There’s nothing we love more than brunch. There’s something so satisfying about tucking into our favourite sweet and savoury dishes at all hours of the day. The Christchurch brunch scene is constantly evolving, with new eateries opening up on the regular. Here are our all-time favourite spots for dishes that go well beyond the regular eggs benedict and smashed avocado on toast.
Miro in the pink Midland Building on Oxford Terrace is worth writing home about. The beautiful restaurant is the city’s go-to for both weekday and weekend brunch. Their bottomless brunch is a favourite for birthdays, baby showers and all sorts of gatherings. Indulge your sweet tooth with their french toast or opt for the mushrooms, avocado and scotch eggs on toast. Their colourful smoothie bowls are also a highlight as is the Allpress coffee and mimosas depending on your preference. With ample outdoor seating overlooking the Avon River, Miro is an ideal spot for people watching over your poached eggs.
This cosy, central city establishment does brunch and does it well. We’re partial to the eggs benedict at Little Poms, which are arguably the best in the city. They also do an incredible smashed peas, avocado and halloumi dish that’s both fresh and filling. If you’ve never tried their hotcakes, you’ll want to add those to your order as well. Wash it all down with Allpress coffee in one of the cutest urban settings.
Head to Sydenham for what many locals consider to be Christchurch’s best brunch spot. With a seasonally changing menu, Hello Sunday doesn’t hold back when it comes to brunch. Here, you’ll find an interesting array of menu items from Japanese crepes to short rib hash. It’s all delicious, so you’ll likely find yourself returning here time and time again.
Under The Red Verandah
An inner-city hidden gem, Under The Red Verandah is an excellent weekend or weekday option to satisfy your brunch cravings. They serve a range of breakfast staples like the big breakfast and the big vegetarian breakfast, guaranteeing you won’t leave hungry. Sit outside under the (you guessed it) red verandah and you might just forget you’re in the heart of the city.
Town Tonic has an extensive menu that covers all dietary requirements, so it’s a good option when you’re dining with your gluten-free, vegetarian and vegan mates. Located in Addington, this sleek cafe focuses on supporting local growers with an exciting and always evolving menu. Open from breakfast until late, stop by for an afternoon brunch and stay for drinks.
If you haven’t tried the fried chicken and waffles at Strange Bandit, you haven’t lived. It sounds extreme, but seriously, these are some of the best in Christchurch. If you’re after something a bit lighter, their eggs florentine are equally delicious. Burnside isn’t the first place that comes to mind when someone mentions brunch, but you won’t regret venturing to Strange Bandit for its inventive menu and excellent coffee (by former barista of the year, no less).
Look for the Bridge of Remembrance and you’re very close to one of the central city’s best kept brunch secrets. Pairing gorgeous interiors, beautiful presented ‘gram worthy food and strong coffee, you may never want to leave Westend Stories. Try their Mediterranean omelette for a light option or the pumpkin spiced doughnuts, if you’re after something sweet.
Step inside Child Sister’s sleek, light-filled interior and you’ll feel as though you’ve been transported to Sydney or Melbourne. There’s a reason why Christchurch’s newest brunch spot is constantly teeming. With its extensive menu that transitions seamlessly from breakfast to lunch. Filled with classics like eggs benedict and mushrooms on sourdough and a brioche breakfast sandwich that’s absolutely divine. There’s also incredible coffee by Lyttelton Coffee Co. and a range of lunchtime favourites: fried chicken, Gochujang shakshuka, consisting of beef and pork meatballs, spinach, mushrooms and feta on a baguette and a kimchi omelette with pork belly, white rice, leek, scrambled eggs, kewpie and grana padano.
If you’re looking for a weekend brunch that ticks all the boxes, head to Amazonita on Oxford Terrace. The gorgeous interior is reason alone to pay this place a visit, but the menu’s equally fantastic. Known for serving up some of the city’s favourite cocktails (frosé, anyone?) and delicious dinners, Amazonita’s brunch is also a must. Tuck into the brioche French toast for an indulgent weekend treat or enjoy the incredible vege brekkie, which is served with poached eggs, broccolini, halloumi, dukka and avocado. Wash it all down with a blood orange spritz or the always classic, Bloody Mary.
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Image credit: Miro, Hello Sunday, Westend stories