Palmerston North

Hours: Open 7 days from 8 am till late

Phone: 06 357 2614

Cafe Restaurant Bistro, Coffee, Art & Music, the iconic coffee culture in Palmy for 25 years. Mural by Steve Sayer, and an unbeatable tea selection with fine china and warm atmosphere.


In 2009 ‘Barista-the Espresso Bar’ was due for a revamp when Steve Sayer and Gail Shirley took on the challenge of this juggernaut, renaming it simply ‘barista’ introducing a modern twist and Head Chef Shane Flanagan. Today a vibrant and eclectic mix of day and evening menus team with luscious sweet treats, or simple snacks, a full bar liquor licence or BYO wine, 27 fragrant teas and top service from Barista’s staff, reliably open 7 days a week till the theatres close their doors late at night. The current owners shared their experience in art, theatre and music to raise the bar in dining experience. Gail occasionally hosts a 1950’s High Tea and on Saturday nights applies an ATCL in singing with ambient soft jazz and café classics. Meanwhile Steve has used his design and art studies and just a fine brush to transform the soaring concrete walls which come alive with themes from the Library above. Barista’s owners are passionate about their city and local ingredients are delivered fresh daily to present products with honesty and integrity from the bistro-style open kitchen. You can be assured there are no pre-mixes or additives or shortcuts, because at Barista you can see the chefs making our classic cakes, slices and cabinet treats, using wholesome, fresh ingredients every day. George Street in Palmerston North is well known for its cafes and boutique shops and you will be warmly greeted by owner-operators throughout. There are no CEO’s here buying their third holiday home. Small businesses like ours survive on your feedback and so if you have a query or comment you can Facebook, email, phone or contact through the website. Thank you for helping a Mum or Dad put food on the table, a little girl get dancing lessons or a student pay for uni. This is us.

59 George Street, Palmerston North 4410


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