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Ilex Cafe

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$$ - $$$Cafe, European,
Christchurch Botanic Gardens, Armagh St, Christchurch, New Zealand
+64 3-941 5556
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  • Excellent32%
  • Very good37%
  • Average20%
  • Poor6%
  • Terrible5%
Travellers talk about
“brunch” (8 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
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Reviewed 6 days ago

ilex is located in the middle of Christchurch Botanic Gardens and is housed in a spectacular building annexed to the greenhouse. There's good outdoor seating, but the coffee served was pretty bitter and over extracted. My partner had a maple iced tea (maybe a special),...More

Thank nkotzman
Reviewed 1 week ago

This cafe inside the Christchurch Botanic Gardens offers an unforgettably delicious iced chai! Plus they got fish and chips if you want something light. Plus, Ilex Cafe has an aesthetic structure and relaxing ambience you’ll surely appreciate. And it’s within Hagley Park, so after a...More

1  Thank cathybueno
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The botanical gardens have had a full makeover since I last lived here 20 years ago. This cafe is pretty new and has a nice outlook however the coffee is both bitter and expensive - not a good combination. 2239

Thank Albywon
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

The turmeric and almond smoothy was good and the chia pudding was fine. Service was stoic from the ladies and somewhat friendlier from the gentleman. Lovely outlook onto the gardens. Clean and functional ammenities.

Thank Nonapama
Reviewed 5 February 2018 via mobile

The location of the Ilex Café is definitely one of a kind. And a visit to the Botanic Gardens is never a waste of time. The staff seemed motivated (even during a very hot day), was friendly and attentive. The pricing though, is (in parts)...More

Thank EMandYEWSE
Reviewed 1 February 2018 via mobile

I’m still sitting here and I love it. We just finished our toast with mushrooms which was delicious! And it tastes better because the kitchen was already closed, shout out to the chef and Anna. We loved the enthusiastic man that helped us. We will...More

Thank Maartje V
Reviewed 31 January 2018

Good place to get out of the rain and sit down. Food a little pricy, and the service sometimes slow for one item but reasonable for another.

Thank joepaulsenngoro2
Reviewed 30 January 2018

Wanting a respite from a harrowing visit to the damaged city we walked to the Gardens for good food in a relaxed beautiful environment. Noisy crowds & rowdy service meant it wasn't relaxing. Finally after waiting went to the counter to be told there was...More

2  Thank Freda G
Reviewed 26 January 2018

I've meet friends there 3 times in the last 8 days and the service is very slow. On two occasions the coffee was sent back as it was cold. The overpriced bread roll .... $11. Even pother people in the queue were commenting on the...More

2  Thank Jackie B
Reviewed 22 January 2018

Lovely setting and comfortable chairs outside. The cabinet food prices are too expensive compared to other cafes. We had chesses scones which were average. Maybe you could get the recipe for the butter milk scones from Mona Vale! Our coffees took ages to arrive. They...More

2  Thank skelmorley
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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|
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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 Rebecca T |
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
Good for
Kids, Local cuisine, Child-friendly, View, Groups
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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