now, i know that christchurch is a city + not a cafe… but after absolutely loving my recent visit to this spectacular city i’ve decided that an out-of-the-ordinary blog post is warranted! after being decimated by a severe earthquake around 3 years ago, this city is very busily rebuilding. sure, there is plenty of construction around + the roads and footpaths are still cracked + uneven… but despite all this, christchurch has this very cool [friendly, arty, foodie] culture going on.
so here are my top four brunch spots that i discovered whilst i was there:
held each saturday morning, this is easily the best farmers market i’ve been to! (sorry melbourne you still do them well but chc have trumped you!) set-up alongside a gorgeous creek (complete with baby ducks in the spring) + the famous riccarton house, this farmers market is on from 9am – 1pm. offering everything from fresh produce to cooked food, i was in heaven! if i could’ve brought it back into australia i would’ve spent up big at the salami guy, but instead i settled for a VERY big multi-course breakfast!
- first-up chc farmers market coffee (soy latte) – delish
- next up: posh porridge (slow-cooked organic oats topped with lemon curd, rhubarb strawberry compote + crumble) which was absolutely divine!
- then on to: freshly juiced super green smoothie – wholesome + satisfying
- and lastly: berry + custard yoghurt doughnuts – drool!
and this is only a portion of what’s on offer. seriously, if you’re ever in chc… do NOT miss this!
located on the corner of a funky shopping strip called new regent street there is plenty of rebuilding going on around this district + also heaps of public art installations to check out while you’re in the area. close to cathedral square + some of the nicer hotels in town it is in an ideal location for tourists. the coffee is excellent + the bircher muesli absolutely delicious!
you may know of the “shipping container mall” that was established not long after the christchurch earthquake. well it seems the re:start mall is here to stay. it has some great shops to browse through, but i also highly recommend the hummingbird cafe. the bacon benedict is pretty close to the most perfect benedict i’ve ever had + the coffee (their own roast + blend) is sensational!
a great industrial space located on the south-east side of the side near the polytech (tafe/college) + the business district, this busy cafe was serving up delicious coffee as well as fresh baked rolls, slices + tarts. the breakfast + lunch menus are also extensive – you won’t be disappointed by checking out this place!
overall, my favourite solo travel to date – and i’ve totally chewed off my husband’s ear telling him all about how much i loved it… i’m pretty sure he’s sick of it! christchurch is a gorgeous city full of beautiful friendly people, it’s hard not to fall in love with it!
verdict: easily my favourite city in new zealand + i can’t wait to go back!