Stop, dine, shop: Route 72 Café Bar Emporium

Canterbury’s heartland is a great place to explore, and located on the inland scenic highway Route 72 you will find the picturesque village of Cust.

Route 72 Café Bar Emporium combines the best of great shopping and great food, served up by friendly staff, all in the one establishment. With a wealth of early settler history behind it, the emporium includes a boutique gift store and award-winning café so that visitors can shop then dine, or dine then shop. Accommodation is also available for a minimum of a two-night stay. Phone 027 436 1505 for availability.

Owners Steve and Annette Thomson have created an outlet for inspiring tastes and treasures both, with the café servicing one set of needs, and the emporium and its fabulous selection of homeware and gifts another. Now is an excellent time to visit and stock up on Christmas presents.

“Make a day of it,” suggests Annette.“We cater for end-of-year lunches and brunches, and have lots of new stock in time for Christmas, along with always great specials and bargains.” The emporium includes quality homeware, lighting, jewellery, possum and merino garments (currently half price), art works, pure linen and natural fibre clothing, and Aotearoa giftware.

“We are the perfect North Canterbury destination for an inspiring rendezvous; just 30 minutes from Belfast via Tram Road,” adds Annette. Open from Wednesday to Sunday (closed Mondays, Tuesdays, and public holidays).

To plan your next rendezvous at Route 72, call 03 312 5595 or visit the website. It will be closed 25 December to 17 January.

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