Where to go in city on Sun­day

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OPIN­ION: So you’ve de­cided to stick around Christchurch for the week­end in­stead of es­cap­ing to other South Is­land gems. Good call.

As the sun comes out and the build­ings go up, is there a bet­ter city in New Zealand to ex­plore than Christchurch? Sure there are still empty plots and road cones, but there are also freshly-paved foot­paths and mod­ern de­vel­op­ments.

Let’s talk Sun­days. You wake up, can’t face the kitchen on what is meant to be the most re­laxed day of the week, so head into town for a bite and a flat white, maybe a wan­der and a win­dow shop. Easy. But no, your favourite cafe is closed, as is the shop your friend told you about. Dis­as­ter.

Thank­fully, cham­pi­ons of Sun­day hos­pi­tal­ity and re­tail ex­ist, hold­ing the fort for the week­end bat­tlers. Even the walks be­tween hubs of ac­tiv­ity have be­come a pleas­ant ex­pe­ri­ence as cones are re­placed with func­tional ur­ban in­fra­struc­ture.

Kick off your sun­day with a cof­fee and scrummy break­fast from one of a range of eater­ies that re­main open on Sun­day. Caf­feine Lab­o­ra­tory, at the south­ern end of New Re­gent St, is a sta­ple for mid-week cof­fees but comes into its own on a sunny week­end with its out­door ta­bles ten­ta­tively close to the tram­lines.

Among other Sun­day sur­vivors are Un­known Chap­ter on St As­aph St, Hello Sun­day on El­gin St next to The Colombo, and Good Habit on St As­aph St.

With its ju­bi­lant in­tro­duc­tion to Christchurch, it’s hard not to sug­gest a Lime scooter ride to other cen­tral city des­ti­na­tions. The new prom­e­nade-style foot­path along Manch­ester St is ideal scooter­ing ter­ri­tory, par­tic­u­larly if you cut down High St, along Cashel St, and through to The Ter­race. Smooth rid­ing is guar­an­teed. One can only imag­ine how fun the twowheeled smile-ma­chines will be once the City Prom­e­nade opens later this month.

Should it rain on Sun­day, don’t let that stop you. The new cen­tral city li­brary

Tu¯ ranga is open Sun­days un­til 5pm. This mas­sive civic build­ing of­fers end­less hang­out spots and re­lax­ing zones. The li­brary’s cafe, Foun­da­tion, with coun­ters on two floors, is open on Sun­day. The ground floor op­tion is best for food, al­though if you’re after a short black with your long read, head to its kiosk on the first floor.

It’s time to look past the mess still left from the earth­quake and fo­cus on what we have.

Our city isn’t per­fect, far from it, but the pock­ets of de­vel­op­ment and life are slowly con­nect­ing up, cre­at­ing a live­able city worth your time and your dol­lar.

Tu¯ ranga, Christchurch’s new cen­tral city li­brary, is a re­lax­ing and spa­cious place to hang out on a Sun­day.

Jack Fletcher jack.fletcher@stuff.co.nz

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