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, Olivia Burt, 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...
Prima Roastery’s 25th year of operation saw them move from their longstanding Woolston abode to bring their beans and expertise to the corner of Brougham and Brisbane St. In line with their practices around sustainability and re-use, Prima took over an existing warehouse space, breathing new life into an aging building with a fit-out conceived and largely executed in-house. This allowed them the opportunity to create a new space which reflects their values and approach to coffee roasting.
The front of the warehouse turned coffee hotspot almost couldn’t let in more natural light with floor to ceiling windows that beckon passers-by in for a look. Inside, large panel...
For craft beer, local wine, handcrafted spirits and all the food that goes with, head to Punky Brewster in Addington. Punky opened back in 2015 as a craft beer fillery and quickly earned a huge loyal following. Fast forward and they’re a complete destination for eating, drinking and hanging out with an on license and full menu. As they have been since day one, Punky is a come as you are kind of place. Beer nerds and those just getting familiar with the stuff are equally welcome here.
The Norcross family are the people behind Punky Brewster and even the name here holds a story. The Norcross kids used the sitcom's name as you might say ‘hunky...
Ramen Ria has all of the flavour and fun that can be found in some of Tokyo’s most well known, yet tucked away ramen joints. Located in the heart of Christchurch at Riverside Market, Ramen Ria features hot brothy bowls and all of the accoutrements, like Asahi beer towers, that make for a great ramen spot.
The menu boasts plenty of ramen options but the most popular includes the Pork Trio a tonkotsu ramen served with crispy pork belly, thinly sliced pork belly, streaky maple bacon and soft boiled soy egg. Ramen Ria’s chicken ramen is warm and comforting with a rich chicken soup, pulled chicken, water chestnut, chicken meatballs, truffle oil and shiitake mushrooms. The...
Located in the heart of the CBD on Christchurch’s High Street, Rascal is a modern bistro offering innovative food and exceptional cocktails.
The Rascal way of dining is all about sharing. Everything is designed to be sampled by the table, and dishes arrive as they are made. It’s a social affair in every way, with casual, attentive service that makes sure everyone is well looked after.
Just about everything on the menu at Rascal is a little out of the norm. Food items on offer are ever-changing and feature new takes on dishes you might recognise, such as savoury doughnuts, duck banh mi eclair or crab pani puri. The kitchen likes to think of a twist...
Riccarton Noodle House has been a local favourite for over twenty years. It’s a lively hub for Christchurch’s Cambodian community and for anyone who appreciates great food. Many of Riccarton Noodle House’s regulars grew up dining here and now bring their own bubs along for lunch and dinner.
Owner Pauchanda makes it her mission to keep this well loved spot doing what it does best in terms of providing every visitor with an experience that is as delicious as it is welcoming.
To witness the care each dish is prepared, simply peer into the open kitchen and you will find head chef Pauchanda at work amidst steaming pots, simmering broths and orderly containers...
This beachfront cafe is named for everyone’s favourite day. But there’s more to it than that. One thing you might not know about Christchurch is that in the 1960s businesses were required to shut on Saturdays. Save for a select block of shops in New Brighton where Cantabrians frequented ice cream stalls, tea rooms, arcades, carnivals and other pier side spots.
Saturdays is a celebration of not just the weekend, but every day. It’s an ode to what saturdays stand for: slowing down, enjoying one another and pairing it all with excellent food and drink. This cafe opened in mid 2020 alongside He Puna Tai Moana hot pools and has become one of the most lovable brunch...
Take the elevator to Level 7 of the Muse Art Hotel in Christchurch, and from there you’ll be ushered into the elegant restaurant, Seven. The masterminds behind Pink Lady have done it again, with a luxe modernist bolthole exuding style and grace.
If Pink Lady is Baja California, Seven is undeniably East Coast. The mahogany hues, exposed concrete walls, pendant lighting and easy sophistication, signal New York chic. The unadulterated views of the city across to the Port Hills, cast a spellbinding vista for dinner guests. From the comfortable leather booths you can watch the evening unfurl with almost certain irregularity, all part of the charm. No two visits...
There’s nothing quite like a cosy neighbourhood spot and Six Ounces is exactly that. Clad in refurbished furniture, vintage lamps, plenty of greenery and hand-built cabinetry, the atmosphere inside this place is relaxed and inviting. Open from dawn till dusk (well, 10pm to be precise), Six Ounces serves a roster of top quality coffee and a curated list of wine, beer and cocktails as the sun sets.
The brainchild of Avi Cohen and Lois Parmenter, Six Ounces was years in the making while the couple lived in London, but got off the ground within just a few months once the pair escaped the Covid-ridden city and arrived in Christchurch - Avi’s hometown - at the...
A stalwart of the Christchurch rebuild, Smash Palace has found permanent digs on High Street, after a few years on Victoria Street. A bar that has certainly made a (good) name for itself, Smash Palace quite frankly belongs in its new High Street locale.
Occupying the building and surrounding site of the once Brick Farm restaurant and bar, the High Street iteration of Smash Palace combines the best elements of both Brick Farm and Smash Palace. The original Smash Palace bus-converted-into-a-bar is still there (a clever and resourceful restoration as far as we’re concerned), and so too are the Thursday night bike nights that became famous at Victoria Street (they’re a...
Smokey T’s is the materialised dream of chef Tristin ('T') Anderson. Here authentic wood smoked BBQ is produced and served by the man himself. Expect the softest, juiciest slow cooked meat you’ve ever tasted. We’re talking brisket cooked to perfection in ten hours, pork belly, chicken, burgers, jalapeño and cheese sausages, fried chicken, tacos...you get the gist. Smokey T’s cult following is always growing with people making special trips from far and wide.
Every barbecuing region and enthusiast has their own philosophy on what makes BBQ so great. Here it is all about low and slow and using the best possible ingredients. Every smoke session...
The first thing that strikes you when stepping into Soul Quarter is the chic ambience of this central city eatery. The dark wood, candlelight, and high ceilings (adorned with art deco lights) give a sense of scale while still feeling intimate and cosy. This is all helped by the state-of-the-art bio fuel fire that greets you upon entry. The owners of Soul Quarter are no strangers to hospitality, and it shows straight out of the gate.
The main dining room is split into two levels, a ground-floor area nestled next to the bar and a mezzanine floor suspended above. You’ll have to choose whether you want to see the action unfold from above or down below (we couldn’t...
Story restaurant on Christchurch’s picturesque New Regent Street offers an intimate, relaxed and unique dining experience that’s not to be missed. The petite upstairs dining space can squeeze up to thirty people in one sitting, and downstairs offers an option of street-side dining for six. If you enjoy watching the chef at work, there’s enough room for two at the bar along the open kitchen.
The dining experience at Story is anything but ordinary. With a set menu being your only option, the pressure of decision-making is taken out of the equation. So, sit back, relax and enjoy good conversation while being well looked after and well-fed. An extensive wine list...
The arrival of Sumner Social warrants high fives all around because, at last, the coastal suburb has a top-notch bar and restaurant with ocean views. We are bloomin’ excited and you should be too.
It’ll come as no surprise that opening a place here had been a dream of the owners, The Sinke Family, for some time. Having grown up in Sumner, Julian was thrilled when the opportunity presented itself, and after an extensive refurbishment, ridding the space of its dark decrepit interior, Sumner Social has been transformed into a light, bright, inviting destination.
The sea of yellow and white striped parasols are instantly attention-grabbing, and not...
It can be a risky business making promises via a title – unless of course, you are a chocolate bar producer (Crunchie bars = never soft, Flakes = never solid) but in the case of Lyttelton’s Asian-inspired SUPER, the promise is well and truly followed through:
SUPER = super.
Housed in a stunning old building – in fact, the oldest standing building in Lyttelton – SUPER offers delicious food and drink with a focus on sustainability, flavour and fun. Owners Sahni Bennett and Joseph Quested opened in February 2018 and diners from near and far have been flocking ever since.
SUPER’s fare is simple, well thought out and delicious. The menu...