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Back Alley Bikes

Fixing the bikes.

In a city that’s so perfectly designed for cycling, it’s a wonder that it’s taken so long for an affordable bike repair shop to avail itself. But the calls from cyclists have now been answered, by Back Alley Bikes, a small bike repair operation based in the back streets of Addington. Back Alley Bikes sees carrying […]

Loco’s Texmex Cuisine

Out front.

Yet another addition to the growing collection of Mexican food trucks in Christchurch is Loco’s Texmex Cuisine, that’s found a permanent home on St Asaph Street). This is a Mexican food truck definitely worth hunting down. It’s a brightly painted, colourful truck, bearing what looks like a Ninja-dressed cactus, so it’s not hard to miss. […]

Strange & Co


The jewel in the Stranges Lane Precinct crown, Strange & Co is the largest of the precinct’s venues. An accessible yet far from mainstream bar, Strange & Co pays homage to the industrial and entrepreneurial flair of William Strange and the many others historically involved with the site. The bar’s fit out reflects the historic […]

Lower 9th Diner

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Occupying a small corner space, the Lower 9th Diner is affectionately known as Orleans’ dirty little brother. It’s modeled on American dive bars – places where traditionally the rich and the famous would rub shoulders with the homeless, and that was all good. The venue’s name derives from the Lower 9th Ward in New Orleans […]



A replica of its big brother restaurant in Auckland, Orleans celebrates the culture and diversity of New Orleans. In particular, it celebrates the three core elements of New Orleans hospitality: hearty soul food, strong booze and loud music. Described by Tom, the precinct’s Operations Manager, as being an ‘impeccably relaxed’ venue, Orleans offers a fun, […]

Lawn Interiors


Taking up a spot next to high fashion clothing boutique NG in the historical Victorian warehouse on Madras Street, Lawn Interiors has certainly found a fitting home for their beautiful and classic homewares store. Walk through the large glass doors and be greeted by a stunningly simple collection of objects for the house, and even the bach. Take […]


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