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New Places to Eat & Drink in Christchurch

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 opened a second branch in Cranford Street. The familiar recipe of iconoclastic pop art, proper burgers, to-die-for chips & gravy, and, of course, beer, are all here in a laid-back (and large) dining space.

  • St Asaph Street Kitchen is a new restaurant and bar by the owner of good-old Le Café – don’t expect a replica of the old eatery, though; the new incarnation has a character all its own. A Mid-Century aesthetic in an industrial space, it’s at once elegant and relaxed, and the food is superb. We love the Roast Pork – free range, of course.

  • The new C1 occupies the ground-floor of the Alice in Videoland building. Expect the same great food, and character in spades, but with a revised design aesthetic.

  • A second Arjee Bhajee has opened in Cranford Street – and this one offers a stylish space very different to the ultra-casual Riccarton Road branch.

  • Dux Dine is quickly becoming one of our new favs: it’s very different to the old Dux de Luxe, but there are hints of the old establishment in the gorgeous al fresco area and, of course, the vegetarian menu. We love the eclectic mix of colours and lighting to create a series of dining spaces.

  • Euro on Cranford boasts the longest cabinet of café fare in Christchurch. A light and bright seating area makes an inviting place to stop for brunch or lunch.

  • An understated exterior belies the cool interior design of Fiddlesticks on Worcester Boulevard. Inside, there are four distinct spaces, including a bar area with a louvre roof. 

  • Costas Taverna in Cranford Street features a cool dining space (complete with starlit ceiling) and its very own Ouzo Bar – we love it!

  • Get a dose of Irish hospitality at the new Bailies Bar at Edgeware.

  • Iconic Italian eatery, Valentinos, is now open on St Asaph Street – they managed to rescue the famous memorabilita from Colombo Street.


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