Restaurants - Whare Kai
Obviously one of the best attractions of a vegetarian and vegan lifestyle - besides health and ethical considerations - is the great food. Christchurch boasts more vegetarian restaurants per head of population than anywhere else in New Zealand. Choose from a variety of ethnic cuisines. There is something to suit every taste and budget. This page has listings of vegetarian restaurants. Non-vegetarian (veggie-friendly) restaurants in Christchurch also work hard to tempt in vegetarian customers. CLICK HERE to go to the Veggie-friendly dining out page. Contact us if you would like to submit your review for inclusion. Bon appetite! Kia pai te kai!
Vegetarian/Vegan Restaurants (In alphabetical order)
Dream Garden - Mostly Asian vegan, some vegetarian (containing egg), dozens of bubbleteas and interesting vegetarian mock meat dishes such as roasted hedgehog. Close to the airport. 62 Kendall Avenue, Burnside Ph: (03) 358 8485 Opening hours: Monday - Thursday 12pm - 9:30pm , Friday and Saturday 12pm - 11:00pm Email: email@example.com CLICK FOR REVIEW
The Lotus Heart Restaurant - The Lotus Heart Restaurant lost both of its premises in the February quake. One has been demolished and the other is within the Red Zone cordons. It has re-opened 363 St Asaph Street, between Fitzgerald Avenue and Barbadoes Street. The menu includes many trusty favourites such as burgers, pizza, masala dosa, soup, raw, vegan and gluten free options, coffee, chai and also has a tea lounge to continue to specialise and expand on their range of tea and specialty drinks. Ph: 021 256 6702 Website: www.thelotusheart.co.nz Opening hours: Tuesday-Sunday 7.30am - 3pm. Dinner Service, Friday and Saturday 5pm-9pm. CLICK FOR REVIEW
Water Drop Vegetarian Cafe - The Fo Guang Shan Buddhist temple teahouse, known as the Water Drop Cafe, is located in the eco-building of the International Buddhist Association, which also houses art galleries and a Buddha Hall. ( Dharma services are held every Friday from 7.00pm - 8.30pm). There are set lunches, rice and noodle meals, desserts, and vegetarian pies. Besides that, cookies and cakes with various tea and coffee can also be enjoyed in this building of tranquility. Snacks are from $6.50 and set lunches from $12.50. Located on Riccarton Road at Hagley Park end. 2 Harakeke Street, Riccarton Ph: (03) 341 6276 or (03) 341 6297 Opening hours: Tuesday - Sunday 9.30am - 4pm CLICK FOR REVIEW
Welcome Chinese Vegetarian Restaurant - One of the most extensive menus in Christchurch with over a hundred Chinese vegetarian dishes on the menu. Vegans well catered for with even vegan ice cream for dessert. Meals cost between $8 and $15. Close to the University. 2 Wharenui Road, Upper Riccarton Ph: (03) 348 2630 Website: www.welcomecafe.co.nz Opening hours: Monday - Saturday 11:30am - 2:30pm and 5pm - 9pm CLICK FOR REVIEW
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