Christchurch and Canterbury Restaurants


Christchurch and Canterbury Restaurant Reviews

Central Christchurch lost over 200 restaurants and bars in the 2010 and 2011 earthquakes. Although some are reopening or have relocated there is still only a handful open in the central city. Look to suburbs like Riccarton and Merivale for good dining options if the city spots are full; 2012 should see a big improvement in availability. Restaurants in the city are usually open every day; if they do close, it is either Sunday or Monday. Outside Christchurch, restaurants are more likely to close on Monday and Tuesday and during the winter.

The Waipara Valley is seeing a surge in exotic food production. North Canterbury is now a key producer in the country's fledgling black truffle industry. Locally sourced saffron, hazelnuts, manuka (an indigenous kind of tea tree) honey, olive oil, and ostrich meat are making their way onto area menus.

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