Sisters Taina and Rea have always shared a passion for fine patisseries. A long-term dream of opening their own little shop specialising in the delicate treats became a reality in 2018, when the perfect spot for Sweet Soul Patisserie came up within the laneways of The Guthrey Centre. The light-filled corner shop is the first fine patisserie shop in Christchurch.
Serving quality French style desserts with a Kiwi twist and excellent coffee, the cabinet at Sweet Soul Patisserie is filled with the most beautiful petit cakes you ever did see. They are each carefully handcrafted in the kitchen on-site (which you can soon take a peek at through the window next to the Ballantynes...
Hidden away from the main drag of New Brighton Mall on Carnaby Lane, Switch is a bit of an institution of the seaside suburb. The family run cafe is bustling with people on any given day, and there’s a very good reason why.
This spot is quirky and cool with staff that is always friendly and welcoming. It delivers consistent quality coffee, boasts a cabinet stacked with daily changing goodies offering something for sweet tooths (the gluten free brownie is a winner) as well as those after a savoury snack. The all day breakfast menu is filled with a variety of mouth watering dishes and changes seasonally while holding tight to some long time favourites, such as classic eggs...
It’s easy to image how many afternoons can be whiled away at this Waipara Valley vineyard and cellar door.
With rolling North Canterbury hills in the background, rows of grapevines in the fore and a glass of wine in your hand - Terrace Edge is the classy yet laid back winery atmosphere you’ve been looking for.
A humble wooden sign leads oenophiles and the wine-curious to the sleek concrete-floored, white-walled Tasting Shed. Here, exposed beams are painted black and light fixtures hang low over a cosy leather couch, dining table and bar seating inside.
Outdoors, lush grass and wooden seating awaits - overlooking the family-owned vineyard and olive...
The Arts Centre is an iconic landmark, a precious taonga in Christchurch. After being extensively damaged during the 2010 and 2011 earthquakes, the stunning Gothic Revival style centre which dates back to 1877 is slowly being brought back to life through a massive $290m post-earthquake restoration programme and the team at the Arts Centre are restoring memories to pave the way for new experiences with culture, creativity and education. As you might imagine, all this change is bringing a lot of excitement with it.
Excitement in the form of:
– From Ancient Greece to Contemporary New Zealand Art and artisan craft – you can visit the Teece Museum of Classical...
Let’s not beat around the bush here – The Birdwood is a must-do. A must-do by day and a must-do by night. By day, The Birdwood is a buzzing cafe, pumping out delicious seasonal food, fresh juices, house-roasted coffee (!) and next-level smoothies, all created with locally sourced ingredients. The space is light-filled, spacious and brimming with happy diners.
The breakfast and lunch menus are simple, sophisticated and just plain delicious. Dishes such as “All in House” – sourdough with seasonal preserves and churned buffalo cream and creamy mushrooms with soft polenta and crumbed egg really show off the team’s ability to give an edge to simple,...
From the window of a vintage caravan found on Trade Me to a permanent nest down New Brighton’s coolest alleyway – The Burger Joint has been making some serious moves over the last couple of years.
It was outside South Brighton Surf Club that seaside locals, Sam Kubiak and Caroline Riley, first opened their mobile food truck. Interest piqued and an appetite for their burger creations only grew… So when given the opportunity to hang their hat in the same town they sold their first patty in, it was a big ‘hell yeah’ moment.
The fresh dine-in venue is tucked down Carnaby Lane with an ethos that is plain and simple – and pretty hard...
Thirty taps of craft beer, beautiful views, great wine and delicious food. In just 12 words, the essence of Craft Embassy can be summed up – it’s simply a gem.
Nestled up on level one of The Terrace in central Christchurch overlooking the Avon river, Craft Embassy specialises in showcasing an epic range of independent craft beers made by New Zealand brewers. From sours to pilsners to stouts to pale ales, the beer list is always evolving, always interesting and always delicious.
But despite this very unique beer offering, a huge part of Craft Embassy’s charm is its accessibility – it doesn’t matter if you’re a certified beer sommelier, a...
Tucked inside the bustling Riverside Market, just under the stairwell, you’ll come across a charming stall designed sure to make you feel like you’ve taken a quick jaunt to Europe: The Great Pastry Shop.
The Great Pastry Shop was a business started (a bit by accident!) in 2017 by mother-daughter duo Rhiannon and Elsie (just 21-years-old when the business began), respectively, who both trained as pastry chefs after Rhiannon left her previous careers as a fashion designer, teacher, and a general chef. Quite the resume! Though they're trained in (and are fans of) European techniques, their style is also influenced by their own heritage in England, as well as...
After travelling through acre after acre of new subdivisions you will finally arrive at the heart of Lincoln’s township, and you’d be forgiven for thinking that the old brick building housing the Laboratory is one that dates back to the beginnings of Lincoln. But no, it was designed and built in 2015 by the owners Martin and Lisa Bennett using recycled materials from earthquake damaged Christchurch.
The Laboratory offers an excellent range of craft beer brewed onsite, including some English style hand-pulled real ales straight from the cask. The popular wood fired pizzas and tapas-style plates are designed to be shared and at the weekend they have a brunch menu....
Nestled on Christchurch’s New Regent Street, whisky and cocktail lounge The Last Word is the type of place you’d struggle to visit just once. In fact, with its relaxed feel, friendly staff, extensive drinks list and moreish snacks, it’s the type of place you’d like to visit every night of the week.
Whisky and cocktails are The Last Word’s main game and with 320 whiskies available, owner Alex Ricketts confession that he is a whisky “geek” makes a lot of sense. Geeky in the best way though – Alex’s passion for the spirit is a passion he wants to share through tastings, chocolate pairings (think a Whittaker’s Sea Salt and...
High Street just became a little bit cooler with the opening of The Little High Eatery; a collection of eateries housed in an open space building in the 181 High Street Development. A similar concept to Ponsonby Central in Auckland, the space is designed to offer plenty of dining options in a more sophisticated manner than your typical food court.
With an assortment of tasty cuisines, new businesses and much loved favourites, there’s something for all tastes here. The name is slightly deceptive; ‘Little High’ (as it is more commonly known), is anything but little when it comes to choice ... Patrons can choose from eight different eateries; Bacon Brothers, A Mouse Called Bean,...
Local produce and carefully selected ingredients form the foundation of a great menu. But deliciously unique dishes? Those come down to a chef’s creativity. And to the benefit of all who dine here, that creativity is nothing but nurtured at The Monday Room.
Everything here is homemade and comprised of the freshest local ingredients. The menu changes on a two to three month schedule, keeping patrons and chefs on their toes. The Monday Room’s iconic ‘Trust the Chef’ menu, one of the first to be offered in Christchurch, is delivered by kitchen and front of house teams in perfect symbiosis with one another. Their harmonious work brings social dining and European Bistro food together...
The Old Vicarage is exactly that, the former home of the Vicars from St Mary’s Church in Halswell. However in recent times the place has transformed into a bustling café, restaurant and bar, a picturesque and cosy place to pull up a pew and catch up with friends.
Built in the late 19th Century, The Old Vicarage is a striking and rather large villa (thanks to a recent extension) set in immaculate gardens that are coiffed to perfection. Geraniums, roses and fuchsias along with established trees line the perimeters of the property offering a natural privacy to the outdoor courtyard area.
The quaint home has plenty of personality; lots of nooks and...
Situated on the corner of Cranford and Westminster Streets, The Origin brings a much-needed boost to the hospitality scene in St Albans to the delight of locals. The vegetarian cafe is bustling with customers of all ages drawn to the beautifully presented dishes, New Zealand grown organic tea and specialty coffee. With an entirely pure vegetarian menu, The Origin brings more than the typical cafe fare, but make no mistake – flavour is no compromise.
The Origin brings more than the typical cafe fare, but make no mistake - the flavour is no compromise. The small, but selective menu encompasses sweet and savoury options, as well as a cabinet, stocked full of...
Head to The Spirits Workshop in Sydenham for a uniquely New Zealand spirit experience. Here you can sample gins and whiskies that reflect Aotearoa, meet the people that make them and see the whole process, too.
This local business all got started in 2015 when four friends in Canterbury decided to split the cost of a still. The idea? Put the still in someone’s garage and make the “World’s Best” Single Malt Whisky from Canterbury’s “World’s Best” barley and water! Curiosity, however, got the best of them and just a year later they launched their own gin brand called you guessed it, Curiosity. The Spirits Workshop is now home to...
A seriously impressive example of the expansion of retail and hospitality into the ‘burbs, The Tannery is of such quality that the trek to Woolston will be no deterrent. And once you’re there, the free parking might make you wish your visits to this sophisticated one-stop shop were far more frequent.
The Tannery plays host to an ever-growing, yet carefully curated selection of stylish shops and dining options. All bases are covered – there’s everything from fashion to homewares to design to a second-hand book store. There’s even an apothecary and a yoga studio – need we go on? Possibly no need, but we will anyway.
There are flowers and...
One of the most exciting new developments to open in Christchurch in 2019, The Welder is a unique health and wellbeing centre in stunningly repurposed buildings in the heart of South Town. The history and soul of the old industrial buildings is palpable as soon as you step inside the space, and it provides an experience unlike anything else in the city.
Dotted around a shared indoor courtyard filled with greenery and natural light, you’ll find hole-in-the-wall spots where you can pick up a coffee, a cold-pressed juice, some serious sourdough, a beautiful pastry, tapas and a glass of wine, Japanese yakitori barbeque and more. Find a cosy nook within one of these...
Located in the heart of New Brighton, Three Donkeys is a small restaurant focused on an authentic yet elegantly modern take on Indian and Japanese cuisine. The menu embodies a unique blend of ethnic and progressive dishes offering meat, poultry and seafood plus vegetarian and vegan options. Their mission is to provide vibrant food and beautifully constructed dishes that surprise and intrigue. The team can also create tailor-made menus to your taste on request.
Chef Samson Samikannu started his culinary journey in his mother's kitchen in Pondichery, India, and is trained by some of the best chefs in France. In 2021, he opened The Three Donkeys restaurant, a place to share the...
One of the small hidden treasures of the Christchurch culinary scene is the Japanese restaurant Tomi, situated within Edgeware Village. Opened in 2012 by Joe Chan (a chef for nearly twenty years), and his wife Mayuko Tomita, plus Mayuko’s father Matsuo Tomita (40 years experience in Japanese cuisine), the restaurant has a relaxed environment with traditional pale timber panelling and a cosy intimate feel.
Tomi has a strong return customer base with sashimi (fresh raw fish) being a standout favourite and speciality. The fish is sourced from the local fish market, and there’s also fresh tuna when it’s in season. Other menu highlights include sushi, tender...
If you are a sando aficionado and find yourself in the South Town area of Christchurch city centre, keep an eye out for the striking cobalt blue hue of Tom’s. Delicious sandwiches, expertly made coffee and an array of tempting treats await you inside.
Situated on Southwark Street, part of the W. L. Brown & Co. building, this elevated take on a neighbourhood sandwich shop is a favourite among Ara students, workers in the area and visitors to Ōtautahi who have drooled over Tom’s ‘gram feed. Its small but perfectly formed space has been designed to maximise seating and house a mouth-watering food cabinet.
The namesake owner...