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"Cathedral Square at Night - no Place to Stay" Top 5 Page for this destination City Center Tip by Kakapo2

City Center, Christchurch: 128 reviews and 163 photos

  The Square is no place of activity at night.
by Kakapo2
  • The Square is no place of activity at night. - Christchurch
      The Square is no place of activity at night.
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  • The Cathedral at night. - Christchurch
      The Cathedral at night.
    by Kakapo2
  • Cathedral Square at Night - no Place to Stay - Christchurch

Christchurch has missed a big chance to use Cathedral Square as the heart of city nightlife. I think of Italian cities and their squares, like Piazza Navona or the the square next to the Pantheon in Rome, or the city centres in France which are full of outdoor restaurants and cafés. All this transforms those squares into buzzling and joyful meeting places.

Here the Square is more or less dead at night. The places to go to are in the streets that lead away from the Square which is strangely empty. This gives nice views of the Cathedral and the other buildings which are nicely reflecting in the spotlights, but you would not want to stay longer than necessary.

Also during daytime the Square could be much better used for hospitality, with two or three more cafés than just Starbucks.

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  • Written May 17, 2007
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