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

ilex cafe

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 deliciously hot coffee for your stroll through the gardens. 

Open daily 8.30am to 5pm. is a summer outlet located in the refurbished Botanic Gardens Tea Kiosk - handy for 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

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.  

Open 7 Days for lunch, dinner and tapas.

Visitor Centre

The award winning Visitor Centre 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 idea for friends and family.

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