The Urban Monk is dedicated to producing high-quality cultured food products.

The Urban Monk

The Christchurch earthquakes opened up the opportunity for enterprising start-ups, many of them environmental in focus, and on Boxing Day, 2012 we launched The Urban Monk as a Facebook page. We registered The Urban Monk as a company in 2014 and in 2015 we launched our special range of cultured vegetables. Since that first little box we sold in Christchurch, we are now all over the country – you can buy our range of krauts from Auckland to Dunedin!

What Makes Urban Monk Krauts So Special?

  • Urban Monk is the FIRST maker of locally produced and certified organic fermented vegetables in New Zealand.
  • Urban Monk live cultured vegetables are guaranteed vegan. – We do not use a starter culture. (Starter cultures are sometimes derived from dairy.)
  • With Urban Monk krauts, you are guaranteed to receive ALL the nourishing goodness a live cultured vegetable can offer. – We do not pasteurise!
  • We use only the best ingredients. – Did we mention the Himalayan rock salt? It’s pink!
  • Urban Monk’s philosophy embraces simplicity and a minimal environmental footprint every step of the way. – Our products are hand-crafted and our vegetables are sourced as locally as possible.
  • Urban Monk’s philosophy places value on people and social justice. – We support local growers, and wherever possible our spices are sourced from Trade Aid.
  • We offer a number of unique flavours of sauerkraut, based on our own lovingly perfected recipes.
  • Sauerkraut and beyond! – In addition to our several flavours of sauerkraut, we offer a range of unique non-cabbage based cultured vegetables, such as our Glorious Carrot & Ginger, our Blessed Beetroot and our newest recipe, the Eternal Onions, with more to come in the future…



Our Place – The Urban Monk Fermentary & Takeaways

The Urban Monk Ltd is based out of the Urban Monk Fermentary & Takeaways, out at beautiful New Brighton Beach in Ōtautahi Christchurch.

Come and visit us at Shop 3, 140 Brighton Mall, grab some bulk krauts or one of our famous toasties!

Our Story

The Urban Monk was registered in 2014 after a couple of years of trials, and our first sale was made in October 2015.

Listen to more about our story in Matt’s 2017 interview with Kathryn Ryan on Nine to Noon.

Keep up to date with what we’re making by visiting the Urban Monk’s Facebook page or you can follow us on Instagram