At the corner of Montreal and Worcester Streets you’ll find Fiddlesticks, a popular bistro and after work hangout with an unmatched atmosphere and food and beverage to boot.
The space, which was once the famed Le Bon Bolli restaurant, is a clever overlay of contemporary style and eccentric features that blend pine wood paneling with low hanging lights for a cosy, laid back feel. The staff are consistently welcoming whether you’re in for brunch, a leisurely lunch or a full on dinner party.
If you visit during the day time take a seat in the sun filled front rooms and enjoy views of stunning Christchurch Art Gallery Te Puna o Waiwhetū, located just across...
Most great things are built from the ground (or base) up, just like pizza. Woodfired pizza shop, Fire and Slice, located in Sumner village is no different.
Owner/operator Pal Singh made his first pizza at 16, went on to hospitality school, trained at a 5 star hotel and eventually moved from Auckland to Sumner. Once he’d arrived in the quaint seaside town he realised the only thing it lacked was good pizza. After learning that Sumner’s long standing, local pizza joints didn’t return after the earthquakes he decided to open one.
When you first step into Fire and Slice you’ll notice an antique 1965 Land Rover Series two hood, the brick pizza...
There aren’t many public libraries that offer a happy hour or even have quality food and drink on offer. At Tūranga’s Foundation, you’ll find just that and more.
On top of being one of the most welcoming cafes in Christchurch, Foundation is fully licensed, serves flavoursome fare and is seamlessly integrated into Otautahi’s world class library by way of clever design and friendly service. The Trevella family, who own and operate Foundation, bring their experience from successful local cafe, Good Habit, and their catering business to this one of a kind venture.
At Foundation visitors can sip on Prima coffee, select a magazine or newspaper from the...
Pizza, pasta, tiramisu – all staples of a cuisine we know and love: cucina Italiana. But considering Aotearoa lies a cool 18,527 kilometres away from Italy, it can be hard to know if we really do know what authentic Italian food is. Enter Francesca’s Kitchen with a 3rd generation Head Chef from Italy. Serving a big ol’ slice of authentic, rustic Italian cuisine and hospitality in the heart of the garden city.
Speaking of big ol’ slices – perhaps one of the most exciting features of this beautiful venue positioned next to Christchurch’s beautiful Isaac Theatre Royal is the woodfired pizza oven which sits at centre stage and pumps out...
Food is best enjoyed together, and when you’re tucked into the intimate restaurant that is Gatherings, you’ll remember why. After a year spent working on an organic farm north of Christchurch, Alex Davies, the savvy chef turned restaurant owner, used his passion, skills and knowledge to start his own eatery - Gatherings.
Gathering’s menu is rooted in local, accessible and seasonal ingredients - a philosophy that relates to Alex’s desire to look after the planet by being mindful of what we take from it and when. Even fish, he’s learned, have their seasons. This approach earned Gatherings a coveted Cuisine Good Food Awards Hat in 2018 and 2019 but...
Gelato and Tea is the work of two Christchurch hospitality experts, Mia Zhao and Andy Shiau, who have brought the city some of its mainstays like Sushi Soldier, Eightgrains, Dose Diner and more. True to form, this venture is just as stellar as the rest of the bunch and offers homemade gelato and a range of tea drinks.
All the gelato is made in-house and flavours range from funky to familiar - and half the cabinet is vegan. Options like ‘Black Hawaii’ are striking in both appearance and taste. Made with raw cacao and coconut this gelato is night sky black and bursting with rich chocolatey undertones and springy coconut notes. Other flavours like orange mandarin,...
Hiding away in the leafy suburb of Opawa lies a small piece of Italy. Gelato Lab churns out traditional gelato in a number of delicious and ever-changing flavours, all made on-site by two passionate ladies: Martina, who hails from the motherland of gelato and hence has a fair idea of the product at hand; and Pippa, the owner-operator of this wee gem, who fell in love with gelato while studying in Europe and attended a ‘gelato university’ in Bologna (just for fun, she tells us!) after finishing her PhD.
Working as a research scientist at the University of Otago as a day job, Pippa set up Gelato Lab as a way to import a slice of Europe to little ol’...
You’ll find a few golden nuggets interspersed around Tai Tapu, and General Post is one of them. This small neighbourhood general store has tonnes of practicality and style.
Having returned to Tai Tapu after a stint in Australia, owners Larissa and Hayden had planned on going back, but that pesky pandemic had other ideas. A longer stay in Larissa’s hometown (yes, she’s a local wāhine) resulted in the concept for the store starting to brew, culminating in the opening of General Post, a hip greengrocer serving top-notch coffee.
New to hospitality in every sense, Larissa and Hayden have an astute eye for excellent produce, design and...
If you like great wine, stunning scenery and a quick escape from the city head to Georges Road Wines in Waipara, North Canterbury. This small estate makes authentic and naturally produced wines that aim to represent the uniqueness of each vineyard season in every bottle. Georges Road is a great example of what makes our backyard wine-growing region so unique.
Head winemaker and owner, Kirk Bray, takes an intentional, small-scale approach and is genuinely involved in every step of the process. It’s not unusual to find him bottling wines or riding around the property on a tractor taking care of all the little things that go into a great pour.
After getting his...
Pass through New Regent Street in the evening and you’ll notice the warm glow of a singularly worded sign. It simply says ‘gin’. Inside you’ll find over 100 varieties, but that’s only the start of this local haunt’s story.
Just like New Regent Street itself, gin gin is a colourful environment all its own. Velvety gum drop shaped stools, swirly table tops, lush indoor plants, and the glittering bottles this place is named for, make it feel like you’ve stepped onto the set of Willy Wonker’s (GIN) Factory. The treats come in the form of colourful, handcrafted drinks and a menu that goes far beyond what you’d expect at a cocktail...
Petite, yet oh so beautiful and sleek, Grain Coffee is a cafe that keeps things honest and simple. Housed in a repurposed rubber-moulding factory, exposed brick walls, metal reinforcement structures and the original red crane add grit to the white and bright interiors. The building has an extension on the northern side, opening up a thoroughfare into the cafe, directly from St Asaph Street.
Grain’s famous cheese scones fly out the door, so get in early if you have a hankering for one of those. Baked fresh every morning they are usually all gone by lunchtime. A compact cabinet adds more puku-filling options to the mix with fresh slices, in-house baked banana bread,...
Sweat and tears are a given, but there was definitely no blood involved in the birth of Grater Goods; Christchurch's standout vegan deli and bistro. Found in an old glass factory in Sydenham’s industrial blocks, a fifth-generation ‘butcher’ and long-term vegan Flip Grater runs the place alongside her husband Youssef Iskrane.
What started as a hole-in-the-wall sandwich bar has grown into a fully-fledged café by day and licensed bistro restaurant by night. Furnished with mismatched vintage tables and chairs and comfy couches, the interior is a fitting juxtaposition to Junk & Disorderly next door for the adult treasure hunter. Grater Goods have crafted a...
‘Eat your crusts’ and ‘take no shortcuts’ are the only rules at Grizzly, Christchurch's favourite bakery.
Kids don’t like crusts, this is almost a fact of life. End pieces are also unpopular. This is however, NOT the case at Grizzly. Their breads and baked goods are tasty in entirety and have the power to win over even the pickiest of eaters. One try of their signature loaf, Country Sourdough, and your toast game will be changed forever. Made with wholemeal and rye flour, it’s tart and chewy on the inside but crunchy on the outside - the kind of slice that’s sturdy enough to support a deluxe sandwich set up but delicate and delicious...
No longer the domain of hippies and survivalists; organic, free-range, bulk and sustainable foods are now the norm and can be found in any supermarket. But for expert knowledge, cheap bulk products and fresh local produce, it's best to skip the large chains and track down a local food store.
The Harbour Co-op is New Zealand's second largest co-operative with over 200 members who volunteer in-store and have a say on everything that happens in the shop. It doesn't take long after stepping through the door to realise that's not the only thing about this place that is a little bit different. From the immediate smell of wooden floors and spices, to noticing that the supplier...
If you thought fast food was greasy treats, think again. Herba Gourmet has rethought street food to bring fresh, healthy, fine food to diners on the go. Sourcing locally grown ingredients is important to Herba owner Kerry, who aims to create delicious, nourishing food for everyone - no matter their taste preferences or dietary requirements. Located inside Riverside Market this cute little store is more than meets the eye.
Everything on the menu - including the hand-cut chips - are prepared in the small kitchen space. It is also certified gluten-free by Coeliac NZ's Dining Out Programme which means coeliacs can eat without worry - no cross-contamination whatsoever....
Anything plonked in the middle of such beautiful surroundings was always going to be good. But Ilex Café is far from being just good, it’s extremely good.
Paying homage to local produce through simple, sophisticated dishes, Ilex’s menu is brimming with memorable breakfast, brunch and lunch dishes created by renowned Christchurch chef Jonny Schwass. Since then, the already-popular spot has been taken up a notch and is always buzzing with happy diners enjoying delectable fare in a truly spectacular spot.
Breakfast options such as sourdough crumpets with whipped ricotta and honey or Huevos Rancheros (corn tortilla, chipotle spiced tomatoes, black beans and...
The Inati experience is an experience like no other. Tucked in a beautifully designed space on Hereford Street, Inati delivers a personalised dining experience which aims to challenge the palate and open the mind to the magic which can be made from the finest Canterbury and New Zealand produce around.
At Inati, guests are seated at the polished brass chef’s table on beautiful leather-armed chairs where they are able to watch chefs prepare their meals in front of them. And what is being created will not disappoint nor will it bore – chef and owner Simon Levy’s innovative offering of small and larger sharing plates includes wonders such as Boeuf-nuts – a...
A busy team of twelve work away behind the scenes to create some of the most beautiful and flavoursome sweet treats available. Hundreds of colourful macarons with punchy and interesting flavours are produced out of the J’aime les macarons kitchen each day, and still there’s demand for more.
Over 14 years ago Bridget O’Sullivan found herself back on New Zealand soil after a lot of time spent in Europe. France was one of her favourite spots to visit, and it was there her love for macarons sparked. Back home she found it hard to get hold of a sweet treat comparable to these little morsels of goodness, so, with a friend, developed and began selling...
Christchurch may be a long jaunt from Kathmandu, but you won't have to go nearly as far for Kathmandu-style momo dumplings. In fact, you can find them lovingly handcrafted right here in Kaiapoi.
Kung Fu Dumplings launched in 2014, inspired by the owner's hometown of Kathmandu. Though Alok Pradhan went to university for electrical engineering and worked in that field for 10 years before going into sales, he gave up corporate life after the 2011 Christchurch earthquakes and never looked back. While he never had a restaurant or trained formally as a chef, he grew up cooking alongside his family in Nepal. New Zealanders have BBQ's, but in Nepal, the Nepalese gather to make momos...
You’re in safe hands for breakfast, brunch and lunch at Little Poms – with menu items such as house made crumpets, miso cauliflower and cornflake crumbed fried chicken making a second visit compulsory and a third, fourth and fifth vital.
There’s a selection of wine and craft beer here (as one would expect sharing a building with a bar famous for its selection of local and national brews) and to top it off, the team at Little Poms make some knockout cocktails including a tasty bloody mary and a memorable mimosa, both served with plenty of ice and Instagram-worthy flare.
The décor is simple, stylish and cosy and the service always comes with a...