Even before mounting the steps and entering the double doors, the beautiful mural on the side of the building, filigree balcony and lights on the verandah welcome us with open Indian arms, in modern, Bollywood-style.
This redux version of an old CBD hangout might be the size of a single garage, but it is perfectly formed.
Looking for a new fragrance? We review the latest perfumes to treat yourself to this season.
When the Canterbury earthquakes tipped the Joneses from their hilltop haven, they found life is perfectly good on the flat.
World Buskers Festival veteran Derek Flores, aka El Jaguar, says Christchurch audiences make him work hardest for laughs. This year, he'll host the festival's nightly comedy club and be set on testing our limits.
Avenues celebrates some of last year's best photos.
While many people return to the office after the Christmas break, Aaron Lock stays at the beach, teaching people to surf.
Jo Nixon-Sparkes and husband Paul are into all things retro, this extends to their 1954 Auckland Caravan Club caravan, Kitty, and family trips up the coast.
"We're so happy you're back" is the comment George Taylor and his wife, Raewyn, hear most often since their Vanilla Ice cart returned to Victoria Square.
Cook the perfect pulled pork this festive season. It's easily prepared in advance and, served with roast potatoes and salad, stretches to cater for unexpected guests.
Banks Peninsula is the ultimate summer playground, with its secluded bays, rolling farmland and starry skies. Explore for a day or, better still, check out these interesting places to stay.
"A fun family project" is how Mark and Nicola Wilson describe doing up their 14-foot 1972 Oxford caravan. The end result is enough to tempt anyone on a camping holiday.
What is being done to lure residents back to live within Christchurch's four Avenues?
Wonderful Waimate, where the sheep and wallabies roam, is just the place for a short city break.
It's that time of the year when we look back on the best meals we have sampled in 2014.
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Check out these top spots for an outdoor feast
Get the basket packed and enjoy some fun in the sun at these perfect picnic spots.
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This Halswell restaurant is set well back from a busy arterial road, in a two-storey, 1880s homestead with an impressive fit-out.
Courtyard drinking and dining might be accompanied by views of the latest furniture deals, but its the platter you'll remember at this horsey-themed Moorhouse Ave bar.
Two brothers have converted a Beckenham house into a stylish pad for laidback living and entertaining.
Take the best-quality steak you can find and pair it with a French-inspired potato gratin, asparagus and red wine sauce.
What's it like to be a professional party planner? Chris Stead knows. His job is to throw ultimate parties that people never forget.
To start the day the right way, Avenues searched the city for some brunch favourites.
Dedicated show attendee Sally Goldsmith has some top tips for getting the most out of the event.
You know you are leaving the city far behind by the driving instructions from the host: "Past a timber mill, up a shingle road, through a ford, past a hay shed on the left and over a bridge".
The waitress's good instincts make up for a menu shortage at this contemporary Colombo St bar.
Spice Paragon has branched out from its popular Bush Inn base to extend owners Bundit and Bo's upmarket Asian cuisine empire to the city centre.
With the berry season upon us, pair this traditional Italian dessert with a mixed berry compote.
There's no shortage of opinion about how we really want Christchurch to look. What do the city's leading lights think?
Rebecca Kain, co-founder of home and giftware store Redcurrent, reflects on the art of giving and her vision for the new Christchurch.
Sweeping views of Lyttelton Harbour set the scene for a family home in Governors Bay.
Avenues discovers the best luxe fast food places.
When you are busy about town, but food cannot wait, it pays to know the best pit stops.
While whale watching and swimming with dolphins are high on the to-do list for many visitors to Kaikoura, there's also dry land to explore.
Strange's Lane is buzzing with people, ranging from bespectacled hipsters with sardonic facial hair to after-work drinkers in sober suits and tiny women in tinier skirts.
Some tracks can be daunting for newbies, so we have compiled a list of five accessible tracks.
The pre-quake Victoria and High streets favourite is back. Grab a park where Victoria meets Salisbury St, then follow the garlic, galangal and lemongrass aromas.
Crater, Godley, Bridle - Which one is best?
The Port Hills offer a bird's eye view across the expansive Canterbury Plains to the Southern Alps.
Town Tonic chef Mark Collings whips up pan-fried salmon, buttermilk-dill dressing and a spring vegetable salad.
Take a culinary journey through The Americas and Europe without leaving Christchurch city limits.
Every morning, Orana Wildlife Park's carnivore keeper is greeted with hugs and loud purring by Boo and Lion, the playful cheetah cubs.
With Mackenzie Country on our doorstep, it's easy to spontaneously hop in the car and head south for a short break.
Garden guru Dan Rutherford remains upbeat about the future of our Garden City despite the demise of the Ellerslie International Flower Show. He is hopeful an alternative show will emerge.
A generous smoked chicken salad at The Carlton was the dish to beat.
Hachi Hachi, Victoria St, is reminiscent of pre-quake Japanese eatery Wagamamas, with communal tables, served-when-ready dishes and wallet-friendly prices.
This petite New Regent St bar brings together some of the best things local vendors have to offer.
With an eye to dining around the world, the Avenues team scopes the best places in Christchurch to satiate a craving for international cuisine.
Opawa Bakery and Cafe's baker, Detlev Stukenbrok, uses a versatile sweet dough to make his signature bee-sting cake. He tops it with honey and almonds, and fills with vanilla custard.
Forget chefs and business owners. Meet some of Christchurch's hospitality stars - the ones going the extra mile to get our orders just right.
Chef Andrew Brown, of Burgers & Beers Inc and The George fame, is about to open The Dragon's Den Social Lounge in Colombo St.
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