBD spot for takeaway brews, cold pints and free flowing chat over which to find your new favourite pour.
It’s not uncommon for visitors to walk up to this impressive bar and set of taps, which Chris built himself, to ask, “Are you The Beer Man? Can we drink beer here?” The...
Located in The Arts Centre, in the space that was once the legendary Annie’s Wine Bar, Cellar Door exists in a place that is already very special to Cantabrians.
They don’t, however, rely on this. Here, the focus is on approachable wine drinking, seasonal fare and free flowing conversation. Cellar Door feels like your ‘local’ but has a distinctive, exciting element, sans pretentiousness.
Upon entering you’ll notice a unique wooden bar made with staves from repurposed local Pinot Noir barrels. Light pours in through the historic windows and most details found here, like the Crown Lynn china and vintage cutlery, have been collected...
Seeking a calm environment with aesthetically-pleasing interior decor, complete with incredible coffee and delicious food to match? Then look no further, Child Sister has you covered, ticking all the boxes above.
Calling Manchester Street home, Child Sister has become a favourite among Christchurch locals and visitors alike, since opening its doors in 2019. Handily located just opposite the Margaret Mahy playground and around the corner from New Regent Street, it has wide appeal. Any day of the week you are likely to find an eclectic crowd; from families taking a breather in between turns on the giant slide across the road, to central city workers...
Dinnertime is the hero of this Redwood destination, where degustation dining centres around classic cuisine, done well. While Chillingworth Road is open for C4 Coffee Co coffee and café-style dining all day, and also serves an a la carte dinner menu - it is in the elegant rear dining room where the real foodie magic happens. Award-winning chef Darren and restaurant manager Leanne are the dynamic husband and wife duo behind Chillingworth Road.
Located unassumingly in the upper Cranford Street strip mall, Chillingworth Road has a bustling daytime atmosphere that transforms into something more intimate come evening. Evening diners can choose from five-, seven- or nine-course...
Somehow, in just a small space Civil and Naval manages to embody all that is Lyttelton: it's cosy, achingly cool but equally approachable and gives you a burning desire to return as soon as you’ve left.
Tucked in on Lyttelton's London street, Civil and Naval is housed in a beautiful brick building which was historically home to DH Ludlow Civil & Naval tailors. The fit out is simple and elegant and the open plan design lends itself perfectly to beers on balmy nights or snuggling up by the fire – always raging on cooler days and always making the space extremely cosy – in the more chilly months.
Beneath the C&N imprinted leather menu cover...
Pay attention next time you are driving down Fitzgerald Ave, because here you will find a cafe and roastery home to some of the best brews and beans in the city. Located somewhat inconspicuously at the intersection of Lichfield Street, Coffee Embassy is an old mechanic’s workshop transformed into a cool little espresso bar and wholesale roastery. A fit out of galvanized steel and polished-ply furniture is complemented with white painted brick walls and industrial-style lighting.
Home to some of the finest grade coffee beans in Christchurch and some of the newest industry innovations – like the nitro coffee cold brew on tap. That is coffee chilled by food-grade...
Any keen gardener will tell you, there’s something powerful about spending time with your fingers in the dirt and watching the first smallest tendrils of a new plant grow. No strangers to the healing powers of earth, plants and manual labour, social enterprise Cultivate Christchurch is leading a very successful mission to supply the city with produce, turn its waste into compost and simultaneously help out some locals down on their luck. With a huge focus on healthy food equaling healthy communities, the team inspires young people to live lives they value by supporting them in developing skills for employment and urban farming.
Supplying crowd favourites Pomeroy’s,...
Dice & Slice in Christchurch is a top-notch spot for New York Style pizza, craft beer and local wine. What's more? All of it comes with a hearty side of board games.
This board game bar is one of a kind in Christchurch. Unlike similar concepts found in other cities - they don’t charge a cover fee. So come as you are, ready to enjoy great food, great drink and great board games. All they ask is that you buy some kai or drinks from the bar, simple really. Then play to your heart’s content, even late into the night if you wish—Dice & Slice is open until late and never closes earlier than 11pm.
Located in the SALT district, this bar is in the...
With over a decade of hospitality experience, Dispense Espresso’s owner Hamish Bell knows a thing or two about what makes a café great. Earning the support of an ever growing loyal group of regulars who visit for caffeination, feeding, chinwags and yarns. Customers leave happy knowing their daily caffeine prescription has been well and truly dispensed.
This hidden gem is tucked away in the commercial hub in the suburb of Ferrymead. Hamish and his team have created a space which offers delicious coffee, fresh sandwiches (using Vic’s Bakehouse artesian bread) and filled with top-quality produce from local suppliers like Canterbury Cheesemongers and Peter Timbs...
Located on Blenheim Road, Dose Diner breathes much-needed life into the area. Dose is redolent of the Melbourne café scene, with its industrial-influenced interior, extensive menu and laid back vibe. The diner is full of both spacious tables and cosy booths, making it the perfect spot for a catch up with friends.
Their substantial all-day menu is full of classic brunch favourites, like the avocado bruschetta or the decadent French toast. If breakfast isn’t your thing, the mouthwatering burgers or Vietnamese salad is sure to take your fancy. The focus is on flavours that pack a punch, combined with a dose of Asian flavour.
Dose doesn’t just do great...
What do you get when you marry the cosy vibes of an intimate pub with the sophistication of an inner city wine bar? You end up with the best of both worlds and the result is Downstairs on New Regent Street.
With an ever-changing food menu and wine selection, welcoming space and chic interior, it is quite easy to spend an entire afternoon or evening in this aptly appointed ‘wine pub’.
New Regent Street is no stranger to hospitality venues picking a specialisation and excelling at it. After all, Downstairs is the sister venue to Twenty Seven Steps, a beloved central city restaurant that is known for its modern and sophisticated approach to...
It’s hard to deny the charm of Dux Dine. Though residing on Christchurch’s busiest road, one foot over the threshold and any sign of road rage quickly turns to peaceful tranquillity. The quaint villa, once home to the Station Master of Riccarton Railway, may look small from the outside but the deception of space is just another one of the restaurant’s greatest surprises.
Inside, the humble villa branches out into cosy and intimate dining pockets with a fireplace ready to roar away the next frost. Although this eloquent eatery does all four seasons very well, summertime is when it really comes into its prime. The back doors unfold, the conservatory is...
Earl brings a breath of European bistro culture to central Christchurch. Perched across the road from Rauora Park in the heart of the East Frame, the restaurant sits amidst a hive of activity within a mixed-use building. Open for lunch and dinner, Earl is the go-to local for inner-city residents and workers.
The menu here is crafted from the best ingredients on offer, it’s simple food done well and executed beautifully. An open plan kitchen gives diners the possibility to observe the creation of their order while breaking down barriers between front and back of house. There’s also ample space in front of the bar, perfect for those of us who enjoy watching the drinks...
For a taste of Argentina head to El Quincho at Riverside Market in the Christchurch CBD. As soon as you step inside you’ll notice the open kitchen and its impressive wood fired grill where most of the menu is prepared. ‘El Quincho’ refers to an exterior grilling area found in most Argentinian homes.
Outfitted with a big table and plenty of chairs it’s a place to prepare and share traditional grilled fare (known as Asado) with friends and family. The quincho is an important part of Argentine culture and owners, Samuel and Gina, have brought this to our city in a way that is equal parts delicious and authentic.
Using Manuka and Beech coals the...
Entering the world of fried chicken is not the easiest of quests. Especially when you-know-who is kicking around... ol’ Bernie, sorry, Colonel Sanders. Empire Chicken, located at Riverside Market in Christchurch, is not afraid of a challenge. Spying the chance to up the ante – and produce quality fried chicken here in the city – was a shrewd move.
Owner (and master fried chicken creator), Jayden Smith, took his time honing the recipes at Empire Chicken, starting with the simple question, “what is the ideal piece of fried chicken?”. Well, it’s free-range, crispy, juicy with the right amount of salt and spice. The result is...
One of Ferrymead’s best-kept secrets, Evil Genius Bar & Eatery is a destination you need to get to know. Open Wednesday to Sunday from noon ’til way past dusk, the intimate space offers relaxed dining, choice beverages and live entertainment along the Heathcote Estuary. Pop in for a leisurely lunch, end the day with casual dining or meet your best wine-drinking-buddy here for a glass or two.
Evil Genius offers a full Asian fusion menu. The generous tapas style plates are easily shared amongst a group, but priced so you can get a few for yourself if that's more your style. The Evil Fried Chicken is a definite crowd pleaser and tasty vegan alternatives mean no one...