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Reviewed 13 February 2019

We work just across the road so this is our local coffee shop and we are so lucky. The staff are always smiling, even when Andy is grumpy and Sam just gives you a nod and you sit down and your regular appears in front...of you.More

Date of visit: February 2019
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Reviewed 19 April 2017 via mobile

A nice little Cafe situated on the corner of a main road, but worth going to have good coffee and food. Great, funky venue which is clean and has a lot of natural light flooding the Cafe! Even sitting inside, there's no feeling of claustrophobia....Parking nearby can be an issue, but there are loads of parking down the side streets. Great, friendly service. Would definitely recommend and go back again. NB. This place is not open on any NZ public holidays.More

Date of visit: April 2017
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Reviewed 30 March 2017

While there is both indoor and outdoor seating, the quirky angles of the building makes it feel small & intimate - with interesting feature lights of tophats above the counter. Nice range of counter food, good coffee & friendly service. While I managed a courtyard...carpark, I can imagine the lack of parking in the area presents challenges, but make the effort to enjoy this little gem.More

Date of visit: March 2017
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Reviewed 23 March 2017 via mobile

Very nice fresh food. Great service .This is a small place but the could cater for a larger group if you call ahead to hold a table. Parking is the only let down they have 2 for customers . The road said earlier is your...only other option and generally there is no spaces close by.More

Date of visit: March 2017
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Reviewed 26 July 2016

We have been to Cafe Lumes a few time for lunch. Is a great wee place, not too big and busy, but always others there enjoying. We often have soup, and they always seem to have some thing different to offer which makes interesting eating....Give it a go.More

Date of visit: July 2016
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Reviewed 25 July 2016

I'm not sure if my friend and I attended on a bad day, but we both received coffees (trim flat whites) which were nigh-unpalatable. With the addition of sugar I was able to stomach mine, but would not return.

Date of visit: February 2016
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Reviewed 14 April 2016

I've just enjoyed a delicious breakfast at Lumes. Great atomosphere, warm and welcoming. Recommend it.

Date of visit: April 2016
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Reviewed 18 December 2015 via mobile

Cafe Lumes is consistently one of my favourite cafes in Christchurch. The barista makes an excellent brew and the macchiato is top notch. They also have a super tasty brunch and lunch menu. Their eggs benedict is hands down the best I've had in Christchurch....Worth the trip and amazing service too. Love it!More

Date of visit: December 2015
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Reviewed 2 November 2015

We eat here often as its close and good. It doesn't open on a Sunday but thats fair enough I guess. The staff are very friendly also.

Date of visit: October 2015
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Reviewed 26 October 2015

I dine there regularly for lunch or for an afternoon coffee or just a break from the office. Great food, coffee, and lovely staff. Can not fault it.

Date of visit: October 2015
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Reviewed 19 October 2015 via mobile

We are two mid-30s Sydneysiders travelling NZ - excellent coffee and good food. Eggs were poached perfectly - not undercooked but nice and runny. Nice fitout too.

Date of visit: October 2015
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Reviewed 15 October 2015

All the counter food is delicious (though the selection is small) and the coffee is always great. Lovely service, and a very light and bright cafe.

Date of visit: October 2015
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Reviewed 29 August 2015 via mobile

First impression was not good. Tatty home-printed menus, scaffold shelving, and a dirty floor. As none of the staff bothered to come over and serve us we went up to the counter to order. We were met by a very unenthusiastic staff member who seemed...to be bored and disinterested in her work. I asked if the maple syrup on the waffles was the real thing or maple flavoured? She didn't know what I was talking about. I asked if she could go to the kitchen and ask. She came back and told me that it came in a bottle! I asked to see the bottle and she eventually produced a 5? litre bottle of maple flavoured syrup. Not being a fan of the pretend maple syrup I ordered eggs bene, my friend ordered waffles with bacon, banana & 'maple' syrup. Cream was requested to go with the waffles but we were informed that they only had runny cream, no whipped cream. I was speechless and wondered if she even knew that whipped cream is, well, runny cream that has been shaken/whipped with a beater. We decided that maybe they didn't have a cream beater (or suitable substitute) in the kitchen. The food came out in a reasonable time but was not very well presented and was very ordinary. The waffle was cold - it seems they are pre-made and kept in a stack (which we saw as we were paying) until used. The eggs in my eggs bene were cold and overcooked and the sauce was terrible. We counted 7 staff, the place was empty of customers. None of the staff were at all busy, yet the floor was dirty and covered in coffee beans and a few bits of food. The lampshade over our table had a fair bit of fly-dirt in it and at least 4 of the lights needed new bulbs as they were missing or not working. The place appeared to be overstaffed and underachieving. We will certainly not be returning.More

Date of visit: August 2015
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Reviewed 14 July 2015

Yummy food and slices and great coffee! The staff was also so friendly. It's always busy so might be good to give them a call if you want to dine in - reserving a table is recommended especially if you want to go for a...weekend brunch. Take away coffees are excellent and some cabinet food to go - lots of choices. Not a lot of parking available but worth the short walk from a nearby parking lot.More

Date of visit: May 2015
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Reviewed 4 July 2015 via mobile

Made a reservation for 3 for brunch. Two were served, one had to sit back & watch. Eventually had to cancel the order & leave hungry and didn't even get a proper apology. Will never go back again.

Date of visit: July 2015
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Cafe Lumes is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travellers:
  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4.5
  • Value: 4.5
  • Atmosphere: 4.5