Top 10 Restaurants in Christchurch

As we all know, New Zealand has done a remarkable job eradicating the novel coronavirus. Many of the restaurants are reopening under level two restrictions. It looks like a good time to eat out again. And you can completely trust minibus hire in Christchurch for a safe and hygienic transfer. Check out our picks for top 10 restaurants in Christchurch.

Midnight Shanghai

Midnight Shanghai serves modern Chinese cuisine in Christchurch. It is a perfect place to have a fun karaoke night out with friends along with great food and drink. The menu has small plates and sharing platters. Small plates are perfect for exploring new and bold flavours. If you would like to taste a little bit of everything, choose from all roast, pecking duck and dumpling Sharing platters. Midnight Shangai offers an extensive drinks menu. The highlight is their speciality cocktails. At Midnight Shanghai they have two karaoke rooms that can fit 2-15 people each.

Bacon Brothers

If you love bacon and sandwich, Bacon Brother is a must-visit. It lies on Little High Eatery at High Street. You will also find them at Christchurch Farmer’s Market every Saturday. They started as a stall at this market with their signature bacon sandwich. They now offer a wide-ranging menu of burgers including vegan, vegetarian, gluten-free and dairy-free alternatives. They are committed to using only free-range local fresh produce. Their hand-cut fries and deep-fried cauliflower is a popular side dish. Bacon Brothers are rightfully the best burgers in town.

The Vagabond Chefs

Vegabond Chefs offers street food at its finest. This little truck carries flavours from all over the world. The idea is to deliver fresh, delicious food fast. The menu is easy to navigate. You will have to choose a base, which can be a bao bun, homemade potato focaccia, or rice, and then pick from a selection of toppings like pork belly, chicken, crispy tofu to go with it. They also serve soups, rice bowls and salads. Vagabond Chefs move all over the city serving lunch and dinner. Check their website or social media to see where you can find them. They also cater to weddings, private events, and cooking demonstrations. 


Inati is a master creation of Chef Simon and Lisa Levy. It is a high-end restaurant offering one of a kind dining experience. Design of the space is such that the diners can watch the chef prepare the food. You eat at the bar like the chef’s table. Meaning of Inati is to share, and the idea is to explore the joy of sharing. The menu consists of small plates and large sharing plates. All the beautiful looking dishes served on custom made plates. Inati serves some fo New Zealand’s most exquisite wines that pair perfectly with the food. Save this one for a special occasion.

The Birdwood

The Birdwood is here to offer you be the best of both worlds. It is an eatery by day and pizzeria by night. The Eatery serves breakfast and lunch. Their fresh juices, smoothies, and home-brewed coffee are the best. The dinner menu of the Pizzeria is straightforward. There is an excellent selection of antipasti. The star is, of course, authentic Italian style pizza. Choose from any woodfired pizza, either tomato base or béchamel sauce base and handmade pasta. Gluten-free, Vegan, and vegetarian-friendly options are also available. The Pizzeria has a great selection of beers and wines, that pairs seamlessly with the traditional Italian flavours.

Pot Sticker Dumplings Bar

Pot Sticker Dumplings is on a mission to make people as mad about dumplings as they are. You can find it in two locations, one on Litchfield and the other on Colombo. They offer both pan-fried and steam dumplings. You can choose from a variety of fillings like prawns, vegan, meat seasoned to perfection with a side of their delicious hot chilli sauce. What is so special about these dumplings are they are hand made, and they do not use any machine or MSG. They use only fresh and local ingredients, so the menu changes regularly. Drop-in early and chill at the bar with a chilled beer or a cocktail. Book a personalised experience in advance.


Super is an Asian-fusion restaurant, housed in a historic building on Lyttelton. Super is big on sustainably and healthy organic eating. The menu is ideal for sharing consisting of pan-Asian dishes and drinks. Majority of the preparations are more inclined towards vegetarian. Flavours and inspiration of the food come from Japanese, Thai, Chinese and Korean cuisine. The drinks menu offers some of Asian classics like plum wine and sake. Super is open all day for breakfast, lunch and dinner. 


The Gathering is a casual, affordable restaurant offering a primarily plant-based menu. All the ingredients in the kitchen come from reliable local sources. They are so committed to using products from Canterbury food producers that, the Menu change frequently depending on the availability of the products. It is a cosy place with only 25 seats. It is open for lunch and dinner from Wednesday to Saturday. Besides the regular menu, there is a bar snack menu and a five-course tasting menu. The Gatherings offers an impressive list of organic living wines (no chemical wines) from the local vineyards.

The Lotus Heart

The Lotus Heart is one of the best multi-cuisine vegetarian restaurants in Christchurch. They prove that healthy food can be tasty also. The menu is very versatile, comprising dishes inspired from all over the world. It is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. They use organic, natural, healthy, fresh and raw ingredients to prepare meals. It is an extraordinary place for those who are vegan, gluten intolerant or on a raw food diet. Highlights of the menu are masala dosa, bowls, daily special curries, masala chai, chocolate brownie and much more.

5th Street

5th Street is one of the best restaurants not only in Christchurch but also in New Zealand. There is something about this place that will make you feel at home instantly. Chefs use fresh, local seasonal produce serving a regularly rotating menu. The menu comprises of a wide range of excellent dishes of both small and large plates. This local’s favourite spot is open seven days a week. The carefully put together cocktail menu has local craft beers, ales, local plus international wines. 

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