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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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  • Excellent33%
  • Very good38%
  • Average18%
  • 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, Vegan Options
$$ - $$$
Christchurch Botanic Gardens, Armagh St, Christchurch, New Zealand
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Reviewed yesterday

It is quite a spectacular looking café with the modern design and set in the Botanic Gardens. Inside it is also quite stunning with lots of plants and flowers as a part of the décor. Plentiful amounts of seating inside and outside. There is small...More

Thank SD2606
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Firstly the electronic door doesn’t open from the outside- I pushed the button several times before having to have another customer help me in with my pram. Secondly I wanted a croissant warmed up (not that nice otherwise) - which I was told “sorry we...More

1  Thank Alexjjaa
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

We went this morning to have breakfast fast and coffee was all good the scones was fresh cooked and the coffee great friendly staff and nice place to have breakfast thanks

Thank Aalidue
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Whilst proudly showing our city and beautiful gardens to tourist visitors on New Years day, we decided to have afternoon tea at the cafe in the gardens. It was so disappointing that management had either showed a lack of planning for this public holiday, or...More

7  Thank Linda W
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Had morning tea here this morning and was so impressed at the chef’s willingness to accommodate my daughter’s request for toast and cream cheese (not on the menu). It was fairly busy but there was no hesitation. Wonderful coffee and food, too. I’ll definitely be...More

2  Thank Suzi M
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I am a regular customer to the Ilex cafe and have been (with two fellow walkers) for some time. We have been disappointed with the change since Vbase left 2 months ago and I see many of the recent reviews relate to higher prices and...More

5  Thank adele98
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

You can forgive high prices if the food is good but unfortunately it is very average here. We paid $9 for the child’s toasted sandwich which was literally the size of 1/3 of a piece of bread. They brought the wrong meal also, the waitress...More

5  Thank Meelltt
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

...because they won’t do it! I quote “we can’t warm the cabinet food, only food from the menu is served warm”. Um ooookaayyy then...because you don’t have access to a sandwich press or microwave??? Never before have I had this in a cafe before. I...More

7  Thank sweetchilli87
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

When we arrived in a party of three we had to wait roughly fifteen minutes in a queue before we were shown to a table. We ordered three lattes to begin with, and waited twenty minutes for them. Then we ordered lunch, and although none...More

9  Thank James A
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I enjoyed a very nice meal here. It's great place to take a break after wandering around the gardens.

1  Thank AussyLady
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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, Free Wifi
Good for
Child-friendly, View, Kids, Groups, Local cuisine
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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