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. Dux Central

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    This restaurant's laneway setting and beautifully restored two-level building gives it a London pub feel. With food and drinks to suit all tastes, it's a...Read More

  • 2. King of Snake

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    Don't be fooled by the unassuming alleyway outside: this chic restaurant and bar delivers fine Asian fusion cuisine on all levels. It's hard to recommend...Read More

  • 3. Roots

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

  • 4. Twenty Seven Steps

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    It's worth the climb 27 steps to this stylish European bistro, consistently rated one of New Zealand's best and situated on New Regent Street's heritage...Read More

  • 5. Amazonita

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    Set in the heart of Christchuch's dining haven, The Terrace, this rain-forest-inspired restaurant combines delicious food with friendly service. Behind the busy bar is an...Read More

  • 6. Bully Hayes Restaurant & Bar

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    Named after a notorious American pirate, this modern restaurant occupies a great site overlooking the yachts moored in the harbor. New Zealand cuisine is highlighted,...Read More

  • 7. Civil and Naval

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

  • 8. Curator's House

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    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...Read More

  • 9. Ilex Cafe

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    One of the city's most beautiful pieces of architecture also houses one its most popular cafés. Christchurch Botanic Gardens's rare plants and nurseries sit alongside...Read More

  • 10. Little Vintage Espresso

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    Tucked away down a side street off the main road, this cute little café with a red door is packed with country locals and is...Read More

  • 11. Lyttelton Coffee Company

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    Well-known for its excellent coffee available in many Christchurch cafés, this is the home of the legendary roastery and plenty of hearty fare to match....Read More

  • 12. Murphy's on the Corner

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    Acclaimed around the country as having some of the best fish-and-chips available, this takeout-style eatery often has queues out the door. The deep-fried fish is...Read More

  • 13. No. 31 Restaurant & Bar

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    In a renovated villa on the main road into Hanmer, No. 31 serves exceptional food. Its well-established local chef specializes in modern New Zealand cuisine,...Read More

  • 14. Pescatore

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    This predominantly seafood restaurant is renowned for its creative, conceptual New Zealand cuisine. From the moment you set foot into the white space-age foyer at...Read More

  • 15. Powerhouse Cafe and Restaurant

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    Now a popular café for locals, the Powerhouse building used to contain a small hydroelectric generator that supplied power to the old Queen Mary Hospital...Read More

  • 16. South Town Club

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    A great place to get a coffee fix, this hip café is styled with a utilitarian look based on a distinctive red-and-white grid pattern. Careful...Read More

  • 17. Super

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    This eatery's clever take on Asian fusion has won rave reviews from locals thanks to its selection of carefully crafted dishes that are perfect for...Read More

  • 18. The Trading Rooms Restaurant & Bar

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    European spins on local produce, meat, and seafood, along with a seaside location, make for sought-after reservations here. Dark wooden floors, white tablecloths, and leather...Read More

  • 19. The Wobbly Kea Café and Bar

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    This pleasant place in the heart of the alpine village is named for the cheeky mountain parrots that circle above it day after day. Open...Read More

  • 20. Welles Street

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    This inner-city pub anchors the emerging South Town neighborhood of the Central Business District, and this big indoor–outdoor space has plenty of atmosphere. Menu items...Read More

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