Palmerston North – it’s a melting pot of a city where north meets south, country meets city and old-school New Zealand meets international fusion.

This diverse range of influences and cultures is reflected in Palmerston North restaurants, with everything from Japanese Izakaya and Vietnamese to authentic Mexican and South African fare. So whether you are local or planning a visit from out of town, prepare to be well-fed.  

Fresh produce is celebrated in abundance, with the region’s ideal growing conditions offering up plenty of delicious seasonal ingredients to be enjoyed at Palmerston North restaurants, including the best of New Zealand meats and plant-based delights.  

In Palmerston North, the vibes also come a plenty. Step inside a Mexican cantina well worthy of an Instagram shout-out for the décor alone, or cosy up in a family-owned corner bistro with an ambience made to make you feel right at home. As well as tickling your taste buds, restaurants in Palmerston North know how to pour a good tipple. With everything from margaritas, hot sake and the best of New Zealand wines on offer, you can be sure that your meals will be matched well.  

So whether you want a fine-dining experience or something quirky and a little bit different to treat your tastebuds and give you and your fellow diners an experience to remember, Palmerston North restaurants have got you covered. You certainly won’t be going hungry.

Dine your Way Around Palmerston North

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When it comes to New Zealand’s foodie destinations, Wellington is almost always top of mind. But just above Wellington, you’ll find Palmerston North situated in the heartland where many of our most prized ingredients originate.

Amayjen Restaurant

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Amayjen is one of the crown jewels of Feilding’s hospitality scene. Owned and operated by Andrew and Jenni May, this local restaurant earned a Cuisine Good Food Awards ‘hat’ in 2017 and continues to dish up inspired local flavours today.


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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.

The Fat Farmer

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The Fat Farmer is a neighbourhood bistro that’s elegant and extremely well furnished but still manages to feel like your mate’s place.

Saigon Corner

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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.


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On George Street you’ll find Libre, one of the best spots we’ve found for authentic and delicious Mexican food and drink in all of New Zealand.

HARU Japanese Restaurant

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A calming central city spot for top quality Japanese fare. At Haru Japanese Restaurant you’ll be quickly greeted and seated by the friendly staff. Order some warm green or yuzu tea and explore the menu which is varied but not overwhelming.