Monday7:00 am – 3:00 pm.
Tuesday7:00 am – 3:00 pm.
Wednesday7:00 am – 3:00 pm.
Thursday7:00 am – 3:00 pm.
Friday7:00 am – 3:00 pm.
Saturday7:00 am – 3:00 pm.
Sunday7:00 am – 3:00 pm.
236 Cuba Street
Located on (you guessed it) Cuba Street, Café Cuba is one of Palmerston’s most popular and long standing cafés and eateries. There’s something for everyone here and the cabinet alone is enough to entice even the most conscientious eaters.
When you enter, you’ll be immediately greeted by the gleaming baked goods cabinet which is home to an array of slices, cakes and other treats. Peppermint, custard, berry, fudge and caramel oaty are some of the slice options available. Café Cuba’s famous cakes include the likes of chocolate mud cake, carrot cake, chocolate mousse cake, silk cakes, raspberry white cheesecake shortcake, baked caramel cheesecake and banoffee pie. Many of these sweet nibbles have keto and gluten free counterparts. Every item is made on site by the dedicated team of bakers and chefs - they start most days at 5 a.m. to get it all done!
Because treats pair well with coffee, this is done excellently, too. Using Havana Coffee Works beans, the café whips up top notch barista beverages to ensure you stay caffeinated as well.
If you’re after something more savoury, check out the menu boards which feature brunch plates galore. The classic bacon benny and southern fried chicken burger with fries are among the highlights. Additional savoury options like chicken filos, veggie paninis and rostis can also be found in the cabinet. Take a peek at the rotating specials as well when you visit.
If the sun is shining, enjoy the patio which has plenty of seating, and treat yourself even further with a tipple from the beer or wine menu.
Words by Olivia Sisson & Photography by Anna Briggs
236 Cuba Street
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