Cafe Chat

Smash Palace is moving

Owner Johnny Moore plans to combine Smash Palace with his new venture Brick Farm on High St.

Southern treats on the cheap

New food truck offers cheap and healthy southern-style lunches and Coffee Supreme is coming back to CBD.

Mexican craze sweeps Christchurch

A new restaurant simply named Mexico opens Friday adding to the city's growing love affair with central American fare.

Bring on the bahn mi

Street Food brings Vietnamese flavours to the food truck truck scene while Cassels gets all nostalgic with its latest beer.

Fancy a teapot of mixed liquor?

Newcomers to Christchurch's night-life include a Mexican restaurant and the reopening of a late-night pool hall.

'It's my selfish bar'

Boo Radley's a mix of owner's favourite things

Brett Giddens has brought Bourbon, sticky ribs and a Mississippi vibe to his new bar.

Japanese favourite rises from ashes

Original @Tony's finally reopens, while funky Asian food stall gets noticed for its steamed buns.

Different place, same great food

Give a warm welcome to a different style of Coriander's, a new Dux venture and some Movember dishes.

New St Asaph bar has it all

In Engineers and Merchants, upstairs is all about good food and atmosphere, while downstairs caters to the late-night dancing crowd

Facelift for local square

Redesigned Lyttelton space to open on weekend

La Di Da

Lyttelton's Albion Square has been completely redesigned while a new cafe/wine bar is about to open on Victoria St.

Coffee with a healthy kick

Caffeine Kick

Lineup of top chefs announced for South Island food festival and Les Mills launches coffees with a protein hit.

Cafe chat: Markets and more


Get into the summer groove with the Sunday Sumner Market, a Sauvingon Blanc and Seafood Trail.

Artisan bakehouse rises in Woolston

Terra Viva Bake

Delicious bake shop and cafe opens in old Holy Smoke building, while Addington gets set for a cute new espresso bar.

The Colombo plots expansion

The Colombo

New cooking school and wine shop set to arrive at city's boutique-style mall.

Cafe chat: Brunch and beer fest

Pizza Parlour Victoria St

Grocery store becomes sandwich shop, Brick Farm does brunch and Volstead gears up for Hoptoberfest.

Coffee cart to cafe

Switch Espresso New Brighton

After a winter working out of a coffee cart in the mall, the Switch team are back in action in an expanded and updated New Brighton cafe.

Welcome to The Villas

The Coffee House expands on Montreal St


The Coffee House has expanded to encompass two villas on Montreal St, plus Khao San Road Bar opens on Victoria St.

Host of eateries sprout up

Chirny Coffee

It's tricky to keep track of all the new bars and restaurants opening in Christchurch.

'Character' cafe coming up

Halswell house turns into industrial chic eatery

White House Black

Double-storey Halswell Rd house converted into industrial chic cafe, while new fresh food joint opens in Sydenham.

New wine bar opening

It's not Le Plonk, but appeals to same market

The Wine Bar

Laidback wine bar from Monday Room owner about to open on Papanui Rd, plus Cranford St gets its own Joe's Garage.

Lazy Sumner nights at Joe's

Joe's Garage

There's a new nightlife player out in Sumner now that Joe's Garage is opening in the evenings.

Madras St the new star?

Plans under way for more food and music spots


Nightlife to get boost with plans under way for more music and food venues in the area.

Burgers, beers and now bars?

Dragon's Den Social Lounge

Burgers and Beers team open a new bar, while Jonny Schwass spearheads a new modern tearoom.

Brick Farm opens

Brick farm

OPINION: Johnny Moore's latest venture promises something a little different with its local produce and bistro-style menu.

Whole new world for doughnuts

Donut Boutique

The Donut Boutique sets up new Riccarton store and while the central city gets an Argentinian-style polo bar and hotel.

The Shroom Room

The Shroom Room

A new vegetarian eaterie has opened in Lyttelton while former city favourite Sullivans is now in Addington.

Whiskey winter warmer

Jamie Prouting and Amber Silberry

A session for whiskey lovers in Cashmere and truffle tasting at Mercatos will help keep winter misery at bay.

Chinwag makes comeback

Chinwag Eatthai

After much waiting and wondering and hoping, Chinwag Eatthai will return to Victoria St.

New eatery for New Regent

Akaroa's Little Bistro owners move into Chch

Posh Porridge

The couple behind Akaroa's popular Little Bistro are opening a new venture in New Regent St.

Food back at Volstead

Volstead Trading Co platter

Volstead steps up its game with a new menu, and both The Twisted Hop and Roots are set to host unique tasting nights.

Colombo gets souped up

Soop at The Colombo

The Colombo welcomes a new soup kitchen, while Lyttelton restaurant Roots wins a coveted award.

Nor'Wester changes hands

Nor'Wester Cafe

The North Canterbury stalwart is set for another reincarnation after its previous owners sell up after 17 years.

Brick Farm growing buzz

Brick Farm High St

Smash Palace's Johnny Moore is opening another venture on High St, which will grow its produce on a neighbouring site.

Chch chef takes top title

Monique Garnett

Tequila Mockingbird chef Monique Garnett won the Chef of the Southern Lights title at an annual culinary competition.

A cocktail masterclass

Toby Eaton at Harlequin Public House

Cocktail extraordinaire Toby Eaton, of Harlequin Public House, will hold a mixology session later this month.

Tacos a hit in Chch

Tom Karstensen and Tom Hibbard

Two Toms saw the American Mexican street-food market taking off, and decided to bring it to Christchurch.

Voting deadline looms

Martin and Sarah Aspinwall of Canterbury Cheesemongers

The public has just two weeks left to vote for their favourite restaurant, bar, or cheesemonger.

Mitchelli's moves to The Tannery

Mitchelli's Cafe Rinato

Family-run Mitchelli's Cafe Rinato has left Poplar Lane and taken on a much bigger space in The Tannery.

Easter treats all across city

Sarah Donovan at She Chocolat

Christchurch goes all out for the chocolate celebration of the year.

Procope to reopen

Procope Victoria St

A popular Victoria St coffee house will soon open its doors following three years out of action due to quake damage.

Brick Mill Cafe for sale

SoYo frozen yoghurt

The popular Brick Mill Cafe is up for sale after seven years in business plus frozen yoghurt arrives in Riccarton.

New brunches and beers

The Organic Food House

A brand-new brunch haunt, beer launches and the return of Black Betty.

Macarons and mobile noodles

Breads of Europe

Get macarons for $1 at an annual event, visit a new Asian food truck or check out a just-opened espresso bar.

Cheese champions and meaty apps

Mike and Catherine Carey

A Banks Peninsula cheesemaker takes out a national award while Monteith's releases an app which pairs beer and meats.

Rotherhams gets rebrand

Matt Gilray

Rotherhams of Riccarton is being refitted and rebranded with Masterchef 2012 contestant Matt Gilray at the helm.

New bars and plenty of laughs


The Bog Irish bar is reopening, the Twisted Hop starts comedy nights and That Mexican Guy departs Volstead.

Coffee House to expand

Coffee House

The Coffee House in Montreal St is undergoing a major expansion and refurbishment.

Tasty Valentines Day ideas

Valentines cupcakes

From cupcakes and punting to winery lunches by helicopter, Christchurch has plenty of ways to make the day special.

Bye bye Browsers

Riccarton cafe to be demolished after 20 years

Browsers cafe

Browsers Cafe will be demolished in three months after two decades in Riccarton.

New chefs and espresso bars

Industrie cafe

A new insider-view espresso bar has opened up while The Curator's House welcomes a chef fresh from Barcelona.

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