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Thursday, June 23, 2011

What's open in our city

What's open in our city

Avenues Insider

Last updated 11:56 07/06/2011
Once, we were spoilt for choice when it came to eating out in Christchurch. There was a café on every corner and restaurants catering for all tastes and creeds. Art galleries profiled works from notable local and international artists, central-city shopping provided for every fashionista's needs, and beauty salons kept Cantabrians looking beautiful. The good news is, despite the devastation of February 22's earthquake, many Christchurch businesses are still operating. They've moved locations, they've revamped stores, or they are just patiently waiting for the cordons to be raised. The list is endless, but here's a taste of a few places recently reopened or relocated.


FOOD: Cafes

If hunger's rearing its needy head or caffeine withdrawals are setting in, there are plenty of cafés at the ready. Tuam St boasts both C4 (278) and Vivace Coffee (474) - the original site of its roastery, established 14 years ago. Sadly, it has had to say goodbye to its Hereford St café. The Honeypot Café has had to flee the inner city but is about to open in Sydenham (458 Colombo St) instead, while Vic's Café (132 Victoria St), the Addington Coffee Co-op (297 Lincoln Rd), and the Emperor's New Clothes (95b Dyers Pass Rd) haven't budged. You can still grab a coffee (and a kayak) from the Boat Shed Café (2 Cambridge Tce), which is also where Punting on Avon is casting off


Tables are set, chefs are at the ready and menus are offering the same gastronomic delights as before that mighty quake. For a touch of fine dining, there's 50 On Park and Pescatore at The George hotel (50 Park Tce), Cook'n' with Gas (23 Worcester St) and Tiffany's (95 Oxford Tce). Your Thai craving can be fixed at Chinwag Eathai (131 Victoria St) or, if you're feeling Japanese, @Tony's is open at both 2 Waterman Pl, Ferrymead, and 85 Riccarton Rd. Holy Smoke (650 Ferry Rd) is still offering its scrumptious menu and for a beef burger and beer, The Running Bull Bar & Grill House stands at 1 Riccarton Rd. Pomeroy's Old Brewery Inn still has the beer taps running and its Victoria's Kitchen Restaurant open at 292 Kilmore St.


If staying home is still more appealing, throw a dinner party and support local businesses by buying fresh. Fruit and vegetables are available from Selwyn Fresh (temporarily in front of the Addington Coffee Co-op, 297 Lincoln Rd), All-organic Grocer in Beckenham (Shop 2B, 140 Colombo St), Piko Wholefoods (now at 248 Stanmore Rd) and sister business Lyttel Piko, 12 London St, Lyttelton. The bread ovens are pumping once more at Vic's Bakehouse (4B Settlers Cres, Ferrymead), cupcakes can be found at 228 Kilmore St, where the Cupcake Parlour has set up shop, and cheese is plentiful at the Canterbury Cheesemongers, now at 301 Montreal St (Old Registry Building, The Arts Centre). For guests with special dietary needs, the Totally Gluten Free Bakery is now at 477b Blenheim Rd. Looking for foreign flair? Try the Mediterranean Food Company (322 Tuam St), although its café is closed, or Mercato (100 Fitzgerald Ave).


If all this rocking and rolling is taking its toll, help is at hand. Two salons have set up temporary sites for pampering: Smile Spa at The George hotel (50 Park Tce), and The Salon at Ballantynes is operating from within the Holly Lea Retirement Village (123 Fendalton Rd). Now's a good time to try out the new Linden Leaves Day Spa at The Chateau on the Park, too. Relocated hairdressers have their scissors poised at Satchmo Hairdressing, 60 North Avon Rd, and True Grit Hair Spa, Studio 5, 77 Tuam St (access via Moorhouse Ave, then Montreal St).


Retail therapy is what many of us are missing, but some great shops are still open. Shoezies has a temporary store at 84 Murray Pl, Merivale; Columbus & Ware is bound for Merivale Mall; and Annah Stretton has found a new main-street locale in Rangiora (154A High St). If you would prefer something made to measure, or altered, Ballantynes Tailoring is still available and can make home visits (call 03 379 7400).


Redecorating is a frequent activity in Christchurch households, especially if EQC has funded a fresh lick of paint. Many art galleries have taken to the web, with The Arthouse (, Brooke Gifford Gallery (, Salamander Gallery ( and Bryce Gallery ( all offering online exhibitions and private viewings by appointment. Merivale Fine Arts (194 Papanui Rd) is up and running and Ng Gallery (212 Madras St) hopes to be accessible in July.

1 comment:

  1. If you're looking for what's open in Christchurch after the quake check out these lists: