Looking for somewhere toasty and warm this winter? Then THIS is your place. The temperature may require you to de-layer substantially, but you’ll definitely feel right at home with the sweet atmosphere at Gentle Giant.
On Sunday morning we decided to take a cruise out towards Sumner to catch up with friends and we just happened to spot this bad boy as we drove through Ferrymead and we couldn’t pull in fast enough. The exterior aesthetic was clean wooden panelling, with big glass windows and a stone feature wall which upon arrival we discovered was a neat outdoor fireplace to keep the courtyard nice and cosy. New and modern interior makes this cafe/bar easy on the eye, and I would have happily had any of the decor in my own home. It’s attached to a gorgeous homewares store, Casual and Country, where I want to buy all. the. things.
An impromptu drive over to Lyttelton to find awesome coffee led us to the Lyttelton Coffee Co. And boy-oh-boy did we find awesome coffee?! The day has finally arrived – I was so impressed by the incredibly delicious coffee that it officially gets my first 5 outta 5 coffee bean rating on the blog!
When I walked in to XCHC my heart did a little flutter when I discovered it wasn’t just another cafe, it was a creative space too! Exchange Christchurch is a neat co-op space featuring a showcase space, makerspace and rad cafe. I live quite near to here and have driven past it many a time, but this is another Christchurch cafe that only opens during the week (seriously, how can so many great cafes not be open weekends?). This industrial feel, warehouse cafe has a relaxed vibe and awesome coffee and food to boot.
Sadly, there had to be a first disappointing review and Meshino in Wigram has topped my list of terrible coffee’s recently. I just wanted to be clear that it was the Wigram cafe, as I have not yet visited the St Albans cafe and don’t want to tar it with the same brush. Now, I am an avid Allpress cheerleader so was quite excited to learn this little cafe around the corner from where I’ve been working from the last few weeks had Allpress beans. In the years I’ve been drinking Allpress, I have never had a bad one. Until now.
A friend of mine recommended I try this place out, as it is one of the coffee places he hits up whenever he is visiting from Auckland (cheers Bob!) and I’ve been frequenting this joint a lot over the last couple of weeks. My first ever coffee there was off-the-hook and I’ve been a huge fan ever since. If you want delicious, smooth but still strong coffee, every time… this is a winner! The staff are always friendly and the service is pretty quick – even when they are busy.
I have to admit, I’ve walked past this cafe a couple of times in my visits to The Colombo and it didn’t scream “I make great coffee, come inside!”. But as I’m on a mission to test out all the cafe’s in Christchurch I decided to suck it up and give this one a shot today. I actually didn’t realise before I went in but they serve Hummingbird Coffee and in my recent experience it’s a pretty good bean. So provided their barista’s know how to make a decent coffee, then it was most likely going to be a good coffee.
We found out about Kadett whilst flicking through the entertainment section of the newspaper on the weekend and were pleasantly surprised to learn it was just a short 5 minute walk from our house. Located in an old mechanics workshop, this sweet little cafe does minimalist well. It’s an interesting setup; as you first enter there is a neat little shop with a small selection of clothing, and also a one woman hairdressing salon. The cafe itself is totally zen with white painted brick walls, organic tables and bookcases and some great greenery which add to the calm feel of the place. We were greeted at the counter by a lovely lady who was happy to smile for a photo (though my camera caught her too soon) and couldn’t fault the friendly service we received. My boyfriend and I both commented that we felt like we were hanging out at someone’s house – the place had such a great vibe.