The bubble tea craze: Ben Gong’s Queen Tea

If you love your tea and you are looking for a comfortable place to enjoy your authentic Chinese Royal tea, then make your way to Ben Gong’s Queen Tea at 380 Riccarton Road.     Using their own freshly made sugar cane syrup with freshly handmade pearl, the team at Ben Gong’s Queen Tea has […]

Seven Café

Tempting High Tea Treats: Seven Café

Seven Café is a relaxing retreat in the heart of the hustle and bustle of Church Corner. With plenty of parking and a pretty, sequestered interior, it is a nice alternative to the frantic atmosphere of the mall.     On the menu at Seven is a tempting array of brunch items including smashed avocado, […]

A leafy elixir

A leafy elixir

The “meet up for coffee?” might soon be replaced here with a very-British “how about we talk over a cup of tea?” – if the increasing tea trend strengthens.     Spice traders first seduced Brits with the leafy elixir in the 1700s. However, it has increasingly crept onto café countertops here, as real competition […]

Japanz Bakery

A sweet favourite: Japanz Bakery

If you think the name Japanz Bakery sounds familiar, then you would be right. The quality baked eats with a Japanese flavour and friendly customer service you’ll find here have made it a firm favourite in Christchurch for years.     Four years ago, Japanz Bakery moved from the original central CBD location to SouthCity […]

earl grey tea truffles

Tea inspired truffles: this recipe for Dilmah earl grey tea truffles is divine

Tea is on the rise and not just to be consumed in the most traditional of ways, with tea ‘bars’ popping up globally, the increasing profile of tea cocktails and now it seems we have an increasing appetite for tea as an ingredient, adding a new dimension of taste, texture and flavour to our foods. […]

High Tea at The Crowne Plaza Christchurch

A ‘high’ honour: treat mum this mother’s day to a High Tea at The Crowne Plaza Christchurch

You know your mum is a queen – so make sure you treat her like royalty this Mother’s Day with an indulgent high tea in Market Place Restaurant at Crowne Plaza Christchurch! This Mother’s Day, the cosmopolitan Market Place Restaurant will be looking especially stylish, dressed with white tablecloths and filled with beautiful blooms from […]


Tea-totaller: the re-emergence of the cuppa as a drink of choice

New Zealand once led the world in cups of tea consumed per person. So it seems somewhat strange to have to put one’s hat in the ring to defend the humble cuppa. But despite the seemingly all-encompassing nature of the Kiwi coffee culture, tea drinking is on the rise. And not just in the most […]

Majestic Tea Bar

Sumptuous selection: the old world charm of Barrington’s Majestic Tea Bar

It’s said we eat first with our eyes. They attract us to beautifully presented food and activate our taste buds. That’s the effect of the sumptuous display in the food cabinet at the Majestic Tea Bar, Barrington. The Majestic Tea Bar is a premium café offering the very best to its customers – the best […]