Top Brunch Spots in Christchurch

Late Morning Munchies: The Top 10 Brunch Places in Christchurch 

Every weekend, I find myself facing the same tough decision: do I get up early for breakfast or sleep in and miss out on the most important meal of the day? Luckily for me (and for non-early birds everywhere), there’s brunch, the perfect compromise.

It’s the meal that gives us permission to sleep in and then rewards us with a breakfast-lunch fusion that caters to every craving, from sweet pancakes to savoury omelets. 

Let me guess – you’re craving brunch right now, right? Well then, here are my picks for the best brunch spots in Christchurch for when you want a late start to your morning.

1. Westend Stories Cafe & Eatery

Website:  Westend Stories Cafe & Eatery

Address: 93C Cambridge Terrace, Christchurch Central City, Christchurch 8013, New Zealand

Hours: 

  • Monday to Friday – 7 AM to 3:30 PM 
  • Saturday & Sunday – 8 AM to 2:30 PM 

Phone: +64 3 421 5672

This bustling café has a range of mouthwatering dishes that will satisfy any brunch craving. If you’re craving fiesta vibes, get their steak huevos rancheros, a traditional Mexican breakfast.

However, if you’re in the mood for something sweet and savoury, try the loaded chicken waffle instead. It’s a flavour explosion with its combination of juicy chicken and a fluffy waffle.

Pro Tip: Looking for something lighter? Go for their granola bowl. It’s just as delicious as everything else on the menu but won’t weigh you down for the rest of the day.

2. Little Pom’s

Website:  Little Pom’s

Address: 294 Kilmore Street, Christchurch Central City, Christchurch 8011, New Zealand

Hours:

  • Monday to Friday – 6:30 AM to 2:30 PM 
  • Saturday & Sunday – 7:30 AM to 2:30 PM 

Phone: +64 3 366 5808

Little Poms serves up a mean ricotta blueberry hotcake that’s both fluffy and bursting with flavor. The sweetness of the blueberries perfectly complements the creaminess of the ricotta, making it a must-try dish.

Then, there’s the Little Poms Benny, a twist on the classic eggs benedict. It’s a satisfying meal that will keep you full and happy throughout the day.

Pro Tip: Grab a seat near the window for great street views.

3. Hello Sunday

Website: Hello Sunday

Address: 6 Elgin Street, Sydenham, Christchurch 8023, New Zealand

Hours: 

  • Monday & Tuesday – 7:30 AM to 3 PM 
  • Wednesday to Friday – 7:30 AM to 9 PM 
  • Saturday & Sunday – 8 AM to 9 PM 

Phone: +64 3 260 1566

Hello Sunday has won the hearts of locals and visitors alike with its brunch offerings. They‘re especially known for their signature dish, the eggs benny.

This classic brunch staple is prepared to perfection every single time, with a delicate poached egg sitting atop a bed of ham and an English muffin, all drizzled with a rich and creamy hollandaise sauce.

Another standout on their menu is the Hong Kong French toast. The French toast is thick and fluffy, and it’s topped with a generous serving of syrup and powdered sugar. It will leave you craving for more.

Pro Tip: When you visit, make sure to order one of their brunch cocktails. The passionfruit frozen margarita is refreshing and tangy. The salted caramel espresso martini, on the other hand, is rich and indulgent.

4. The Origin

Website: The Origin

Address: 95 Westminster Street Corner of Cranford Street &, Westminster Street, St Albans, Christchurch 8014, New Zealand

Hours: Tuesday to Sunday – 8 AM to 3 PM 

Phone: +64 3 355 5939

Don’t miss out on the opportunity to grab brunch at The Origin. Their apple-cinnamon porridge is a comforting and hearty bowl. It’s the perfect way to start your day, especially on those chilly Christchurch mornings.

Another must-try at The Origin is their namesake dish, The Origin breakfast. It’s a spread of classic breakfast favourites, including perfectly scrambled eggs, crispy bacon, grilled tomatoes, fresh greens, and sourdough toast.

Pro Tip: Make sure to try one of their speciality teas. Whether you prefer a classic English breakfast or something more unique like honeybush caramel tea, you’re in for a calming, relaxing brunch.

5. Miro

Website: Miro

Address:  176 Oxford Terrace, Christchurch Central City, Christchurch 8011, New Zealand

Hours: 

  • Monday to Friday – 7 AM to 2:30 PM 
  • Saturday to Sunday – 8 AM to 2:30 PM 

Phone: +64 3 925 9909

At Miro, get the Miro benedict. It’s a twist on the classic eggs benedict—a brunch staple that’s been elevated to new heights.

For those who love a little bit of everything, chef’s charcuterie is the perfect choice. It’s a feast for the eyes and the palate, perfect for sharing or indulging on your own.

Pro Tip: Make sure to order one of their smoothies. It doesn’t matter if you prefer something classic like a berry blast or want to try something different like their green goodness smoothie—you can’t go wrong.

6. Unknown Chapter

Website: Unknown Chapter

Address:  254 Saint Asaph Street, Christchurch Central City, Christchurch 8011, New Zealand

Hours: Monday to Sunday –  6:30 AM to 4 PM 

Unknown Chapter is an essential stop for any brunch lover in Christchurch. Their decadent French toast is wonderfully light and fluffy and served with a side of fresh berries and creamy mascarpone.

If you want something savoury, try their quesadillas. These quesadillas are flavorful, and each bite will leave you wanting more.

Pro Tip: Make sure to get there early, especially on weekends. By arriving early, you’ll not only secure a spot, but you’ll also get to enjoy the calm and quiet ambience before the brunch rush begins.

7. Table at Monks Cafe

Website: Table at Monks Cafe

Address: 282 Madras Street, Christchurch Central City, Christchurch 8011, New Zealand

Hours: Tuesday to Sunday: 7:30 AM to 3:30 PM 

Phone: +64 27 677 6777

Table at Monks Cafe is another brunch spot that is not to be missed. The Monk’s classic breakfast is a feast of traditional breakfast favourites.

The grilled steak sandwich is also pretty good. The steak is cooked to your preference and is tender and juicy, while the bread is perfectly toasted, adding a delightful crunch to every bite.

Pro Tip: Make sure to try their freshly squeezed fruit juices. Additionally, if you’re planning your visit on a sunny day, opt for the outdoor seating and get your phone’s camera ready.

8. Under the Red Verandah

Website: Under the Red Verandah

Address: 29 Tancred Street, Linwood, Christchurch 8011, New Zealand

Hours: 

  • Tuesday to Friday – 7:30 AM to 3:30 PM 
  • Saturday & Sunday – 8:30 AM to 3:30 PM

Phone: +64 27 677 6777

Under the Red Verandah has delicious creamy mushroom sauce on toast that you have to try. It’s got a generous helping of creamy and savoury sautéed mushrooms, so you won’t have to ask the kitchen for more.

Another standout is their brunch scramble, a delightful medley of fluffy scrambled eggs, crispy bacon, and fresh tomatoes and greens. It’s a classic brunch dish done right.

Pro Tip: Be sure to check out their selection of homemade cakes and pastries. Most are pretty good.

9. Therapy Coffee

Address: 77 Hereford Street, Christchurch Central City, Christchurch 8011, New Zealand

Hours: 

  • Monday to Friday – 7:30 AM to 3 PM
  • Saturday – 9 AM to 2 PM

Phone: +64 3 943 6657

Therapy Coffee is worth your visit if you love coffee and French toast. Their French toast is a must-try for anyone with a sweet tooth.

If you want something more filling, the therapy breakfast will fuel you for the rest of the day.

Pro Tip: Make sure to try their signature therapy coffee. It’s a rich and flavorful brew that complements their brunch dishes perfectly. The cafe is also known for its rotating display of local art, so take the time to appreciate the artwork while enjoying your meal.

10. Bobby’s Brunch

Bobby’s Brunch

Address: 96 Oxford Terrace, Christchurch Central City, Christchurch 8011, New Zealand

Hours: 

  • Monday to Saturday – 8:30 AM to 2 PM
  • Sunday – 9 AM to 2 PM

Bobby’s Brunch is another hidden gem worth exploring for brunch lovers in Christchurch. Their brioche bacon & egg is a crowd favorite. 

It’s a delightful combination of a perfectly cooked egg and crispy bacon, sandwiched between slices of soft, buttery brioche.

Another yummy dish is their avocado smash special, which comes with grilled halloumi cheese. The creaminess of the avocado pairs perfectly with the salty, grilled halloumi.

Pro Tip: Make sure to try their cold-pressed juices. They’re made with fresh, locally sourced fruits and vegetables and are packed with vitamins and nutrients.