CITY WORKS DEPOT, 90 WELLESLEY ST, CENTRAL CITY
It’s tucked into a concrete bunker and looks out on a car park, but overcoming problems like that is what turns the ordinary into the special. The Botanist is popular for breakfast, lunch and functions (and as a bar). Chef Sara Simpson covers the bases with an inventive and frequently changing menu (special favourite: chorizo, ham hock and chipotle braised beans with fried egg and sourdough), while florist Eden Hessel offers her beautiful arrangements right there in the shop.
BEST FOR: Original brunch food with easy parking. Three Beans coffee