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Ilex Cafe

$$ - $$$Cafe, European,
Christchurch Botanic Gardens, Armagh St, Christchurch, New Zealand
+64 3-941 5556
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  • Excellent32%
  • Very good36%
  • Average20%
  • Poor6%
  • Terrible6%
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“brunch” (8 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 2 weeks ago

Visiting ChCh and what a great setting for a cafe on a spring day. Service was friendly enough but disappointing food at the highish prices, it seems a bit like they want to serve fancy food matched to a higher price range but it didnt...More

Thank camaronz
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Went to Ilex today for a coffee and I noticed one staff member in particular (tall bald man with tattoos) had some of the worst customer service I've ever seen. You could tell her did not want to be there, a lady accidentally dropped a...More

Thank mollycochrane42
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Great lunch outside in the winter sun under complimentary blankets. Pulled lamb flatbread and cauliflower salad (with haloumi - yum) were excellent - colourful, interesting textures and flavours that melt in your mouth. Topped off with two delicious turmeric lattes.

Thank BoardingPass800391
Reviewed 4 August 2018 via mobile

This place is surviving on tourist going there only once. Passive aggressive staff, mediocre yet expensive drinks and food.

2  Thank johnblack12345
Reviewed 25 July 2018 via mobile

We visited today and had three outstanding meals: mushrooms with poached eggs, cauliflower soup and 72 hour bone broth. All three were sublime and thoughtfully crafted. Lovely location, light and lofty with views of the gardens. Staff were generally young and a bit inattentive. We...More

1  Thank Flossydots
Reviewed 11 July 2018 via mobile

Used to like coming here on trips to Christchurch but never again. On a cold Thursday afternoon how can it take 15 minutes to half fill a pot of tea? When I returned it to ask why the pot was half empty I was told...More

1  Thank slim8589
Reviewed 20 May 2018

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 NelsonS2230
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
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Questions & Answers
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 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
View, Kids, Child-friendly, Local cuisine, 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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