A reflection of New Zealand’s cultural mix, the Christchurch food and drink scene is a haven for foodies. Traditional Kiwi dishes sit side by side with British-influenced favourites. The result is a delicious fusion of flavours and cooking methods. Expect some tasty meals featuring the locals’ favourite vegetable: the sweet potato.
Christchurch Food Markets
There are plenty of Christchurch food markets for you to visit. Even if you’re staying in a hotel and won’t be able to cook, set some time aside to take a trip to one of the many outstanding local food markets. Opawa Point Farmers Market in the south and the Christchurch Farmers Market in Fendalton are particularly great.
Christchurch Restaurant Precincts
The Christchurch restaurant precincts have really come of age. There’s something to suit any taste, from modern, breezy fast food for tasty snacks on the go, to high-class dining and dessert bars for when you desire something more decadent. Notable areas to find great food include Victoria Street, St Asaph Street and Lincoln Road, but spend time walking around the city and you’ll discover tasty treasures to suit all palettes.
Christchurch Bars and Nightlife
New Zealand is known for its relaxed atmosphere, but there’s still the option for an exciting night out. Christchurch bars and nightlife range from craft breweries to upscale wine and cocktail bars. Check out Ferrymead and Woolston for trendy artisan beers and ale houses, or Victoria Street for lively cocktails. In the mood to dance? Then Christchurch City is the place to go to discover bands and DJs.
If there’s one thing you won’t be short of when visiting Christchurch, it’s good coffee. Fabulous Christchurch cafes can be found throughout the CBD, and New Zealand-roasted coffee really does taste as good as the smell leads you to believe. Sit down and enjoy your brew in a relaxed space, or grab a skinny latte to go when on your way to one of the city’s wonderful landmarks.