Hipster hangouts in Christchurch

  • Supreme Supreme Christchurch
  • Doki hairdresser Christchurch
  • XCHC Christchurch

You don’t have to go to SoFo or Kreuzberg, to see or be, a true hipster. New Zealand is pretty hip – a butcher in Auckland just hit the big time and is now modelling his beard and tattoos in London

If you’re a hipster, want to be one or wouldn’t mind spotting one, we’ve noted down some hipster hangouts worth checking out… 


Cafes, workspaces and creative endeavours

Kadett, Space Academy and Doki, 371 St Asaph Street

These three gems are pretty cute. Kadett serves up delicious light lunches made from good quality, wholesome ingredients. If you want to work the style game – Doki will whip your locks into something unique, fresh and fun. And to finish, Space Academy, hosts some pretty interesting talks, exhibitions and events.

Supreme Supreme, 100 Welles Street

With a twist on the American diner and a touch of Scandinavian design – it's a pretty slick place to sip your coffee and have brunch. There’s also a chance to win free coffee for a year.

C1, Corner of High and Tuam Street 

This quirky, retro café will deliver your burger and fries through a flying tube. They care about the earth, the music is loud and the food is pretty damn good.

The Collect, Level 1, Kensington House, 185 Manchester Street

Looking for a workspace? This heritage Art Deco building is a beautiful creative, arty space for freelancers, start-ups and entrepreneurs. There are different membership options and it includes meeting rooms, free coffee and tea, shower facilities, storage and everything you need to meld those big ideas into reality.

C4, 278 Tuam Street

C4 are coffee perfectionists. If you’re interested in learning the ropes and mastering the craft, just ask the staff. They have their own roastery nearby, plenty of equipment to check out and it’s a great people-watching spot.

Gentle Giant, 158 Ferry Road

A new comer to the brunch scene. This trendy café serves up coffee from Lyttleton Coffee Co, smoothies and brunch options that will make your mouth water. 

XCHC, 376 Wilsons Road

XCHC is a café and a place to perfect your practice, share ideas and connect with other likeminded creatives. You can lease a maker space if you are creating something, or lease a showcase space if you want to share your work with the public.


Bars and music

The Last Word, 31 New Regent Street 

Occupying beautiful New Regent Street, The Last Word is a nice small space to end your Friday with a whiskey, craft beer or cocktail.

Civil & Naval, 16 London Street, Lyttleton

Get out of town and over the hill to the Lyttleton – Christchurch’s home of the hipster. Civil and Naval have amazing tapas and sharing plates, and musicians from around town. 

Darkroom, 336 Asaph Street 

Budding with new kids on the block. Local DJ’s and musicians come here to show off their talents – this is where you’ll find newcomers, independent artists and underground international acts.


Markets and shops

Lyttleton Farmers Market, London Street

This not-for-profit market will delight you with local and ethically sourced goods from around Canterbury. Fruit, veges, cheese, coffee, plants, trinkets and all those goodies your heart desires.

The Collective, 363 Colombo Street

The Collective will gear you up with the latest trends. It stocks some of the biggest names in NZ fashion and from around the globe. 

Recycle Boutique, 3 Garlands Road

A sustainable, second-hand store specialising in pre-loved designer and vintage clothing. You're bound to find a bargain and hidden treasures.