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“Great atmosphere”
Review of Cashel Street

Cashel Street
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Reviewed 7 April 2014

Before I went to Christchurch, people had commented that not much is left of the CBD since the 2011 earthquake. These people implied that there's not much to see, but they missed the point. The Cashel pop-up mall consists of shops made of shipping containers and is part of the heart of the new CBD, along with the nearby Cathedral Square. The pop-up mall has good shopping, including serious coffee places, hip clothing stores, market stalls and upmarket department store Ballantynes. At times the atmosphere is surreal - one day a damaged apartment building was being demolished next door while the buskers and coffee-drinkers continued their activities undeterred. This is an example of the spirit of Christchurch today, where the CBD looks like a war zone but also features public art works and improvised meeting places that have been put there since the earthquake. I saw a lot of German tourists and I think they would understand that Christchurch, like Berlin, knows how to make art out of loss.

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Reviewed 29 March 2014

our first visit back to the city since the earthquakes, it is soooo different. But with the tram now running, things starting to happen it is well worth a visit and a stroll, especially on a nice sunny day.

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Reviewed 25 March 2014

Can't believe there made a street full of shops and cafés out of containers. It looks brilliant, hope they keep it in future when they get all the buildings sorted out. I was so surprised how bad the city suffered! It will take years to rebuild, so sorry for the locals.

Thank KathrynT
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Reviewed 24 March 2014

A really unique shopping area in Central Christchurch. All the main retailers & banks are located in shipping containers as temporary premises. There's a good vibe in the area with a few street entertainers and craft stalls. The people of Christchurch have been truly resilient in the face of adversity and cashed street captures their fighting spirit. It's great to see so much re build underway and so many great plans underway for the future in and around the area. You'll find a good selection of retailers here, but be realistic in your expectations - it's not like a main shopping street in other major cities - the city is still getting over the effects of the earthquake so there's not the big stores you'll find elsewhere. Definitely worth a visit to understand both the scale of the devastation and the progress being made to rebuild.

Thank HonestReview86
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Reviewed 19 March 2014

Cashel Street, like the rest of the city, is stuffed.
Don't know why it's even listed on this site as an attraction.
The only good thing here is that some thinkers and movers have been able to get the meatheads to allow them to set up the container mall, which in itself is a grand feat and architecturally intriguing.
So by all means pay it a visit, but it feels to me like the last-gasp flurry of activity and flash of a drowning seagull in a sea of detritus.

Thank Dwayne C
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