From local cuisine and trendy jazz bars to delicious bakes and contemporary interior stores, you’ll find it all south of Moorhouse Avenue.
Mosaic by Simo
Eating, in Morocco, is never done alone or in a rush. It is essentially a pleasure to be shared. Time is required to connect with family or friends, and to enjoy conversations. So, take time to share the pleasure of eating at Mosaic by Simo, Christchurch’s only authentic Moroccan deli and restaurant.
300 Lincoln Road, Addington
03 338 2882
Academy Gold Cinema
Capturing the glamour of Hollywood past, Academy Gold Cinema is a wonderful setting in which to capture pure movie magic. Its retro charm is heightened by top-of-the-line sound and generous comfort. The three-screen complex offers quality hand-picked films with free parking, fine wine and knowledgeable staff.
03 377 9913
Back Alley Bikes
Walking through the front doors you’ll be met by a small, but purposeful workshop. It has plenty of character created by its quirky space and wood-clad walls, while bar stools and a couch set the scene for casual conversation. The workshop serves an obsession for quality and organisation, boasting a place for everything and everything in its place. Having more specialist tools than your usual bike shop, the owner Rufus is able to tackle all jobs, from a simple broken spoke, to a fork service right up to a custom bicycle frame built from scratch. The workshop prides itself on being open to anyone, whether you want to borrow their pump or have your bike completely rebuilt.
7 Wise Street
03 926 4052
A proudly New Zealand owned and operated establishment, The Colombo’s unique line-up combines quality, culture and cuisine. Satisfy cravings for retail therapy with high-end fashion, beauty and homewares stores, then refuel with something delicious – be it a smoothie bowl or crêpe. Every Friday, a food market showcases local produce, making this changing landscape ever more entertaining.
363 Colombo Street
03 377 0103
The Mohair Store
Experience the warmth-without-weight feeling that luxurious New Zealand-made mohair and alpaca throws provide. Snuggle up in the new alpaca scarf range, keep warm with possum/merino ponchos, or treat your feet to the famous LifeSocks. Fall in love with locally-made natural fibres.
140 Colombo Street
03 943 1639
The Pedal Pusher
A nod to Christchurch’s history as a cycling haven from yesterday through to today, The Pedal Pusher has established itself as place to escape the rat race on any day of the week. Pop in for drink and a snack, or a substantial dinner, and allow the wheels to stop spinning at this vibrant, funky gastro pub.
284-286 Lincoln Road, Addington
03 335 0095
Whether you are looking to dress up your house or buy a gift, there is plenty on offer at this cute little corner shop. Brimming with Kandle Co melts and candles, there are many more gorgeous creations from local artisans all hand-picked by the owner. Sue strives to keep her shelves filled with fresh and inspiring products, from hanging plant holders and table-top ceramics through to jewellery and scarves. Once you have discovered this gem, you will find excuses to revisit.
127 Hackthorne Road, Cashmere
03 332 1331
Standing majestically on the northern slope of the Port Hills, Hackthorne Gardens offers bespoke dining and boutique accommodation. The extensively-refurbished house supports a natural heritage belonging to the 1930s, complemented by landscaped gardens contoured by local Halswell stone. The menu consists of authentic Chinese cuisine and modern New Zealand dishes. Enjoy it all with a glass of wine, while soaking up the expansive, ever-changing vista.
141 Hackthorne Road, Cashmere
03 332 9816
Shalamar Florist and Gifts
Not only a destination for flowers, this is a place to discover the perfect gift to celebrate someone special. This lovely store in Cracroft is brimming with ideas – from options for animal lovers through to cushions. The only thing you will struggle with is leaving without something for yourself, too!
146 Cashmere Road, Cracroft
03 339 8146
Experience an authentic boutique butchery. Ancient butchering skills and slow-aging processes produce top-quality cuts of meat – all from happy, healthy, free-to-roam animals. The must-try list including award-winning bacon, and sausages made using natural ingredients, but boasting some of the most interesting flavours.
18 Colombo Street, Cashmere
03 332 6071