A bustling hub of community, Riverside Market is the rejuvenated beating heart of the central city we’ve all been waiting for. This unique Christchurch establishment brings fresh produce, artisan bakeries, independent food stalls, bars and restaurants, high-class retail and eclectic market stalls all under one roof. Think of the humming market halls of Europe and beyond, this purpose built two-level establishment overlooking the Avon River will give you the same, if not a bigger, buzz.
Make sure you arrive with plenty of room in your puku, as the 30-odd food outlets (each as intriguing as the next) to choose from will make life very hard otherwise. There is a huge variety of culinary experiences from around the world to be had, and to get through them all will require dedicated regular visits – what a hard task!
On the merchant side of things expect to find fresh produce that has travelled a minimal distance, a huge point of difference with a guaranteed reduced carbon ‘foodprint’ and freshness previously hard to come by in the CBD. On top of all things grown in soil, you’ll find specialised fishmongers, cheesemongers, quality bakeries, premium meat and more. The market is designed for the convenience of the conscious consumer, simply stroll around enjoying the unique ambiance and gather the ingredients for your next home-made culinary feast straight into your market bag.
For retail therapy head to the Riverside Lanes, where a wonderful upmarket shopping experience with a number of major fashion brands, along with beautiful gift and home-ware stores to explore awaits. Watch the bustle of people and feel our city living and breathing.
A visit to Christchurch will not be complete without a visit to the Riverside Market. And as for locals, there’s really no excuse not to get to know this gem. No pressure, just saying.