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. 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

  • 2. 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

  • 3. 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

  • 4. 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

  • 5. 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

  • 6. 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

  • 7. 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

  • 8. 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

  • 9. 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

  • 10. 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

  • 11. The Trading Rooms Restaurant & Bar

    $$$$ | New Zealand

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

  • 12. The Wobbly Kea Café and Bar

    $$$ | New Zealand

    This pleasant place is named for the cheeky mountain parrots that circle above it day after day. It's open from early in the morning until well...Read More

  • 13. 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

  • 14. London Street Restaurant

    New Zealand

    Started by the guys who run the local farmers' market, this place features what the owners call "Local Ingredients, Global Flavours." Try their...Read More

  • 15. Seagars at Oxford

    $$$ | Oxford | Café

    This bustling daytime café features all the good home cooking that TV chef and celebrity, Jo Seagar, is famous for, and a few other treats as...Read More

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