The cafes of Christchurch, New Zealand

Christchurch is one of those cities in the world where you know you are going to get a great coffee virtually every time you order one.


The travel search experts at have named their top 10 cafes in Christchurch

Post-earthquake, many new outlets have popped up alongside old favourites and it was a tough gig to get this list down to just 10.


Named Cafe of the Year, C1 was one of the first to reopen in the central city. It’s quite unlike any other. Fries and sliders are transported on pneumatic tubes; a vintage sewing machine dispenses drinking water. The coffee is, naturally, C1 espresso. Menu highlights include breakfast burritos and tofu on toast, while the muffins and sliders fly off the cabinet shelves.

C1, 185 High Street, Christchurch Central

Cafe Lumes

Cafe Lumes’ sunny outlook, paired with a modern aesthetic, is a winner. The decor is raw and edgy, mixing details like wooden crates with cool metallic furnishings. The espresso is outstanding; they use Coffee Supreme beans. If you’re feeling peckish, give the waffles, free range chicken wraps or steak pies a whirl.

Cafe Lumes,  107 Fitzgerald Avenue, Christchurch Central


Despite having moved around a few times, Luciano’s espresso bar is as popular as ever. Out of the kitchen come dishes like quinoa corn fritters, tropical bruschetta, and falafel salad. Vegan, vegetarians, gluten and dairy free needs are all catered for. Luciano himself has won the title of NZ Barista Champion many times over; you can rest easy knowing the coffee here has the wow factor in both taste and aesthetic (ie latte art).

Luciano's, 76 Moorhouse Ave, Christchurch Central

Addington Coffee Co-op

Established in an old mechanic’s workshop in 2008, Addington Coffee Co-op does things a bit differently. The majority of profits are redistributed to the community, and to producers. Jailbreaker Coffee is the house-roasted specialty, complemented by an excellent brunch menu with goodies such as brioche french toast (the eggs and bacon are, of course, ethically produced). If you’re not into caffeine, try one of the yummy smoothies. The exposed brick and timber are a treat for the senses and there’s a store in the front corner selling Trade Aid wares, foodstuffs, bags, shirts and even books.

Addington Coffee Co-op, 297 Lincoln Rd, Addington, Christchurch

Others to check out:

Black Betty, winner of the Zest 2014 Award for Best Cafe, Black Betty is an established favourite, 165 Madras St, Christchurch Central

Hummingbird has been hand-roasting coffee since 1990 and are certified 100% organic with more than a dozen unique blends, Re:Start, Cashel Street, Christchurch Central

Passengers & Co, focuses on Canterbury produce, Unit D, 92 Russley Road, Russley, Christchurch

Vic’s Cafe & Bake's award-winning breads are all for sale, from ciabatta and sourdough to bagels and grainy loaves, 1 32 Victoria St, Christchurch Central

Cafe Sismo's delicious herbal teas are a real selling point, along with the goodies that are baked right there on site, 39 Riccarton Road, Riccarton

Under the Red Verandah is a steady crowd pleaser, with a pleasant courtyard and charming cottage,29 Tancred Street, Linwood



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