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Discover the neatest places to eat, drink, shop and more in Palmerston North.

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Palmerston North City Itinerary

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Toss any preconceptions you might have, there is A LOT to do in Palmerston North. If you like food, drink, art, shopping, and friendly people, you’ve come to the right place. While you won’t be able to fit all the great places into just one day, this guide will lead you to some of the very best bits. Each spot offers something different, but they all have one thing in common - the owners, proprietors, chefs, artists, curators, shopkeepers, and staff take pride in their work and are excellent ambassadors for Palmerston North.

New Zealand’s Top Bakeries to Satisfy Your Sweet Tooth

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Carb lovers rejoice, we’ve scoured the country for the best baked goods establishments aka bakeries! No sourdough loaf, flaky almond croissant or pillowy brioche doughnut has been left unturned in this quest.

Follow the Crumbs ... 9 NZ Pâtisseries Worth Knowing

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Walking into a pâtisserie is an experience that can overwhelm your senses - in the best way possible.

Forget the Chocolate Eggs, Let’s Hunt For The Best Hot Cross Buns

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It’s that time of year; hot cross bun season and we’re all about it.

Where to get Down with Donuts

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Doughnuts or donuts--who really cares? We've rounded up the best doughy deliciousness you can find in NZ.

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Saigon Corner

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Place Palmerston North
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Head to Saigon Corner on Princess Street for a taste of Vietnam. This local spot’s modern Vietnamese cuisine has earned excellence on TripAdvisor for over three years straight, and it doesn’t take long to figure out why.

Little Savanna

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Place Palmerston North
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Little Savanna’s expert fit-out gives this South African-inspired restaurant a unique visual identity on the Palmerston North dining scene. With strong food and drink offerings to match, it’s a complete lunch or dinner destination in the heart of the city.

Nero

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Place Palmerston North
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Nero, a family-owned modern bistro, has made a name for themselves in Palmerston North over the last twenty years with consistently great food and service.

Yatai Japanese Izakaya Restaurant

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Place Palmerston North
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Just minutes from the heart of downtown Palmerston North you’ll find Yatai Japanese Izakaya. Tucked away off the street, this special restaurant will transport you and your taste buds to Japan in no time.