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When: Sunday: 28 August 11.00 am onwards
Where: Meet at 83 Clyde Road, Ilam. Refreshment stop at Christchurch Botanical Gardens
Distance: 12 km
UC students Allan Taylor and Alex Michel-Smith will guide a leisurely historical bike ride through Christchurch honouring the original all-women Atalanta Cycling Club, which was formed in Christchurch in August 1892.
This was the first women’s’ cycling club in Australasia. Kate Sheppard was a member of the Atalanta Cycling Club, which organised picnics, day trips and longer tours. Dress reformer Alice Burn was also a member of the club.
The ride will start at Kate Sheppard’s house on Clyde Road, travel via Pūtaringamotu Riccarton Bush to the Botanical Gardens, then to her grave in Addington Cemetery and back to her house via Hagley Park.
All cyclists are welcome to participate – no bookings needed. Please bring a bike lock and your lunch if you’d like to have a picnic lunch in the Botanical Gardens at noon.
Lately I’ve been to some really awesome restaurants, cafes and bars in Christchurch, so I thought I’d spread the word about a few of my faves…
- C1 Expresso – Chch Central
This cafe has a really cool vibe, and is open until 10pm so it’s great for an evening catch up with friends. One of the coolest elements of this cafe is that certain things on the menu can be sent in tubes which go along the roof to the tables! They also serve lamingtons, with syringes full of jam or custard- so you can inject your own filling. I’d definitely suggest trying this place out! You could even head to ‘Alice in Videoland’ right next door to catch a film.
- The Astro Lounge – Chch Central
This restaurant right across from the Arts Centre provides the perfect causal outdoor dining experience, even in the colder months – as they have a covered outdoor section with burners to keep you toasty! I went there the other week for a nice dinner with a friend and we shared a $40 platter – which I thought was really good value for how much food I got for my $20! They also have yummy desserts which I’ll have to try next time…
- Addington Coffee Co-op – Lincoln Rd
I love going to this cafe for a weekend brunch, or just a coffee. I have a bit of a sweet tooth so I’d recommend either the waffles or the french toast. The cafe is formed around the values of fair and ethical business. 70% of their profits are given back to the local community, as well as to some of the producers and communities overseas that create the products they sell. Additionally many of the products they use are fairtrade and organic- so you know the food is coming from a good place!
- CBD Bar – Chch Central
This restaurant/bar on Madras St is open from breakfast till dinner time, so it gives you multiple dining options! My favourite thing on the menu to share with friends are their delicious wood-fired pizzas, and the roasted potatoes are a moreish side. If you go there for dinner or an evening drink you may even be able to catch a live band. They also have a great beer selection from their very own brewery – if that’s your thang.
- The Shroom Room – Lyttleton
As for those who have been requesting vegan and vegetarian recipes on the blog, this cafe will be right up your alley! This is a strictly vegetarian cafe, however many of their options can be made vegan and they are very accommodating. Plus the food is amazing! It’s worth heading over to Lyttleton just to go to the cafe, but you may as well make a day out of it and go when there’s a community market, or to have a look around the town.
Let us know what your favourite eateries are in Christchurch!