Secret’s Guide To The Best Cheap And Cheerful Eats In Christchurch

Megan Zara Walsh Megan Zara Walsh

Cheap Eats

Gorge on delicious, top-quality food while still on a budget.

When you are in a rush, it can be impossible to get a decent feed without spending a fortune. Yep, we have all been there, where we feel it’s easy to stay with what is familiar even if it brutally expensive. But the truth is that there are plenty of hidden cheap eats places around Christchurch where you can avail of a great foodie experience without burning a hole in your pocket. Lucky for you, we’ve tracked down seven of the most indulgent cheap eats in Christchurch for you to take advantage of.

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. Sal’s Pizza

Locals absolutely adore this 5-star hotspot. A gigantic slice of authentic New York pizza for just $6. What more could you want? 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. If you’re still hungry, other bites you can get include their famous garlic knot balls at three for $5 or eight for $10 while a large slice of New York cheesecake will set you back $9, just to name a few.

📍 Various Locations 

3. 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

4. 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. Celiacs can delight in the restaurant catering gluten-free options too.


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

5. Afghan Restaurant

For a different type of foodie experience, head to this place for 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 to send your tastebuds into a frenzy.

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

6. 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

7. 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

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