With a blend of cuisines from South America and the Caribbean, Tequila Mockingbird offers a menu of contemporary Latin food and drink that is sure to intrigue. The extensive liquor and cocktail list captures the essence of Rio and Havana, and is complemented by a comprehensive list of Latin American wines and beers. They also serve breakfast, lunch and dinner, and have weekend brunch options. The brunch menu includes dishes that mix the delicious sweet creole flavours from the Caribbean islands with the traditional Central American cooking techniques, as well as the classic brunch dishes that we all know and love. And as it’s not really Sunday brunch without a nice glass of sparkling wine or a sweet, refreshing cocktail, and you can bet that a restaurant with ‘tequila’ in the name has got you covered.
Tequila Mockingbird, 98 Victoria St, Christchurch, New Zealand, +64 3-365 8565
Luciano Espresso Bar
Considered to be one of the best coffee experiences in town, Luciano Espresso Bar serves expertly crafted coffee., Luciano Marcolino is a man with a passion for coffee, coming to Christchurch from Brazil, and making it home in 1998, Luciano has been crowned NZ Barista champion time and time again. To accompany this top quality coffee is a sensational menu that offers contemporary breakfast and lunch options that aim to reflect the fun loving personality of New Zealanders.
Although Thyme Café is only minutes away fromcentral Christchurch, you would swear that it was somewhere far off in New Zealand’s beautiful countryside, thanks to the gorgeous rustic décor that’s been given a contemporary twist. You’ll be able to find the great brunch classics here, but you won’t want to miss the treats and specials from their blackboard menu. You can keep up with what’s going on at Thyme Café on Facebook.
Thyme Café, 597 Springs Rd, Prebbleton, New Zealand, +64 3-341 8460
Under The Red Verandah
Before becoming the home of this quirky café in 1997, Under The Red Verandah‘s building had changed many times and had been several different businesses, including a butchery, bakery and deli. Since then, the building had been recognised as a distinctive landmark, thanks to its bright and distinguishable red verandah, until the devastating earthquake in February 2011, which left the building needing to be demolished. Thankfully, the owners of this café were able to move into a cottage nearby, and restore it with the iconic red verandah. It remains a fantastic meeting point, with great coffee, amazing food, and fresh bread, pies and cakes, which are all baked on the premises.
Black Betty Café
After developing a passion for espresso throughout the 1990s, and travelling the world, from Italy where the café culture is paramount, to India and its many coffee farms, Hamish Evans opened Black Betty Café. The all day breakfast menu, served until 2.30pm, offers a variety of traditional brunch favourites to be accompanied by the fantastic coffee, which is made using your choice of alternative coffee brewing techniques, including aeropress, coffee syphon, cold drip and pour over.
Black Betty Café, 165 Madras St, Christchurch, New Zealand, +64 3-365 8522
Strawberry Fare is a café and restaurant that offers a generous selection of rustic breakfast meals using organic and free range ingredients. They also roast their own coffee beans to provide a constantly fresh supply of coffee. If you’re interested in baking, you should definitely check out their website and book yourself a place at their baking school, where they offer a range of baking courses, from the bare basics, to the more complex aspects of baking.
Strawberry Fare, 15 Bealey Avenue, Christchurch, New Zealand, +64 3-365 4665
The Raspberry Café
About a 30 minute drive south of Christchurch, in the Otahuna Valley, you will find some of the regions best berry farms. This is also where you will find The Raspberry Café. The Oxenbridge family opened and ran a berry farm, spanning 27 acres for about 20 years before opening this gorgeous café in 2000. Comfort, peace and good, homemade food remain their key to success. New Zealand’s beautiful countryside and landscape is a fantastic setting for this brilliant café, where you can taste the produce directly from this family business.
The Raspberry Café, 40 Rhodes Rd, Canterbury, New Zealand, +64 3-329 6979
Hello Sunday Café
The building that houses Hello Sunday Café has a rich history. Built in the 19th century, it was originally a post office, then a Baptist Church Sunday School. Most recently the building now holds Hello Sunday Café. This café continues to provide a connection with the community by preserving this building’s history as well as serving great food and coffee.
Located in Christchurch’s CBD, not far from the beautiful Christchurch Botanic Gardens, is Vic’s Cafe, a modern, cosmopolitan café whose décor is an exuberant mix of styles, making it a great find for a late breakfast. After being the multiple gold winner of the ‘Best Bread’ award from the New Zealand Bakery of the Year Competition, Vic’s Café also makes some of the best coffee in the city, using fresh C4 beans delivered daily to ensure only the best quality.
Vic’s Café, 132 Victoria St, Christchurch, New Zealand, +64 3-963 2090
Passenger and Co. Café
Passengers & Co is located in Russley, an outer suburb of Christchurch, and between its delicious coffee and unusal, yet fantastic sweets and desserts, it remains a great choice for brunch or a late breakfast. The décor is simplistic, boldly using black and white as a base, with solid green features, to give a contemporary look that is also reflected in the cuisine.
Passengers & Co, 92 Russley Rd, Christchurch, New Zealand, +64 3-342 9490