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C1 espresso


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Certificate of Excellence2015 - 2018 Winner

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Sponsored by: C1 espresso

Top 3 Reasons to Eat Here

1. Consistently amazing!
1. Consistently amazing!
"Well every time I have been here is is awesome!"
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2. A Christchurch Institution!
2. A Christchurch Institution!
"Such a cool vibe in this place,"
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3. Cafe of the Year!
3. Cafe of the Year!
"place is full, that's for a reason - because it's amazing."
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C1 Espresso is an iconic Christchurch café located in the central city. We reopened in the old High Street Post Office after our original premises, established in 1996, were destroyed in the Canterbury earthquakes. We are renowned for our pioneering espresso, big breakfasts, and vibrant atmosphere. We're open from 7am to 10pm, 7 days a week. It’s hard to explain in a few words what C1 is all about. So feel free look over our reviews, good and bad, and get to know us better. And then why don’t you drop into our premises on the corner of Tuam and High Streets to experience C1 for yourself. Order a set of sliders, delivered to your table through our pneumatic tubes. Try a Colombian cold drip or
$5 - $14
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Dinner, Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch, Late Night, Drinks
Cafe, New Zealand, Healthy
Parking Available, Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Street Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Credit Cards, Digital Payments
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Reviewed yesterday

C1, what happened to the grand ole dame of Christchurch hospitality? Famed for your ~quirky~ aesthetic and pneumatic tubes, once a quality hotspot in town; now a scourge on the city café scene. Your décor is still dope. The curly fries delivery system still elicits...More

Date of visit: July 2019
Thank Foofeatsblog
Reviewed 1 week ago

A fun cafe fro the kids. Fries lying around the cafe through tubes delivered to your table lollie cake ice cream cones and amazing hot chocolates.

Date of visit: July 2019
Thank Aaron R
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We love this cafe as do my sons (9 and 7). The food is great and the coffee excellent. There are options for food which gets delivered via pneumatic tubes so you can watch it fly around the ceiling before it arrives at your table...More

Date of visit: July 2019
Thank AleshaLou
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Great atmosphere and good staff a nice place to spend time. Oh, and the curly fries are great. The delivery was one of the best parts. Took me a while to figure out how to open the canister.

Date of visit: May 2019
Thank Cally555
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Have been here 4 times in the last month. It doesn’t matter whether I am catching up with the gals, or family with a 9 year old, or grabbing a snack on the way past on a workday the food and drinks are consistently excellent,...More

Date of visit: July 2019
Thank Shak33n0mn0ms
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We love the coffee here so much that we buy the beans to enjoy at home. I re-use the paper coffee bags and they are more than happy to refill them for me. Service is great, and the Banoffie Pie is to die for!

Date of visit: June 2019
Thank Odyssey785235
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Was walking past so decided to give this place a try. Service was fairly good and friendly. Nice and quiet when I went. Food was good but not great I wasn't a big fan of the hash, it was too thick and gluey. I felt...More

Date of visit: June 2019
Thank therealhungryduck
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I was patiently waiting in the line for a table....waited my turn and 2 couples who came in after were seated at tables before us. When I caught the wait woman I asked if I could please book one of those tables and she rudely...More

Date of visit: June 2019
Thank Julia A
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Love this place, great selection of food and tea is really good, esp with a box for home. Only disappoint is our table getting cleared as soon as 1person finishes and the rest of us still going and also our coffee cups getting cleared too...More

Date of visit: June 2019
Thank Cafelife18
Reviewed June 9, 2019

Great cafe, friendly service, yummy food and lots of selection! We tend to pop in here every time we visit Christchurch. It's got a great vibe and we leave full and happy every time!

Date of visit: June 2019
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