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Cafe Express Restaurant

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41 The Square | The Grand Building, Palmerston North 4410, New Zealand
+64 6-353 8440
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Auckland, New Zealand
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35 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed yesterday NEW

The three of us had the same dish for lunch (without discussing it!): Beef Bourguignon. Very recommendable, served by friendly staff, and reasonably priced just under 25 dollars. Can't really comment on much else, but would be happy to return and try something different.

Thank martinrummel
Wellington, New Zealand
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450 reviews
347 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 166 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Thanks to TripAdvisor for putting us on to this cafe. Located just on the Square, at the library and George St corner, it is in an area with lots of good cafes. If it's breakfast you are after, this is a great part of town to head to, and Cafe Express is a good choice. We appreciated the range of... More 

Thank Michelle S
Christchurch, New Zealand
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41 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We came here on a beautiful autumn day and had a great breakfast in this busy vibrant cafe. It has a great outlook to the Square and is obviously popular with the locals - and deservedly so. It does the brunch thing efficiently and well.

Thank JRD1000
Christchurch, New Zealand
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24 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 March 2017

I dropped in for a breakfast this week and broke away from my standard bacon and eggs! Enjoyed the muesli and fruit. It was fresh and tasty. Good coffee too! A lovely sunny morning and nice food is a great way to start the day!

Thank mckiwi2016
Sydney, Australia
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97 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 February 2017

Friendly and helpful staff, always polite and helpful, even when busy. Excellent breakfast menu and plenty of choice for lunch. Large serving sizes, flavoursome and beautifully presented meals.

Thank Bevan H
Wellington, New Zealand
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4 reviews
Reviewed 14 February 2017

We had our wedding catered by Gerard. He was able to advise us about fresh seasonal food and flavour combinations. His passion and knowlege on things "foodie" helped create a devine menu of amazing appetisers and a delicious dinner. Gerard was also happy to work with us, incorporating special family dishes we provided. His bacon wrapped chicken was superb, and... More 

Thank keagles2017
Cork, Ireland
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34 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 February 2017

Ate in here on 3 different occasions - once for breakfast (pancakes & bacon) and twice for lunch - chicken & mushroom dumplings with kimchee and a chef's tasting platter. Service was really good and the food was fantastic. Definitely a pleasant surprise.

Thank PHegarty
Feilding, New Zealand
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94 reviews
64 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 February 2017

This cafe has been around for years - its always busy and this has to be a good sign, so I finally got to go for lunch. I had the chicken salad and my friend had the liver dish. Really good coffee, quick service and good size portions, well priced and a nice place to go for lunch. A number... More 

Thank kiwikessler
Palmerston North
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8 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 January 2017

Met a friend for brunch, would really recommend the Vege Baby Grand & The Grand, with the best coffee. The service was friendly and excellent. Sat for a while after and there was no pressure put on us to leave. Would recommend it as a place to meet both small and large groups.

Thank Rob W
Palmerston North, New Zealand
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9 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 January 2017

What a great find it was stumbling across this wee gem today. Fast and friendly service and the food was so delicious. Keep doing what you are doing and I'll be back for more!

Thank rmclean7

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
Cafe, New Zealand, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly
Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Seating, Highchairs Available
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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Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?