What do you do when an earthquake demolished your shopping district. Build a temporary shopping area out of shipping containers.
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Ship containers are cleverly stacked and house temporary shops while their more permanent counterparts are being constructed. They have been so well-received, they may stay - or be moved to another area of the city that needs a retail boost. Shops are okay. Maybe I'm just "shopped out" - but there are interesting low cost food stands and street musicians... More
We stayed in Christchurch for 4 days. One day we decided to tour the city centre and see this mall. Very impressive! The unique use of shipping containers to house everything from clothing stores to restaurants is quite clever. The city is to be commended on providing a means to get business back as quickly as possible. People seemed to... More
It was a small mall with stores operating out of shipping containers. Very interesting concept. Even the essential services like banks and post office had their own containers. There were food trucks and benches for people to sit and eat, but it was too cold. Didn't find much to buy so just came here to take a walk.
Wandered into this area to hunt for some decent street food. Live music on offer that isn't too intrusive with growing choice. Like the offer of independent shops inbetween the shopping centre too. Worth a look-see as there's lots on offer.
Thanks for your review, and pleased you've enjoyed your time here :) More
My wife and I like going for a walk around the Re:START mall as part of a wider walk around the centre of the city. The innovative use of containers post earthquake is architecturally interesting and very colourful. There's heaps of food options, lots of seating, plenty of unique and quirky shops, cafes, etc. Even table tennis and art installations... More
Thanks for your review, and for your continual support for Re:START - always something different to look at! More
We've been visiting a mouse called bean since we first arrived to nz a little over a year ago. The container mall is great, but now we live central in town, we come for the coffee. Consistently perfect short blacks. Thank you for all the coffee and the best of luck in your new location
We love their coffee too - standard 3 shot - who can complain?! More
Bought some small souvenirs-be sure to look around as prices vary for the same items in different shops. Enjoyed fresh fruit juices and lunch choices.
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I think this mall built with shipping containers will be here to stay as a reminder of the perseverance and ingenuity of the people of ChCh but also because it’s a really funky gathering place. After walking around much of ChCh and feeling really impacted by the continued signs of devastation, it was refreshing and a huge relief to walk... More
Thanks for your positive review and pleased you enjoyed your time here! More
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