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Guide to Boutique Shopping in the CBD

Inner city Christchurch is home to several quirky boutique stores! Make a day of it and pop around for a cheeky visit to the small shops that give this city its unique flavour.

Pepa Stationery  

The prettiest stationery store in town, there is nothing not to love about PepaAn oasis of all you need for a handwritten note to a special someone, this is a store with a philosophy of spreading joy by good-old fashioned snail mail. 

The Arts Centre, 28 Worcester Boulevard 


At Hapa, you’ll find traditional pounamu pendants next to contemporary jewellery and quirky children’s toys. Nestled alongside books, an impressive selection of art prints, along with several goods that celebrate and promote Te Reo Māori is what’s in store for you! 

The BNZ Centre, 111 Cashel Street 

Absolution Tattoo and Body Piercing  

On top of being one of the best tattoo and body piercing studios in the city, Absolution is also partial to art and sculpture. Their contemporary studio plays host to revolving monthly exhibitions and boast a carefully curated selection of jewellery. 

The Arts Centre, 28 Worcester Boulevard 

Scorpio Books  

Scorpio Books is one of the city’s best independent bookshops. With an extensive range of titles covering a variety of genres, topped off with knowledgeable staff who can source just about any title for you, this is a haven for all literary lovers! 

The BNZ Centre, 120 Hereford Street 

Frances Nation  

Frances Nation is no ordinary gift store. Instead, it is a celebration of New Zealand made daily wares, each with a purpose and a story to tell. From potato mashers to tool boxes, hand thrown ceramics to harakeke flax baskets, the shop is full of made-to-last things and is much loved by any visitor! 

Level 1, The Arts Centre, 28 Worcester Boulevard 


A collaborative retail space, Shopology brings together a bunch of creatives to work and sell their products. From artisan edibles to homewares and accessories, kids clothing and books to garden goodies, there’s much to discover here.  

Little Riverside Laneway, Riverside Market

Christchurch Art Gallery Design Store 

Gallery stores are destinations in themselves, and Christchurch Art Gallery Design Store is no exception. Boasting an ever-changing range of creative products inspired by the gallery’s exhibitions, this is a great spot to find an imaginative gift or something special to treat yourself with. Don’t miss the curated collection of books, though be aware, it would be easy to spend hours flicking through the lot!  

Corner of Worcester Boulevard & Montreal Street 

Action Bicycle Club  

On top of a range of beautiful Instagram-worthy city bikes, Action Bicycle Club boasts a curated selection of functional and fashionable bike apparels and accessories. With a mission to make every day cycling a pleasure, this is a shop to visit if you’ve been meaning to get back on cycle grind.  

8 Walker Street 

Groovy Glasses  

Differentiating themselves from other optometry practices by stocking spectacle frames that are creative, colourful and literally more out there than you’d find from anywhere else, Groovy Glasses is well worth a visit if you’ve ever wanted specs that stand out.  

17 New Regent Street 


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