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Palmerston North's four legged cafés


A latte bowl for you and a water bowl for your four-legged friend - here's Palmy's top pup-friendly brunch spots. Bone appetit!
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For coffee connoisseurs who want the freshest of fresh for their morning brew, Aotearoa’s favourite Sublime Coffee Roasters has a base in the heart of the city.  A funky, colourful spot where you’ll be amongst fellow coffee lovers from those picking up a morning cup, to wholesalers, baristas in training and those stocking up their at home supply – this is a place with the shared love of quality beans is appreciated and indulged. Bring your pooch along while you get your cold brew, latte or triple shot and enjoy the outdoor seating and wafting aromas from the freshly roasted beans.

Open 7 days


In the heart of Hokowhitu, Coffee on Ascot is a warm and welcoming neighbourhood café offering organic, fair-trade coffee and home-baked snacks, raw slices and healthy treats. The superfood lattes have a loyal following: beyond the classic turmeric latte, try also the velvet latte or the ‘shroom latte. Using only locally roasted beans and other high quality ingredients (another value of theirs), Coffee on Ascot specialises in allergy friendly slices and sweet treats, so those with dietary requirements can also get in on the fun. Buy your pup a dog friendly treat, and soak up the sun and community vibes from this cosy neighbourhood fav.

Open 7 days.

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Fresh salads, house made breads and tasty classics like homemade baked beans, and authentic spanakopita, Joseph Street Kitchen is a local not-so-secret hot spot. Tucked away on a semi-suburban street, in an old hall, the eclectic nature of this café makes the atmosphere warm and welcoming, with mismatched tables, and chairs hung from the ceiling. The large outdoor area is dog friendly and is draped in a rambling grape vine making you feel like you’re hidden away from the world. The in-house micro-roasted coffee is top-notch, and the summer smoothie menu is the perfect cool down.

Open Tuesday to Saturday.


You’ll love the light, fresh atmosphere in one of the city’s newest cafés, with a sun-drenched outdoor seating area that welcomes pooches. Take your pick from a menu dedicated to seasonal, local fare prepared fresh daily – with a delicious selection of dishes from the grill, lunch bowls, provincial plates, and local baking, not to mention the much-loved curly fries. Wash it down with a coffee, craft beer or soda – Café Local has you covered.

Open Monday to Saturday

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From the tracks to the snacks, the Elm Café is perfectly positioned to fuel up after your stroll along the Manawatū Riverside Pathway or play at Victoria Esplanade. Those unbeatable sunny summer days are best enjoyed in the large courtyard where your pooch can join in too. The menu offers everything you need for a delicious brunch or lunch – the Kumara Hash, and the crepes are firm favourites. The coffee is strong, the wine list is full, and the cabinet is stocked with cakes, brownies and scones galore.

Open Tuesday – Sunday


Tucked away in the suburb of Riverdale, Boho Café is an unexpected delight to stumble upon while out walking your dog. Located near the Manawatū River Pathway, this café is perfect for refuelling after an outing with your furry friend. Outdoor dining comes complete with doggie bowls so you can enjoy your coffee and brioche in peace. All your brunch favourites are here, as a mouth-watering array of baked doughnuts, muffins, scones and more that’s perfect for cheat days, and any day of the week.

Open Wednesday to Sunday

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Where the business district meets the high street, at Café Cuba you’ll find dog owners in both suits and sweatpants enjoying the outdoor dining area. Dogs love to watch the world go by as their owners sip smoothies, dine on an eggs benedict, or simply enjoy their daily caffeine fix. Locals and visitors alike flock to Café Cuba for their cakes – especially the silk cake, a velvety chocolate concoction that is not for the fainthearted. Pull up an outdoor chair or cosy up on the grass area with your pooch – its central city location means this spot is popular with both four-legged and two-legged café lovers.

Open 7 days

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