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22:18, Jun 25 2012

In the Insider section of Avenues, we keep tabs on what's happening around Christchurch and here are some of our latest finds.

Salsa Latina has moved from Fitzgerald Ave to 12 Bath St, so you can get your fitness fix there, for something different, or, if your drinking arm needs a workout, there's The Irishman Bar at 177 St Asaph St.

If you would rather comfort yourself on a cold evening with great food, The George has finished its cosmetic repairs, which means 50 Bistro and Pescatore have tables available again. If it's comfort food you are after, The Sausage Sisters serve up their signature homemade sausage rolls (of Christchurch Farmers' Market fame) along with other temptations at their courtyard café at 456 Colombo St, Sydenham.

If you fancy things Asian, Spice Paragon is an exciting Thai-fusion restaurant at the Bush Inn Centre (Waimairi Rd, Upper Riccarton), one which I have reviewed this month and can confidently recommend. I'd like to check out Malaysia Delights (479 Papanui Rd), and Addington's Shanghai Bistro (283 Lincoln Rd), right next door to Shanxi Noodles. On today's agenda, is a visit to North and South Gourmet across the road - I've heard nothing but good things.

The Blue Duck Café (1683 Christchurch Akaroa Rd) is now open for dinner on Saturday nights, with new owner Glen Swift, former head chef at Tiffany's, rustling up designer fare. Could be a good one to break up the journey to Akaroa.

C1 Espresso is moving in with Alice in Videoland in the High St Post Office Building (corner Tuam and High streets). Eventually, you will be able to watch a movie at Alice Cinematique (a new theatre in the same building), grab a bite to eat at C1 and then waltz through the gallery of The Physics Room, which is leaving its temporary location in Sydenham (55 Sandyford St). Having spoken to C1's owner Sam Crofskey recently, this building will become quite the hot spot, housing all sorts of interesting things - even a rooftop vineyard!


For coffee and cake near the sea, Jungle Law (186 Shaw Ave) has opened in New Brighton, complementing nearby Jungle Patrol (corner Rodney St and Oram Ave) and not to be confused with Jungle Cup in town (341 Madras St), one of our nearest lunch venues.

Keep an eye on Head Over Heels which has landed in Re:Start but is on the move. It's temporarily moved next to Workshop, a stone's throw from those iconic coloured containers, but it will be back in a container again at a later date. The General Store is in the container where Kingan Jones was and Samsung is in the middle of a move. Menswear shop Nicholas Jermyn is reopening at 99 Cashel St this July, too.

Penny Lane Records has opened another Christchurch store, so now you can find new and used music for sale at Eastgate Mall, as well as 430 Colombo St, Sydenham.

Christchurch design studio Zoo Creative is happy to have a new home on level one, 168 St Asaph St, while The Christchurch Club is back in action at 129 Cambridge Tce (and we Avenues' has photos from its opening party).

Flower Bazaar (406 Innes Rd, Mairehau) has its own small nursery and a range of gifts, while Pepperberry Café and Florist on the corner of Bealey Ave and Colombo St (919 Colombo St) offers breakfast and lunch, along with bouquets.


We have more good news, with the promise that The Bicycle Thief (21 Latimer Square) will reopen in October or November, and The Twisted Hop Woolston (616 Ferry Rd) is aiming for a springtime opening soiree. Keep an eye on 145 Victoria St, too, with Tony Astle (of Chinwag Eathai) moving in, with Belle Interiors, and other exciting long-lost shops.


There's a market for everything these days, and certainly one for every weekend. The city's heart is buzzing with market-goers as Restart Market (formerly the Cathedral Square Market) runs Friday to Sunday, 9am to 4pm, at 124 Oxford Terrace. Why not bowl two markets at once and also visit the Boulevard Arts Market opposite the Arts Centre (31-33 Worcester Boulevard). It runs on Saturday and Sunday, 10am to 4pm, beside a row of container shops, and you will find wares from The Arts Centre Book Shop, watercolours, Christchurch honey and much more. If the wintry climate is challenging your enthusiasm, consider the undercover Garden City Market (55 Buchanans Rd, Hei Hei). Running from 9am to 4pm over the weekend, craft lovers will enjoy the selection of handmade toys, quilts and preserves, to name a few wares.

The tried-and-true Riccarton Rotary Market continues to run every Sunday, rain or shine, from 9am to 2pm at Riccarton Racecourse (146 Racecourse Rd), and has more than 300 vendors plying everything from fruit to furniture. Another Sunday-only event is the Sunday Artisan Market at Riccarton House and Bush (16 Kahu Rd). From 11am to 3pm, this Riccarton market showcases local arts and crafts, as well as serving up good coffee and more.

A one-off to pencil into your diary is the Winterlude Clubs Night Market, a great one for those who prefer a late start at the weekend. On July 10, the University of Canterbury Students' Association car park (90 Ilam Rd) will be transformed into a buzzy marketplace from 6pm to 8pm. Vintage bargains, exotic cuisine, fire breathers and plenty more entertainment, too.

We have also been alerted to Shop Me Pretty, another evening shopping experience. On July 25, a range of small Christchurch businesses will set up stalls in the Old School Hall, Wiggins St, Sumner. From 6.30pm to 9pm, with gold-coin entry, you can stroll among the jewellery, fabric and fashion, with a glass of juice or bubbly in hand.

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