Many bars and restaurants that once called the CBD home have joined their suburban counterparts since the quakes, springing up in neighbourhoods all across town, adding life, colour, energy and great food and drink that’s now just a street or two away.
Kiwi cafes and casual restaurants make the most of the mild weather that is a feature for most of the year, with plenty of outdoor spaces to soak up both atmosphere and sunshine. They’re a great place to while away an afternoon with friends, people watch, and enjoy the fresh local fare that the region is renowned for.
Whether you're into something relaxed, fine dining or ethnic fare, when you take a break from your Christchurch Hospital job or other CDHB position, you'll find a lot to satisfy your tastebuds in our city.
Over on the West Coast, the yearly Wild Foods Festival, just a scenic train ride or a few hours drive from Christchurch, draws thousands of people each year to sample some of the quirkiest, funnest food that nature has to offer. Further up the coast, seafood festivals and Wine and Food festivals in the wine-growing regions of Nelson and Marlborough, offer wonderful weekend getaways for those in search of fine dining.