We asked Christchurch local, Simon Liddy to shed some light on the cities best-kept Cafes. With his help, we’ve put together the ultimate guide to eating your way around this gorgeous South Island city.
So get ready to have your mouth water as we showcase the best Cafes the Garden city has to offer!
1. Miro – for that perfect brunch…
Miro is a great addition to the landscape of Christchurch cafes and harbours a fusion of both cafe & restaurant style dining. You won’t find any cabinet food here, instead you will be welcomed to a friendly restaurant serving style, that will have you feeling well-looked after as you explore their array of dishes on offer.
This cafe takes a less traditional approach to their menu with the introduction of breakfast cocktails such as the Cereal Killer, made with bourbon, cereal-infused milk, vanilla syrup and bitters. As well as offering cafe favourites such as the Miro full breakfast and the classic eggs benedict etc.
They have done well to offer a refined cafe experience that is oozing with detail and love. This passion for the little things not only embodied the food and beverages that they serve, but also the environment. With 2 open fires, to gorgeous wooden floors. You’ll find yourself relaxed and ready to take on the day as you recharge with there delicious food and a healthy side of blissful natural light.
2. Black Betty Cafe – for coffee connoisseur…
Exposed high ceiling, a quirky industrial feel, with a slide of great food and even better coffee. Black Betty doesn’t muck around when it comes to nailing not only their menu but also their array of brewing methods for there coffees.
Black Betty knows their coffee, there’s no doubt about that. Customers can choose from brewing methods such as syphon, pour-over, aero-press, cold-drip and espresso. Luckily for us, all methods have been mastered by their barista’s so choosing really comes down to taste and preference (the friendly staff are also more than happy to let you know which method you might want to try).
In terms of food, you’ll be spoilt for choice with an extensive cabinet and menu on offer. From breakfast favourites such as French Toast Crumpets, waffles and Breakfast tacos, to sweet treats littering the cabinet. There’s no way you won’t find exactly what you’re feeling like at Black Betty’s.
Last but not least, this cafe is super kid friendly with a kids area to keep the little ones entertained while you catch up with friends and family. This eatery is your one-stop shop for a satisfying and refreshing breakfast for our lunch in the Garden City.
3. Hello Sunday – locally sourced & organic produce for all diets…
This beautiful old building began its life as an 18th-century place of community connection as a Post Office before being delivered to its current site here in Sydenham. Now the owners of Hello Sunday, Christopher Penny, Yasmeen Clark and Jonathan Spark take great pleasure in bringing a unique and rare building’s latest rebirth, Hello Sunday café.
Hello Sunday is a welcoming, vibrant cafe that has transformed into a buzzing cafe with antique pews and an ode to the past. The cafe’s claim to fame is its array of food catering to a number of different dietary requirements. In addition to that, all their food is made from scratch and locally sourced that will leave you feeling like a million bucks. We recommend you try their baked goods prepared daily for a truly mouth-watering morsel.
4. Bunsen – Chemistry classroom vibes…
Housed in an 1877 building within the Christchurch Arts Centre, there’s no denying this cafe seriously stands out from the crowd when it comes to atmosphere and location.
in what was formally part of Canterbury University, customers find themselves surrounded by an array of decorations paying homage to the building original use as a chemistry classroom, hence the name Bunsen. There’s something about this cafe that sparks joy and community as customers are nestled amongst beautiful carpentry and familiar classroom nostalgia
When it comes to coffee, you’re in safe hands – you can’t ask for much better than a café owned by a coffee company. Switch Espresso is Bunsen’s parent company and the Switch team have curated a special blend for Bunsen called Dark Horse. Bunsen does a great job of showing off this delicious roast for all things espresso based, and offer a wide range of filter coffee (including an impressive syphon brewer which fits in perfectly with the chemistry lab feel) using single origin light roast beans which change weekly.
Sit outside on the restored furniture and watch the world go by on Worcester Boulevard. Bunsen is a little gem sitting amongst one of the city’s most treasured features and is well worth a visit for your next coffee, snack, meal or a glass of wine in the sunshine.
5. Addington Coffee Co-op – Coffee with a twist of Charity…
You’ll be happy to know that they have committed to redistributing 70% of there profits back to the local community and to some of the producers and communities overseas that create the products they sell. This has helped build buildings and fund extra staff at our local school, build teacher’s accommodation in Ethiopia, help fund coffee replanting programmes in Central America, and help a fair trade apparel manufacturer in Kolkata to expand.
Addington Coffee Co-op not only is driven by an incredibly good cause, but they offer undeniably some of the best coffee in the garden city. For those of you that strive to find the best cup of joe regions have to offer, this cafe will not only tick that box but use the profits to help better communities, local and overseas.
6. Unknown Chapter – Easy Breezy morning vibes…
Floor length windows running both sides of the space mean the café is not lacking in rich natural light, and a big old beautiful coffee roaster sits gleaming in the front window, a project the café looks set on starting soon. Seats tucked beneath a bench against the wide windows make a perfect spot for checking out passersby, while a mini outdoor area on the opposite side is a cosy nook for sunny days.
Wholesome salads, quiches, frittatas and creative sandwiches line the cabinet, making lunchtimes quick and easy for office day commuters looking for food on the run, while cakes, slices and scones provide easy options for the afternoon sweet treat. The Coffee beans are currently supplied by Crafted Coffee Company and Coffee Embassy, and food is produced in-house in the small kitchen out back. All of the coffee we use is speciality graded and traceable back to the farmer.
At Unknown Chapter, they bake fresh on site using old family recipes. Their menu also offers all kinds of brunch style fare, with an emphasis on free-range produce and creative new takes on classics
7. The Black & White Coffee Cartels – for that quick coffee fix…
This Cafe opened loud & proud, quickly becoming an iconic & loved coffee stop by the locals. It was among the first of the notable new cafes to grace Christchurch, kicking off a new café culture for a new city.
In 2014, Bink Bowler, our founder, arrived in Christchurch with a vision to build a new series of “coffee shops” for a new city. Like everything in the city, they would keep the idea of ‘the future’ in mind.
This cafe is perfect for when you need a quick coffee fix as it is found in 4 locations throughout the garden city. So next time you’re looking for a pre-work latte, make sure to give The Black & White Coffee Cartel a try!