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“A colourful way of supporting Christchurch's recovery” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Cashel Street

Cashel Street
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Christchurch Hop-On Hop-Off Tram
Ranked #23 of 229 things to do in Christchurch
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Melbourne, Australia
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42 reviews
21 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
“A colourful way of supporting Christchurch's recovery”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 26, 2013

This was my second visit to a most unique shopping experience. Businesses who lost their premises in the 2011 earthquake have opened again at reStart.
All the stores are fitted out shipping containers - all brightly covered.
It adjoins the Ballantynes department store which did survive. There are boutiques, gift shops, clothing stores, communication companies and banking services.
There is also places for coffee and meals.
Not often can you eat on a balcony made up of shipping containers.
One of my favourite places in New Zealand, and one of the most special places to shop anywhere in the world. A touching, yet happy place to be.

Visited December 2012
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“very energetic !”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 24, 2013

All the shops are bright color although the location cycled by all destroyed buildings. It is still poluar and very energetic look.

Visited January 2013
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Christchurch, New Zealand
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“Fun, interesting and different”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 19, 2013

If in Christchurch, you should really plan to have an afternoon at the Re:Start mall. Since a number of the buildings in this pedestrian mall (along with the rest of the city) were destroyed shops now occupy brightly coloured containers and fill the now empty lots where buildings once stood. While you are in the midst of a destruction zone it feels like Cashel street is the start of something exciting and new for Christchurch. On a sunny day in the weekend there are often buskers and street performers creating a fun and light-hearted atmosphere. The shopping in the mall is pretty high end with a lot of the stores being boutiques - if you're not into that it's still fun to have a look around. Food caravans and two cafes service the small area - you must stop and have the Souvlaki! A Christchurch favourite!

Visited December 2012
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Christchurch, New Zealand
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“Restart Mall - YAH the start of a central city return”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 17, 2013

Good on the foresight and encouragement of the Ballantyne family - leading the charge to revitalise our city centre.
Lets hope the council can get the area around it right

Visited January 2013
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Palmerston North
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68 reviews
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“Restart Mall -outside the box”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 14, 2013

The Restart Mall is worth the time to walk around and enjoy. It not only offers some smart shopping but the cafes are quite good too. The old heart of the city and near The Strip, Cashel Street is where inner city shopping is reemerging as the city of Christchurch recovers from the earthquakes of 2010-11.

Visited December 2012
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