Obviously one of the best attractions of a vegetarian and vegan lifestyle – besides health and ethical considerations – is the great food. The Christchurch Vegetarian Centre gives out V Stickers to cafes and restaurants that provide vegan food to their customers. Click here to go to our V Sticker page. Choose from a variety of ethnic cuisines. There is something to suit every taste and budget. Bon appetite! Kia pai te kai!
Antidote Cafe and Juice Bar- lovely New Brighton café in lane off Brighton Mall offering all vegetarian, in fact nearly all vegan food. They specialise in healthy foods with salads, smoothies, juices and cabinet food. There is also a studio at the rear of the café for events such as movies or meditation. Shop 6 Carnaby Lane, New Brighton. Open Wednesday to Saturday 9am to 5pm. Tuesday and Sunday 10am -3pm. Closed Mondays. www.antidote.org.nz
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: firstname.lastname@example.org.
GT Organic Cafe & Grocer – A vegetarian café in an organic wholefood store with a deli cabinet, salad bar and juice bar, and menus for breakfast and lunch. All vegetarian with lots of vegan and raw options. Casual contemporary atmosphere with outdoor seating. Easy access by bus or park in front. Open 8am-5pm Monday – Friday and 9am-4pm Saturday & Sunday. Unit 7, 478 Cranford St (at near Main North Rd), Christchurch, Ph 352 0184 www.gtorganics.co.nz
The Lotus Heart Restaurant – The Lotus Heart Restaurant lost both of its premises in the February quake. It re-opened at 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: 3772727. Website: http://thelotusheart.co.nz/. Opening hours: Tuesday-Sunday 7.30am – 3pm. Dinner Service, Friday and Saturday 5pm-9pm.
Shroom Room Cafe – Vegetarian cafe with an alternative vibe situated in picturesque Lyttleton. Some of the dishes have vegan options, and the staff are vegan friendly. Has indoor/outdoor seating. Open Mon-Sun 8am-4pm. 48 London Street, Lyttelton, Christchurch. 03 328 9459. www.facebook.com/shroom48/info
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. 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. 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.
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. Opening hours: Monday – Saturday 11:30am – 2:30pm and 5pm – 9pm