Cafe Chat: De Spa Chocolatier opent de CBD-winkel van Christchurchdecember 4, 2019
De Spa Chocolatier has opened a new store in the Guthrey Centre.
After 27 years of successful trading, Christchurch’s de Spa Chocolatier has opened a new storefront tucked just behind Ballantynes in the Guthrey Centre.
In 1992, Belgian immigrant John de Spa and his wife Aliman opened their first chocolate shop in Christchurch to sell premium Belgian style chocolates. The couple, along with head chocolatier Jean-Maire Bara, began by using only the finest ingredients in their chocolates. After nearly 30 years, this commitment to quality still remains at de Spa chocolatier’s core.
All chocolates here are created with the highest quality components – sourced both locally and globally. Bara mixes Belgian chocolate with New Zealand butter, milk and fruit fillings to create a wide array of flavours and forms. The handcrafted Belgian chocolates on offer include black forest, coffee rum, peppermint creme, hazelnut caramel, Irish coffee, salted caramel with chocolate mousse, strawberry creme and so much more. The shop’s assortment boxes make lovely gifts and are an opportunity to try as many flavours as your heart desires. Sugar-free and dairy-free chocolate ranges are also available.
Shop 13, 118 Cashel St, Christchurch
LUX ESPRESSO UNDER NEW OWNERSHIP
Lux Espresso, situated in Christchurch’s Centre of Contemporary Art, is under new ownership.
Experienced hospitality professionals Jenny and Sung Park have taken over operations. The pair will look to implement changes such as a weekend brunch menu with Korean and Japanese twists and hope to be fully licensed soon in order to offer after work drinks with tapas-style sharing plates such as Karaage fried chicken, mini bruschettas and more. In the meantime, expect the same top quality Allpress coffee drinks, cold pressed juices, fresh cabinet food that rotates daily and Lux Espresso’s tasty cheese scones that have developed a following of their own.
66 Gloucester St, Christchurch
THE BARKERY SET TO OPEN IN 2020
Only 12 per cent of domestic dogs in New Zealand are rescues. Ally Mullord and Jack Penniket are committed to improving this statistic by launching Christchurch’s first dog cafe The Barkery.
Set to open in 2020, The Barkery will provide a place for adoptable dogs and community members to get to know one another over coffee and cafe-style food. There will be plenty of space to interact with adoptable dogs and dedicated space for visitors to bring their own dogs for a snack and a play.
Until it officially opens, keep an eye out for pop-up events around the city that will be announced on The Barkery’s Facebook page.
TRY THIS! THE COLOMBO
The Colombo offers a bustling, chic food hall amidst some of the city’s best shopping.
The spacious and open floor plan makes it easy for visitors to roam around and it only takes a few minutes to check out each vendor, before deciding what to order. There’s a wide variety of flavours and cultures represented here and plenty of options for dietary restrictions. Whether you’re after a quick meal, or are looking to dine and shop at your own pace, The Colombo has it sorted.
Visit Pot Sticker Dumpling Bar for some moreish dumplings and check out Sweet Societe for artisanal macarons, cupcakes, cookies and other sweet treats. GRE3N Superfood and Juice Bar keeps things fresh with healthy options and colourful cabinet food, while Cheeky Sparrow serves up tasty cafe classics like slices, Afghan biscuits, savoury pinwheels and barista coffee drinks.
And, if you’d like to snag a takeaway tipple for later, check out The Beer Library. True to its name, this spot has almost every craft brew (and wine) you could hope for.
363 Colombo St, Christchurch.