In life, it’s always time for coffee.
Spring is upon us so it’s time to get out and about to the wonderful cafes of Christchurch. After a wonderful walk, and maybe a browse of some of our fine bakeries, you’re probably going to be wanting some sweet caffeine beans on your day out. [Featured image: Mike Kenneally, Unsplash].
Enter, Secret Christchurch. We’re going to recommend you some of the best spots to grab coffee in CC. Thank us later when you’re the right level of caffeinated.
1. Black Betty
Black Betty has been going strong in the Christchurch coffee scene for nearly a decade now. And, it’s easy to see why when you combine the striking, multi-method coffees with their perfectly-blended taste. Whether you’re sitting in with a flat white to try their mouth-watering brunch – waffles with berries, chipoltle pulled pork benedict and more – or grabbing your beans to brew at home, Black Betty is a go to spot.
📍 165 Madras Street, Christchurch Central, 8011
Residing in the spot of an 18th century post office, Hello Sunday is a community centred spot that gives locals great coffee and a warming spot to socialise. Hello Sunday serve a variety of coffees to compliment their vast food menu. If you’re just after a snack, does anything compliment a great coffee more than a cinnamon roll?
📍 6 Elgin Street, Sydenham, 8023
3. C1 Espresso
C1 Espresso is your archetypal modern coffee house and, with that, comes an expectation of well designed flat whites galore. C1 has all that plus more. Gathering different flavours of coffee from Mexico, Colombia, Ethiopia and beyond — you’re in good hands the second you walk in. You’ll also find some truly unique and fabulous designs that you won’t see anywhere else in the city.
📍 Old Post & Telegraph, Office building 185 High Street, Christchurch Central, 8142
This spot lays claim to one of the meanest pastry games in the whole of Christchurch. Copenhagen Bakery, not in Denmark, but right here in NZ — and damn, these are perfect for anyone with a sweet tooth. There’s colourful coffees, cupcakes galore and some delightful hot-cross buns. Take your pick, you can’t really go wrong!
📍 409 Harewood Road, Bishopdale, 8051
Hummingbird Coffee lay claim to some of the most experienced hands in the Christchurch coffee game. They’ve been brewing since 1990, and their roasted blend is so good it supplies more than 150 cafes across the NZ and Austrialia. Try out coffee from Papa New Guinea, Honduras and many more spots to experience the excellence of the Hummingbird flavour.
📍 438 Selwyn Street, Addington, 8024
One of Christchurch’s top social gems. Locals know this as the spot to head to for a coffee and a great catch-up — be it with the owners or someone you’re meeting. And, the coffee being top notch always plays a big part in that. The beans here make for a near-flawless essential of the Christchurch caffeine-scene!
📍 28 Marriner Street, Sumner, 8081
Addington Coffee Co-op is one of the favourites of those in the area. These are true coffee connoisseurs, knowing how to craft their way around the delightful hot drinks on offer. Perfect for springtime, Addington’s big windows take in plenty of sunshine to light up your already perfect coffee-drinking settings to add the cherry to your lovely brew.
📍 297 Lincoln Road, Addington, 8024
8. Allpress Espresso
Allpress sits in an old steelworks warehouse with a vastly impressive interior design on Montreal Street. Its a wonderful place to catch up on work or catch a breather, with some exquisite coffee being blended up for you.
📍 110 Montreal Street, Sydenham, 8023
Boasting two locations, these are masters of the Christchurch coffee world. From selling intricate coffee brewing tools — think hand-grinders, aeropresses and tampers — to perfecting the simple pleasure of taking a seat with your daily caffeine dose.
📍 190 Durham Street South,Central City, 8011
📍 Riverside Farmers Market, Cnr Lichfield Street