The 26 Best Cafes in Christchurch

By Leo Williams

Cafes are never far out in Christchurch if you want to have a hearty brunch and warm coffee. If you’re wondering where the best cafes in Christchurch are, we have your back with our roundup.

With the different cafes in the city boasting specialties and outside seats amid the vibrant town, which ones would you go to?

We’ll answer that question along the way. And so without any delay, let’s now see the best cafes in Christchurch!

1) Black & White Coffee Cartel – 83 Victoria St

BEST FOR Fulfiling Roasted Coffee
MENURoasted Coffee, breakfast, brunch and lunch
WEBSITEhttps://www.blackandwhitecoffee.co.nz/
ADDRESS83 Victoria Street, Christchurch Central City, Christchurch 8013, New Zealand
CONTACT DETAILS+64 27 511 7272

[email protected]ckandwhitecoffee.co.nz

OPERATING HOURSMonday to Friday: 7am – 5pm

Saturday and Sunday: 8am – 5pm

In February 2015, the first Black & White Coffee Cartel opened at 83 Victoria St in the City, immediately becoming iconic & loved by the people of Christchurch. It was also among the first of the notable new cafes to grace Christchurch, kicking off a new café culture for a new city. It was and still is “just for the people that come here”.

Due to its success, in 2016 the owners started expanding the model through franchising and three years later, 12 Black & White Coffee Cartel cafes are now operating in the South Island. There was to be no cookie-cutter approach, the philosophy is to bring “the funky, independent coffee shop” to the masses. In every Black & White Coffee Cartel you visit, the music is louder, the service personal, the food individual to the location, the walls brighter, the furniture from different eras and the coffee prepared by creative baristas that are “just like you”.

Black & White Coffee Cartel is New Zealand’s first micro roasting coffee franchise, meaning each location roasts coffee on-site, in full view of the guests.

Highlights

  • Funky and independent coffee shop
  • Excellent all-around service
  • Beloved cafe of the Christchurch community

Customer Reviews

Here’s one customer’s review on Google Reviews:

“Great place, great tasting food and drinks, and kind people. I came here from Indonesia to experience the south part of New Zealand. Wondering around the quiet town, we bumped into this place to chill for a bit before dinner time which is 5pm. Coffee is great, hot coco is great as well! Inside the place is very aesthetically sound, and they have the kindest people serving. Go for a try!”

2) Underground Coffee Roasters

BEST FOR Coffee, Breakfast, Brunch and Lunch
MENUhttps://underground-coffee-roasters-coffee-shop.business.site/#menu
WEBSITEhttps://underground-coffee-roasters-coffee-shop.business.site/
ADDRESS359 Colombo Street Sydenham Christchurch 8023
New Zealand
CONTACT DETAILS 03-943 7360
OPERATING HOURSMonday to Friday: 7:00am – 5:30pm
Saturday: 8:30am – 5:00pm
Sunday: 9:30am – 5:00pm

Who doesn’t want a perfectly blended coffee? Sometimes, it is quite hard to find the perfect place that serves the perfect coffee. Underground Coffee Roasters, fortunately, offers all these and more.

Whichever blend you choose, you can be assured that your coffee is made with the finest green beans from around the world– which is then carefully blended & hot air roasted to perfection. Their baristas are certified and ensured to be qualified for their jobs, so expect their work to be one of a kind.

It’s also worth mentioning that the place is also beautiful, specifically the interior design. This is the best place for a date or a hangout with friends. If you’re looking to sit back and relax, Underground Coffee Roasters is one of the best places to go to.

Highlights

  • Qualified and Friendly Baristas
  • Fresh Coffee and Muffins
  • Cozy Place

Customer Reviews

 Here is a review left by a satisfied client:

“Coffee tasted good. Not everything on the menu card they can deliver unless bulk orders are made though. Interior looked beautiful. Good place for a date (maybe), the best place for hangout with a group of friends.” – Nusrat J

3)  Little Poms – Christchurch Central

Little Poms's Hollaindase Sandwhich

BEST FOR Presentable, Organic Food
MENUYou can browse their menu on their website
WEBSITEhttp://littlepoms.co.nz/
ADDRESS294 Kilmore Street, Christchurch, New Zealand
CONTACT DETAILS03 366 5808
OPERATING HOURSMonday to Friday: 6:30am – 3pm
Saturday to Sunday: 7:30am – 3pm

Situated in Central Christchurch and standing proud and tall along the street with plenty of car park space, Little Poms is a cafe that serves organic food with impressive presentation and taste, one of the best cafes in Christchurch.

Come by during breakfast, brunch or lunch for a complete sample of Little Pom’s beauty with smoked bacon, avocado, charred corn, coriander, and smoked jalapeno with buttermilk biscuits.

We also suggest the cornflake crumbed chicken for only NZ$25, zany zeus halloumi, and chilli scrambled eggs, which is oh too good for breakfast. For desserts, indulge in ricotta blueberry hotcake with nuts and berries.

Lastly, for the drinks, you have hot chocolate, iced coffee, freshly squeezed apple juice or red grapefruit sparkling juice, an excellent complement to your meal.

Highlights

  • Serves nutritious and delicious meals
  • Offers a variety of choices
  • Pleasant and enjoyable atmosphere

Customer Reviews

Here’s Sue Dwan who wrote a review on Facebook:

“Everything. Fantastic, friendly, fun staff; a fabulous ‘vibe’ in the place; expert, speedy service; their speed in clearing tables/ removing dishes/plates etc. Truly, everything is marvellous. Best place ever.”

4)  Ten27 – Ferrymead

Ten27's Salad

BEST FOR Seasonal and Flavourful Food
MENUSee their menu here
WEBSITEhttps://www.ten27.co.nz/
ADDRESS

1027 Ferry Road, Ferrymead, Christchurch, New Zealand

CONTACT DETAILS03 595 2428

[email protected]

OPERATING HOURS

Monday to Friday: 7am – 4pm

Saturday and Sunday: 8am – 4pm

What if you have a cafe, bar, and lounge all in one place? That’s what the Ten27 can offer along with tasty, seasonal food and flavoursome wine!

With live music performances come Friday night, you will get to have a good time with friends and soon find yourself singing along with the band.

Have a go at their beef burger, juicy bocconcini salad, grilled fish, and waffles fries, which come with a leafy salad. And if you like smoothies you can order perhaps an apple, pear, and ginger.

The space can accommodate up to 100 people, which ensures you won’t be falling in line or waiting for customers to finish their dinner before you can find a table.

With cosy lighting and laid-back ambience, it has modern chairs, bar stools, and panels. This cafe is family-owned and is run by John, Jenny, and Ben.

Highlights

  • Seasonal and scrumptious meals
  • Laid back and cosy cafe
  • Exciting live music performances

Customer Reviews

One customer, Tiffani Field said on Facebook:

“Went in today and asked for a keto iced coffee which was not a problem at all and was great. Have been in for hot coffees too and they have been great. Every staff member has been polite and helpful too.
Have had a lunch there too awhile ago and eoukd certainly go again. Thank you.

5)  Coffee Therapy

BEST FOR Stylish Cafe with a Friendly Vibe
MENUClick this link to see the menu
WEBSITEhttps://www.facebook.com/pg/therapyonoxford
ADDRESS
77 Hereford Street, Christchurch, New Zealand
CONTACT DETAILS+64 3 943 6657
OPERATING HOURSMonday to Friday: 7:30am – 3pm

Saturday and Sunday: 8:30am – 3pm

Coffee Therapy is a new cafe in the middle of Christchurch CBD with delicious slices, sandwiches, salads, and soothing cafe coupled with a friendly environment.

A stylish cafe with fresh food and drinks made daily, they also offer a small menu for breakfast and lunch.

Coffee Therapy is located at 77 Hereford Street, Christchurch, New Zealand.

Highlights

  • Stylish and welcoming cafe
  • Offers fresh and delicious food
  • Open all days of the week

Customer Reviews

One customer, Andrea McLay said on Facebook:

“Yummy food, great coffee and friendly staff. And it’s in the entertainment book!”

6)  Chicoti’s Cafe

BEST FOR Cheese Scones and Coffee
MENUCabinet Food, Coffee, Cheese Scones
WEBSITEhttps://www.christchurchnz.info/business/chicotis-cafe?term=295
ADDRESS
182 Papanui Road, ChristchurchCanterbury 8014, New Zealand
CONTACT DETAILS021 167 2517

[email protected]

Located at 182 Papanui Road, ChristchurchCanterbury 8014, Chicoti’s Cafe Merivale Christchurch is an owner/operated cafe that has a reputation for being very friendly. They’re known for having the best cheese scones ever and some say the best coffee in Christchurch.

Plenty of tables inside and out just a little quant cafe tucked away from the hustle and bustle of Papanui Road await you at Chicoti’s cafe.

Highlights

  • Excellent cheese scones and coffee
  • Friendly and cosy cafe
  • You can sit on their outside tables too

Customer Reviews

Here’s one customer, Mark Anderson writing on Google Reviews:

“Every saturday for the last few years … I get a cheese scone ,date scone and coffee … why you might ask … well because the food and coffee is great and the friendly banter.”

7) IN SITU Cafe

BEST FOR Excellent and Delicious Cabinet Food
MENUView their menu here
WEBSITEhttps://www.insitucafe.co.nz/
ADDRESS239 Opawa Road, Hillsborough, Christchurch, New Zealand
CONTACT DETAILS+64 3 332 8587

[email protected]

OPERATING HOURSMonday to Friday: 6:30am – 4pm

Saturday: 8am – 3pm

Sunday: Closed

InSitu is a local favourite in Lyttelton. The cafe’s menu features a wide array of choices to choose from, beginning with their freshly brewed coffee and tea. Don’t want a caffeinated drink? InSitu offers smoothies as well.

It doesn’t just stop with drinks, though. InSitu also features an eye-catching cabinet that displays their treats, all of which are made on-site and are filled to the brim with spices and flavour.

Highlights

  • Eye-catching and excellent cabinet food
  • Offers freshly brewed coffee and tea, as well as refreshing smoothies
  • Comfortable and quaint cafe

Customer Reviews

One customer, Benjamin MacGregor writes a review on Facebook:

“It was absolutely amazing! Incredible food and wonderful staff! Thanks so much!”

8)  City Social

BEST FOR Fresh and Carefully Selected Ingredients
MENUSee their menu on the link given below
WEBSITEhttps://citysocial.co.nz/
ADDRESS
151 Cambridge Terrace, Christchurch, New Zealand
CONTACT DETAILSNot mentioned
OPERATING HOURSMonday to Friday: 7:30am – 4:00pm
Saturday and Sunday: CLOSED

City Social is the little sister to Southside Social. They serve Unknown Coffee, Beer, Wine, Brunch, Lunch, Pizza and Bagels every week day 7.30am-4pm.

In their all-day menu coupled with pizzas and beverages, you can explore the mixture of texture, color and of the ultimate taste of each season. All the ingredients are fresh and carefully selected by City Social’s chefs.

Highlights

  • Serves a wide range of meals and drinks
  • Fresh, seasonal and carefully chosen ingredients
  • All-day menu

Customer Reviews

Holly Gibson, one customer said on Facebook:

“Amazing salmon bagels and lovely friendly people 👍👍💕”

9) Shree Jagannath Cafe and Restaurant

BEST FOR Healthy and Nourishing Vegan Selection
MENUView their menu with the link provided below
WEBSITEhttp://www.shreejagannath.co.nz/
ADDRESS574 Colombo Street, Christchurch Central City, Christchurch 8011, New Zealand
CONTACT DETAILS+64 800 132 559
OPERATING HOURSEveryday: 8:30am – 8:30pm

Plant-based, well-reviewed food goes great with daily live music and Shree Jagannath Cafe and Restaurant makes that a reality!

Whenever you feel like tasting some amazing plant-based lunch, sandwich, salad or dinner – Shree Jagannath Cafe and Restaurant is the place to go if you live anywhere near Christchurch, Canterbury.

Their range of vegan food menu includes veggies and soy, fruits, as well as berries and nuts!

Highlights

  • Healthy and nourishing vegan selection
  • Offers a wide variety of options
  • Live musical performance in the cafe

Customer Reviews

Oliver Ball stated on Google Reviews:

“Delicious food, tidy restaurant and excellent service! Owner’s are ultra friendly and polite. I’m one to only write reviews when the restaurant truly deserves it, and this is no different. Definitely one to check out!”

10)  The Fermentist

BEST FOR Cold and Soothing Beers
MENUA Wide Range of Beer and Food Choices
WEBSITEhttp://thefermentist.co.nz/
ADDRESS380 Colombo St, Sydenham, Christchurch, New Zealand
CONTACT DETAILS03 363 8413
OPERATING HOURSMonday – Friday: 10am – late
Saturday and  Sunday: 2pm – late

The Fermentist is a micro-brewery in Christchurch. Their mission is to bring people together over great beers and food, trying new things and discovering how they can make a difference in how they work.

The Fermentist is passionate about explorations and discovery in fermentation, and they want to push ourselves and challenge perceptions about what this can mean. In the taproom, they are focused on a straightforward flavoursome menu and right-sized portions. They also source seasonally available food from local producers and they preserve and ferment as much as they can when it’s available.

The Fermentist’s staff are dedicated to giving customers a good time when they visit this cool brewery!

Highlights

  • Excellent beers and flavoursome food
  • Uses fresh, new and seasonal ingredients
  • Enjoyable and sociable atmosphere

Customer Reviews

Aaron Dessent posted a feedback on Facebook:

“Exactly what I look for in a brewery, great beer, good space and most importantly great staff who clearly know/care about what they’re doing.”

11) O.G.B Bar & Cocktail Bar

BEST FOR Carefully Crafted Food and Drinks
MENUSee the menu on their website
WEBSITEhttps://www.ogb.co.nz/
ADDRESS
28-30 Cathedral Square, Christchurch, New Zealand
CONTACT DETAILS+64 3 377 4336
OPERATING HOURSMonday to Friday: 3pm – 1am

Saturday and Sunday: 12pm – 1am

O.G.B Bar & Cocktail Bar has been named as Christchurch’s Best Bar in 2017, 2018 & 2019.

It’s a speakeasy-style Bar housed in a timeless heritage building in Cathedral Square, Christchurch.

Just down the hall you will find Parlour Cocktail Bar, Woodwards Barber Shop & the OGB Suites. There is also a charming outdoor Courtyard worth visiting!

If you’re into ol’ fashioned service, Live Music and carefully crafted food & drinks, visit O.G.B Bar & Cocktail Bar, open every day, 11.00am – 1am.

Highlights

  • Voted as 2017, 2018 & 2019 Christchurch’s Best Bar
  • Carefully crafted food and drinks
  • Speakeasy-styled bar

Customer Reviews

One customer, Terry Evans said on Facebook:

“Wow what a great time. The bar man Ben was great as well as the team! Can’t wait to come back cheers.”

12)  Park Ranger – Riccarton

Park Ranger's Mixed Fruits

BEST FOR Sustainably Sourced Gourmet Meals
MENUMeat and Vegan options
WEBSITEhttp://parkranger.nz/
ADDRESS
114 Riccarton Road, Christchurch, New Zealand
CONTACT DETAILS+64 3 341 7949
OPERATING HOURSMonday to Friday: 7am – 3:30pm

Saturday: 8am – 3:30pm

Sunday: 9am – 3:30pm

Advocates of sustainability, this cafe’s owner ensures their ingredients and food come from the freshest produce and local farmers. Park Ranger cafe is located at the laid back Riccarton suburb in Christchurch.

There are many meals, sides, and pastries you can choose from either à la carte or from the cabinet. The cafe is spacious and cosy with plant decorations and displays that are just wonderful.

Get a taste of the Healing Bowl, which consists of cabbage slaw, avos, beetroot, asparagus, and super seeds topped with a spicy sauce. Or order some eggs on toast or the wholesome Acai Bowl for your breakfast (pictured above).

Don’t forget to check out the eco-friendly Joco cups in which you can put your coffee or hot chocolate in the morning.

Highlights

  • Ingredients come from the freshest produce
  • Large array of gourmet meal to choose from
  • Also sells eco-friendly Joco cups

Customer Reviews

Here’s a comment of one customer named Shirley Davies on Facebook:

“Everything they do is amazing… coffee exceptional…good healthy food and awesome owners and staff.”

13)  Kowhai Cafe

BEST FOR Sustainable, Hearty Brunch
MENULocally sourced food and coffee
WEBSITEhttps://www.facebook.com/kowhaicafeandevents
ADDRESS
92 Stourbridge Street, Christchurch, New Zealand
CONTACT DETAILS+64 3 338 0060
OPERATING HOURSTuesday to Sunday: 9am – 3pm

Kowhai might be new in the Christchurch cafe scene, but their dishes have been rated as classic favorites! They serve great food and coffee using locally sourced products. Fab customer service is a must and they pride themselves on it. With a combination of sustainable food, loving company, and great scenery, Kowhai Cafe is a must-visit.

Highlights

  • Locally sourced food and coffee
  • Exceptional customer service
  • Cafe with a fantastic view and ambiance

Customer Reviews

Lou Fyfe writes a comment on Facebook:

“Great coffee, delicious food (especially the hot chips) and lovely environment. We’re always well looked after 😄

14)  Exchange Christchurch

BEST FOR Vegan Food with a Local Twist
MENULocal and Vegan Food Options
WEBSITEhttps://www.xchc.co.nz/cafe
ADDRESS376 Wilsons Road, Waltham, Christchurch 8011, New Zealand
CONTACT DETAILS+64 27 828 3757

[email protected]

OPERATING HOURSMonday to Friday: 7:30am – 10pm

Saturday: 10am – 2pm

Sunday: Closed

Exchange Christchurch is a cultural hub for creative people, their safe space to come up with groundbreaking ideas over great office and food with local and vegan options.

They’re a welcoming, pet-friendly nook for artists, designers, content producers, creative practitioners and social entrepreneurs to connect, produce, showcase, and develop their work. Their cafe and bar come with fibre wi-fi, and they make it publicly accessible for you to visit and support what they do.

Highlights

  • Has local and vegan food choices
  • It’s where creative people can hang out/work together
  • Has insanely fast fibre WiFi

Customer Reviews

Mitch King, a customer at Exchange Christchurch expresses it brilliantly on Facebook:

“This place is food heaven. Can’t fault a single thing. 10/10. Really friendly. The Coffee is one of the best I have had. Food is hearty and flavours paired perfectly. Smoothies bursting with flavour. Really glad we found this gem on our New Zealand travels. My only regret is that we didn’t find this place earlier 😭”

15)  Addington Coffee Co-op – Addington

Addington Coffee Co-op's Pancakes

BEST FOR Gluten and Dairy-Free Food
MENUBrunch and Coffee, Vegan and Gluten-Free Options
WEBSITEhttps://www.addingtoncoffee.org.nz/
ADDRESS297 Lincoln Road, Christchurch, New Zealand
CONTACT DETAILS03 943 1662
OPERATING HOURSMonday – Friday: 7:30am – 4pm

Weekends: 8.00am – 4pm

Selfless enterprises are really rare — and an example of it is Addington Coffee Co-op. In a nutshell, they engage in the business they have, which is to serve brunch and coffee in order to earn a profit to help out their producers, growers, and the people; to give back to them.

They offer a short and simple menu for brunch until 2 in the afternoon from Mondays to Sundays. With vegan choices, there is the option to have your meals either gluten- or dairy-free.

Highlights

  • Serve delicious brunch and coffee
  • Gluten and dairy-free options available
  • Gives back to their growers and producers

Customer Reviews

Sarah Kelly Beale writes a review on Facebook:

“First time visit – Absolutely 5 star! Best pancakes I’ve ever had and my partner loved his big brekky too! This will be a place we return to every time we come to Christchurch we eat out a lot and ACCO is definitely my favorite place this far (wish I could add a pic of my gorgeous pancakes to show you all how amazing they are!)”

16) No. 186 Café

BEST FOR Scrumptious Brunch and Lunch Selection
MENUBrunch and Lunch Menu, Delicatessen Foods
WEBSITEhttp://www.186cafe.co.nz/
ADDRESS186 Yaldhurst Rd, Christchurch, New Zealand
CONTACT DETAILS03 342 4283

[email protected]

OPERATING HOURSMonday: 7:30am – 3pm

Tuesday to Friday: 7:30am – 4pm

Saturday: 8am – 4pm

Sunday: 9am – 4pm

Cafe 186 is a family owned-cafe that is dedicated to providing the best dining experience to all of their patrons. It may be best known for its extensive menu, which features heart warming coffee and tea selections alongside scrumptious brunch and lunch items, but the cafe’s offerings don’t stop there.

Patrons can fully enjoy their meals and drinks in Cafe 186’s comfortable ambiance. And, if the indoors don’t suit your current mood, you’ll be glad to know that the cafe has a great outdoor seating option as well.

Want to dine with friends? It doesn’t matter if there are five or ten of you, since Cafe 186 can cater to large groups as well.

Highlights

  • Extensive brunch and lunch offerings
  • Satisfying and flavoursome coffee
  • Comfortable ambiance

Customer Reviews

Lesleyk72, one customer mentioned on their website:

“We enjoyed an excellent breakfast. The mushrooms were beautiful, & it was no problem to swap rye bread for foccacio, which worked very well. My husband enjoyed his big breakfast.We had to pass on coffee, but will be back for it, as their dark roast coffee is the best we have tasted. Service was friendly and attentive.”

17)  Moment Cafe

BEST FOR Diverse and Sustainable Food Options
MENUYou can go to their website to order
WEBSITEhttps://www.momentcafe.co.nz/
ADDRESS85 Manchester Street, Christchurch, New Zealand
CONTACT DETAILS03 261 4141

[email protected]

OPERATING HOURSTuesday to Sunday: 8am – 2:30pm
Kitchen closes 2pm daily

Moment Cafe operates on the philosophy that good business and delicious food can be founded upon sustainability. This is why the team at Moment takes it upon themselves to create their multi-cultural menu with the use of only the freshest of produces from local suppliers.

But it isn’t all about the food at Moment. Moment believes that the best cafe takes into account the dining experience as well. Hence, their dedication to creating the perfect ‘moment’ for each and every customer.

Highlights

  • Multicultural, sustainably-sourced menu
  • Tasty and delicious meals
  • Dedicated to making each dining experience perfect for you

Customer Reviews

Haley MacKenzie, one of the customers said on Facebook:

“Great range of fresh food breakfasts and lunches. Cater to vegan and also some chicken and salmon on the menu. Best scrambled tofu I’ve had anywhere.”

18) Exchange Christchurch

BEST FOR Ever-Changing Menus and Chefs
MENULarge variety of locally sourced meals and drinks
WEBSITEhttps://www.xchc.co.nz/cafe
ADDRESS
376 Wilsons Road North, Christchurch, New Zealand
CONTACT DETAILS64 27 828 3757

[email protected]

Exchange Christchurch — or XCHC as it is commonly referred to by the locals — pushes the boundaries of the traditional concept of a cafe.

Instead of a set menu and chef, XCHC acts as a hub to feature guest chefs and pop ups, all of which are encouraged to use locally source products to ensure freshness and sustainability. This is why the quality of the hearty menu doesn’t diminish despite the change in menu.

Aside from the food, there’s also the experience to talk about. XCHC is committed to creating connections within the community as well as between the diners and the chefs.

Highlights

  • Features guest chefs and ad hoc menus
  • Locally sourced products
  • About creating connections within the community

Customer Reviews

A customer, Sam South said on Google Reviews: “Groovy place, delicious and wholesome food. Awesome people too.”

19) Gentle Giant – Waltham

Gentle Giant's Pancakes

BEST FOR Exquisite flavour and Presentation
MENUKindly see their menu here
WEBSITEhttps://www.facebook.com/gentlegiantcafex/
ADDRESS
158 Ferry Road, Christchurch, New Zealand
CONTACT DETAILS+64 3 366 9144
OPERATING HOURSMonday to Sunday: 7:30am – 3pm

This cafe is sort of fashioned like the 50s or 60s diners with long counters, traditional shutters, and ceiling fans. It’s very spacious and relaxing with lots of snacks and pastries offered.

After work, it’s nice to drive by with your friends or family and sit down and have a meal and some fresh juices together.

Owing to its exquisite food, flavour, and presentation, we chose this to be included in the best cafes in New Zealand.

It is based in Waltham with outside chairs if you feel like getting some sun or if the cafe is full to the brim. Try their nutritious muesli or french toast for breakfast.

Highlights

  • Exquisite food, flavour and presentation
  • Modelled after the 50s or 60s style diners
  • Spacious and relaxing cafe

Customer Reviews

One customer, Suzzannah Andrew wrote on Google Reviews:

“AMAZING coffee! Stellar service by staff, and blow your mind delicious cabinet food!

20)  Little Brews Espresso

BEST FOR Sustainability and Great Coffee
MENUEspresso Coffee
WEBSITEhttps://www.littlebrewsespresso.co.nz/
ADDRESSBNZ Centre, 10/20 Hereford St, Christchurch CBD, New Zealand
CONTACT DETAILS027 288 8217
OPERATING HOURSMonday to Friday: 7am – 3pm

Sustainability and good coffee — these are the two foundations that The Little Brews is founded upon. Owner Jo wanted to provide a place for a caffeine fix for locals and tourists alike without compromising the environment, and The Little Brews is proof of that.

The beans used for the coffee are all locally and ethically sourced. Not only that, but the cups and packaging that they come in are eco-friendly as well, and can be composted after their yummy coffee has been downed.

The Little Brews doesn’t stop with good coffee, though. Jo and the team at The Little Brews believes that the coffee can be made much better when it’s accompanied by great service and a smile.

Highlights

  • Locally and ethically sourced coffee
  • Eco-friendly packaging
  • Brings their service with a smile

Customer Reviews

Here’s a Facebook review by one customer, Matt Wakelam:

“The coffee is absolutely amazing here 😋 You should deffo pop in for a brew and a yarn with super lovely owner <3″

21)  Vinyl Cafe

BEST FOR Micro Coffee Roasting Apparatus
PRODUCTSSmart Roast Coffee System
WEBSITEhttps://www.thecoffeeworkshop.co.nz/
ADDRESS
24b Essex Street, Christchurch, New Zealand
CONTACT DETAILS+64 27 543 1877
OPERATING HOURSMonday to Friday: 7am – 3:30pm

Saturday: 8am – 1pm

Sunday: Closed

Vinyl Cafe is all about providing the best coffee experience for small and large businesses alike. They are the premium providers of machines that can accomplish Smart Roast —  a system that makes micro coffee roasting a reality. It’s made with the newest and finest technology, but set up in such a way that anyone can handle the machine with ease. Truly a great innovation for all cafes!

Highlights

  • Offers the cutting-edge Smart Roast Coffee system
  • Makes your coffee pure roasted goodness
  • Warm and friendly cafe ambiance

Customer Reviews

Having come to the Coffee Workshop, Sonia Hooper commented on Facebook:

“Wonderfully decorated. great music, definitely not a generic coffee shop. Friendly staff.”

22) Maison de Crepe – The Yard

BEST FORDecadent and Freshly Made Crepes, Coffee & Wine
MENUVisit their website to see their menu
WEBSITEhttp://maisondecrepes.co.nz/
ADDRESS106 Papanui Road, Merivale, Christchurch, 8014
CONTACT DETAILS03 355 8882
OPERATING HOURSCheck hours on website or Google:-

Monday: 8am-4.30pmTuesday: 8am – 9pm

Wednesday: 8am – 9pm

Thursday & Friday: 8am – 9pm

Saturday: 8am – 11pm

Sunday: 8am – 4pm

Maison de Crepe is a restaurant that offers its patrons the warm and familiar feeling of France, helping them create the sensation of actually dining in the City of Love.

The restaurant is known for its decadent dishes, all of which embody French culture and cuisine. Everything on the menu is great, but it’s the restaurant’s crepes that people keep coming back for!

Each crepe is made from freshly-whipped batter and is topped off with luscious cream and fillings that are sourced from local markets. It doesn’t matter if you’re looking for just a simple crepe or something that is vegan and gluten-free, Maison de Crepe can fulfill your wishes with its sizable menu.

So, if you’re ever tired of the common burgers and pizzas, make sure to check out Maison de Crepe’s menu of French dishes that are certainly to die for. Or visit their new Wine Lounge for a glass of wine and a platter.

Highlights

  • Decadent and freshly made crepes
  • Offers lots of exciting French gourmet dishes
  • Gluten-free and vegan meals offered
  • Daytime cafe with boutique coffee and pastries
  • Evening wine lounge with extensive wine and cocktail list
  • Dog friendly

Customer Reviews

Robyn Gourlay, a customer of Maison de Crepes mentioned on Facebook:

“Obviously the food is amazing but we love the staff too. Margot is so welcoming and attentive and we always go away feeling uplifted. Today we used some of our SOS cafe vouchers and they thanked us warmly for having bought them. We had the French toast crepe and French toast waffle. Despite the sweet brunch we still couldn’t resist a side of garlicky potatoes. Delic”

23) The Old Vicarage – Halswell Road

BEST FOR Homely and Accommodating Cafe
MENUKindly see their menu on the website
WEBSITEhttp://www.theoldvicarage.co.nz/
ADDRESS335 Halswell Road, Halswell, Christchurch 8025, New Zealand
CONTACT DETAILS+64 3 322 1224
OPERATING HOURSMonday to Wednesday and Sunday: 8am – 9:30pm

Thursday to Saturday: 8am – 11pm

The Old Vicarage was a former home to a minister and his family. It still serves a similar purpose now, as it continues to look after and nurture locals all around with its homely environment and warm ambiance.

It is a place where anyone can enjoy themselves and relax. Serving from breakfast to dinner, they have earned a reputation for having high quality dishes and excellent customer service. The Old Vicarage is the place to hold any event, due to their beautiful gardens and sun soaked deck.

Highlights

  • Offer tasty and appetising food
  • Pleasant and relaxing cafe
  • Excellent customer service

Customer Reviews

Here’s what Rebecca Jane Nyberg has to say on Facebook:

“Amazing food, and service as always! One of my favourite places to go.

24) Hello Sunday – Sydenham

Hello Sunday's Hollaindase Sandwhich

BEST FOR Savoury and Healthy Food
MENUYou can browse their menu through the given link below
WEBSITEhttp://hellosundaycafe.co.nz/
ADDRESS6 Elgin Street, Sydenham, Christchurch 8023, New Zealand
CONTACT DETAILS03 260 1566
OPERATING HOURS

Monday – Friday: 7:30am – 4:30pm

Saturday and Sunday: 8:30am – 4:30pm

Every time you dine at this cafe, it feels like a Sunday. It feels like a time for sharing laughs, exchanging stories, and bonding with your family.

Its history goes centuries back, when it had been a post office and church Sunday School. Now you see the cafe name on a round metal sign in a quaint tan house in Elgin St, Sydenham.

The menu has a lot of variety and savoury choices, from wholesome french toast and eggs benny to Korean fried chicken and paella with fried prawns. You also have healthy salads and beloved burgers with shoe-string fries.

Wash them all down with a cappuccino or coconut water to bring you some morning energy.

With great menus, aesthetic interiors, and sustainability, this indeed belongs to the best cafes in Christchurch.

Highlights

  • Savoury and healthy food choices
  • Quaint yet pleasing cafe
  • Hot coffee on the ready to bring you energy

Customer Reviews

RICHARDCFF, one of the customers writes this review from Trip Advisor:

“The most amazing brunch was served to us on Saturday, that we came back for breakfast on Sunday morning. The delicious French toast dish was a work of art and the avocado smash with poached eggs and other delicious little treats on the side was fabulous. The team have nailed the dining experience; very very good food, in a relaxed friendly atmosphere. You have created a good format and you so deserve to be as busy as you are. Well done guys.”


And with that, we are done with the best cafes in Christchurch. After your workout or before going to work in the morning, it would be nice to have a quick breakfast in Christchurch’s best.

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