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Guide to Christchurch Vegan Restaurants, Vegetarian Restaurants, Natural Foods, & Health Food Stores.

Vegan / Vegetarian Restaurants: (18 Listings)

The Lotus-Heart Restaurant and Tea House

  • Vegetarian Restaurant
4.5 stars 28 reviews
363 St Asaph St, Christchurch, 8011
+64-3-377-2727, +64-282-551-7274
Tue-Sun 7:30am-3:00pm, Fri-Sat 5:00pm-9:00pm
Cuisine: Vegan-friendly, Lacto, International, Western, Take-out

Popular Christchurch vegetarian restaurant and tea lounge. Menu features veggie burgers, pizza, masala dosa, soup, coffee and chai. Raw, vegan, and gluten free options. Reservations preferred. Moved here in 2011 from Cathedral Square. Moderate.

Welcome Chinese Vegetarian Food

  • Vegetarian Restaurant
4.5 stars 15 reviews
2 Wharenui Road, Riccarton (at near the University), Christchurch,
Mon-Sat 11:30am-2:30pm, 5:00pm-9:00pm
Cuisine: Vegan-friendly, Ovo, Chinese, International, Western, Take-out

Vegetarian cafe in Christchurch serving Chinese and Western food. Features over 100 items on the menu with most being vegan. Food such as fried radish cake, hot plates, claypot dishes, noodle, vegan ice cream, and more. No onion or garlic used. Inexpensive.



  • Vegetarian Restaurant
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Shop 6 Carnaby Lane, New Brighton, Christchurch,
Tue-Fri 8:30am-3:30pm, Sat 8:30am-2:30pm
Cuisine: Vegan-friendly, Lacto, Ovo, Raw, Western, Juice bar, Take-out

Situated in a side lane in the funky seaside suburb of New Brighton and has a workshop room out the back for movies and yoga. The focus is on healthy food with lots of smoothies and juices as well as salads and cabinet type of savory and sweet food with vegan and raw options. Has outdoor seating. Inexpensive.

Dream Garden Vegetarian Cafe

  • Vegetarian Restaurant
4.0 stars 5 reviews
62 Kendal Avenue, Burnside (at Cranbrook Ave), Christchurch, 8053
Tue-Sat 12:00pm-9:00pm
Cuisine: Vegan-friendly, Chinese, Take-out, Asian

Chinese vegetarian restaurant. Main dishes include mock meat varieties (chicken, BBQ duck, fish, steak etc). Mock meat fillets, nuggets, dumplings, kimchi (pickled vegetables), soups, congee (rice soup), and a large selection of teas. Dishes can be made vegan on request. Has outdoor seating. Accepts credit cards. Inexpensive.

GT Organics Cafe

  • Vegetarian Restaurant
3.0 stars 1 review
Unit 7, 478 Cranford St, Christchurch,
Mon-Fri 8:00am-5:00pm, Sat-Sun 9:00am-4:00pm
Cuisine: Vegan-friendly, Lacto, Ovo, Organic, Western, Salad bar, Juice bar, Take-out

GT organic grocery market opened a cafe onsite in Nov 2014 (formerly Sayings Cafe). Featuring a deli cabinet, salad bar and juice bar, and menus for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Casual contemporary atmosphere. Easy access by bus or park in front. Has outdoor seating. Moderate.

The Shroom Room

  • Vegetarian Restaurant
5.0 stars 4 reviews
48 London St, Lyttelton, Christchurch,
Mon-Sun 8:00am-4:00pm
Cuisine: Lacto, Ovo, Western, Take-out

Vegetarian cafe with an alternative vibe, opened Jun 2014. Serves coffee, breakfast and lunch. Some of the dishes have vegan options, as marked. Street parking. Has outdoor seating. Wheelchair accessible. Moderate.

Vegetarian World

  • Vegetarian Restaurant
5.0 stars 2 reviews
180 Yaldhurst Rd, Christchurch,
Mon-Sat 10:00am-7:00pm, Sun 1:30pm-7:00pm
Cuisine: Vegan-friendly, Chinese, Fast food, Asian

Est. Sep 2014 at 233 Riccarton Rd and moved here in early-2016. Vegetarian restaurant and store with a large selection of frozen veggie meats and beverages for sale. No onions or garlic used. Sample items include dumplings and rice dishes. Confirmed open, Mar 2016. Wheelchair accessible. Inexpensive.

Beat Street Cafe

  • Vegetarian-Friendly
3.5 stars 2 reviews
324 Barbaroes St, Christchurch,
Mon-Tue 7:00am-5:00pm, Wed-Fri 7:00am-10:00pm, Sat-Sun 8:00am-5:00pm
Cuisine: Lacto, Ovo, Western, Non-veg

Serves meat, veg options available. Multiple vegetarian choices, a couple vegan. Uses organic bread and locally sourced produce. Has Wi-Fi. Has outdoor seating. Accepts credit cards. Moderate.

Cookai Gold Fusion Cuisine

  • Vegetarian-Friendly
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493 Papanui Rd, Papanui, Christchurch, 8014
Mon-Sat 5:30pm-11:00pm, Mon-Fri 12:00pm-2:00pm
Cuisine: Lacto, Ovo, Japanese, Fusion, Non-veg

Serves meat, veg options available. Contemporary Japanese inspired cuisine with vegetarian/vegan options. Has a special vegetarian menu for groups if booked in advance. Located in Papanui which is on many bus routes from the city and near Northlands Mall. Accepts credit cards. Moderate.

Governors Bay Hotel

  • Vegetarian-Friendly
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52 Main Rd, Governors Bay, Lyttelton, Christchurch, 8971
Mon-Sun 11:00am-9:00pm
Cuisine: Vegan-friendly, Lacto, Ovo, Western, Non-veg

Serves meat, veg options available. Historic and beautiful hotel overlooking the Lyttleton harbor. Has an all day separate vegan menu and can do a special evening vegan menu by request. Dine in the historic building or in the garden or on the patio. Fantastic views. Can do functions and also provide accommodations. They are famous for their outstanding and artistic vegan desserts. Very helpful vegan friendly staff. Open 364 days of the year; closed Christmas Day. Has outdoor seating. Accepts credit cards. Moderate.

Healthy Habits

  • Vegetarian-Friendly
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30 Durey Rd, Christchurch Airport, Christchurch, 8053
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Cuisine: Lacto, Ovo, Western, Fast food, Take-out, Non-veg

Serves meat, veg options available. At the 2nd level food court, domestic side. This eatery has veggie wrap and sandwich options, build your own wrap, plus smoothies. Open airport hours. Accepts credit cards. Moderate.

Koi Sushi

  • Vegetarian-Friendly
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Shop 6, 114 Marshland Rd, Shirley, Christchurch, 8014
Mon-Fri 9:30am-6:00pm
Cuisine: Lacto, Ovo, Japanese, Take-out, Non-veg

Serves meat, veg options available. Every 2nd Thursday of the month, from evening 5-8pm this place hosts a vegetarian sushi night where most items are vegan suitable, with huge variety of sushi and other Japanese food like dumplings and miso soup (without fish stock). Modern space, not a central location but close to The Palms Mall and by a bus stop. Accepts credit cards. Moderate.

Loco's Tex-Mex Cuisine - Food Truck

  • Vegetarian-Friendly
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134 Hereford St, Christchurch,
Mon-Thu 11:00am-10:00pm, Fri-Sat 11:00am-11:00pm, Sun 11:00am-10:00pm
Cuisine: Lacto, Ovo, American, Fast food, Mexican, Take-out only, Non-veg

Serves meat, veg options available. Food truck. Many items are possible to request as vegan, and all the items are labeled. Burritos, tacos, enchiladas, nachos, buns, wraps and rice boxes. Inexpensive.

Merry Thai

  • Vegetarian-Friendly
4.0 stars 4 reviews
231 Papanui Rd (at Innes), Christchurch,
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Cuisine: Ovo, Thai, Beer/Wine, Take-out, Non-veg

Serves meat, veg options available. Thai food. Menu indicates which dishes are veg and gluten free. Staff able to answer questions about food. Call for hours - tell us. Moderate.

The Herb Centre Cafe

  • Vegetarian-Friendly
2.0 stars 1 review
223 Kilmore St (at Barbadoes), Christchurch,
Mon-Fri 8:00am-5:30pm, Sun 10:00am-4:00pm
Cuisine: Western, Australian, Non-veg

Serves meat, veg options available. Reported this vegetarian cafe added a couple meat items in 2015. Find muffin of the day, smoothies, veggie burger. Also has a clinic and health shop on premises. Has outdoor seating. Moderate.

Town Tonic

  • Vegetarian-Friendly
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355 Lincoln Rd, Christchurch, 8024
Mon-Fri 7:30am-10:00pm, Sat 8:30am-10:00pm, Sun 8:30am-3:00pm
Cuisine: Lacto, Organic, Western, European, Non-veg

Serves meat, veg options available. Dinner menu changes frequently, and there is usually vegan choices noted. Will provide for breakfast/lunch if you ask the chef. Examples of veg or can be requested vegan items on the day menu are: quinoa coconut porridge; bircher muesli with almond milk; banana bread ask to pair with coconut sorbet (instead of bacon ice cream); autumn mushrooms; breakfast tacos; kumara gnocchi; cauliflower salad; cornbread smashed avocado; side salad; and occasionally the soup of the day or pasta of the day. Trendy set-up. The business is partnered with a number of local growers. Has outdoor seating. Wheelchair accessible. Accepts credit cards. Expensive.

Tutto Bene

  • Vegetarian-Friendly
4.0 stars 2 reviews
192 Papanui Rd, Merivale, Christchurch, 8014
Mon-Sun 5:00pm-10:00pm
Cuisine: Vegan-friendly, Lacto, Ovo, Pizza, Italian, Beer/Wine, Take-out, Non-veg

Serves meat, veg options available. Italian restaurant in Merivale offering traditional Italian cuisine. Has a separate vegan menu with pizza using vegan cheese, bruschetta, calzone, and pasta. Vegan-friendly wine available. Accepts credit cards. Moderate.

Health Food Stores, Vegan Shops, Vegan Bakeries, Vegetarian B&Bs, Veg Catering, Veg*n Organizations: (11 Listings)

Piko Wholefoods Co-operative

  • Health Food Store
3.5 stars 5 reviews
229 Kilmore St., Christchurch
Mon-Fri 9:00am-6:00pm, Sat 9:00am-4:00pm

Vegetarian wholefood store since 1979, and moved back into this space in Nov 2015. Specializes in organic food and gluten-free food. Many items are sold in bulk. Fresh fruits and vegetables, beans, rice, baby products, cereal, herbs and spices, frozen food, soy products, snacks, grains, beer and wine, personal care, and household products.

Lupo Atelier

  • Other Veg Stuff
  • Vegan
5.0 stars 1 review
area markets, Christchurch
Sat 10:00am-1:00pm, Sun 9:00am-12:00pm

Market vendor present at Lyttleton Farmers Market on Saturday and Opawa Farmers Market on Sunday. Sells freshly made vegan nut and soy cheeses with variations including mozzarella, feta and flavored cheeses such as smoked and herb. Mostly organic ingredients.

Make it Raw

  • Other Veg Stuff
  • Vegan
5.0 stars 1 review
Christchurch Area, Christchurch
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A vegan, organic, raw, gluten free, cane sugar free living food producer, available in Christchurch Ohokawarren Farmer's Market on Friday, Christchurch Riccarton Bush Farmers' Market on Saturday, and other retails shops - see website. Cash only.

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