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Palmerston North's four legged cafés

If you're on the hunt for a brunch spot you can take your four legged friend to then Palmerston North has got you covered.
If you're on the hunt for a brunch spot you can take your four legged friend to then Palmerston North has got you covered.
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Joseph Street Kitchen

Fresh salads, house made breads and tasty classics like the home made baked beans, and the 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 coffee is top notch, and the summer smoothie menu is a must try.

Open Monday to Saturday.

Local Café & Eatery, Palmerston North

Local Café & Eatery

You’ll love the light, fresh atmosphere in one of the city’s newest cafés, with a sun dappled outdoor seating area that welcomes pooches. With a menu dedicated to seasonal, local fare, prepared fresh daily there’s a delicious selection of lunch bowls, grilled heroes, provincial plates and local baking not to mention the much-loved curly fries. Whether you’re after a coffee, craft beer or soda – Café Local has you covered.

Open Monday to Saturday.

Elm Café, Palmerston North

Elm Café

Whether you’re after a full meal or something light, the Elm Café is a great spot to check out, and is located very near to the Manawatū Riverside Pathway and Victoria Esplanade. Sunny days are best enjoyed in the large courtyard where your pooch can come 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 offers cakes, brownies and scones galore.

Open seven days.

Boho Café, Palmerston North

Boho Café

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. The menu here is seasonal and brings the best of brunches as well as a mouth-watering array of baked doughnuts, muffins, scones and more to try.

Open Tuesday to Sunday.

Café Cuba, Palmerston North

Café Cuba

Right in the heart of the city, Café Cuba is something of an icon here in Palmerston North, and is perfect for outdoor dining this summer. Dogs love to watch the world go by as their owners sip smoothies, dine on an eggs benedict or simply enjoy coffee and cake. Café Cuba offers a large all day menu, and is locally famous for their cakes – especially the silk cake, a velvety chocolate concoction that is not for the faint hearted. The wide grass verge adorned with a large sculpture, and handy location to the city centre means this spot is popular with both four legged and two legged cafe lovers.

Open seven days.



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