Best of the Brunch: Palmerston North


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 7 am – 3 pm,  Thursday to Friday 7 am – 7 pm and Saturday 8 am – 3 pm.
LOCAL Cafe, Broadway Avenue

Elm Cafe

Just a five-minute walk from the Manawatu 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 favorites amongst the locals are their kumara hash and crepes.

Open Monday to Sunday 7.30am – 4pm.
Elm Cafe, Fitzherbert Avenue

Stage Door Cafe

Located in the heart of Palmerston North, The Stage Door Cafe offers a super cozy 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 – 4 pm, Saturday 8 am – 3 pm and Sunday 9 am – 3 pm.
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Joseph Street Kitchen

Tucked away location on the edge of the city center, Joseph Street Kitchen is a firm local favorite – especially with the scone connoisseurs and lovers of homemade 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 cozy in the winter and in the warmer months, the grapevine-laden exterior and great outdoor area are 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 7 is – 4 pm.
Joseph Street Kitchen

Joe’s Garage

An iconic New Zealand cafe and restaurant, Joe’s Garage are a kid-friendly option with a cozy 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 center, it’s the perfect place to catch up with friends before embarking on a spot of shopping.

Open Monday to Saturday 7 am – 5 pm and Sunday 8 am – 5 pm.
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, bread, and toasts with toppings, it’s one of the busiest spots in town and well worth the Saturday morning queue.

Open Monday to Sunday 7 am – 3.30pm.
BABCO, Albert Street

Cafe Cuba

A Palmerston North institution, Cafe Cuba is the place to be for weekend brunch. Breakfast favorites 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 at 7 am – 8 pm.
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 at 7 am – 4 pm.