The only one of its kind in Australasia, the Chinese Scholar’s Garden has to be Dunedin’s best kept secret and really deserves the support of locals. When Zandra Rhodes was an iD Dunedin Fashion Week international guest designer in 2010, she cited the Garden as the design inspiration from Dunedin that she would take back home. The garden oozes tranquillity and atmosphere and is the perfect spot to spend a peaceful lunchtime away from the busy city centre. A yearly pass (go as often as you like) only costs $20 ($15 for students). There’s lots of new innovations such as yoga classes and adopt a goldfish – costs $5 and you get to name your fish and add him/her to the pond yourself. The traditional tea and steamed buns don’t disappoint.
Circadian Rhythm Vegan, Vegetarian and Gluten-Free Café (72 St Andrew Street)
It’s been a joy to watch the evolution of the menu to its current level of culinary genius with unsurpassable quality, variety and value for money. Sue has worked very hard to achieve this. Circadian Rhythm really is a home from home and we rarely miss the Saturday evening special buffet which changes every week. There’s a wide range of organic beer and soft drinks too, and the coffee is great. On Friday night, there’s free live jazz (played by ‘Philtre’) and the iPod playlist is worth a listen. We should know – we made it.
Salisbury Boutique: where new talent gets the opportunity to shine
We’ve only recently discovered this fabulous shop although it’s been around for 2 years. It’s far more than just a clothing boutique and is the ideal place to find that special unique gift. As well as clothing, jewellery and fashion accessories, you’ll discover art, greeting cards and homeware that you won’t find anywhere else. We especially loved the etched tumblers made from recycled wine bottles – a great idea.
Salisbury boutique is the brainchild of Sheryl McPherson, once a Wellingtonian but now a converted Dunedinite. Archaeologist, entrepreneur, volunteer. Sheryl manages to juggle all of these roles and still has more than her fair share of vitality and enthusiasm. Through Salisbury Boutique, she aims to promote fresh unfettered talent straight from the Otago Polytechnic by providing them with a space to show off and sell their product. And what a space! As she describes it herself, it’s “3000 sq feet of chic” – a very appropriate description. Sheryl, thanks for a fantastic shopping experience. Here’s just a sample of what we found.
Salisbury Boutique is situated in historic Salisbury House (104 Bond Street). It’s not that hard to find, being just around the corner from Purple Rain and Toffs. Opening times: 4-8 pm Thursday and Friday, 11 am-8 pm Saturday.