8 Must-Try Fish & Chips Spots in Christchurch
The sizzling sound of freshly battered fish hitting the fryer. The intoxicating aroma of crisp, golden chips. We’re talking fish and chips – the quintessential Kiwi meal that no summer holiday is complete without.
Christchurch spoils seafood lovers with fish and chip shops ranging from local dives to upscale eateries. From mall food courts to idyllic coastal towns, here are 8 spots serving the city and peninsula’s tastiest fish and chips.
For central city workers and tourists, Little Fish Co is a go-to for fresh, sustainably-caught fish and chips in Christchurch. Tucked inside the Riverside Market, their open kitchen lets you watch the chef transform the day’s catch into golden-fried fillets, fish tacos and poached salmon bowls. Beyond classic battered fish, their diverse menu offers something healthier with locally-sourced ingredients.
Location: Riverside Market, 96 Oxford Terrace
The Chippy brings a delightful taste of England to events across Christchurch with their iconic food truck. Their traditional fish and chips, complete with mushy peas and tartar sauce, earn rave reviews from hungry crowds. For those seeking something indulgent, don’t miss their halloumi fries or loaded brisket chips smothered in gravy.
Locations: Varies, find them at events across Christchurch
In Christchurch’s eastern suburbs, Richmond Seafoods plates up classic Kiwi-style fish and chips adored by locals. Their trademark crisp batter encases tender fish alongside their legendary super-sized fries. With old-school favourites like burgers, hot dogs and sugary doughnuts rounding out the menu, Richmond Seafoods promises something for everyone.
Location: 249A Stanmore Road
Nestled beside the Sumner Esplanade, Red Snapper brings beachside charm to their fresh fish and chips ideal for takeaway. Take in the sea views on their outdoor patio or grab battered fish, tacos and chowder to go. Their in-house filleting room lets you select the freshest catch before it’s transformed into the perfect summer picnic.
Location: 25 Wakefield Avenue, Sumner
Māori-owned Fush infuses Christchurch’s best fish supper with traditional Māori culture and local cuisine. Beyond classic fish and chips, their menu stars locally-caught seafood in burgers, tacos and poached dishes. Dine under umbrellas at their Wigram and Rolleston locations, or take home traditional Māori kai (food) including boiled mussels, seafood chowder and juicy pan-fried fish.
Locations: 135B HS Lordships Rd, Wigram & 94 Rolleston Dr, Rolleston
At the foot of Christchurch’s Cashmere Hills, Cracroft Fresh Fried draws loyal locals craving classic fish and chips. Their extensive menu spotlights the South Island’s freshest seafood like tarakihi and blue cod alongside homemade potato fries. Order salty fries heaped with flaky fish and make a beeline for the walking tracks behind the shop.
Location: 148 Cashmere Road
An Eastside staple for over 20 years, Gourmet Seafoods plates up Christchurch’s best old-fashioned fish and chips using time-honoured techniques. Their fish fillets shine in a crisp beer batter or homemade crumb coating alongside crunchy twice-cooked fries. While you wait, bite into one of their legendary homemade meat pies perfected over generations.
Location: 205 Hills Road
Overlooking scenic Akaroa Harbour, Akaroa Fish and Chips is a must-visit spot to soak up seaside views alongside your fish supper. Their menu stars local specialties like shark and albacore tuna paired with crisp fries and salad greens. Dine at a waterside picnic table before browsing Akaroa’s shops, or take away piping-hot Kiwi comfort food to savour beachside.
Location: 59 Beach Road, Akaroa
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January 6, 2024 by Your friends at Hotel 115