Inside the Four Aves
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 Bar offers an atmosphere of sleek white fittings and shimmering glass. Further along Victoria Street, Frogmore offers a bewildering choice of gorgeous goodies in a lovely old villa – while modern buildings around it have been taken down, the villa is still standing! Up the road is Chinwag Eathai, where fuss-free Asian banquet-style magic happens every night from 4pm till late.
Elsewhere in the city, there are other great treasures. The Drawing Room still offers its fabulous array of art supplies and Total Body Concept is on hand to provide stress relief and indulgent spa treats. New treasures to try include The Monday Room – a restaurant and bar where fantasy and imagination combine in an ode to escapism. Add to this the reopening of City Mall in a series of converted shipping containers, and it all adds up to many excellent reasons to start venturing back into the central city.
Art Restaurant 48 Worcester Street p. 03 365 3170 www.artrestaurant.co.nz Euro fusion cuisine created from the finest local produce and accompanied by local wines.
Belle Interiors 62 Victoria Street p. 03 366 7300 www.belleinteriors.co.nz A comprehensive interior design service from concept to completion.
Black Betty 163A Madras Street p. 03 365 8522 www.blackbetty.co.nz Awesome coffee.
Blax Café 384B Montreal Street p. 03 366 8482 Yes, this popular espresso bar is open in the heart of the city.
C4 Coffee 278 Tuam Street p. 03 366 7370 www.c4coffee.co.nz This local roasting company is now operating just along the road from the old spot.
Club Tower Café & Bar 62 Worcester Street p. 03 366 0016 www.clubtower.co.nz Sleek streetside café and bar with outdoor tables – perfect for people watching.
Dfusion 122 Victoria Street p. 03 379 2423 www.dfusion.co.nz Stock up your wardrobe with NZ and international designers.
Dose Shop 6, 77 Tuam Street p. 03 374 9907 Coffee specialists in the city.
Headspace Unit 7/245 St Asaph Street p. 03 366 1896 www.headspacehair.co.nz
Jane Daniels 149 Victoria Street p. 03 379 8598 www.janedaniels.co.nz Specially commissioned fabrics transformed into flowing deconstructed pieces.
Lynn Woods & The Outlet Annex 149 Victoria Street p. 03 377 9476 www.lynnwoods.co.nz An array of fashion labels from Europe, Australia and New Zealand.
Mediterranean Food Company 322 Tuam Street p. 03 379 5122 www.mediterraneanfoods.co.nz
Pepperberry Café & Florist 919 Colombo Street p. 03 377 0443 www.pepperberry.co.nz
Pomeroy’s Old Brewery Inn 292 Kilmore Street p. 03 365 1523 www.pomeroysonkilmore.co.nz
Sakaguchi 380 St Asaph Street p. 03 377 2951 Christchurch designer, Takaaki Sakaguchi brings the aesthetic of Japan and blends it with New Zealand inspiration.