Amberley isn’t normally a town that springs to mind when you’re looking for a decent coffee. But prepare to be pleasantly surprised by the little gem that is Little Vintage Espresso. Run by husband and wife team Vanessa and Matt, the cafe was set up in April 2013 after Vanessa (a returning local) and her Australian husband Matt moved back to Amberley from across the ditch to have their first child. The pair quickly discovered a gap in the market for a place where locals can relax and enjoy excellent coffee (by Christchurch roasters Switch) and good food without getting rushed out the door.
And speaking of good food, the cabinet and menu are brimming with it –...
The dark horse of Christchurch coffee roasting and supply, Lyttelton Coffee Company has been serving and roasting coffee since 2007, about the same time their London Street cafe opened. The February earthquake saw the iconic 1921 heritage-noted building severely broken but not defeated, and so Stephen Mateer (Lyttelton Coffee Company owner) decided to put it back together - a task that took around 2 ½ years to complete with the help of a small group of Lyttelton locals.
Nowadays the cafe stands strong and as popular as ever, with good service, wholesome food and sustainability. Lyttelton Coffee Company saves 15,000 milk cartons a year from landfill through using stainless steel...
In such a short time, Mia Zhao and Andy Shiau brought the city Eightgrains, Sushi Soldier, TOM, Ramen Ria, Dose Diner, Gelato and Tea and more. Midnight Shanghai, a “a grown up version” of some of their earlier concepts, offers the city elevated, modern Chinese fare in a sleek, exciting space. With karaoke, handcrafted cocktails and a menu designed for sharing, Midnight Shanghai visitors often stay til well, midnight.
Inspired by their travels to China, Japan, Hong Kong, Taiwan and beyond, Mia and Andy designed Midnight Shanghai with the same level of care and dedication evident in all of their restaurants. The menu for starters, is spectacular.
On the banks of the Avon, you may have spotted a bold terracotta building popping against the Christchurch sky. Housed in this art deco establishment is a range of exciting local businesses including Miro - your new favourite spot.
Open for breakfast, lunch and brunch seven days a week, Miro is a welcome addition to the line-up of Christchurch eateries. Miro brings a seamless approach to service. Here you’ll find friendly and attentive staff not dissimilar to a fine-dining experience and a menu that will make another visit compulsory. The good news is the care and attention doesn’t stop there. Every item is crafted in-house by hand with the utmost skill and passion....
Nothing about Miss Peppercorn resembles your average local Chinese food haunt – and that’s just the way its owner, Nicole Zou, intended it. Sick of outdated décor, cramped interiors and sweet and sour pork, she decided it was about time New Zealand got a fresh perspective on China’s rich food offering. Nicole hails from the Chinese province of Sichuan, and was inspired to create a modern eatery, celebrating the fragrant and mouth-numbing flavours of her hometown. And she succeeded – Miss Peppercorn packs some serious punch!
The unique sensation of Szechuan peppercorns sings throughout a refined menu of just 20 or so dishes. The straightforward,...
Walking onto the grounds of Mona Vale Homestead & Pantry is a transportive experience of its own.
The expansive property is lush with trees, landscaped gardens and charming bridges, creating an idyllic setting for the beautifully appointed restaurant, perched along the Avon River.
Inside The Pantry at Mona Vale, you’ll find nods to the building’s historic charm throughout. The traditional wallpaper, gorgeous fireplace mantel, chandeliers and stunning architectural details make a leisurely brunch feel like a journey back in time, while still managing to feel casual and approachable enough for any day of the week. You can even bring the pup with you, as...
Moon Under Water features all the best aspects of a classic pub that's up with the times when it comes to great brews, food and service. This isn’t really a surprise though as the name suggests nothing less.
George Orwell’s 1946 essay, “Moon Under Water”, dictates every item required to create his ideal public house. Orwell's perfect pub is quiet enough to talk in, always has a creamy stout on tap, has a snack counter, has staff that know patrons’ names and sells tobacco.
Moon Under Water ticks all the boxes (well, except that last one)….
Noise: In an age where most pubs have about ten TVs and constantly stream sport, Moon...
If you’ve walked along the Sydenham end of Colombo Street in Christchurch once or twice, you’ve bound to have stumbled upon Native Café.
A tall outdoor table sits in a sunny spot right beside black framed sliding windows, through which you can make your order and sip your coffee street-side. Alternatively, wander in and find a nook within one of the comfy leather couches, or along the communal table that stands pride of place in the middle of the space.
The culinary offerings of this fine wee café are all made fresh on-site each day. There are daily changing salads topped with toasted nuts and seeds for that extra punch of protein, hearty...
Niche Coffee + Eatery, the latest addition to the hospitality scene of Sumner in Christchurch, fits like a glove to the seaside village.
The minimal fit-out with a nod to a beachy boho style is fresh, light and timelessly stylish. Just about everything at Niche is impressively designed and built (with a helping hand from a few mates) by owner-operators Ben and Jo Holmes who run the café together. While the pair is passionate about creating a space that is inviting, it’s providing the local community with something to call their own and visitors to enjoy that drives them.
Ben has been in the coffee game for a long time, previously working at Allpress Espresso,...
OGB is a charming slice of old Christchurch in the centre city. The Neo-Renaissance building it calls home was built back in the early 1900s, giving the bar a real sense of history. The staff here are dressed as if they live in the era, wearing crisp white shirts, tailored black trousers, suspenders and newsboy caps. But nothing about OGB feels themed or make believe – just a charming, authentic step back in time.
Grab a seat in the intimate bar or head outside for some al fresco dining (it’s the perfect place for watching the tourists and tram roll on by). Inside, the walls are painted a deep dark green and works perfectly set against the oak tables, rimu light...
A day trip to the rural township of Waikuku is now a whole lot more interesting with the opening of the Old School Collective - a new boutique retail and lifestyle destination. Cruising into the village on State Highway 1, it’s near impossible to miss the retro logo of a soaring dove over a rising sun (the original school logo), marking your destination. With plenty of parking at the rear of the complex, it’s easy to pull up and explore everything on offer here.
When the opportunity to buy the 140-year old school grounds came up, co-founders Lisa Willetts and Sandy Williams put their hands up and envisioned an exciting North Canterbury destination filled with...
You may have already come across the story of Patrick McNaughton. In the early 1800s, he was shipped halfway around the world for stealing an orange. Deported from his homeland of Ireland to Australia, a couple of decades later he escaped over the ditch to New Zealand.
Two centuries and many great ancestors later, a pint-sized pub has been created in his honour in central Christchurch. Paddy would feel right at home here in the 21st-century rendition of an old Irish ale house, and not just because it’s his namesake. At Paddy’s (the namesake, not the eponym) the journey back is instantaneous; from the woodchips scattered across the floor to the beverages on tap -...
Park Ranger sits on a leafy corner of Riccarton Road. Only a stone’s throw from Riccarton Bush, Park Ranger and its great outdoors theming are better suited to busy, urbanised Riccarton Road than you might first think.
The café feels somewhat like a cabin that you might find in the middle of a great, expansive bush. It’s full of beautiful wooden furniture, plants and a mismatched assortment of old school crockery that you can only imagine once was gathering dust in an old shed somewhere. Details are done well here – little glass bottles filled with a sprig of plant take place of standard table numbers, there’s reading material on growing plants...
Don’t be fooled by the vintage exterior of this cafe, deli and gourmet food store — inside the Peninsula General Store you'll find the most modern of cuisine philosophies.
Here, organic, international and gourmet foods await. Cabinets are stocked with freshly made sandwiches and baking each day, always with gluten-free, dairy-free, vegetarian and vegan options available.
Vic’s Bakery fresh breads are sold here, along with a fridge of Kawaka Kombucha, Allganics sodas and cola, and Chia drinks. There is a variety of pre-weighed and bagged whole foods - grains, pulses, seeds, nuts - as well as fine oils, pastas, noodles, muesli and snack...
A tenacious stand alone espresso bar and café, Pilgrim has become a central city favourite amongst its regulars and central city workers that come and go for the caffeine kicks and accompanying treats.
The purpose built space, flooded with all day sun thanks to its three glass sides, was designed to maximise every bit of room on offer. There are subtle design touches throughout, including New Zealand made terracotta floor tiles and light shades from Monmouth Glass Studio. A large window pull joins the indoors and out and connects the daily grind with the four tables in the laneway.
When the opportunity to open a café, hidden amongst office...
At the corner of Manchester Street and High you’ll find Muse Art Hotel, while at the top of the hotel, you’ll find Pink Lady. As Christchurch’s first rooftop bar to open after the earthquakes, she's special in more ways than one.
Arrive at Muse and you’ll be greeted on the ground floor. If there’s space at Pink Lady you can head on up to the level 7 rooftop. If she’s full, you'll need to wait at the Residency on the ground floor, but never fear - drinks can be ordered straight away. So explore the Muse’s art as you sip - your turn won’t be far off.
Once you’re up above it all you’ll see that Pink Lady is chic yet...
Nothing goes better with a cold brew than a hot slice. A collaboration between the person behind Alligator Pizza and Space Academy, this latest concept serving up neo-neapolitan pizzas with quality ingredients on hand-thrown, sourdough bases.
Whether you enjoy your pie from the indoor picnic-style tables or head to the patio for dinner under the glow of fairy lights, the vibe at Pizza Trap is casual, industrial, and welcoming. Almost every single pizza on the menu can be made vegan, making it easy to bring the whole gang (dietary restrictions, be damned) along for dinner, drinks, and a show.
In addition to the classics, they have plenty of...
An ol’ English style pub, that oozes charm and character, Pomeroy’s welcoming environment is perfect for many an occasion and season. It’s one of those spots that can absolutely be described as a beloved Christchurch institution.
Opening their doors in 2001, this family-run establishment takes great pride in providing an inviting atmosphere and this starts as soon as you enter the red-brick building. Evoking cosy and kitsch pub vibes, from the plaid-adorned walls to the patterned carpet and dim lighting. Everywhere you turn inside Pomeroy’s there seems to be another little nook, fireplace or inviting leather couch to choose from. And even though...
Posh Porridge takes a familiar breakfast item and turns it into something delicious and surprising yet still recognisable. Their purpose-built space on Montreal Street hums away as owner, Caroline Strack, and her team whip up the compotes, sauces, crumbles and granolas that adorn each bowl of Posh Porridge.
Posh Porridge started out at Riccarton Bush Farmers Market. While they still make weekly market appearances and do plenty of pop ups and deliveries around the city, Posh Porridge’s shop is a must visit. The cosy space offers a wee breakfast nook for mornings when you need a break and plenty of patio seating is available for fair weather days. You can also have Posh...
Picture this… an old-school cozy Italian pizza restaurant, but make it modern and set it in Christchurch's Riverside Market.
That’s exactly what you get with Pretty Good Pizza, honouring the nostalgia of a traditional pizzeria whilst also embracing a contemporary spin. The name says it all really, and owners Mitchell Ryder and Sam Smith began with one simple purpose, to serve up pretty darn good pizza, day and night. They have been strongly influenced by pizza’s classic Italian roots and the New York approach.
With both laneway and market entries, this intimate restaurant setting is the ultimate date spot, the dim lighting, rich forest green...