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. 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

  • 7. 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

  • 8. 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

  • 9. 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

  • 10. 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

  • 11. 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

  • 12. 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

  • 13. Mexicano's

    $$$ | Mexican

    Don't feel uneasy about trying the unmarked double red doors to get in, you will be well rewarded inside. Mexicano's has an edgy atmosphere...Read More

  • 14. Pescatore

    $$$$ | New Zealand

    It may have started out as a specialist seafood restaurant but Pescatore is now renowned for its creative, conceptual New Zealand cuisine. From...Read More

  • 15. Smash Palace

    $$ | Burger

    Look out for the fairy lights and the big bus, and find your way through the construction sites to this cheerful, family-run oasis of beer,...Read More

  • 16. Supreme Supreme

    $$ | Café

    More than just a great coffee fix, this hip café is styled with a utilitarian look based on a distinctive red-and-white grid pattern. Tucked...Read More

  • 17. Tequila Mockingbird

    $$$$ | Latin American

    Spicy Latin-fusion shared plates are the mainstay of Tequila Mockingbird, in the heart of Victoria Street's busy food scene. Try at least two...Read More

  • 18. The Cornershop Bistro

    $$$$ | Sumner | New Zealand

    Just a block back from Sumner Beach this urban-style establishment has drummed up an extremely loyal clientele. By day it's a busy café; at...Read More

  • 19. Canterbury Tales

    New Zealand

    This elegant spot is one of three restaurants in the Crowne Plaza Hotel. Service shines, while the lights are low and the music subdued. The...Read More

  • 20. Chinwag Eathai

    $$$ | Thai

    This funky, upbeat restaurant has reopened on Victoria Street following the loss of its very cool High Street building. But it's still a stellar...Read More

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