Christchurch and Canterbury Restaurants

Christchurch has an exciting foodie scene, and many new restaurants, cafés, and bars have opened in recent years. Restaurants are usually open every day; if they do close, it’s 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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  • 1. Addington Coffee Co-op

    $$ | Addington | Café

    Kick-start your senses and your day with the best coffee around—fair trade and organic-roasted on-site along with plenty of wholesome, tasty...Read More

  • 2. C1 Espresso

    $$ | Eclectic

    Sam and Fleur Crofskey are among the pioneers of Christchurch's new, edgy dining scene. At C1 an enthusiastic staff roasts and serves superb...Read More

  • 3. Dux Dine

    $$$ | Riccarton | New Zealand

    This Edwardian stationmaster's villa, not far from Hagley Park, is many locals' dream home. Plush dining rooms and a wide covered veranda lead...Read More

  • 4. ilex Cafe

    $$ | Café

    One of the city's must-see new buildings also houses one its most popular cafés. Christchurch Botanic Gardens' rare plants and nurseries sit...Read More

  • 5. King of Snake

    $$$$ | Asian

    Named after its owner's signature cocktail (served up with half a fresh chili and slice of ginger), this restaurant and bar delivers on all...Read More

  • 6. Roots

    $$$$ | New Zealand

    It's well worth making the journey to this award-winning haven for honest food, made from scratch by passionate people, using local organic...Read More

  • 7. Saggio di vino

    $$$$ | European

    Saggio's knowledgeable owners and sommelier take both the wine and food to a whole new level with expert pairings. The menu is a mixture of...Read More

  • 8. Twenty Seven Steps

    $$$$ | French

    This is one of the hottest locations in town. Climb exactly 27 steps to reveal a refined bistro spanning four shop fronts of New Regent Street...Read More

  • 9. Akaroa Fish and Chips

    $ | Café

    Acclaimed around the country as having some of the best fish-and-chips available, this take-out–style eatery often has queues out the door....Read More

  • 10. Bully Hayes Restaurant & Bar

    $$$$ | New Zealand

    Named after a notorious American pirate, this modern restaurant occupies a great site. Dining is casual, either indoors or out, overlooking...Read More

  • 11. Cafe Valentino

    $$$ | Italian

    Savor an Italian wood-fired pizza from one of Christchurch's favorite family-run restaurants. Try the signature Penne Basilicata or classic...Read More

  • 12. Civil and Naval

    $$ | Spanish

    This cozy haunt is packed with locals who come for tasty tapas-style food, produced in a tiny kitchen, and the excellent cocktails. Try the...Read More

  • 13. Cook'n' with Gas

    $$$$ | New Zealand

    This well-established fine-dining bistro serves the best local beef, lamb, and seafood on the menu, accompanied by a strong South Island wine...Read More

  • 14. Curator's House

    $$$$ | Spanish

    Here you can dine in a 1920s Tudor-style house, looking out on the Botanic Gardens and the Peacock Fountain, or take a garden table and be part...Read More

  • 15. Fusion Restaurant Cafe Bar

    $$$ | Eclectic

    As the name says this well-loved spot presents a mix of Asian, French, and Kiwi cuisines in a modern red, white, and black setting. The chef...Read More

  • 16. Ginger & Garlic

    $$$$ | New Zealand

    In winter, a big fire warms you up, and, in summer, fabulous sunsets can be seen from a window table. In a bold three-sided building at the...Read More

  • 17. Governors Bay Hotel

    $$$ | Governors Bay | New Zealand

    First granted a license in 1870, this historic old pub makes a great casual lunch or dinner stop if you're doing a round-trip from Christchurch...Read More

  • 18. Harlequin Public House

    $$$$ | Eclectic

    On the site of an 1860s pub, the Public House part of the name is meant to show that it's once again inviting to all patrons. It is well worth...Read More

  • 19. Hello Sunday

    $$ | Café

    Named the city's favorite café in the Christchurch Hospitality Awards, this quaint former Sunday school in one of Christchurch's oldest wooden...Read More

  • 20. Little River Cafe & Store

    $ | Café

    What a buzz this place is—walk in and inhale deeply. It's a busy spot in mid-summer but otherwise is well worth the stop. The food is all handmade...Read More

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