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She Universe

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79 Main Road | Governors Bay, Lyttelton 8971, New Zealand
+64 3-329 9825
10:00 - 16:00
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Mon - Fri 10:00 - 16:00
Sat - Sun 10:00 - 17:00
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10 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

She Universe was so good that we visited when we drove into Akaroa and are again when we returned 2 days later. They have delicious food options and a great space.

Thank Ben N
Wellington, New Zealand
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16 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Stopped here for an ice-cream on a drive from Lyttleton. It was 3.30pm on a Wednesday, not too busy as most people were already eating and no queue or people waiting. Ten minutes for two ice-creams in a cone to takeaway! However, apart from the wait, the ice-cream was amazing. Fresh waffle cones too :) Lovely view as well.

Thank Mary C
Manly, Australia
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10 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Stopped for a hot chocolate on the way to Akaroa, ended up having lunch. It was so good we had to stop on the way back the following day. The staff are lovely and accomodating. Complimentary chocolate tasters while we perused the menu. The different chocolate flavours are really interesting and work well. The meals are really tasty and the... More 

Thank Amelia H
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125 reviews
98 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Right from the start when we walked in our group felt like we were rushed to place our order and leave. There was more emphasis on us being outside then there was on actually seeing what we wanted.Eventually when i ordered a Mocha which was $9.80 it put me off even looking around or even getting any food as it... More 

Thank MontyNZ
Cambridge, United Kingdom
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54 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 January 2017 via mobile

Great place for views. Food too, but I concentrated on the stairway to chocolate heaven. A bit of research for my Masterclasses (cambridge food tours/food and drink events cambridge). We had drinks and 8 chocolates. I loved the sea salt, beer root and tequila!

Thank GerlaB
kuala lumpur
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32 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 January 2017 via mobile

Beautiful holistic setting with a warm welcoming owner & staff - with food choices ranging from non vegan items to vegan soups and orders to suit your dietary preferences...And the desserts are unbelievable...ice creams & handcrafted chocolates..and the energy at cafe pulsates with mother earth and a walk in the garden will complete your visit!

Thank yogimano
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 January 2017

We came here for brunch, on a Friday morning, when there were only a few other people there. Service was a bit slow, but friendly. When our meals arrived they were beautifully presented, but the portions were quite small. There was one egg and a smalll piece of bread at the bottom which due to the sauce was soggy and... More 

Thank Robin M
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76 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 January 2017

After choosing a mixed charcuterie & chocolate platter to share with our overseas guests the waitress then informed us it wasn't available along with the chocolate tasting platter as they had run out of some items. We decided on just the charcuterie instead which eventually was served with some very tasty choc ginger and sesame crisps. The platter had some... More 

Thank tevoleus
Perth, Western Australia, Australia
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46 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 January 2017

This was an unexpected delight. The views of the Lyttelton harbour were brilliant. The iced-chocolates were great. The service was professional and appropriately attentive. Samples of hand-made chocolate were provided to the table while we waited for our drinks. You will enjoy a visit here if you are driving around the crater.

Thank Owen R
Bitgummole, The Netherlands
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11 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 January 2017

Homemade chocolat, it's heavenly! Beautiful location, the view is stunning. The staff superfriendly. I had a super summer salad or so and it was amazing oh we added haloumi yumyum

Thank Lisanne P

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Cafe, International, Gluten Free Options
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch
Restaurant features
Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol
Good for
View, Kids, Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining, Romantic
Open Hours
10:00 - 17:00
10:00 - 16:00
10:00 - 16:00
10:00 - 16:00
10:00 - 16:00
10:00 - 16:00
10:00 - 17:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 79 Main Road | Governors Bay, Lyttelton 8971, New Zealand
  • Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  South Island  >  Canterbury Region  >  Lyttelton
  • Phone Number: +64 3-329 9825

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?