Fav Places

We love Christchurch – and here are a few of the reasons why. This is a place that constantly surprises. New restaurants, bars, cafés and shops are always opening and you can expect to see even more in future as the city evolves. Some of our favourites are located in surprising places, so make sure you let us know so we can pass on the good word!

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Craving a Transylvanian fix? Then sink your fangs into a crazy delicious kürtős kalács (or chimney cake), crunchy on the outside and soft inside this Hungarian-influenced European delicacy can be eaten for breakfast, lunch or dinner! Look for the ex-ambulance now Transylvanian Delights food truck at Pallet Pavilion during the week, Lyttelton Farmers’ Market on Saturdays and Riccarton Market on Sundays and get your nosh on. ...
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Cityscape reveals why this sunny seaside village needs to be on your radar this spring. There’s no better way to celebrate spring and the rising mercury than by indulging in a seaside escape and, with Sumner on our doorstep, it makes for an effortless getaway.A short drive from the city centre, Sumner’s chilled village vibe is the perfect antidote to the city’s stresses. Nestled at the foot of Banks Peninsula, visitors are greeted by floral explosions and towering 100-year-old Norfolk Island Pines that indicate paradise found. Whether you’re after breakfast with a view, a quick catch up for coffee with friends, a sun-drenched afternoon at the beach, spot of pampering or shopping, a night out or weekend away, Sumner’s seduction is endless. Foodies are well catered for with a bounty of international cuisine and who could resist drinking in the sunset, and a few cocktails, at the water’s edge? For the more adventurous...
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It may be winter, but Christchurch's regrowth continues regardless! There's lots of exciting brand new and upcoming ventures popping up around our city, all fresher than a July southerly. Among them are both some familiar names to happily welcome back and some exciting newcomers to go and fall in love with. As the Cityscape Winter 2013 edition goes to print, new Italian bar and restaurant Baretta is opening its doors to reveal a piece of Italy at this sure-fire St Asaph Street hot spot. Our new issue deadline also falls on the much-awaited return of pizza legends Winnie Bagoes to the central city – two-and-a-half years is far too long to go between having a Winnie's pizza inside the Four Avenues if you ask us! We’re loving the new brick, lived-in aesthetic and can’t wait for mid-July. On Gloucester Street we welcome back Asian favourite Sampan House and are looking forward...
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Get your bearings with an update on who's doing what – and where – in Christchurch City. Look out for much-loved pizzeria and bar Winnie Bagoes returning to the central city. The new location is in Madras Street and we can’t wait to get there for after-work drinks! Many exciting developments from The Colombo! An authentic Mexican joint by the name of El Cantina and a branch of the Belgium Beer Café are now open, and Academy Gold Cinema will be opening soon – beer and mussels, or maybe beer and nachos, followed by a movie, sounds like a great night to us! Having been bejewelling Christchurch locals for 133 years, it’s great to see Kennett reopen as Kennett Crafted Jewels: the new store is in the Sydenham Quarter and is the place to find that perfect NZ-designed wedding or engagement ring. Those expecting a new addition to their families will...
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You've got to love all the new bars and restaurants opening up all over Christchurch. From old favourites reinvented to brand-new finds, there are plenty of new places to explore this summer. The sun-soaked terrace and Art Deco bar are the perfect stage for savouring CBD Bar’s very own brews – and wood-fired pizza. Grab a bite at C1 and catch a film at new art-house cinema Alice’s Cinematheque at Alice in Videoland. On the corner of Holmwood Road and Rossall Street, a new complex houses The Preservatory Delicatessen, Le Panier Boulangerie, The Cook Shop and Flowers on Holmwood. New restaurant Chillingworth Road is part of the exciting new line-up at the top end of Cranford Street and boasts a cook school, cook shop and dining spaces for day and night – the aim is to create ‘theatre with food’ and we reckon they’ve succeeded handsomely! Burgers & Beers Inc. has...
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Christchurch, you're spoilt for choice when it comes to restaurants, cafés and bars to sample over summer 2012/13 ... Al Fresco Dux Dine, the latest incarnation of the Dux de Luxe, has a delightful outdoor dining space in a cottage garden. 50 Bistro at The George Hotel boasts a sheltered outdoor area with views out to Hagley Park – and fire tables to light the scene after dark. CBD Bar has a large terrace with plenty of tables for sipping a cold beer in the sun or sharing a pizza on a warm evening. Exclusive Eats Pescatore at The George Hotel is one of New Zealand’s finest restaurants – and the private dining room, The Boardroom, offers even greater exclusivity. Saggio di Vino has been reborn as a stylish new dining space, but still offers the same superb cuisine on which its reputation has been built. Chillingworth Road is a newcomer...
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A boutique shopping space has popped up at The Tannery. In the coming months, a brand-new boutique retail and arts emporium will open on the site (behind The Brewery at 3 Garlands Road in Woolston), but until then you can get a taste of The Tannery in a collection of pop-up shops situated in the car park. Six containers are grouped under a sail: within them are six much-loved Christchurch retailers – Dead Set, Flock Design Boutique, Smith’s Books, Redfish Bluefish, Where the Fox Lives and Toi Toi Design Store. The set up evokes Christchurch’s pioneering days – but with much cooler things to buy. Says Alasdair Cassels, owner of The Tannery: “We’re excited about giving Christchurch and the eastern suburbs a peek at what The Tannery retail experience will be like: high quality, built on tradition and heritage, different and exciting. We’re pleased our partner tenants are pioneering this new...
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Finding your way around Christchurch ain’t what it used to be! Part of Cityscape’s MO, after all, is to help you find out who’s closed, who’s open and where the heck they are. Now the Christchurch City Council has launched a brand-new online service to help you find your way around. Called Find:Chch, it features a map of Christchurch that – at the click of your mouse – you can overlay with accommodation, entertainment, services, recreation and transport information. Easy! Head to www.findchch.com and check it out for yourself. Other online options include www.neatplaces.co.nz, www.billboardme.co.nz and, of course, www.cityscape-christchurch.co.nz. Now there’s no excuse for not getting out there and exploring your city!...
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Have you been to Cathedral Square lately? The Cathedral Square Walkway opened last weekend, giving locals a chance to return to the spiritual heart of their much-loved city. It’s an experience that is heart-rending for many, but the opportunity to come to terms with the devastation of Christchurch is hugely important. The walkway is open from 9am till 8pm on weekends until Sunday 11 December 2011. The walkway is accessible from the intersection of Colombo Street and Cashel Mall, and up to 300 people can enter the walkway each hour. It’s important to remember that although precautions have been taken, the area is still dangerous so entrance to the walkway is at your own risk. You must adhere to the following guidelines: • Stay within the fences. • Maximum visit duration is 50 minutes – the walkway is cleared on the hour. • You must leave when asked. • No pets...
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If you haven’t ventured into the city in a while, you may be surprised to know that despite the TV footage showing broken buildings and closed-off streets, there are lots of businesses inside the four avenues that are operating, well, perhaps not quite as normal, but pretty close to it! In the Cultural Precinct district, iconic hotel The George houses the rebranded 50 Bistro and Pescatore. For coffee or lunch, pop along to the Boat Shed Café. You can even rent a boat and go for a paddle. The Arts Centre itself may be closed, but Coffee Corner has moved across the road to a Worcester Boulevard villa, while Coffee House is open and humming! Around the corner, Club Tower is a good spot to catch the sunshine. Although there are gaps in the street frontage, Victoria Street remains popular. At Christchurch Casino, the Grand Café serves contemporary cuisine while Diamond...