Nestled inside inner city luxury hotel, The George, 50Bistro is an elegant restaurant with an effortlessly charming atmosphere. Serving quality fare from dawn til dusk, the kitchen and front of house team here work hard to ensure a pleasurable experience at any time of the day.
Don’t shy away if you are not intending to stay at the hotel, non-guests are welcomed to 50Bistro with open arms. Why not take advantage of what the hotel has to offer with high tea, lunch or dinner with a group of friends.
The menu here is very much influenced by the seasons and uses local produce as much as possible. Ideally, executive chef Chanaka Jayabahu sources his products for the...
What started with a humble bacon sandwich five years ago, has lead to incredible success for the three brothers behind the famous Bacon Brothers brand. Starting small at the Christchurch Farmers’ Market, they quickly built a reputation for damn good sandwiches and a loyal following amongst their customers. So, it only seemed right that they expanded their bacon empire, and in 2017 they set up shop at The Little High Eatery on High Street.
They’ve remained as popular as ever, with a near constant line of hungry customers, and yet they’ve also remained true to their humble roots. You’ll still find them every Saturday at the Christchurch Farmers’...
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...
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...
The Caffeine Laboratory provides a laidback spot in the central city for great coffee and excellent brunch. The New Regent Street headquarters, which occupies the ground floor of the old Little India building, is the biggest venture yet from James Bagrie. James originally opened the first Caffeine Laboratory in Shands Arcade and, post-earthquake, was one of the first to offer inner-city folk a good cup of coffee at his Montreal Street pop up.
The café’s compact interior is fitted out in raw timber, giving a fresh and clean look. Service is friendly and personable, and the baristas sure know how to brew a good cup of coffee. The unquestionable pedigree of Lyttelton...
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 cafe-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 which transforms into something more intimate come evening. Evening diners can choose from five-, seven- or nine-course...
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...
Dark, a little brooding and faultless in its theme, Bessie is an immaculate display of fine dining in the inner city. Antlers take the place of coat hooks, while saws, cleavers and skillets hang from the kitchen framing and fur pelts dangle off chairs. Heavy menus are encased in leather and brass edging giving a modern day twist. Long tables, black leather booths and plenty of tables for two, mean the space flawlessly caters to all size groups.
Friendly staff greet you upon arrival and talk you through the menu (they are definitely worth listening to for condiment advice). A bar tucked at the street end provides an elegant area to wait for a table, or simply to start the night...
Twenty Seven Steps is run by Emma and Paul, the good folk who used to own Akaroa’s favourite restaurant, The Little Bistro. As the restaurant’s name suggests, there is a short climb up the steps (no, there aren't 27) to the restaurant, which occupies a large upstairs space: it is essentially four upstairs shops combined into one. An effortless combination of old and new, Twenty Seven Steps is modern and sophisticated. The respect for this building’s heritage in a city where heritage has somewhat crumbled away is special, and the beautiful and quintessentially New Regent Street, arched windows are the heroes of the space.
With so much time between the initial...
Come see what all the fuss is about and make a trip to the Allpress café on the Sydenham side of Montreal Street. A clean, open space, for encouraging free thinking in coffee dates and business meetings. What was an old junk-filled mechanic workshop has since been converted into a stylish, modern café space and barista training facility (have a look at the photos on top of the food cabinet to see the transformation that has taken place).
Order a piccolo and peek through the glass windows into their training service hub, where the Allpress baristas of Christchurch are taught the craft of fine coffee. The café has a cabinet of Italian-style sandwiches, savoury or sweet loafs and...
On the corner of Walker Street and Montreal you’ll find Ally & Sid, a breezy spot for excellent coffee, tasty cabinet fare and a big side of sunshine. House in an old rubber moulding factory Ally & Sid marries antique industrial details with plenty of greenery, a pinky orange colour scheme, spacious wooden tables, big windows and a garage door that lets the outdoors in when it’s nice out.
Samuel and Aimee Nimmo knew that they always wanted to open a cafe and their passion for top quality yet approachable coffee is apparent. The two keep things running day to day and after seven years on the Christchurch hospitality scene, Samuel really knows coffee. With that...
In October 2014, Katie and Will Ross opened the Greenroots Juicery stall at the Riccarton Bush Farmers Market. Fast forward six years and they’re still trading at the market but are also operating Barefoot Eatery, a CBD spot for all things nutritious and delicious, seven days a week.
Located within The Welder, Barefoot Eatery’s menu is full of colour, wholesome ingredients, locally sourced produce and a lot of love. While there is still a strong focus on juice, the cafe offers smoothies, açai bowls, waffles, burgers, soups and cabinet treats that all fall into the ‘extremely moreish yet good for you’ category.
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 cafes 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 Air BnB.
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 Quarter style, there’s no chance of...
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...
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 food, though. They also...
James Burt and his team of coffee enthusiasts at Engine Coffee Brewers know what they're about - serving excellent brew with a focused approach. The experience here is simple, accessible, fresh and interesting - just like the coffee.
Instead of offering a long list of beans and blends, Engine only serves the best. At any one time a single origin coffee is used for black coffee, a seasonal blend for white coffee and rotating single origins for filter coffee. Beans on offer rotate based on fanfare and seasonably availability. Here drinkers can trust the barista to create a kick ass cup of coffee and to provide an approachable education on what they are sipping.
Kinfolk meets wasabi at this immaculate Hereford Street espresso bar brightening up the city’s fringe west of the Avon. Just follow the lightbox signs directly opposite the Christchurch City Council building, where you will be met with the scent of house made croissants and bagels - and on some days, donuts, too.
One of the only cafes in Christchurch serving Allpress’ A.R.T blend, brews are expertly extracted from the gleaming white counter top coffee machine. Wooden booth seating is dotted with round grey cushions for the handful of tables, where you will be pleasantly surprised by their fun alternative to table numbers.
Scandinavian whites and light...
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...
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 right here 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’...