Showing posts with label Christchurch. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Christchurch. Show all posts

Colorful Culinary Adventures in The Riverside Market, Christchurch, New Zealand

One of the murals in Riverside Market, Christchurch, New Zealand

Heading to the local market in one particular area is always be my fave and most of the time, it becomes top of my itinerary.

That is exactly what I did during my last visit to Christchurch in the late December 2021. Something popped up and we had a business trip to this wonderful city for about three days. Once we arrived here, one of the place that we visited is the Riverside Market.

Located in the heart of Christchurch Central, easily accessed by any means of transportation including the public ones, Riverside Market has become one of the icons of Christchurch. Here you can find a myriad of wonderful choices of fresh farmers' produce, seafood, cheese, and more, plus delicious menus from different corners of the globes with the high degree of authenticity. 

frozen tempeh..

We also have Indonesian food here, provided by Indo Tempeh, the vendor which supplies tempeh or the soy bean cake with varieties of menus using tempeh and more traditional Indonesian cuisines like nasi kuning, sayur lodeh, sambal goreng tempe, mendoan, tempe bacem and more.  

nasi kuning, anyone?

In terms of food, you can also get popular western food like fried chicken, fish and chips, burgers and steak, as well as more Asian cuisines, like Chinese, Indian, Japanese and Malaysian food, and Turkish, Greek, Italian, Mexican, and more. Healthy choices as well as candies and sweets are also available. 

These cheese twists are super yum!

As I came before Christmas, many festive food, chocolates and cookies are sold by the vendors here. Many of them are colorful and super cute. I also like to accent and the decorations used by each vendor here. It makes the whole ambience of the market rich and vibrant as they bring and infuse their unique, one-of-a-kind touch of home. As for the aroma, it is indeed tantalizing!

Cute gingerbread person

Not to mention various drinks like coffee, bubble tea, ice cream, wine, beer, spirits and more. The bakeries that we have here also provide delicious bread, pastries, pies, biscuits, cookies and anything you can think of. So tempting indeed.

Around the area, particularly the laneway, we also have various shops and I have to admit the summer sales as well as the cute, collectable items from many gifts shops dotting the area, really make me strain my shopping appetite. And it was not that easy LOL. 

Some of the colorful items I love to have 

You will find colorful, brilliant, eye-trickery murals outside of the building as well. Obviously many will love taking pictures here as it's so Instagramable. Those murals are the depiction of the original buildings in the area before the great earthquake hit Christchurch in 2011. The Riverside Market is more than just the market as it stands tall marking the collective efforts of the city as well as the nation to restart building Christchurch after that life-changing disaster.

I managed to get a flat white, cheese bread and croissant, nasi kuning, rendang frozen tempeh, candy, organic butter and souvenirs from this market. Well, it's quite a lot for a short trip to the market. Well, for sure, if you are coming to Christchurch, you cannot miss this place.

WW: Highlights of 3-Day Visits to Christchurch, New Zealand

 Christchurch is such a wonderful city.

We had spent 7 days there during the quarantine as we entered New Zealand, but then as I have shared before, we didn't get the chance to see the city as we were directly ushered to the airport o continue our journey to Wellington.

Nevertheless, I must be very lucky as in the next 2 weeks afterwards, I flew back to this city and get a chance to actually enjoy it.

Although it was raining cats and dogs, literally for the whole 3 days during my visit, but it was still wonderful.

Here are some of the highlights of 3-Day visits to Christchurch, New Zealand. I will certainly share more details at the later stage but now, check out some of these photos I took here and there.

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stay in Commodore Hotel Christchurch
welcome to the quarantine

Kia Ora!

Saying hi from Christchurch, New Zealand and we are still enjoying our wet summer in the land of the Kiwi from our quarantine facility, Commodore Hotel.

We are obliged to have 7-day quarantine since we landed in NZ and we are indeed following all the procedures. Right after landing in Christchurch international airport, we had 5 check points for our recent condition and our health, our immigration documents, our custom document, our bags and the custom declaration. All was well and provided as obliged, so that we were rushed to the MIQ or Managed Isolation and Quarantine Facilities prepared for us, which is Commodore Hotel. And our days in the quarantine began.

stay in Commodore Hotel Christchurch
stay in Commodore Hotel Christchurch

I have nothing to complain except the fact you spend so much time in the room. Once we got our blue wrist band, indicating that your swab test's result is negative, we could go to the designated area or recreation area for exercises or simply getting fresh air and enjoying the blue sky, when it wasn't cloudy. 

We enjoy our stay here and I have to say the food is amazing! Everyday, we get so excited choosing our breakfast, lunch and dinner from the app called ServeMe and wait until those yummy plates are delivered to our room. The dessert is to die for!

desserts at Commodore Hotel Christchurch

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WW: Hello, New Zealand


Kia Ora!

Finally, our journey to Wellington, New Zealand started.

We took off from Jakarta, flying to Christchurch through Singapore with Singapore Airlines, one of my favorite airlines. 

After waiting for the approval from Border over Crossing authorities and teary eyes from our till-we-meet-again moments with dearest family and friends, we managed to board the flight on time to Singapore and had a brief transit there. 

with my mom, niece, and aunties... missing my brothers and sister - in - law here. Hugs & love!

with Pak Direktur and my division at the office.. will miss you all terribly!

Christchurch is our entry point to New Zealand, which hopefully will be our home for the next 4 years. We will have 7-day quarantine here and hopefully all is well.

Along the way, we have been mesmerized by amazing view from above. Here are some of the snaps we took.

such a breathtaking view...

Getting closer to Christchurch...

in the middle of somewhere...

as we landed...

Can't wait to explore more of the beauty of New Zealand and share it with you all here. Wish us, the Frakarsa, luck!

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