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Cafe Express

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41 The Square | The Grand Building, Palmerston North 4410, New Zealand
+64 6-353 8440
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  • Excellent54%
  • Very good39%
  • Average4%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
Travellers talk about
“brunch” (11 reviews)
“french toast” (3 reviews)
“tapas” (2 reviews)
Restaurant Hours
Cafe, New Zealand, European, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly
$$ - $$$
41 The Square | The Grand Building, Palmerston North 4410, New Zealand
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Reviewed 17 January 2018

Sunday brunch and the place was buzzing. We would have preferred to eat outside but there wasn't a spare table with an umbrella. I asked for, and was given, a gluten free menu. However we both chose the blackboard special. I checked that it was...More

Thank SusanMaree1954
Reviewed 4 January 2018 via mobile

The cafe was not busy but we had reserved just in case. We were greeted & shown to our table & handed a menu. We were told the specials then left alone! After a long time 15-20 mins we called over a waitress. Another long...More

Thank Aroha8
Reviewed 23 October 2017

Located at random and very glad we found it. Pretty packed but we got a table. We enjoyed friendly and helpful service and even greater food at sensible prices. I ordered 2 tapas, a lot bigger than expected and delightful with Thai pork meatballs and...More

Thank MerlinBlaise
Reviewed 27 September 2017 via mobile

Had breakfast there this morning. Loved the coffee and we had a selection of breakfasts which where all solid efforts. Nice friendly staff. Would visit here again.

Thank Andrew M
Reviewed 13 September 2017 via mobile

Great food to supplement the awesome Havana coffee. Highly recommend the baby grand for breakfast and the open steak sandwich for lunch.

Thank nickegnz
Reviewed 4 September 2017 via mobile

Friendliest of staff, reasonably priced, great cooking...zings with flavour, beautifully presented and all with a smile and good humour.

Thank Poppy G
Reviewed 30 August 2017

I was recommended to stop for brunch at Cafe Express, and was not disappointed. Great coffee, perfect omelette, and Margaret had the "Baby Grand", essentially a lady's version of a "boy's big breakfast". Great central location on the square.

Thank Ian J
Reviewed 8 August 2017 via mobile

This cafe is a very good example of a Kiwi style cafe. I had breakfast here recently on my first visit to Palmerston North in over a decade. Service was friendly and efficient. Food was great. The menu was what you would expect from a...More

Thank Ant W
Reviewed 19 July 2017 via mobile

Had a one night stop in Palmy with friends. Saw the sign that said cafe of the year, so decided to stop and eat brekky. I had the baked beans and they were yummy. Friend had muesli and enjoyed. My only minor criticism would be...More

Thank Nick B
Reviewed 17 June 2017

Looked like a great place, it was and a very clean place with happy staff, To us that makes all the difference. Great food and will be back for sure.

Thank daibach999
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Child-friendly, Kids, Groups
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 41 The Square | The Grand Building, Palmerston North 4410, New Zealand
  • Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  North Island  >  Manawatu-Wanganui Region  >  Palmerston North
  • Phone Number: +64 6-353 8440
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