Moving to a new place is an exciting time for many people. There are tonnes of new places to explore — including finding your new favourite local takeout and dining options. If you've recently relocated to Christchurch, you'll find you are spoiled for options. Even the locals have a hard time deciding over burgers at one of the American-style diners or enjoying fine dining at long-standing institutions.
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With a central location on the rebuilt Oxford Terrace, this bar and restaurant is fast becoming a culinary hotspot. Amazonita is a new beginning, a place of strong spirits. This tropically inspired restaurant and bar is the perfect place to relax and enjoy a delicious brunch, or dinner and cocktails into the night.
Inati offers seasonally-inspired tasting plates that explore and push the boundaries of contemporary dining. Get a group of your friends together for a night of shared food experiences. Sit around the chef's table and take in the theatre of the kitchen, while enjoying some of New Zealand's finest locally sourced produce. The menu is separated into different categories — Earth, Land, Sea, Nectar and Large Plates. It also has an extensive wine menu.
The Tramway Restaurant is a famous icon in Christchurch, so why not indulge and celebrate your move to your new home town with a unique dining experience. Sit back and enjoy the sights of inner-city Christchurch, including commentary on the history of the city.
The menu package includes quality New Zealand produce, with the menu changing seasonally. There is a selection on New Zealand wines and local beers available, and you have the option to purchase a wine matching package to complement your experience. Gluten-free, dairy-free and vegetarian options are available.
The trams are currently being refurbished, and the newly-refurbished trams are due to launch in November 2020.
If you are looking for a quick bite to eat, you cannot go past a Bacon Bros burger. They have set out to produce the best burgers in town. With a wide selection of burgers on the menu, you will be able to pick up something for every taste bud — they even have delicious vegan options available.
This modern and sophisticated bistro is centrally located and, as the name suggests, the restaurant is upstairs. It offers European-style cuisine in a fine dining setting, without the pomp and stuffiness. Ingredients on the menu are seasonal and locally sourced whereever possible. Serving sizes are generous, and there is an extensive wine and cocktail menu.
For some of the city's best Thai, you can't go past Thai Orchid. This iconic restaurant is a crowd favourite for Christchurch locals. For over 30 years, Thai Orchid has given Kiwis a taste of authentic Thai dishes and welcoming hospitality. If you like Thai, you cannot go past this gem!
This steakhouse offers the best beef steaks and ribs in town! Using a state-of-the-art Kopa charcoal grill, the steaks have a unique and distinctive charcoal flavour. They source local ingredients from suppliers and farmers and serve some of the finest New Zealand wines and beers.
So, what are you waiting for? Try one of the above restaurants or eateries and experience food like a true Christchurch local.
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