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Destination guides > Pacific Islands > New Zealand > Canterbury > Christchurch > Eating & drinking


Eating & drinking

There are heaps of choices when it comes to eating cheap in Christchurch. Fast food places abound in the centre around Cathedral Square, and there are some cheap alfresco cafés around Cathedral Square and along High Street. Loef’s Bakery (225 Manchester Street, Christchurch) is a hole-in-the-wall type of place with excellent coffee and sandwiches at low prices. The Honey Pot Café (112 Lichfield Street, Christchurch) is a great place for coffee with a groovy ambiance. Locals head to the food hall at High to Hereford, off High Street, for a large selection of Asian, Indian and Italian lunch bargains. If you feel like a snack, there are some great food stalls on Cathedral Square – the baked potatoes are a meal in themselves and cost next to nothing and fish and chips are not bad for the price either.

There are a few good value pubs in the city centre as well. The Bard on Avon (corner Gloucester Street & Oxford Terrace, Christchurch) has a great location and atmosphere, and Pomeroy’s (292 Kilmore Street, Christchurch) is an authentic English-style pub with its own micro brewery. Dux de Lux (41 Hereford Street, Christchurch) is another brewpub near the Arts Centre that has a great beer garden.

For self-catering, you can save a lot by heading to one of the great value supermarkets. They are all about a 10-minute walk south of Cathedral Square (or a short ride on the free Shuttle bus). Otherwise, there are some smaller convenience stores scattered throughout the centre. The three main supermarkets in town are New World (555 Colombo Street, Christchurch), Pak’n Save (297 Moorhouse Avenue, Christchurch), and Woolworths (347 Moorhouse Avenue, Christchurch).

If you are going to Sumner, the supermarket is just in the centre of town, and there is a groovy little place called the Dot Com Café where you can enjoy delicious food and desserts and use the internet or connect to Wi-Fi. There are also good fish and chips in town near the Esplanade.

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