Bread & Circus: Christchurch is officially a festival city

Bread & Circus: Christchurch is officially a festival city

About a year and a half ago, Nick and I co-wrote an article about what makes a great city. We talked a lot about how great cities are constantly reinventing themselves; they manage to tell a story about their past, but know where they are heading in the future. This statement couldn't be more true [...]

New Opening: Little High Eatery

New Opening: Little High Eatery

In a city that's slowly rebuilding, Little High Eatery came out of the blue. Tucked behind the Mackenzie & Willis building on Tuam Street, across from C1 Espresso, lives a brand new food court. This isn't your run-of-the-mill suburban shopping mall food court, it's an exercise in excellent urban planning. Little High makes excellent use of [...]

From Christchurch To Queenstown

From Christchurch To Queenstown

Having visited Queenstown a handful of times, I still marvel at the drive down from Christchurch. The Canterbury plains swiftly disappear to reveal rolling hills and turquoise, azure lakes. With so many changes in scenery, the drive never becomes stagnant. Many a tourist flies into Christchurch from the North Island, ready to journey south. And so, why [...]

New Opening: Unknown Chapter Coffee Roasters

New Opening: Unknown Chapter Coffee Roasters

Working in Christchurch's CBD, I've kept a close watch on all the cafés and restaurant openings over the past six months. And it seems there's a new spot open every other week. As a frequent café-goer, I've relished in all these new dining opportunities. Oddly enough, I didn't notice the new roastery on St. Asaph Street [...]

Opening Night at BFW16

Opening Night at BFW16

Last week, I had the pleasure of attending Ballantynes Fashion Week's opening show. Held in the Contemporary Lounge, the evening began with bubbles, canapés and live music. For those of you who don't know, Ballantynes is Christchurch's oldest and most iconic department store. The company remains a mainstay in New Zealand's fashion scene due to its wide range [...]

Christchurch Creatives: Radler Tours

Christchurch Creatives: Radler Tours

One of the things I harp on about constantly is cycling. I've never particularly enjoyed cycling as a sport or a rigorous form of exercise. For me, it's a practical way to get around. In cities like Toronto and Stockholm, residents cycle almost year-round. Even a little bit of snow on the ground isn't much of a [...]

Christchurch Creatives: Green Roots Organics

Christchurch Creatives: Green Roots Organics

The city I experienced as a tourist in 2009/2010 is vastly different from the Christchurch that exists today. The old Christchurch was beautiful and Victorian, and a wee bit stuffy. The city today is more intriguing because it's anyone and everyone's city. While many urban centres are oversaturated, Christchurch is still in need of fresh ideas and residents [...]