Over the past decade Lyttelton and the harbour region has cemented itself as a food destination with many of the local cafes and restaurants sourcing local produce and products where ever possible. Here in the harbour basin you will not find any of the large franchise chains, and locals love that about Lyttelton.
Instead Lyttelton offers fresh local food across a range of budgets, styles and ambient settings. If you are a vegetarian, gluten intolerant or allergic to nuts - Lyttelton caters for a range of tastes and appetites.
Lyttelton is also known as a destination for great coffee. Even the seismic events of 2011 couldn't grind Lyttelton's coffee supply to a halt. Within 24hours of the February 2011 earthquake, Steve and the dedicated team of locals from the Lyttelton Coffee Company had established a pop up cafe outside the Lyttelton Library to provide free coffee for the people of Lyttelton. This wasn't just a gesture a good will from one business owner, but rather provided the community with a meeting place, a chance to talk and be together. A pure expression of Lyttelton - people gathering to share a coffee and chat.
CIVIL and NAVAL | 16 London Street, Lyttelton
Open all week 10am until late. Enjoy this European style tapas bar that's squeezed into the former premises of a tailor shop.
COFFEE CULTURE | 18 London Street, Lyttelton
Open seven days. Coffee Culture brings a touch of the city to Lyttelton and offers a wide range of cafe food options, including freshly toasted bagels with various toppings on offer. Coffee Culture offers both indoor and outdoor seating on London Street, so patrons can experience the gentle bustle of Lyttelton.
DARK STAR ALE HOUSE AND CAFE l Waipapa Ave Diamond Harbour
Open Wednesday to Sunday. This place is a relaxed family focused ‘pub-café’. A place where you can feel at ease, eat affordably and linger chatting with the locals.
EVEREST INDIAN RESTAURANT l 2 London Street Lyttelton
Lyttelton's local. Open 11-2am daily.
FISHERMAN'S WHARF l Norwich Quay Lyttelton
Local fish direct from the boat to your plate. Enjoy our stunning portside location to see what's happening i the port and harbour. Open Thursday to Sunday. 11.30- 9pm
FREEMANS DINING ROOM | 47 London Street, Lyttelton
Open: Wed/Thurs 3pm - late Fri 3pm - late Saturday 9am - late Sunday 12pm - lateFreemans is located in one of Lyttelton's oldest two storey buildings on the corner of London Street and Canterbury Street. Having ungone extensive renovations following the February 2011 earthquake, Freemans offers a comfortable and relaxed environment. With an enclosed deck at the rear offering views across the port and harbour; indoor dining and street side dining, Freemans has both ambience and great food. http://www.freemansdiningroom.co.nz/
GOVERNORS BAY HOTEL l 52 Main Road Governors Bay
Open daily for delicious meals 11-9pm In keeping with our strong food focus our brief to our chefs is to produce all dishes from the base ingredients up. Stocks, soups, cakes and everything departing our kitchen should be prepared in-house ensuring you a quality gastro-pub fare.http://www.governorsbayhotel.co.nz/
HARBOUR CO-OP l 12 London Street Lyttelton
Lyttelton's community owned organic wholefoods shop. Open 7 days a week
LYTTELTON BAKERY | 8 Norwich Quay, Lyttelton
Open Monday to Friday 6am-4pm Saturday 7am-3pm. Visit in their brand new home, the bakery offers great food at good prices. Now also serving Underground Coffee.
LYTTELTON COFFEE COMPANY | 29 London Street, Lyttelton
Open seven days. Monday to Friday 7-4pm Saturday and Sunday 8-4pm. Lyttelton's iconic coffee spot. With it's own freshly roasted beans this is certainly a place to visit. Check out the new harbour views. Great food and a great place to meet the locals. http://www.lytteltoncoffee.co.nz/
LYTTELTON SUPERVALUE | 17 London Street, Lyttelton
The only supermarket for Lyttelton Harbour. Open daily 7am -9pm.
ORTON BRADLEY CAFE l ORTON BRADLEY PARK CHARTERIS BAY
The cafe serves coffee, tea and delicious food within the great historical park setting.The focus is local and sustainable. Open 10-4pm Wednesday to Sunday.
NAMA SUSHI RESTAURANT | 20 London Street, Lyttelton
Great sushi and other Japanese dishes. Open six days a week Monday to Saturday from 8.30am.
PRESERVED COOK SCHOOL & EATERY| 2 Waipapa Avenue, Diamond Harbour
Open seven days. Take the ferry across the harbour from Lyttelton, or enjoy the scenic drive around the harbour basin to Preserved Cook School and Eatery in the centre of Diamond Harbour. Join us for a foody workshop or come on over for lunch or dinner (bookings recommended ). We aim to use as many quality ingredients as available from the Banks Peninsula. We use our home-produced bacon, sausages and other porky delights, plus locally caught fish, mussels and, of course, all made with love! http://www.preserved.co.nz/
ROOTS RESTAURANT l 8 London Street, Lyttelton
Open Tuesday to Saturday for dinner 6-9 and lunch on Friday and Saturday 12-1.30pm. This amazing lcoal restuarant was rated NZ Restaurant of the Year by Cuisine in 2015. Owners Guilio and Christy have created an amazing dining experinece. They offer seasonal degustation menus crafted from high quality ingredients, which are sourced from local and biodynamic farms, small producers and theirown extensive garden. Being surrounded by nutritious and fresh produce all year around, foraging is also integral part of their restaurant culture. http://www.rootsrestaurant.co.nz
RUSHANI'S l 13 London Street, Lyttelton
The home of inventive yet uncomplicated food. Open Monday to Saturday.
SHE UNIVERSE | 79 Main Road, Governors Bay
Open from 10.00am Monday to Friday, and from 9.00am Saturday and Sunday. She Chocolat is worth taking the scenic harbour drive from Lyttelton, or adventure over Dyers Pass from Christchurch. Enjoy the extensive brunch menu, where quality products are sourced locally. She Chocolat not only offers a unique chocolate and culinery destination, but it is also located toward the end of the bay offering stunning views back toward Lyttelton and the mouth of the harbour. https://sheuniverse.com/cafe-governors-bay/
SHROOM ROOM CAFE | 48 London Street, Lyttelton
Open all week 8-4pm.Great vegetarian cafe serving delicious Havanna Coffee and lots of yummy food. Located next to Albion Square, a great place to visit.
SPOOKY BOOGEY | 54 London Street, Lyttelton
Coffee bar with gallery, records and interesting tees. Open Wednesday to Sunday.
THE LYTTELTON TOP CLUB | 23 Dublin Street, Lyttelton
We are a local community focused club with bar and restaurant facilities. We pride ourselves on supporting the rugby, football and netball teams in Lyttelton, have a great family friendly bar and now brand new restaurant - The first and only Philipino restaurant in Christchurch. Open 7 days a week.