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Address: Cashel Street, Christchurch 2004, New Zealand
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Ballentyne's--The Finest in Christchurch!

This is a World-Class department store! Top shelf merchandise, beautifully displayed, and with a wonderful sales staff! Don't miss the Gourmet Department--you can get lost in... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 days ago
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

This is a World-Class department store! Top shelf merchandise, beautifully displayed, and with a wonderful sales staff! Don't miss the Gourmet Department--you can get lost in the amazing selections of delicious sweet and savory items for hours!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

What a great adaptation to adversity showing creativity and strength. Build quickly post earthquake but with a true unique character. The metal art sculptures are fun and well done. I hope this area remains as a living memorial long after the city is rebuilt. Spoiler alert--Christchurch will be in the running for most beautiful downtown in a few years--and that's... More 

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Nagoya, Japan
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

You can see new, old, renovating and broken buildings and flat land at once. Workers are working earnest to recover damages. Worth watch.

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Berlin, Germany
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

There is still a lot of construction going on in the city centre of Christchurch. The RE:Start Mall at Cashel Street is a very creative way to restart normal life despite the restoration.

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Brisbane, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

All the goodies here packed into a quirky and innovative shopping area. Check out the central art work signage.

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Coventry, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 February 2017

I am not sure how this differs in principle to Re:START but it is a great show of initiative to have shops inside shipping containers, much quicker than a rebuild.

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Winchester, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 February 2017

After the 2011 earthquake, most of the city of. Heist hurch was damaged. In order to provide some retail outlets, shipping containers were moved next to or on top of one another to provide secure and safe structures for retailers to move in to. There are individual shops and different style eateries. Althgh more and more of the City is... More 

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Bristol, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 February 2017

Underwhelmed by it, but accept it is a good idea. The shops were mostly a bit quirky, which is fine if that is what you were after, but we weren't

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 February 2017

This is an area where the city moved to get back on its feet by using shipping containers to house shops, bars, etc. Christchurch has shown great enterprise, and this is now a tourist destination in its own right! Try not to miss it.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 January 2017 via mobile

Great way to quickly bring back retailing to the downtown after the earthquake. We didn't find much to buy but there certainly was a lot of foot traffic. Wonder what will happen once traditional retail space returns.

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