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Ilex Cafe

Christchurch Botanic Gardens, Armagh St, Christchurch, New Zealand
+64 3-941 5556
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  • Excellent34%
  • Very good32%
  • Average20%
  • Poor7%
  • Terrible7%
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“brunch” (9 reviews)
“cakes” (14 reviews)
“poached eggs” (5 reviews)
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Cafe, European, New Zealand, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
Christchurch Botanic Gardens, Armagh St, Christchurch, New Zealand
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

The adults sandwiches were delicious and so was the coffee. But the children’s lunchboxes were overpriced and very disappointing. One sandwich which was about a 6th of a round in size. 2 tiny cookies about the size of a 2 dollar coin. An old satsuma,...More

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank B3402CO
Reviewed 1 week ago

We went here for lunch on Sunday. First thing we noticed was how noisey it was. Metal chairs scraping on concrete....not a good choice....reverberated right through you! Three of our lunches arrived but not the fourth. It took 25 minutes and two reminders to arrive....More

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank Wendypoole
Reviewed 12 November 2018

The small soy latte was not only one of the most expensive ones I have ever paid for but the was very small and only came half full. The latte was not hot and tasted bad. The overpriced $6 date scone : I asked for...More

Date of visit: November 2018
1  Thank Adventure67175202921
Reviewed 11 November 2018 via mobile

The coffee was pretty decent but got 3 iced coffees ($8 each) and they were shocking. Massive cardboard cup with a blob of ice cream stuck to the bottom covered with about a cup full of big ice cubes then maybe 3 quarters of a...More

Date of visit: November 2018
1  Thank Mumblegrunt
Reviewed 4 November 2018 via mobile

Beautiful surroundings of course being in the Botanic Gardens, plenty of seating indoors and out. Recommend the outside areas especially for families as kids can roam about. First time to ilex today, wasn't that busy so found a table immediately inside. Our table ordered the...More

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank krisyen
Reviewed 3 November 2018 via mobile

First stop in the Gardens is for a start up coffee & cake. A wonderful outside area, and an inside area. On this beaut day we wished to be outside in the fresh air, sadly all tables were partially occupied. Inside was not so good...More

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank Inthought
Reviewed 2 November 2018

We had a work lunch there recently. They were really accommodating to take our pre orders and the service was prompt and friendly on the day. Food was fresh, tasty and well presented, highly recommend.

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank OliviaT1172
Reviewed 1 November 2018

Excellent food, friendly service, unique atmosphere, what more can I say :) . One of the best meals I've had while visiting Christchurch!

Date of visit: September 2018
Thank Fafa-Ahm
Reviewed 28 October 2018

What better than a stroll through the renowned Botanical Gardens in the Garden City of Christchurch? And a stop for coffee? Perfect. And the food is delicious. But best to keep to their outdoor seating if the sun is out, since the indoors is like...More

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank JCowey
Reviewed 22 October 2018 via mobile

S/o and I ordered at the same time. Just some juice and a couple of sandwiches on a sunny, gorgeous day in Chch. First sandwich came within minutes of sitting, second was yet to arrive. After some time, I enquired at the counter and the...More

Date of visit: October 2018
1  Thank RogerW1490
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Questions & Answers
29 December 2017|
Response from 775christianh |
Yes. Small selection of craft beers available, alongside a few wines.
Jasmine C
6 October 2017|
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Response from JohnTheWine | Reviewed this property |
Sorry, but no. We live 200kms from Christchurch but, by chance, we were there yesterday and made a point of calling into the Ilex Cafe to ask for you. Reasons were a. It's a cafe so no dogs inside. b it's also on the middle... More
25 July 2015|
Response from RebeccaT2935 |
14 / 04 / 2014 officially by Prince William and Princess Kate
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Free Wifi
Good for
Kids, Groups, View, Child-friendly
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Christchurch Botanic Gardens, Armagh St, Christchurch, New Zealand
  • Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  South Island  >  Canterbury Region  >  Christchurch
  • Phone Number: +64 3-941 5556
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