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About C1


Local icon.” - Architecture Now

A slice of Christchurch history.” - Viva

The food, coffee and service are excellent.” - Lonely Planet

C1 Espresso is an iconic Christchurch café located in the central city. We reopened in the old High Street Post Office after our original premises, established in 1996, were destroyed in the Canterbury earthquakes. We are renowned for our pioneering espresso, big breakfasts, and vibrant atmosphere. We're open from 7am to 10pm, 7 days a week.

C1 proudly sources and produces many of its own products in a green and sustainable way. We're a creative team, and you'll notice that we do things a bit differently. At the heart of our café is our passion for quality.

It’s hard to explain in a few words what C1 is all about. So feel free look around the site and get to know us better. And then why don’t you drop into our premises on the corner of Tuam and High Streets to experience C1 for yourself.

Order a set of sliders, delivered to your table through our pneumatic tubes. Try a Colombian cold drip or freshly squeezed orange juice on a hot summers day, or grab a coffee made to perfection by one of our talented baristas.

Established 1996. Re-established 2012.



Breakfast menu available 7 days 7am - 3pm.

Slider menu available 7 days 3pm - 9pm.

Drinks menu all day.

Deli menu available all day.

We care about


How did your food and drink get to your table? You probably checked out the menu, paid for your choice, and it was whisked out to you. Quick and easy. Not much food for thought. But what you saw was only the end of the story.

Behind many of C1 Espresso's products, from our teas, to our OK! Nectars, to the banana chips in the kids' packs, there’s a much bigger story.

It all started in Samoa 6 years ago. Learn more

We want to be a leader in sustainability. It's a big dream, but we're working hard to make it happen. Learn more



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There is no need to make reservation at C1, there is plenty of room so just turn up to enjoy our hospitality. However you may want to get in touch about a job, a complaint or story. Learn more