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Firm favourite for foodies: Original Foods Baking Co.

You’ve likely heard of this locally owned and operated Canterbury family business, which has been a firm favourite since its beginnings in 1991… but if you’re unsure, we’re willing to bet you’ll have given them a go without knowing it.



Been on an Air New Zealand flight recently? The delicious muffins on offer are just one of the treats this talented team creates. Cheeky monkey looking up at you from that perfectly gooey slice you just added to your shopping trolley? That’s Original Foods Baking Co. right there too. The famous sticky, soft chocolate cake your kids ask for every year for their birthdays and what about the Jam Rap Donut from the local fish ‘n’ chip shop? You guessed it… Original Foods Baking Co.

Now you can experience Original Foods Baking Co. in a different way again, this time with its own café in Wigram. The café proudly supplies a loyal base of regular customers with C4 coffee, its famous donuts, an ever-changing selection of café fare (made fresh in-house daily), as well as the Original Foods Baking Co. products you know and love, straight from the factory door.

This cosy spot has quickly become a local favourite with residents and nearby workers. Whether they’re enjoying a caffeine fix and donut to-go, or relaxing for lunch in the outdoor seating area, it’s an ideal spot to grab a delicious cup of coffee and a really good bite to eat.

The café is open Monday to Friday from 7:30am – 5pm. For more information, visit and find them on Instagram and Facebook for mouth-watering food pics!

8 Stark Drive, Wigram.



Crisp Café

The Perfect Place: Crisp Café

Crisp Café ticks all the boxes when it comes to food, service, vibe and that all important parking question.


Crisp Café


With an enormous shopping carpark to pull into, no steps to have to negotiate prams or wheelchairs and seating for 70, this is the perfect venue to catch up with friends, hold business meetings or reserve a table for that special occasion.

“Over half of our products are gluten free, as is our cabinet food,” owners Sue and Nick Leadbeater say. “Most of our menu can be adapted to gluten free as we’re fortunate to have a gluten free chef!”
Everything is made onsite. “Homemade food prepared with love can’t be beaten,” Nick says.

They serve Underground Coffee, with milk options covering everything from dairy through to almond, soy and coconut. New menu items feature burgers, nachos, seasonal soups and the popular fishermen’s basket. Children also have a new menu to get excited about, while the bagel and toastie menu has been revamped.

Renowned for their tasty, tummy-filling all-day breakfasts that warm the cockles and fire up all the cylinders, it’s no wonder patrons flock here – in droves. Make sure to check out the wall art from Canterbury University’s fine art students; the artworks change regularly and are all for sale; and if you’re in need of a last-minute gift, browse the display stands of small but beautiful items for inspiration.


Find Crisp Café and Gifts at 376 Ilam Road, open 7am to 4pm Monday to Friday and 7:30pm to 4pm weekends, phone 03 351 4414.


The Coffee Fans

The Place for Coffee Fans: The Coffee Fans

The Coffee Fans is a bright, relaxing café in the heart of St Albans. Open 7 ‘til 4 weekdays, and 8 ‘til 4 on weekends, it’s a great place to grab a coffee and enjoy the busy surrounds.


The Coffee Fans


Breakfast and lunch is served until 1:30 each day, with specialties such as traditional Eggs Benedict on toasted ciabatta with bacon, Eggs Atlantic – that’s with smoked salmon – or the vegetarian Eggs Florentine with Portobello mushrooms. All eggs are free-range, and in the Coffee Fans Breakfast they come poached, scrambled or fried and with all the fixins expected in a big breakfast.

Other favourites are the French Toast, toasted sandwiches, or a Corn Fritter Stack with bacon, tomatoes, avocado, salad, and poached eggs served with a freshly made mango salsa. Check the Chef’s Special board outside for delights such as Smashed Avocado with feta on ciabatta.

In the cabinet are some of the best looking savouries and treats in the city. Fresh salads, pies, paninis, wraps and sweets such as lolly cake, muffins, and the exotically tantalising Raspberry Coconut Bliss Ball!

There is a no-smoking outdoor eating area for these fine summer days; it’s doggie friendly too, so convenient to drop in when walking your puppy. Enjoy free wi-fi and, with a new menu due to be launched in April. The Coffee Fans is a neat place to drop by and enjoy good coffee, scrumptious food and a chill atmosphere.



Lushingtons Garden Gifts & Café

An oasis of treats: Lushingtons Garden Gifts & Café

Lushingtons Garden Gifts & Café is an oasis of treats for the tummy, home and garden. Providing the perfect stop for lunch and a stretch of the legs en route to and from Christchurch, it’s even better for a day out.


Lushingtons Garden Gifts & Café


One of Ashburton’s ‘in the know’ pleasures, Lushingtons is the ideal spot to meet friends, have lunch, stroll the garden centre and browse the giftware. Delighting the senses and lifting the spirits, once here it’s not easy to leave. Co-owners and sisters Miranda Sinton and Sophie Duff are locals who grew up on a farm in Mayfield. They’ve brought their love of the wholesome and artisan to Lushingtons, where the plants, great food and gorgeous gifts have been nurtured for nine years.


Lushingtons Garden Gifts & Café


The garden centre is Miranda’s first love. It is award-winning and known for its beautiful displays. Local and sustainable are watchwords, and the team strives for quality in the plants, most of which are grown in the nursery at Allenton. Sophie’s passion is the café and together the sisters run the giftware store. The store is large and well-stocked with a focus on the desirable French and English Country style.


In the café, you’ll find delicious wholesome and homemade cakes and slices, plus full breakfast, lunch and sides menus, catering for both gluten free and vegetarian diners.


Lushingtons Garden Gifts & Café

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Country Oven Bakery and Café

Truly Scrumptious! Country Oven Bakery and Café

The best thing about long journeys are the stops we have along the way; the chance to rest and relax for a while – the chance to revisit your favourite eatery and order the food you love and the coffee you’ve been dreaming of for the past fifty kiometres!


Country Oven Bakery and Café


Country Oven Bakery and Café in Amberley is one such place; the food is baked on-site so you know it’s always fresh. You only have to read the rave reviews from locals and tourists to know this is one place that provides consistently fabulous fare and excellent customer service.

Whether it’s a hearty all day breakfast; a leisurely morning or afternoon tea; a cake, panini or bun on the run; or a proper sit-down lunch with friends, there’s variety aplenty here to tempt even the pickiest of taste-buds. While retaining popular menu items, such as the scrumptious award-winning pies, the truly authentic Kiwi roasts, and the mouth-watering roast pork sandwiches and hot-roast pork rolls, Manager Ethan Xian recognises that when it comes to food, it’s a constantly evolving world. So the Country Oven Bakery team remains committed to presenting a menu which features new dishes daily.

“We provide quality New Zealand cuisine that’s fresh, innovative and exciting, but just as importantly, we give a customer service experience that sees our customers returning time and time again.”
Find it at Unit 18, Brackenfields, 121 Carters Road, Amberley, phone 03 314 9424.



43 Degrees Café

Delightfully Delicious to your door: 43 Degrees Café

There’s nothing like a company merger to revitalise businesses – to meld the strengths of each company and from that, build something big, innovative and new!


43 Degrees Café


Take 43 Degrees Café, for instance. Recently the café merged with local catering company Bell & Co, renowned for delivering to your door salads that are nourishing, nutrient rich and superbly fresh. With the food philosophy ‘to promote social and environmental wellbeing by creating beautiful food’, it’s easy to understand why 43 Degrees Café owner Mia Lu is thrilled with this merger.

“People are aware of the link between health and diet now – it’s cool to think vegan and organic, and care where food comes from. Our salads of seasonal vegetables, fruits, grains and pulses are I00 percent beneficial to health and are delicious!”
Apart from catering for private functions, corporate events, Christmas functions, birthdays and barbecues etc., Mia envisages branching out to cafés, hotels and, most crucially, schools. Her goal is to introduce their salad boxes to teachers’ groups initially and thereby filter down to where healthy eating is most needed – to children.

“I’d love schools to have healthy options available and for children to find that good food truly has lots of variety, is really colourful and is totally yummy!” With all the food made onsite by a professional chef at 43 Degrees Café’s commercial kitchen, it appears that from the merging of these two businesses, catering in Christchurch is about to get awesome!


Visit it at 1/49 Sir William Pickering Drive, phone 03 357 2011 or visit


Purple Weka Café & Bar

Top-quality café fare at your place: Purple Weka Café & Bar

Fans of The Purple Weka Café & Bar already know it’s the place to go for great coffee and delicious food, but did you know the catering service means you can serve all their delectable treats at your place?


Purple Weka Café & Bar


If you have a workplace or birthday shout, business lunch, or team gathering and want all their popular fare – with none of the effort involved – the friendly team has your back. Now located at 48 Fitzgerald Ave, on the edge of the CBD, The Purple Weka Café & Bar is well known to locals who praise its top service and hospitality.

Open seven days, the café serves a range of Kiwi-inspired meals, Hummingbird Coffee and is fully licensed. Manager Stewart McDougall is incredibly proud of The Purple Weka Café & Bar, saying it specialises in good quality, homemade food. “We’re the full package all rolled into one,” he says. “What you get is good Kiwi fare, generous portions and we have generous parking, especially in the weekends.”

The catering service – which includes a range of savouries, sandwiches and more – is exactly the same as you would be served in the café. All you have to do is check out the online menu, ring the day before to order, and they’ll prepare everything and have it all boxed up ready for you to collect, so you can go enjoy the party, too!


For more information on The Purple Weka Café & Bar, visit


Coffee Worx

Business Excellence Recognised

Coffee Worx recently won the North Canterbury Business Excellence Award for Hospitality and Tourism. Owners Deb and Ian Riach were thrilled to have their hard work, and that of their team, recognised with the judges describing their “good food, good coffee and a great business strategy” as impressive.


Coffee Worx


The Canterbury-based coffee roastery produces premium blends, which have also won several coffee awards, for distribution and supply around the South Island. It partners with many businesses to help them make their coffee stand out from the crowd in the competitive hospitality industry. Deb and Ian are veterans in the dynamic coffee industry, and pride themselves on their long-term commitment to the Canterbury hospitality scene over the past 22 years.

Their funky, retro industrial Coffee Worx Roastery Café in Rangiora is a very popular destination, and their stylish industrial espresso bar in Hayton Road serves top notch espresso and cabinet food weekdays. Deb and Ian have made it their mission to offer freshly roasted premium coffee and high quality made-on-site food, including their exclusive freshly baked, authentic bagels.

They also sell their award-winning coffee in retail bags at both of their cafés, with the ability to fill your own containers and have coffee freshly ground to order, and will be adding coffee pods to their range by Christmas.

If you have a coffee lover on your Christmas present list, then check them out, as they also have a range of coffee equipment for home use and gift vouchers.




Bluebells Cakery

With Christmas right around the corner, Bluebells Cakery is excited to announce its range of festive treats for the holiday season, which are available for the first time nationwide.



The festive collection brings together a combination of iconic Kiwi classics and Christmas novelties. Favourites include Bluebells Cakery’s most-loved shortbread, biscuit amaretti, rocky road, marshmallows and more.

 Perfect for those last-minute season events, Christmas day or as a gift for that tricky someone.


Bluebells Cakery








Terra Viva

Christmas goes ‘modern NZ’: Terra Viva

Iconic Christchurch store Terra Viva is a veritable mecca of all things Christmas, between the garden centre, the inspiring home and giftwares department, and the fully-licensed café. Metropol catches up with Terra Viva’s effervescent Peter Worsp about what we can expect to see decking the halls in 2018.


Terra Viva


Terra Viva Home & Garden has made a quantum leap from the ‘good old days’ when Christmas decorations were all about Father Christmas and always in red velvet and gold. Contemporary Christmas decorations have a great New Zealand look and, because they don’t have a strongly specific Christmas design, they’re multi-purpose and can be used all year round. There’s a definite move away from the short annual outing for three weeks at Christmas – makes a lot more sense!

Even the Christmas trees themselves are quite different, with LED/seed lights, and the most popular line is the white or black stemmed lit trees which give a simply superb look all year round. Combine the soft glow with candles and tealights, and double the effect by placing them in front of a mirror. LED/seed lights/fairy lights are the quick and easy way to create a festive glow, so coil them into glass vases with green foliage, or artificial flowers, and there’s an instant table decoration. A small wreath of foliage around each jar, artificial or real, adds the finishing touch.

The contemporary colour themes focus on soft mossy greens, greys, natural wood, cream, vintage-effect paint finishes with silver or glittering glass to enhance and contrast.  The stars this year are the appealing little felted unicorns, mice and dogs dressed in ballerina outfits – little skirts etc – along with the ceramic animals. Their cuteness appeals strongly to children, so use them all year round in shadow boxes.

If you’re heading off to the bach for Christmas, check out the strong New Zealand coastal theme with shell hangings, and shell/bead/pearl cones for table centrepieces – these are decorations that will still look the part long after the festive season is over.