Eat, shop and dine at the Botanic Gardens

You'll find great options to eat, shop and dine nestled within the peaceful environment of the Gardens.

ilex cafe

September to May: open daily 9am to 5pm.

June to August: open daily 9am to 4pm.

The ilex cafe, found in the Visitor Centre, offers a relaxing dining experience with a focus on locally sourced ingredients.  

A delightful space for a social catch up with friends, a special lunch or just a delicious hot coffee for your stroll through the gardens. 

To contact the cafe, call 03 941 5556.

Lucky Duck

Open during the summer on weekdays 10am to 3pm, and weekends 10am to 5pm.

Lucky Duck is a food outlet located in the refurbished Botanic Gardens Tea Kiosk, right next to the playground and paddling pool. 

Designed to take away, it's perfect for a quick coffee, ice cream or to pick up some picnic treats to enjoy in the Gardens.

Curator's House

Open seven days for lunch, dinner and tapas.

The Curator's House(external link), off Rolleston Ave was originally built in 1920 for the curator of the Botanic Gardens but today serves authentic Spanish cuisine and tapas.

Enjoy a stroll through the working fruit and vegetable gardens on the banks of the Avon River.

Visitor Centre

September to May: open daily 9am to 5pm.

June to August: open daily 9am to 4pm.

The award-winning Visitor Centre(external link) is home to our gift shop, which stocks a carefully selected range of beautiful, botanically inspired home and giftware. 

It's a lovely place to browse for a unique souvenir or special gift for friends and family.

To contact staff at the gift shop call 03 941 7590.