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Open 7 days
7am-9pm weekdays
& 7am-5pm weekends

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, was destroyed in the Canterbury earthquakes. We are renowned for our pioneering espresso, big breakfasts, and vibrant atmosphere. We're open from 7am-9pm weekdays & 7am-5pm weekends, 7 days a week.

C1 proudly produces many of its own products in-house. 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 burger or some fries, delivered to your table through our pneumatic tubes. Try a single-origin cold drip or freshly squeezed orange juice on a hot summer's 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.

Pneumatic menu available 7 days, from 7am

Drinks menu all day.

Deli menu available all day.



Try them in our cafe, use them in your establishment or take them home with you.



There is no need to make a reservation at C1 for groups of 6 people or less as there is plenty of room so just turn up to enjoy our hospitality.

Corner High & Tuam Streets
New Zealand
Open 7 days, 7am-9pm weekdays & 7am-5pm weekends

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