Five Local Eats to Check Out in Christchurch, New Zealand

Christchurch is the largest city in New Zealand’s South Island. With a lot to offer to tourists and locals alike, Christchurch will take more than a day to explore fully. For food lovers whose next flight is bound for this destination, you are up for something memorable.


Here we give you five of the many amazing restaurants to check out when in the city. If you have the time prior your flight, you might want to look up for cheap car hire services in Christchurch. Self-driving around this breathtaking city will not only give you an advantage to see more of the city life but will also grant you an extraordinary convenience you will thank yourself later on.


There are several cheap rental cars that you could find on the internet, so make sure to find the perfect deal that will suit your needs before you land in the Christchurch airport or head to your accommodation.


The Lotus Heart Vegetarian Restaurant – 363 Saint Asaph Street (between Fitzgerald and Barbadoes)

If you are dedicated to conscious and healthy eating, the Lotus Heart Vegetarian Restaurant is a good dining place to start. This is a restaurant that uses fresh and organic ingredients turning them to tasty, quality dishes. The restaurant also caters to people with specific allergy limitations and can accommodate children of any age. The Lotus Heart Vegetarian Restaurant is open from Tuesdays to Sundays.


Strawberry Fare – 19 Bealey Ave Christchurch

Just like the Lotus Heart Vegetarian Restaurant, Strawberry Fare also boasts fresh and organic ingredients that are intended to satisfy anyone’s dietary needs. Diners will surely love the menu variety from day to night, from Eggs Benedict to Grilled Chicken Supreme. Enjoy classics such as Caesar salad, Cinnamon Roll French Toast, Duck Leg Confit, and Pea and Lemon Risotto. The restaurant is open from Mondays to Fridays at 7:00 AM, Saturdays and Sundays at 8:30 AM.


Cook N’ With Gas – 23 Worcester Boulevard, Christchurch Central, Christchurch City (Opposite the Court Theatre, between the Museum and Art Gallery)

Tamin’ the Flame, this is what Cook N’ With Gas is known for. This restaurant will give you a quite unique dining experience as the place is set in 1860’s villa with unconventional interior decoration. This award-winning place offers a wide array of mouthwatering dishes which everyone, whether foodie or not, will certainly love. Bring your friends and celebrate a fun night in Christchurch’s one of a kind from 6:00 PM onwards.


Gustav’s Kitchen and Wine Bar – 3 Garlands Road, Christchurch 8023, New Zealand

Set in the modern-yet-old vibe of Tannery complex, Gustav’s Kitchen and Wine Bar is a charmer to wine connoisseurs and enthusiasts. With a wide selection of international wines, anyone can just sit by the bar and enjoy the rest of the night accompanied by relaxed ambiance and jazz music. Gustav’s Kitchen and Wine Bar is open from 11:00 AM to 12:00 AM.


Costas Taverna Greek Greek Restaurant – 3/478 Cranford Street Redwood Christchurch

Greek or not, Costas Taverna is a good choice to dine. Operating with principles four generations old, this restaurant’s vision remains unaltered. Diners can be assured knowing that Costas Taverna strives to serve pure Angus beef, free-range eggs and undoubtedly fresh creams. Here, you are sure of a legendary, mind-blowing meal you will never forget.


Exploring Christchurch is not complete without a visit to its best local restaurants. It will be easier to explore these places if you have a rental car for a restaurant hopping. Just make sure to take photos of your dining experience (or your plate) and Instagram them (with hashtags) for your friends and family to see.