10 Best Cheap And Cheerful Eats In Christchurch For When You’re Broke

Megan Zara Walsh Megan Zara Walsh - Staff Writer

Best Cheap Cheerful Eats Christchurch

When you’re rushing, it can be impossible to get a decent feed without spending a fortune. Indeed, we’ve all been there, where we feel it’s easier to stay with something familiar even if it is brutally expensive. But the truth is that there are lots of hidden cheap eats in Christchurch where you can indulge on a feed without burning a hole in your pocket. We’ve tracked down 10 of the most affordable cheap eats in Christchurch.

1. Dimitris Greek Food

Head to this affordable spot for one of the best souvlaki meals in Christchurch. Expect your souvlaki to be jammed with delicious ingredients from salads, sauces, falafel and any meat of your choice. The portion sizes are incredibly large, so you get your value for money. Indeed, one of the best cheap eats in town.

📍 86 Riccarton Road, Riccarton, Christchurch 8011, New Zealand

2. Mosaic By Simo

This authentic Moroccan eatery offers a delicious array of Middle Eastern grub for a low-cost. From mixed salads, big vegetarian falafels, toasted wraps, meat dishes such as lamb tagine and chicken and much more. Additionally their shared platters are perfect for a group looking for an affordable meal and happy to split the cost.

📍 No. 3/300 Lincoln Road, Addington, Christchurch 8024, New Zealand

3. Slick Burgers

These gourmet burgers bigger than yours hands just so happen to be one of the most instagrammable foods in Christchurch. Surprisingly, they are quite affordable starting from $14. Likewise, sides start from $4. Indeed, it’s the belly-filling grub you need on a budget.

📍 254 Ferry Road, Phillipstown, Christchurch 8011, New Zealand

4. Sal’s Pizza

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Locals absolutely adore this 5-star hotspot. A gigantic slice of authentic New York pizza for just $6. With a great selection of flavours, you’ll be tempted to purchase more than one slice. It is an excellent eatery to sober yourself up after a night out, by chowing down on this slice of heaven.

📍 Various Locations 

5. Steampunk Laboratory

Name another Korean restaurant that is healthy, indulgent and cheap? Believe us, if you are not a Korean BBQ lover, you will be after trying out this place. Order a Cup Bob from $10 which is a large salad bowl with your choice of Korean BBQ sauté, sauces, scrambled egg, rice and plenty other fillings. Equally, the Korean fried chicken wings or six dumplings for $10 are just as scrumptious. If your budget is a little higher, grab an epic burger for $13.

📍 270 Saint Asaph Street, Christchurch Central City, Christchurch 8011, New Zealand

6. Mexicano’s

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Head to this vibrant and authentic Mexican for some of the cheapest and most diverse tacos in town. Prepare to be spoilt for choice between the grilled chicken, pulled pork, prawns and vegetable, grilled market fish, just to name a few from the menu. The tacos here will cost you $9 which is pretty darn affordable for Mexican food in Christchurch.

📍 131 Victoria Street, Christchurch Central City, Christchurch 8013, New Zealand

7. Afghan Restaurant

Pile your plate high with splendid flavours and massive portions of Middle Eastern grub. If you pay $20 per person, you’ll have rich authentic food splattered onto giant plates for you to indulge on. Think chicken curries, other curry dishes, rices, charcoal kebabs, meats and much more. Bizarrely, there is no menu and no regular opening hours, so you’ll have to hope on luck that you land there accordingly. Definitely the cheap eats spot you need when you’re broke.

📍 316 Lincoln Road, Addington, Christchurch 8024, New Zealand

8. Friday Street Food Market

Where better to feast on the greatest food porn than at a market dedicated to food. You’ll find plenty of great deals at this one-night-a-week market, making it one of most cheap and cheerful eats in town. From desserts like waffles to German hotdogs to Asian cuisine, there is something for everyone to enjoy. Certainly, a convenient way to delight in global authentic food and flavours.

📍 Cathedral Square, Christchurch Central City, Christchurch 8011, New Zealand

9. Shirley’s Kitchen

Expect unbeatable Malaysian cuisine at this restaurant. With generous portion sizes and incredible values…how could it go wrong? Burgers cost $5.50 while chips are $3, springs rolls are only $1 and you can even get yourself a delicious milkshake for $3. For a bigger meal, pay between $10 and $13 for noodle and rice dishes such as chicken fried rice, BBQ pork fried rice and chicken curry noodles. Consequently, it is a fantastic spot to dine on a budget.

📍 72 Waimairi Road, Upper Riccarton, Christchurch 8041, New Zealand

10. Big Gary’s

Expect some epic daily deals at this fast food spot. For example, on Monday you can get yourself loaded fries with bacon paired with a chicken burger for just $10.90. While, burgers cost from $6.50, chips from $2 and other small bites like chicken nuggets from $2.50. Indeed, an excellent cheap eats spot when you’re broke.

📍 249B Riccarton Road, Upper Riccarton, Christchurch 8041, New Zealand

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