Garden Café Botanica & Shop

Bezoeker koopt wat te eten of te drinken bij het Tuincafé Botanica in de Botanische Tuinen Utrecht

Garden Café Botanica is located in the entrance building of the Botanic Gardens. From the sunny terrace you overlook one of the largest rock gardens in Europe and the historical Fort Hoofddijk. Surrounded by the breathtaking botanical wilderness, Garden Café Botanica is perhaps Utrecht's best-kept secret.

Food and drinks

Enjoy delicious organic sandwiches and fair trade coffee on the sunny terrace or let us surprise you with our soup and salad of the day.

Reserve a picnic bag

You can also have your lunch packed for a picnic in the Gardens! Reserve a vegetarian picnic bag a day in advance at

Opening hours

The Garden Café is open every day between 1 March and 1 December from 10am to 4.30pm. For lunch, the kitchen is open between 12.00 and 15.00.


Unfortunately, reserving a table is not possible but there are beautiful spots for lunch and plenty of picnic tables throughout the Gardens in case the Garden Café is full. If you like to come to our Garden Café with a group, please notify us in advance and we can reserve a space for you if required.

More information about Garden Cafe Botanica at


Our shop in the Entrance Building is the place to complete your visit. We sell books, including a number of exclusive titles, and lots of nice souvenirs for young and old. You will also find special outdoor plants and (organic) seeds with us to get started in your garden. Please note, there are often very nice discount promotions!

Grote boekenkast met boeken in Entreegebouw Botanische Tuinen met een stukje van de Entreebalie