Secret spoils to discover at The Crossing

Whether it’s the ornate details of its heritage buildings or a fresh fashion find that’s caught your eye while walking down a laneway, there’s so much to discover at The Crossing. But where to first? Read on – we’ll lead the way…

Enjoy live music over a salad or flat white

An unexpected treat when stopping at FreshChoice City Market’s concept store is the live music on offer at selected times within its cafe, Little Ruby. Soak up the smooth tunes of professional piano and saxophone players while enjoying their range of fresh salads, cabinet fare and delicious drinks.

FreshChoice’s beautiful piano has a story of its own: it was saved from the Christchurch Catholic Cathedral Music Centre following the February 2011 earthquake.

Stay on-trend with floral noir

We’ve fallen in love with the 100 per cent silk “Florence” range at Ruby. Paying homage to Japanese plum blossoms, the range features great silhouettes from a slip dress with adjustable shoestring straps and a front split just above the knee to a cute minidress with a front crossover and an adjustable waist tie.

There’s also a versatile shorts and camisole option – go casual and wear it separately with denim, or team up both items for a classic print-on-print look.

Find the cheeky gift every man wants

Do you struggle to find a unique and fun gift for the man in your life? Not any more. The Stonemen range of briefs available at The Gift Shop offers soft, premium quality cotton boxers detailed withstriking artwork and photograpy.

Using laser printing technology, expect to find ice-tipped mountain ranges, tranquil lake fronts and dramatic oceanscapes expertly laser printed on back and front.

Take in some Kiwi art

Not only does The Crossing have a range of great brands within one precinct, it’s a beautiful place to explore. Make your way to Kettlewell Lane and take in Paul Dibble’s 2008 “Sleepwalker” sculpture.

Prominent Canterbury businessman Philip Carter, who owns The Crossing, was responsible for restoring the famous artwork after it fell several metres down a cliff in Sumner during the 2011 earthquake. He had it installed at The Crossing to acknowledge the impact the devastating earthquake had on Christchurch and highlight its recovery.

Share the love with striking flowers

What better way to show you care than by adding a pop of colour in someone’s life? We spotted beautiful blooms in rich colours at Bourbon Rose, The Crossing’s boutique florist.

Opt for a seasonal bouquet of either orchids, proteas or waratahs, or ask their florists to design an arrangement featuring the unique flowers and foliage you’ve seen in-store.