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The Bees Knees

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Cafe, New Zealand
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Albert Street | Hokowhitu Shopping Centre, Palmerston North, New Zealand
08:00 - 16:00
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Mon - Fri 08:00 - 16:00
Sat 08:00 - 14:00
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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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6 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

We happened upon the Bees Knees and what a find it was. It is in the perfect location to stay at before starting out on the Waikato River Trail. We stayed in a bunk room but they also offer camping and more private accommodation. The owners are very welcoming and full of local knowledge and on top of that make... More 

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

Frequently stop here for coffee and snack after weekend exercise with friends. Great coffee and a good selection of cabinet food. The staff are always friendly. Lovely to sit outside in the sun.

Thank Rob W
Manawatu-Wanganui Region, New Zealand
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39 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 November 2016

I think since the Cafe has changed ownership there has been a bit of a decline in service and some of the food. The coffee is always good, however it seems to be taking a long time to arrive. My visit last week was disappointing as I was greeted by a not so friendly woman, it seemed a massive big... More 

Thank charlene287
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21 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 October 2016

The scone was great. My wife likes the tea - best in town according to her! The staff are (mostly) friendly.

Thank Dieter S
New Plymouth, New Zealand
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52 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 June 2016

A simple little big breakfast with a latte. Couldn't have been better. Great to get proper quality bacon instead of that often served watery tasteless stuff. Coffee was hot and strong. Service friendly. A happy place to be.

Thank lazzaNP
Oamaru, New Zealand
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208 reviews
158 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 May 2016

The location is easy and the good service nd quality food was most pleasant. Its a unique setting but still provides a good variety of Café food and drinks.

Thank TwoTravellers34
Christchurch, New Zealand
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6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 May 2016

Does a one-off bad experience amongst other more pleasurable experiences warrant a bad review? I'd normally say no, but today I was served the WORST. COFFEE. EVER and cannot let it pass. Finding and retaining a talented, consistent barista seems to be the one key challenge faced by this business. Don't get me wrong - I like this place: it... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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131 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 April 2016

As a stop on the way from Havelock North to Wellington it is a bit out of the way, but this quaint cafe is well worth it. The staff were very help dealing with kids who had been locked in a car too long and the food and coffee well fantanstic.

Thank James F
Palmerston North, New Zealand
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75 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
Reviewed 31 March 2016

Regularly pop in here for one of their muffins, they are really good! An interesting place to sit & eat, quaint little shop. The scones are yum too - and there is always an array of food in the cabinet. Wouldn't recommend the seafood chowder - it was thin and not creamy; but that could be personal preference. Has full... More 

Thank trumpedup
Palmerston North, New Zealand
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30 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 February 2016

A lovely small cafe, with fresh inviting food. Friendly staff, and friendly atmosphere, Cosy would be a good wayof putting it. There are a couple of outside tables, which is lovely on a sunny day..

Thank Aroha8

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Cafe, New Zealand
Lunch, Brunch
Restaurant features
Seating, Wheelchair Accessible
Open Hours
08:00 - 16:00
08:00 - 16:00
08:00 - 16:00
08:00 - 16:00
08:00 - 16:00
08:00 - 14:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Albert Street | Hokowhitu Shopping Centre, Palmerston North, New Zealand
  • Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  North Island  >  Manawatu-Wanganui Region  >  Palmerston North

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?