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Cafe, Healthy, New Zealand
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The menu was fairly limited and the quality od lwas only fair but it was a cool place to have dinner and coffee. Worth a visit The best food options are the ones that don't use the pneumatic tube

Date of visit: March 2024
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I had a vegan lentil dish (thry also have a good selection for everyone) and an excellent coffee. The staff is very friendly.

Date of visit: February 2024
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Reviewed 23 February 2024 via mobile

We had a BLT and a Chicken Burger with fries and two iced coffees. I hate giving bad reviews, but I have to be honest. The Chicken was dry, the buns seemed stale and the combination tasteless. The iced coffees weren’t good either. The few...crinkle cut chips you got were overcooked and only just warm. We had been given the spiel by the Tram driver the day before how good it was. Maybe we just lucked out and picked a bad day.More

Date of visit: February 2024
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Reviewed 11 January 2024 via mobile

What an unexpected delight! Whimsical fun atmosphere and the food was scrumptious. Yes the portions on the pneumatic food are on the small side but no one in my family including my 19-25yr old kids left hungry. We got a mix of breakfast and lunch...foods.More

Date of visit: January 2024
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Reviewed 7 January 2024

Love this place, food is consistently good, great staff, clean and friendly. The coffee is exceptional, never had a bad one here.

Date of visit: December 2023
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Reviewed 21 October 2023 via mobile

This is a neat cafe in a restored old building. It has a good vibe, food is good quality with a decent brunch selection, and the coffee is top notch. The cafe has some great kitschy features like an old pneumatic tube system that is...used to deliver some of the food, an old sewing machine repurposed as a water dispenser and toilets which are hidden behind a sliding bookcase door and which pipe in Harry Potter audiobook narration.More

Date of visit: September 2023
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Reviewed 3 September 2023 via mobile

Lovely breakfast in a cool place. Love the overall vibe. Coffee was good. The granola was the best we have had on holiday. The eggs bene was also good. Happy!

Date of visit: September 2023
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Reviewed 16 July 2023 via mobile

The drinks were nice and we enjoyed a hot chocolate and coffee. The display case looked tempting and we tried a savoury muffin but like previous reviews have stated the food needs improvement. We did order some fries through the tube, it is fun but...a little gimmicky and some of our fries had what we believe to be grease from the threading on them so kind of gross. If you want to check it out it might just be worth a stop for a drink and a quick visit as they do need to work on cleanliness and food quality.More

Date of visit: July 2023
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Reviewed 13 July 2023

The only reason I emptied my wallet here was because the kids wanted to experience the daft tube delivery system. The pods your food arrives in conveniently enforce tiny portions that are also unfortunately squashed. It really was not worth the money or effort.

Date of visit: July 2023
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Reviewed 12 July 2023

We saw some interesting video about this place from YouTube about how good was delivered though the tube, so we thought would be fun to give it a go. In the morning we skipped breakfast so that we could have a nice feast there, and...we sat down, ordered some food and drinks and got our drinks in 2min. Then there is the 40 min wait on food and us keep looking at the tube and the food was never delivered. So I went to the counter to check, then informed that the chef has mistaken our order receipt as a completed order and put that aside. So if we didn’t go check our order, we could have just sat there and wait for even longer and not getting served. Such a ridiculous experience and surely never on our list ever again!More

Date of visit: July 2023
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Reviewed 3 July 2023 via mobile

Saw this place recommended on Instagram and loved the fact that it’s located in an old telegraph office. They’ve retained quite a few of the original features including mail tubes which deliver your food in metal canisters! We ordered the creamy mushrooms and breakfast burrito...(both made vegan) and coffees. Both brekkies were so good as was the coffee. Staff were very friendly and very vegan aware, lovely atmosphere, fast service - couldn’t ask for more. Enjoy getting your glass of water from the sewing machine or the old dentist sink 😆More

Date of visit: July 2023
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Reviewed 5 June 2023 via mobile

We enjoyed tasty pot pies. Really great small meals. I was disappointed that yet another cafe (and in a najor city) did not stock skim (trim) milk. No cappuccino again😒

Date of visit: May 2023
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Reviewed 2 June 2023

Great coffee, but average and overpriced brunch food. If you re solely looking for a quality cup of coffee, this place is worth a visit.

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

What cafe does NOT offer LARGE coffees? Ordered a large latte and a small coffee in a glass arrived. When queried, we were told ‘we don’t do large’ yet charged $5.20 for a couple of mouthfuls. This cafe is well known for its curly fries...-especially for young people. So it was extremely disappointing to discover these are no longer on the menu! If you want to continue to retain families, how about getting rid of the foul mouthed rap music! All in all a disappointing experience and not one that we’ll be repeating, despite being long term and loyal customers at C1.More

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

Asked for large latte. Charged $5.20, which was expected, until coffee arrived. I asked waitress why it was small, & was told “we don’t do large coffees “!! Why not??

Date of visit: March 2023
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Hi Nora B, C1 Expresso does have free wifi but I don't know if it is limited by time or data, sorry. You could try the Christchurch City Library as they have free wifi.
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C1 ESPRESSO, Christchurch - Menu, Prices & Restaurant Reviews

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Yes, C1 espresso offers takeaway services.

C1 espresso is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travellers:
  • Food: 4
  • Service: 4
  • Value: 4
  • Atmosphere: 4.5