We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Ilex Cafe

$$ - $$$Cafe, European,
Christchurch Botanic Gardens, Armagh St, Christchurch, New Zealand
+64 3-941 5556
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
  • Excellent32%
  • Very good36%
  • Average20%
  • Poor6%
  • Terrible6%
Travellers talk about
“brunch” (9 reviews)
“cakes” (14 reviews)
“chia seeds” (3 reviews)
Restaurant Hours
Cafe, European, New Zealand, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
Christchurch Botanic Gardens, Armagh St, Christchurch, New Zealand
All Details
Write a ReviewReviews (303)
Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year

1 - 10 of 289 reviews

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Sadly, the first not great coffee of my first trip to New Zealand occurs at the Ilex Cafe in the Botanic Garden near the central rose courtyard. The service is friendly and competent as always in New Zealand. The facilities are clean, modern, bright, and...More

Thank Mommywillo
Reviewed 6 May 2018 via mobile

Nice location but to costly for families. White surrounding a bad choice. Might look nice but have to ware your sunglasses with the glare. Not much thought gone into it

Thank Nelson S
Reviewed 4 May 2018

This cafe is located in the botanic garden. So it is always packed with visitors. I ordered a glass of juice but it was not fresh, and even worse, expensive.

Thank minimize940314
Reviewed 1 May 2018 via mobile

The best ice chcolate I've ever had. it was so perfect the way it blends together. honestly would go back for it any day worth the price 👌. chips were nice and peanut butter gluten free slice was so tasted. yum only thing is you...More

Thank Nola J
Reviewed 30 April 2018 via mobile

This would rate as one of the worst dining experiences ever! I recommended to my family that we go to Ilex to celebrate my sister's birthday. We each placed our orders to a sullen disinterested staff member. They don't give you a table number so...More

1  Thank Kiwi344
Reviewed 29 April 2018

I stopped in here for a hot chocolate and a sit down on my walk through the Botanic Gardens. It was a nice day so I sat outside under an umbrella. There was plenty of seating indoors and out. My order was taken and the...More

Thank Anne D
Reviewed 26 April 2018

We ordered 2 mochas and a hot chocolate to take away. We saw many orders taken after ours being filled. After waiting at least 25 minutes a waiter with a foreign accent came from outside and told us our drinks were ready outside. My husband...More

1  Thank Parker_clan555
Reviewed 22 April 2018

The Ilex Café has changed ownership in the last few months. The Ilex was a favourite place and it has to be said that since the change the business has been given a bad time including editorial in The Press. Last Friday our family group...More

Thank FreddyMitzy
Reviewed 22 April 2018 via mobile

Fantastic service, friendly staff and beautiful food! They looked after my 2 year old by getting his food out fast. Our meals were also quick. Will deff be back!

Thank Amanda S
Reviewed 21 April 2018 via mobile

This place is great. Great food, great location and great staff. I will be back and keep coming back. Thank you Ilex for an amazing breakfast.

Thank mikecairns2018
Nearby HotelsSee all 147 hotels in Christchurch
The Classic Villa
284 reviews
.53 km away
The George Christchurch
1,517 reviews
.66 km away
Hotel Montreal
272 reviews
.75 km away
Argyle on the Park
313 reviews
.84 km away
Nearby Restaurants
Zen Sushi and Dumplings
146 reviews
.66 km away
Fiddlesticks Restaurant & Bar
1,313 reviews
.69 km away
Cook'n' With Gas
367 reviews
.57 km away
Curator's House Restaurant
452 reviews
.51 km away
Nearby Attractions
Margaret Mahy Family Playground
776 reviews
.58 km away
Christchurch Botanic Gardens
5,498 reviews
.20 km away
Hagley Park
1,221 reviews
.43 km away
Canterbury Museum
2,254 reviews
.40 km away
Ask a question
Questions & Answers
Andrea M
29 December 2017|
Response from Christian H |
Yes. Small selection of craft beers available, alongside a few wines.
Jasmine C
6 October 2017|
AnswerShow all 4 answers
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 Rebecca T |
14 / 04 / 2014 officially by Prince William and Princess Kate
Improve this listing

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
Local cuisine, Groups, Child-friendly, View, Kids
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
  • E-mail
Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?
Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more. Claim Your Listing