Most people will know Palmerston North for its surrounding areas of the rolling green hills of Manawatū. But when it comes to Palmerston North cafés, the region’s main city is onto something special. Known for its artsy meets country vibe, Palmerston North has plenty to offer when it comes to all things food and beverage. 

Dotted throughout the heart of the city are numerous gems to be found, and further afar, you will find some cute-as-can-be country cafés for those who want to venture off the beaten track. From funky eateries on Broadway and Cuba streets to neighbourhood bistros in restored buildings where you feel less like a stranger and more like an old friend – there is plenty to choose from.  

For the coffee connoisseurs, Palmerston North cafés champion local roasters such as Arrosta and Ebony – meaning you can easily find a top-notch flat white to quench your morning thirst and satisfy your caffeine requirements. For the foodies – the region’s produce is made the most of with locally-sourced seasonal ingredients and treasures to be found in abundance (those rich fertile pastures make for great growing), meaning brunch and lunch will not disappoint. 

Combining the best of old-school Kiwi (think freshly made mince and cheese pies) with modern times and international influence (think nourishing Buddha Bowls with ingredients sourced from the farm down the road), Palmerston North cafés truly have something for everyone. 

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Coffee on Ascot

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Coffee on Ascot is a warm and welcoming neighbourhood cafe offering organic, fair-trade coffee and home baked snacks, raw slices and healthy treats.

Arrosta Coffee Roasting Co

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At Arrosta Coffee you will find a welcoming espresso bar and functional roastery plus a cupping and training lab - it’s a complete coffee destination.

Café Cuba

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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.

LOCAL Café and Eatery

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LOCAL Café and Eatery truly lives up to its name. After several years of successful trading, the spot has earned a solid regular following who love the café’s colourful plates, locally sourced ingredients, homemade baked goods, coffees and tipples.

Ginger Bird

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Ginger Bird is a countryside café with a big heart, excellent service, homemade treats and barista coffee. The café is housed within two shipping containers, but you’d never guess once inside as the wide windows, light timber and warm lighting give the space a cosy, homey feel.