Christchurch is home to some of New Zealand’s best restaurants. In recent years it has become known as the country’s cafe centre.
Unlike some tourist destinations, Christchurch is perfectly suited to the budget traveller. So you can save your cash to explore the rest of this beautiful city.
These are 5 of our best cheap eats in Christchurch:
1. The Bodhi Tree, Ilam Road
If you’re looking for a bargain meal, you don’t need to limit yourself to cheeseburgers and pies. The Bodhi Tree offers affordable Burmese cuisine and a welcoming atmosphere, right in the heart of Christchurch.
Destroyed during the recent earthquakes, one of Christchurch’s best-loved restaurants has since relocated to a new location, much to the relief of hungry residents. It can be hard to choose from the mouth-watering menu, so order several small plates of food and share them amongst the table. A highlight of The Bodhi Tree is that it’s BYO which is always a great money saver.
2. Morleykings’s Buffet Restaurant, Carmen Road
If you want maximum food for minimum cash then Morleykings’s Buffet Restaurant won’t disappoint. Fill your plate with a range of hot and cold Asian dishes, then head back for seconds (or thirds if you want to get your money’s worth).
In typical Asian style, you can even cook raw food at your table to create your own culinary delights.
3. She Chocolat Cafe, Governor’s Bay
What could be better than dining out at a restaurant that is also a chocolaterie? You might think it would be impossible to choose off the restaurant menu when there is delicious chocolate in sight but the chefs have managed to weave some of that chocolate yumminess into their savoury dishes so you get the best of both worlds.
If this isn’t enough information to have you putting She Cafe at the top of your to-do list, then just wait until you see the spectacular views from their waterfront balcony.
4. Vic’s Cafe and Bake, Victoria Street
There’s nothing quite like freshly baked bread. The smell combined with the fluffy texture is all so mouth-wateringly divine. So if your taste buds are demanding fresh, tasty food and your wallet is demanding cheap then look no further than Vic’s Cafe and Bake.
There are a range of store-baked goodies to choose from and you can even sit outside during the summer months with your personally ‘designed’ sandwich. Prices range from $1-17. For an afternoon pick-me-up, try their famous coffee.
5. Spring Bar at Peppers Clearwater Resort
If relaxation in a natural setting is what you’re after then Spring Bar at Peppers Clearwater Resort is the place for you. It’s only a 15 minute drive from Christchurch’s CBD and overlooks beautiful lakes and a stunning golf course.
Food is simple and based around locally sourced produce. Sample their delicious creations prepared by award winning chefs while savouring the spectacular surroundings. Complimentary tapas are served with drinks, so definitely the place to be if you’re making the most of your budget.