Back to People
CHCH Central Unwrapped: Sheena Hemens

Sheena is the owner of Maison de Crepes located in the Yard on St Asaph Street. Sheena also lives in the Central City so we caught up with her to find out more about her and where she likes to spend her time, when she is not working.

I was born in the UK in London and grew up in Oxford and spent a lot of time holidaying in beautiful France eating the food, drinking the wine (once I was old enough) and developing a love of the style. 

After getting married and having my gorgeous identical twin daughters we emigrated to Christchurch and felt instantly at home in The Garden City. We’ve been here 24 years now and it is definitely home. 

We then had our 100% Kiwi son and despite getting divorced 15 years ago, we are close family and just celebrated our first child getting married. My professional background is in marketing and after the earthquake I was honoured to be involved in many rebuild projects and consulted to the Council and CERA.

Maison de Crepes is a very special place to many people. We have a stunning location in the CBD on St Asaph Street which is open 7 days and till late Tuesday - Saturday. It is a truly unique place; French-inspired with a cosy and warm ambience, superb hospitality and French music. We serve unique and delicious sweet and savoury crepes, waffles, omelettes and small eats like croissants, pain au chocolates and profiteroles! Next step is to franchise and take our concept Nationwide!! Exciting times ahead!

Where do you enjoy eating and drinking in the CDB? 

I love OGB, Kong and Hello Sunday depending on the time of day and my local is Fiddlesticks!


What do you usually order? 

For breakfast or brunch I love eggs, any way! And at night a great cocktail or a Central Otago Pinot Noir is my go to. 

Where's your go to for presents in the CBD? 

I love The Crossing which has a lot of choice.

The Crossing

Where would you shop for a special outfit in the CBD? 

Ivy Blu or the Contemporary Lounge at Bally’s.

Ivy Blu

What's your favourite spot to spend time with friends and family in the CBD? 

Other than Maison de Crepes you mean? It would have to be a walk in Hagley Park followed by a coffee at The Boatshed Cafe.

Boatshed Cafe

Any secret locations you like to go to relax and unwind in the CBD? 

I don’t get a lot of time for relaxing but I’ve been loving the live music on a Sunday afternoon at the Botanic Gardens and sitting outside at Universo with a wine people watching.


How do you get around in the CBD? 

I live in Cranmer Square - yes I’m a city-dweller and love it! I walk around a lot and I have an electric vehicle I use when I need it. 

What would your wish be for the Central City? 

That more people move into the CBD and enjoy everything that the city has to offer. It is a fabulous place to live!! And it would be great to get the dreadful parking situation sorted to encourage people into the city from the suburbs. That would make such a difference to CBD businesses.