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Cafe, European, New Zealand
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Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
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Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch
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Reviewed 2 June 2022 via mobile

Visited here for breakfast while travelling up the North Island. Husband and I had the build a breakfast, kids had French toast. Food was beautifully cooked and presented and was delicious. Excellent value for money. Staff were happy to serve the adult serve of French...toast as two smaller portions for the kids. Delicious smoothies and competent coffee and hot chocolate made it a worthwhile experience.More

Date of visit: June 2022
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Reviewed 26 June 2021 via mobile

Beautiful fresh food with a flair! The dumplings were divine and the feta bruschetta was a different take on the traditional one! It didn’t disappoint. Loving your work guys thanks so much

Date of visit: May 2021
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Reviewed 28 October 2020

Just across from the hospital, this cafe is delightful with outdoor seating and ample indoor space. The food is consistently tasty, the coffee is great. It can get busy - I just ask how long things might take to see if my break is long...enough. All good!More

Date of visit: October 2020
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Reviewed 12 October 2020

Great service, friendly staff, tasty food and beverages. Accommodates food intolerances well. I am a regular!

Date of visit: October 2020
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Reviewed 22 March 2020 via mobile

I had quite possibly the best porridge ever at Cafe Zest this week. Perfect sized portion of creamy porridge with spiced fruits and nuts. Just delicious. The coffee was great too. Friendly staff

Date of visit: March 2020
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Reviewed 22 February 2020

Opposite hospital, makes lovely coffee. Had quite a wait with a toddler, which wasnt ideal. Food was nice and french toast was really good, on the expensive side. Gets quite loud with hospital staff having like a meeting and all talking over each other -...couldn't hear yourself think. Can get coffee to take away which was handy.More

Date of visit: February 2020
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Reviewed 15 January 2020

Great service and unfaultable food - lots of options. Very popular with hospital staff. Lovely tea selection; salads delicious and very clean, well kept cafe. Pleasure to visit.

Date of visit: November 2019
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Reviewed 14 November 2019

Literllay, the best cappuccino I've EVER had! Super friendly staff, really nice place to have lunch! 😍 👌🏼

Date of visit: October 2019
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Reviewed 12 November 2019 via mobile

Met up with family for breakfast here on a weekday morning. The cafe is attached to a motel complex opposite the hospital in Palmerston North. It is surprisingly spacious inside - on the morning we visited, there were several groups of people who appeared to...be having work meetings over coffee, a good place for it as it is great for conversation, peaceful and relaxed. We sat by the windows along the front - good natural light and an outlook to the street. There was a simple breakfast menu offering half a dozen different options as well as a selection of cabinet items. We ordered the porridge and the granola/muesli, both of which were very tasty and just a little bit different, not bland or predictable. The coffee was great (Acme cups so often go with great coffee) and we appreciated finding the daily newspaper to read over breakfast. Our meals came out in good time and the service was efficient and helpful. Water bottles are available from a small glass fridge; great to have properly chilled water. We were able to park in the motel carparks right outside, and there are good toilets - ideal for a stop off while travelling or making a hospital visit. Recommended.More

Date of visit: November 2019
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Reviewed 30 October 2019

I have just returned home from lunch at Cafe Zest. Service was very good - the food was excellent. I chose a Buddha salad. It was so tasty. They even gave me a different sauce as ginger was not to my taste. I will definitely...come back. It was no problem getting a park. Nothing went wrong, and I can't think of anything that needs improvingMore

Date of visit: October 2019
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Reviewed 12 September 2019

What a great find. A stylish Cafe with exceptional food and many healthy options. We really enjoyed our meals here and service was great. Coffee was perfect. This Cafe was a breath of fresh air.

Date of visit: September 2019
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Reviewed 10 September 2019

Cafe Zest is a hidden gem, located opposite the Palmerston North Hospital and connected to the Carramar Motor Inn. The staff are so welcoming and friendly, the service is outstanding, the meals are amazing, every bite is totally worth it. Honestly the best french toast...I have ever had and the short rib with couscous was unbelievably good. I cannot wait to visit Palmerston North again just to eat here. Amazing in every way, the dining area is very clean, there is a cosy place to sit on couches with a friend and enjoy a glass of wine. The staff are not pushy and are happy for you just to relax. Honestly has to be my favorite cafe in all of NZ right now.More

Date of visit: September 2019
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Reviewed 10 September 2019

Popped in for breakfast while a relative was in hospital. Lovely atmosphere, fabulous waitstaff and delicious food. Will be back. 5 stars.

Date of visit: September 2019
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Reviewed 10 May 2019 via mobile

I haven't been to Zest for a while but went on Monday with my granddaughter and great grandson. The food was very nice and the drinks too. I had tea and my granddaughter had an iced mocha. We enjoyed our time together.

Date of visit: May 2019
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Reviewed 5 March 2019

We had good friendly service here but it was just the coffee we had today. Everything worked fine and I suspect this place gets used on a regular basis by members of the hospital staff over the road wanting an alternative to the hospital cafe.

Date of visit: February 2019
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CAFE ZEST, Palmerston North - Menu, Prices & Restaurant Reviews

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Cafe Zest is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travellers:
  • Food: 5
  • Service: 5
  • Value: 4.5