Looking for the best brunch spots in Palmerston North? Kiwis love a good brunch date, so whether you’re a local looking for a new spot or you’re visiting Palmerston North for the first time, make sure you check out our list for some of the top brunch spots in the city. Happy brunching!


Located inside the Property Brokers building, LOCAL Cafe is a hugely popular weekday haunt for the business community and a great spot for a Saturday brunch.  Serving up delicious fare sourced from the provinces and prepared fresh daily, LOCAL offer an extensive brunch menu which ranges from ‘breakie’ and ‘banter’ bowls to a ‘build your own breakfast’ option.

Open Monday to Wednesday 7am – 3pm,  Thursday to Friday 7am – 7pm and Saturday 8am – 3pm.


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LOCAL Cafe, Broadway Avenue

Elm Cafe

Just a five minute walk from the Manawatū River Pathway and being dog-friendly, Elm Cafe is the perfect place to pop-in after a leisurely weekend stroll with your pooch in tow. The coffee is strong, the cabinet treats are divine and the menu offers everything you need for a delicious brunch or lunch. Firm favourites amongst the locals are their kumara hash and crepes.

Open Monday to Sunday 7.30am – 4pm.








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Elm Cafe, Fitzherbert Avenue

Stage Door Cafe

Located in the heart of Palmerston North, The Stage Door Cafe offers a super cosy atmosphere, an amazing selection of cabinet food and one of the best brunches in town. With a hearty menu that includes a ‘big breakfast’, ‘vegetarian breakfast’ and some top notch french toast, it’s a must visit on any day of the week.

Open Monday to Friday 7.30am – 4pm, Saturday 8am – 3pm and Sunday 9am – 3pm.


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Stage Door, King Street

Joseph Street Kitchen

Tucked away location on the edge of the city centre, Joseph Street Kitchen is a firm local favourite – especially with the scone connoisseurs and lovers of home made with a twist. The food is fresh and the brunch menu provides something a little more unique than your standard eggs benedict. The beautiful and rustic interior is warm and cosy in the winter and in the warmer months, the grapevine-laden exterior and great outdoor area is a perfect is a perfect place to sit back and relax. Joseph Street Kitchen is definitely one to add your must-visit list.

Open Monday to Saturday 7am – 4pm.








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Joseph Street Kitchen

Joe’s Garage

An iconic New Zealand cafe and restaurant, Joe’s Garage are a a kid friendly option with a cosy atmosphere, friendly service, extensive brunch menu and some of the best coffee in town. Famous for their bacon rolls and located right in the city centre, it’s the perfect place to catch up with friends before embarking on a spot of shopping.

Open Monday to Saturday 7am – 5pm and Sunday 8am – 5pm.








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Joe’s Garage, Princess Street


Head to BABCO if you’re looking to pick up some tasty delicacies to go. With fantastic coffee and a huge selection of delicious pastries, breads and toasts with toppings, it’s one of the busiest spots in town and well worth the Saturday morning queue.

Open Monday to Sunday 7am – 3.30pm.








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BABCO, Albert Street

Cafe Cuba

A Palmerston North institution, Cafe Cuba is the place to be for weekend brunch. Breakfast favourites include the eggs benedict, breakfast tortilla and sweet waffles, and for coffee connoisseurs they serve Havana roasted coffee, making it the perfect place to get your caffeine fix.

Open Monday to Sunday 7am – 8pm.


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Cafe Cuba, Cuba Street 

Cafe Express

If you’re partial to an eggs benedict, look no further than Cafe Express, they offer one of the best in town! Nestled on the edge of The Square, Cafe Express has a loyal local following because of their tasty brunch menu, excellent coffee and welcoming service. It’s the perfect spot to pick up a paper and watch the world go by.

Open Monday to Sunday 7am – 4pm.








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Cafe Express, The Square 


Barista is a warm, friendly and buzzing cafe situated in the heart of George Street, in Palmerston North’s boutique shopping quarter. With their tasty, seasonal brunch menu available every day until 5pm, Barista deliver top quality coffee that justifies their name. Open seven days a week from early morning until the theatres close their doors late at night.

Open Monday to Sunday 8am until very late.








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Barista Cafe, George Street   

Cafe Royale

Tucked away behind The Square Edge, Cafe Royale is a hidden gem that offers a welcoming atmosphere and creative vibe, nestled among artist studios and public exhibitions.  They serve a huge range of locally sourced, free-range and organic produce and their vegetarian and vegan menu is unrivaled. The food and coffee is amazingly tasty and the portions are generous.

Open Monday to Wednesday 7.45am – 3pm, Thursday to Friday 7.45am – 8pm, Saturday 7.45am – 4pm and Sunday 8.45am – 4pm.








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Cafe Royale, The Square 

Cafe Brie

Serving up French inspired breakfasts out of their cosy spot on Broadway Avenue, Cafe Brie offer delicious food and organic coffee at affordable prices. The savoury scrambled eggs and french toast with berry compote and yoghurt are firm favourites amongst the locals.

Open Monday to Friday 7am – 4pm, Saturday 8am – 4pm and Sunday 9am – 3pm.








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Cafe Brie, Broadway Avenue

From award winning restaurants and wine & cocktail bars to inner-city cafes and casual eateries – Manawatū’s eating and drinking scene has a lot to get excited about!

Click here to find out more about where to eat and drink in Palmerston North City and Manawatu.