Fodor's Expert Review ilex Cafe

$$ Christchurch Café Fodor's Choice
One of the city's must-see new buildings also houses one its most popular cafés. Christchurch Botanic Gardens' rare plants and nurseries sit alongside a busy dining room, named after one of its prized tree specimens, in this modern take on a glass conservatory. With their own vegetables and herbs just outside, the ilex chefs are no doubt inspired by the 52 acres surrounding them. Line up with the locals for well-priced and inventive seasonal soups, pies, and salads washed down with organic soda, or a glass of wine. The clever cakes and desserts-in-a jar taste as good as they look. On a fine day grab a picnic blanket from the friendly staff and spread out on the impressive lawn. Keep the kids amused with their own appetizing mini-lunchboxes. Open daily until 5 pm.
Café New Trendy Lunch Brunch Quick Bite $$ Fodor's Choice

Quick Facts

Armagh St.
Christchurch, Canterbury  New Zealand

03-941–5556

www.vbase.co.nz/venues/ilex-botanic-gardens

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