If there’s anything better than delicious food, it’s cheap delicious food. On those nights when you're out of food and the very thought of a trip to the supermarket plunges you into a depression, we've got you covered. Why spend a small fortune when you can smash a hearty meal in Christchurch for the loose change in your pocket (if that's even a thing anymore). Read on for our guide to the best cheap eats in Christchurch.
Friday Street Food Market
First off the blocks—for a massive variety of cheap eats, we can’t go past the Friday Street Food Market in Christchurch's Cathedral Square. Here you’ll find an array of local and international cuisine including Liberty Dogs, Little German Kitchen, Spring Potato, Malaysian Style Noodles, Coq au Van, Kung Fu Dumplings, The Vagabond Chefs and Transylvanian Delight and so many more. As the name suggests, the market runs every Friday, weather dependant. Check out their page on the reg to get details on the latest forecast and who will be in situ this week.
Dimitris Greek Food
Known as a must visit spot in Christchurch, Dimitris is a local gem serving up the best souvlaki in town (some would argue, in NZ). Both the tender meat (choose between lamb, chicken or beef) and falafel are incredibly delicious when wrapped up with salads, sauces and a warm pita. Hell, why not even just go for a triple combination of all three. The serving size is also pretty massive, your souvlaki will be packed to the very last bite—so you get a lot of bang for your buck.
Hereford Street, Rolleston, Rangiora, Upper Riccarton, Victoria Street
Hachi Hachi have five, count 'em, five locations around Christchurch. All serve up delicious noodles, donburi, curry and sushi in a beautiful Japanese-style setting. The affordable prices make it an easy option for lunch or dinner. Expect to find old favourites nestling on the menu alongside ambitious new upstarts such as the sushi burger, which is definitely worth a try for those wanting something a bit different. You can choose between teriyaki chicken, fried fish or tempura chicken sandwiched between two sushi buns. Delish!
Little High Eatery
St. Asaph Street
If you haven’t yet been to Little High, what have you been doing? It’s a foodie heaven, especially for anyone on a budget. The bustling foodhall has plenty to choose from whatever your taste. From Bacon Brothers to Sushi Soldier, Eightgrains to Base Woodfired Pizza and Caribe Latin Kitchen, there’s really something for everyone and the bustling atmosphere makes it one of the most lively spots to enjoy a cheap meal in Christchurch.
St. Asaph Street
Located on St. Asaph Street, Steampunk Laboratory is Christchurch’s answer to Korean takeaway food. Order the cup-bop, which is full of flavour and easy on the water. Cup-bops are a Korean takeaway with layered rice, fresh slaw, egg, meat and sauces in a cup. The textures are incredible and only cost $10. Add your own toppings and you’re good to go.
For no-frills, counter service Japanese food, Samurai Bowl needs to be on your list. The extensive menu of Japanese cuisine is full of delicious faves. Try the karaage combo with karaage chicken, rice, salad and miso (all for $15). Otherwise order a bowl of ramen—they have 11 kinds for you to choose from—they're one of the best in Christchurch.
For the best selection of cheap eats under one roof, you’ll want to visit EntX. The diverse selection of restaurants serve up a range of culinary options from kebabs at Ottoman Turkish Kebabs to sushi burritos and poke bowls at Roll & Bowl. Pick up a biyani at Two Fat Indians or a traditional Vietnamese salad at Hanoi Old Quarter. On the naughtier side, why not grab a burger and salad with your beer at Cleaver & Co or Joe's Garage. EntX is an excellent option for those who are short on time but craving something tasty.
St. Asaph Street
For the best thing since sliced bread, head to Otto Delicatessen. The team is serving up the most delicious (and affordable) sandwiches in Christchurch from their hole in the wall style offering. Located in The Yard, Otto is the perfect grab and go option. Let's just slip in mention here that Otto placed second in the country-wide search for the best toasties in New Zealand in the Great Toastie Takeover (which we're all about, obviously). Try their winning French Dip with provolone, cheddar, onion and mustard aioli with McClure's pickles and hot beef jus.
Thai Container & Thai Box
St Albans, St. Asaph Street
Arguably one of the best Thai experiences in town, Thai Container is a hot favourite with the locals. Now in two locations, the original spot in St Albans is now complemented by a city branch in St. Asaph Street and we just can't get enough. The ever-popular Pad Thai is well represented here and the Massaman curry is one of Christchurch's best.
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