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Ocean Café

Destination Ocean-side: Ocean Café

Located in the most idyllic place in Scarborough, Ocean Café and Bar is the perfect destination for family or friends to congregate and enjoy the essence of what sumner is all about.


Ocean Café


At 147 Esplanade, next to the clock tower, Ocean Café and Bar is open every day for a la carte breakfast and lunch with baristas to make you a sumptuous coffee or two using L’affare Primo Coffee beans. With the need to reduce plastics entering the ocean, Ocean Café and Bar has been plastic free for the last six months. With so many of its customers having hot drinks in takeaway cups whilst dining in, it is introducing cup cycling by November.

Have you tried the legendary Zucchini and Corn Parmesan Fritters or creamy mushrooms with bacon for breakfast? Then what are you waiting for? Or perhaps lunch menu options like Smashed Pumpkin with Sundried Tomato Stack or Crispy Pork Balls with a crunchy Asian slaw. It’s a menu with variation designed to please, so you can enjoy the beautiful view while savouring something truly unique.

The menu changes three times a year, so there is always something new, including vegetarian options along with bespoke vegan options for those who need them; $5 Friday is a great time to visit, with a selection of tapas, beer and wine. With its friendly atmosphere, great staff and unique vista, Ocean Café and Bar will keep you coming back time and time again to savour something that little bit special. Enjoy.



Belgian Beer Cafe Torenhof

Christmas on the menu: Belgian Beer Cafe Torenhof

With Christmas on the horizon and the booking of the all-important Christmas function at the top of your Christmas list, look no further than ‘The Hof’, or for the uninitiated, The Belgian Beer Café Torenhof.


Belgian Beer Cafe Torenhof


A set Christmas menu is on offer, with prices starting from $45pp, with options like the Christmas platter, with smoked and cured meats, pate, beef and chicken skewers, garlic prawns, dips and crispy garlic bread. Main Fair Cider, thyme and roasted apple turkey breast with candid almond stuffing and cranberry sauce or the pistachio and light mustard crusted salmon steak with citrus butter and spiced orange pickle and accompanied by a dessert is just a taste of what’s on a much bigger menu that must be seen to be appreciated.

Why not head in for the EC Oktoberfest degustation dinner on 26 October with four courses and a wine or beer match for only $59; celebrate Christmas early!  With 32 great beers on offer, owner Mark McGuinness says people often start with Stella, then their taste buds grow into bigger bolder flavours like Leffe or Grand Cru which keeps them coming back.

With pre and post-theatre dining when a trip to the Academy Cinema is part of the plan or just a trip in with family or friends, access is easy with 250 carparks. The regular menu retains its revered favourites, steak fries and the mussel aficionado’s choice, but there’s always new options to keep things interesting. So drop in for a pint or two and give ‘The Hof’ your tick of approval.



Halswell Bakery

Perfect Picnics: Halswell Bakery

Labour and Show weekends are fast approaching. They’re the time that Cantabrians throw open the door of their homes, shake off the gloom of winter and enjoy spending time in the outdoors.


Halswell Bakery


Of course, good food is very much a part of having fun with friends and family whether it’s a picnic at the beach or a car boot party at the races. Who wants to spend time putting goodies together when Halswell Bakery can do it all for you?
They make everything fresh on site from beautiful filled rolls, pies and bacon and egg slices, to sandwiches and yummy sweet treats. Chickens are freshly roasted daily and all the pastry and fillings for their amazingly tasty pies are lovingly handcrafted. They are also famous for their delicious club sandwiches.



Give them a call on 03 322 4600 or email to talk about what you would like to put in your picnic hamper.


Purple Weka

Classic Kiwi-style spot: Purple Weka Café and Bar

Located at 48 Fitzgerald Ave, Purple Weka Café and Bar is one of Christchurch’s best relaxed weekend dining spots, where good fun and great service goes hand in hand with great Kiwi-style breakfasts and lunches.


Purple Weka


With plenty of comfortable indoor and outdoor seating and onsite parking, the café offers a stylish ambience and friendly atmosphere, second to none. For Purple Weka, a new season means a tantalising new menu. Start your day by getting stuck into a succulent omelette, which one gentleman described as, “The best omelettes ever”.


The eggs benedict or a hearty big breakfast are all part of Purple Wekas’ popular breakfast menu. The mince on toast with a soft poached egg is always an old favourite but there’s so much on the menu worth exploring.
Along with whitebait, there’s a wide variety of new options to try. Why not give one of the famous cheese rolls a go, with mince and cheese straight from Otago? Purple Weka is also fully licensed, so wine and beer are available. It’s a great location to meet your friends on the weekend too. All sweet and savoury delicacies are made fresh each day and the kid’s menu means the wee ones’ cravings will be catered for. Speaking of catering, Purple Weka is also able to provide your next work or social function with quality eats and beverages.


For more information, visit, visit the Facebook page or phone 03-366 0258.
Open Monday to Friday 6am-4pm, Saturday and Sunday 8am-3pm.


Coco Espresso

A chic central café: Coco Espresso

Two years ago, keen coffee connoisseur Nick set up shop in a section of Designspace’s building at 400 Barbadoes Street, with the intention of providing customers with great coffee, sandwiches and other delectable eats. Two years on and now accompanied by good friend Caitlyn, Coco Espresso is constantly welcoming more and more regulars.


Coco Espresso


Comfortable indoor seating will accommodate your nearest and dearest, and outdoor Montreaux designer furniture sits plenty in chic comfort. Plus, unlike some cafe’s, there is no shortage of on-site parking.

The major attraction for Coco Espresso, is not just the smooth, rich coffee, which can be served in a variety of environmentally sustainable cups, or the warm, smiley service from Nick and Caitlyn, but the cheese rolls and sandwiches available with many styles and fillings. Both items are immensely popular so first in first served.

Nick and Caitlyn also love a wide range of different music, so be prepared to hear some of your favourite artists over the sound system.
The best thing about Coco Espresso has to be the laid-back atmosphere. It’s great to sit here on a warm spring day and just chill, with a cuppa in hand.


Check out Nick and Caitlyn on their Coco Espresso Facebook page, or call 020 4135 9243.



Addington’s local: Milieu

At 112 Wrights Road there is a well-known café that people in the Addington area flock to, Milieu. With freshly made scones and muffins, and stunning C4 Coffee made by great barristers, it’s no wonder its reputation for the place to meet for business or pleasure is so highly respected.




Open 9am-3pm Saturday and Sunday, 7am-4pm on weekdays, it’s a great option for lunch, breakfast and evening functions if needed. Superb catering is available for that special birthday, business or social function. The Milieu team will sit down with you and help you plan out a menu to best suit your needs.

Using quality, fresh ingredients with food prepared daily including homemade cookies, cakes and baking and a new menu coming with some exciting additions, there is always something new to try. Of course, there is always a sumptuous choice in the servery. Will it be the muffin breakfast with a fresh salad, a chicken ficelle, a crusty bread roll filled with delicious chicken, a tasty bagel or – a big favourite – the spinach and fetta quiche?

With lunch specials like a cranberry melt served on toasted ciabatta with a garden salad and fries, there are plenty of reasons to seek out an experience at your neighbourhood café in Addington.

The weekend special is available now, buy one get the second for half price from the menu until 30 September.


Red Post Café

Hurunui Pleasures: Red Post Café

Spring is upon us and the pleasures of North Canterbury’s delights await, not only its beautiful vistas but the pleasures of the Red Post Café’s delicious food and coffee.


Red Post Café


On the journey to Hanmer there is a great place to stop in Culverden. It has a fantastic cathartic old-style cottage garden which is coming to life at this time of the year with spring colours thanks to the owner, Carolyn’s, green fingers.

Relax and partake in some wonderful home baking that make it one of those unique, special places you find on your journey. Pair the famous Carrot Cake with an outstanding coffee, or the Salmon Soufflé is always a treat. Perhaps you’re after something heartier, in which case the Big Breakfast will hit the spot.

With new items on the menu like house made Granola, Belgian Waffles with Streaky Bacon and Blueberries or Field Mushrooms on Ciabatta, this is a plethora of North Canterbury fare on a plate, not forgetting the famous seafood platter. With a cabinet full of fresh treats for the weary traveller, there is something for everyone, including gluten free options.

If you’re visiting North Canterbury, you can immerse yourself with the locals and find out where all those special places to see and visit are from Carolyn or Trent.
North Canterbury has so much to offer and Red Post Café is a great place to start your adventure. Make it part of your itinerary.


Open from 8am to 5pm Monday to Thursday, weekends until 5:30pm and Friday until 8pm.


Columbus Coffee Riccarton.

A divine blend: Columbus Coffee Riccarton

There are few coffee shops quite like Columbus Coffee Riccarton. For the last two years, owners Ian and Tess France, along with their team, have prided themselves on giving you the most divine blend of coffee and eats in Christchurch.

Columbus Coffee Riccarton.

Although attached to Westfield Mall in Riccarton, the vibe you get is totally unique. With plenty of natural light and indoor and outdoor seating, it’s just like being in your conservatory or summer house.
Whether you are after a chai latte or Columbus’ own unique house blend, a barista-made hot cuppa is never far away. Neither is a smoothie, iced tea or frappe if it the day gets a tad hotter than expected.
All items on the menu are made fresh each day by Ian and husband and wife team, Lindsay and Emma, with the sheer variety of options on offer impressive. Big local favourites on the menu are Smashed Avocado, Paleo Bowl and Eggs Benne Rosti with a Pork and Mushroom option available. Most items on the menu can be made gluten free on request.

Talking of gluten free, Columbus’ savoury cabinet contains a specific gluten free shelf with at least six items available daily, which change on a regular basis. Other popular options include their Chocolate and Hazelnut and Slice, Orange and Almond Cakes, Cherry Ripe and a delicious Plum Friand.
With the kitchen team developing a new and exciting spring menu for both brunch and lunch due out in September, it is time for you to make Columbus Coffee Riccarton your new regular.

Urban Revival

Revive Yourself: Urban Revival

In the Silverstream subdivision, West Kaiapoi, Urban Revival is an inviting, spacious café where you’ll find deliciously fresh site prepared food and great coffee.

Urban Revival


Enjoy some hearty comfort food, with teas, coffees, kombucha or even smoothies here. Relax within the eclectic surrounds and indulge in a vino or two. On cooler days nothing beats the ambiance of the log fire. If you haven’t been to their Friday P nights (pizza, pasta, platters and plonk), you’re missing out – with happy hour 5pm to 6pm each Friday too.
Bring the scrumptious taste of Urban Revival to your event with the bespoke catering service. The entire venue is available for hire or for smaller functions and meetings there is a private function room with a 14-seat dining table.

Do yourself and your taste buds a favour; from the Northern Motorway, take the Ohoka Road turn-off to Silverstream and you’re virtually there. Go ahead – revive yourself!

LeBakermen Café

Café with a Kiwi Kick: LeBakermen Café

Personality radiates throughout LeBakermen Café and Bakery – the unique and delicious food, the staff and a coffee experience to rival them all.

LeBakermen Café

Will Leung is a connoisseur of coffee and artisan food. After a spell in Japan, mastering the country’s French way of baking, he finally opened his café in March. Will describes his baking as “Using French techniques for Japanese-style delicacies – but with a Kiwi kick”.
The famous Fairlie Bakehouse pies add to the cabinets – filled with tempting homemade bread and pastry aromas. With an in-house dessert specialist, the cabinets are filled with everything from Salted Miso Caramel cakes to buttery fluffy brioches.
Using Havana Coffee Works espresso from Wellington is one of the many ways to have a coffee here. The café specialises in soft brew methods such as pour-over drip, Siphon, French Press and Cold Brew. Will comes to the table to explain the process. “You can try a single origin earthy Mexican, well-balanced Cuban, a strong and nutty Brazilian or a sweet and fruity Ethiopian – it’s the coffee version of wine tasting!”

Head coffee maker, Vii, was a former Ara Barista tutor. The café also offers keep cups and coffee equipment for sale. The menu includes the likes of fluffy waffles for breakfast and The Loco Moco for lunch. “This is my absolute favourite,” Will says of this Hawaiian comfort dish.
Easily accessible, the modern, comfortable, new premises at 187 Wigram Road, Wigram has oodles of parking and seating. Open every day 6:30am to 4:30pm weekdays and 8am to 3:30pm weekends. Facebook and Instagram showcase the LeBakermen personality.