(Christchurch) C1 Espresso


Overall Rating: 73%

C1 Espresso is arguably one of the most famous cafes in Christchurch that’s located in the central city, and is open seven days a week with long operating hours. The cafe reopened in its current location at High Street after the original premise was destroyed in the Canterbury earthquake. C1 Espresso is also huge on sustainability, where you can read more about it on its website. I didn’t get the opportunity to try out the breakfast options, but from what I did, the food was decent, but not fantastic. The interior was creative though, featuring a ‘school’-like theme (crayon-like sugar packs!) and in overall, uniquely decorated with bizarre elements including the pneumatic tubes and a sewing machine water dispenser.

 – General Review –

  • Price range: $$ (NZ$12 – $20)
  • Vegetarian dishes: Many Some Few
  • Service: 70%
  • Servicescape: 74%
    • Non-smoking area: Available indoors

The first most eye-catching feature was the long and winding pneumatic tubes that adorn the ceilings and pillars of the cafe, which delivered the sliders to customers. You’ll hear a ‘ding’, so just check to see if it was your order/name that you’ve given at the cashier. The cafe was extremely packed and loud, and I reckon I saw more people inside than while I was walking around the city. Service was a little shabby, but the cafe was large and can accommodate many customers at once.



– Food Experience –

The Good:

1) Southern Fried Chicken & Beef Patty:

While I thought the Beef Patty was palatable, the spice was slightly overpowering. The chicken’s my favorite out of all the slider options – crispy, savory, yet balanced with a tinge of sweetness from the pineapples, and topped with chipotle mayo. Seconds, please!

Southern Fried Chicken & Beef Patty ($20)

Southern Fried Chicken & Beef Patty ($20)

The Average:

1) Pulled Pork Shoulder & Courgette and Edamame Fritter:

The Pulled Pork Shoulder slider with apple slaw and jalapeno is another slider I would recommend from here. The pork was a little dry, but the crunchy apple slaw slightly made up for it. These sliders also came with a side of curly fries, and was delivered by a pneumatic tube.

Pulled Pork Shoulder & Courgette and Edamame Fritter ($20)

Pulled Pork Shoulder & Courgette and Edamame Fritter ($20)

2) Mocha:

The Mocha was pleasant, sprinkled with chocolate powder, and served with a marshmallow.

Mocha ($4.20)

Mocha ($4.20)


Location: (Cnr High & Tuam St) 185 High St, Christchurch, New Zealand (8142)

Website: C1 Espresso

Operating hours: Mon – Sun: 7am – 10pm

Posted by: V

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