V Sticker approved places

V stickerObviously one of the best attractions of a vegetarian and vegan lifestyle – besides health and ethical considerations – is the great food. The Christchurch Vegetarian Centre gives out V Stickers to cafes and restaurants that provide vegan food to their customers. Click here to go to our V Sticker page. Choose from a variety of ethnic cuisines. There is something to suit every taste and budget.  Bon appetite! Kia pai te kai!


Dream Garden – Mostly Asian vegan, some vegetarian (containing egg), dozens of bubbleteas and interesting vegetarian mock meat dishes such as roasted hedgehog. Close to the airport. 62 Kendall Avenue, Burnside  Ph: (03) 358 8485  Opening hours: Monday – Thursday 12pm – 9:30pm , Friday and Saturday 12pm – 11:00pm Email: chunweilin_nz@hotmail.com.

Gatherings  Restaurant –  Carlton Courts. Unit 5/ 2 Papanui Road. Merivale. Wednesday – Saturday, 12-2 Lunch.4-6 Happy Hour.6-11 Dinner and Drinks. Named as one of New Zealand’s top restaurants in 2017 in Cuisine’s Good Food Awards. Email info@gatherings.co.nz, or call 02102935641 for enquiries.  www.gatherings.co.nz

sm lotus heart 2©A NicholsonThe Lotus Heart Restaurant – The Lotus Heart Restaurant lost both of its premises in the February quake. It re-opened at 363 St Asaph Street, between Fitzgerald Avenue and Barbadoes Street. The menu includes many trusty favourites such as burgers, pizza, masala dosa, soup, raw, vegan and gluten free options, coffee, chai and also has a tea lounge to continue to specialise and expand on their range of tea and specialty drinks. Ph: 3772727. Website:  http://thelotusheart.co.nz/.  Opening hours: Tuesday-Sunday 7.30am – 3pm.  Dinner Service, Friday and Saturday 5pm-9pm.

The Origin – Vegan Cafe specialising in tea and coffee, as well as a simple but delicious menu with Asian influences.  Has great reviews and always seems to be busy.  95 Westminster Street (corner of Cranford Street), St Albans.  Tuesday-Friday, 8am–4:30pm, Saturday-Sunday, 10am–4:30pm.  Phone 03-3555939.

Portershed Speciality Cafe –  322 Lincoln Road.  A vegan cafe in Addington, with wonderful food and a classy, stylish, relaxed atmosphere. A wide variety of savoury and sweet foods, great hot and cold drink selection; and it’s all vegan!  Monday-Saturday 7am-5pm ish.  www.facebook.com/Portershed

Shroom Room Cafe –  Vegetarian cafe with an alternative vibe situated in picturesque Lyttleton. Some of the dishes have vegan options, and the staff are vegan friendly. Has indoor/outdoor seating. Open Mon-Sun 8am-4pm. 48 welcome bernardLondon Street, Lyttelton, Christchurch. 03 328 9459. www.facebook.com/shroom48/info

Water Drop Vegetarian CafeThe Fo Guang Shan Buddhist temple teahouse,  known as the Water Drop Cafe, is located in the eco-building of the International Buddhist Association, which also houses art galleries and a Buddha Hall. There are set lunches, rice and noodle meals, desserts, and vegetarian pies. Besides that, cookies and cakes with various tea and coffee can also be enjoyed in this building of tranquility.  Located on Riccarton Road at Hagley Park end. 2 Harakeke Street, Riccarton  Ph: (03) 341 6276 or (03) 341 6297 Opening hours: Tuesday – Sunday 9.30am – 4pm.

Welcome Chinese Vegetarian Restaurant – One of the most extensive menus in Christchurch with over a hundred Chinese vegetarian dishes on the menu. Vegans well catered for with even vegan ice cream for dessert. Meals cost between $8 and $15. Close to the University. 2 Wharenui Road, Upper Riccarton  Ph: (03) 348 2630. Opening hours: Monday – Saturday 11:30am – 2:30pm and 5pm – 9pm