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$3 - $30
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European, Asian, Cafe, New Zealand
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Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
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Reviewed 7 February 2024

The location was great and the presentation of the cabinet food was lovely - and deceptive. We ordered four items (plus coffee which was fine) and none tasted very good. This included the two cold salads, a vegetable frittata, and a delicious looking savoury loaf....We eat at fabulous cafes all over NZ and I wouldn't want a foreign tourist judging our cafe offerings based on this sampling.More

Date of visit: February 2024
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Reviewed 9 January 2024

Great food and coffee, best breakfast I’ve had in the city. Fast friendly service in a pleasant atmosphere.

Date of visit: December 2023
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Reviewed 30 December 2023 via mobile

After visiting a dozen other Christchurch places for their cheese scones, Foundation is the best. This is our second year coming to Foundation and the food is wonderful and the staff is universally great. But the Cheese Scones! I know they are a NZ favorite...and many other places across the country have good ones, but Foundation has the best! So, when you come here for breakfast, you have a real dilemma: all of their prepared cabinet food and dishes made to order all are great…but if you pass on the cheese scones you will never forgive yourself.More

Date of visit: December 2023
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Reviewed 13 December 2023 via mobile

Great coffee and Tasty Breakfast centrally located and we were recommended by our Hotel, staff are polite and freindly.

Date of visit: December 2023
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Reviewed 9 May 2023 via mobile

As o/s visitors we stumbled across this cafe - the locals keep it a secret - tucked away in the library. Very busy on a damp Sunday morning, coffee and chai were good and there are breakfast and lunch menus available. What a great idea...to have a cafe in the corner of a library, which is open every day. Well done Christchurch.More

Date of visit: May 2023
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Reviewed 19 March 2023 via mobile

Visited on a busy Sunday morning (SailGP, City to Surf)..showed to a table promptly. Ordered at the counter. 2 coffees, 2 meals and a croissant. Coffee took a while (others around us who ordered after us received theirs before ours), when asked chased up received,...one was a mocha not a flat white. The food arrived, good size portion. The haloumi side was burnt, and thin, I am surprised they served it. An expensive visit. Coffee was goodMore

Date of visit: March 2023
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Reviewed 18 March 2023

Awesome ambience, coupled with a very friendly elderly lady whose energy to serve customers was top class. The cafe was very busy with diners and yet seeing the 3 of us, blocked a table for us and asked us to take our time to go...through the menu and was not something she expected us to do in a jiffy. Hash browns again was excellent, and service too great.More

Date of visit: November 2022
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Reviewed 22 February 2023 via mobile

We noticed the cafe when visiting the library but came Nav the next day to try it for a bite at breakfast. Really very good indeed. I had the Big Breakfast at $26 and my wife a bacon & egg crunchy roll. Sharing these two...was enough to last to dinner. Coincidently Princess Anne was rededicating the war memorial which had been moved away from the Cathedral over the road. They checked out all the areas of the restaurant but she only visited the library.More

Date of visit: February 2023
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Reviewed 20 February 2023

The start was a bit challenging trying to find a table. After a few minutes we succeeded and were rewarded with some great tasting scones and coffee. Tables were always cleaned as people left and floors swept regularly.

Date of visit: January 2023
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Reviewed 31 December 2022

Nice diner/café in the lobby of the Christchurch library. Liked that we could order at the counter, find our own seats, and grab our own utensils and water. Brunch food came relatively quick and very hearty – fruit porridge; big brekkie with eggs, bacon, sausage,...mushrooms, tomato, and homemade hash browns; eggs benedict; and ham and cheese omelet. Very full short black and flat white espresso drinks. Fresh squeezed orange juice. Service was prompt. Only bummer is they ran out of the French toast our kids wanted.More

Date of visit: December 2022
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Reviewed 30 December 2022 via mobile

Excellent spot to pop in for breakfast. Good variety and great coffee and service as well. The winner was the cheese scone!

Date of visit: December 2022
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Reviewed 15 November 2022 via mobile

Horrible, gf contaminated. Bad coffee, never again. Chef just removed toast and sent back same meal, order was NO toast

Date of visit: November 2022
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Reviewed 3 November 2022

A bite to eat today had us rocking up to The Foundation, at the base of the library it’s shaded from the sun but still allows a lot of light in. Upon arriving it was busy, just after 1315hrs, couples and parents with small children,...which you do expect as it is openly connected to the library. The cabinet food looked delicious and I eyeballed the cheese scone. My GF buddy wasn’t feeling the vibe off the menu so settled for a coffee instead. Our food arrived and coffees shortly after, the cheese scone was really good, warmed up, crispy on the outside and full of flavour throughout, not just on the outside, and it was moist not dry like others. There were a lot of staff on, and while we were there the place started to empty out, I thought it would have been a prime time for the couple of staff members standing around behind the coffee machine with nothing to do, to help clear and reset the tables, because it was noticeable when people left, the floors particularly could have done with a sweep as well, as you know when lots of little ones are around, you need to do more sweeping. Good place to take kids, grab a scone or coffeeMore

Date of visit: November 2022
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Reviewed 9 September 2022

Visiting Christchurch as solo senior and ‘happened’ on this wonderful cafe. Service and atmosphere are excellent. Special mention to the barista, Caitlin, who makes awesome coffee. The place was ‘buzzing’ and customers from the very young to seniors were enjoying their experience. Worth a visit...….. will go there again before I return to Australia.More

Date of visit: September 2022
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Reviewed 1 December 2021

I came in for a quick morning tea while at the library studying, the lady at the checkout was lovely and my drink and slice were delicious! A great addition to Turanga

Date of visit: November 2021
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  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4
  • Value: 4