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The Elm Cafe

283 Fitzherbert Avenue, Palmerston North 4410, New Zealand
+64 6-355 4418
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  • Excellent42%
  • Very good43%
  • Average9%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
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Cafe, European, New Zealand, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
283 Fitzherbert Avenue, Palmerston North 4410, New Zealand
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We visited here for the first time last December and ate from the counter cabinet. Our latest visit saw us choose from the table served menu. On both occasions the food and service were excellent. The owner and chef are on-site, take pride in what...More

Thank Steve J
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

A regular place for me to go as the food is always wonderful. Tasty, great menu and prompt. Best cafe/restaurant in Palmerston North by a mile in my opinion.

Thank JPLNewZealand
Reviewed 17 April 2017

Thoroughly enjoyed lunch at The Elm Cafe. Very popular and it was only a Wednesday. I had the Portobello Mushrooms & my husband the Kumara Hash both from the Brunch Menus, which were both delicious.

Thank Clare B
Reviewed 11 April 2017

We enjoyed a really nice Sunday brekky here. The menu had some different meals to those normally seen and we both tried something different. Really nice food and quickly served.

Thank kimbachick
Reviewed 25 March 2017 via mobile

This has become a favourite for a delicious breakfast or brunch. If we're not eating off the menu, we enjoy the scones or muffins. The coffee is always great and the staff are friendly. Recommend to everyone.

Thank charlene287
Reviewed 25 March 2017

We went for a Sunday lunch, and took and inside seat. The sound seemed to carry, and we could pick up conversations all around. Our order was taken quickly, and the food didn't take too long to arrive. My wife had the omelette which was...More

1  Thank Tenorman41
Reviewed 15 March 2017 via mobile

Nice food, great service in a nice quiet location. Day spa next door. Be great to have lunch then spend the afternoon at the spa...

Thank lanceandange
Reviewed 14 March 2017 via mobile

The service, food and coffees varied from reasonable to well below average. My coffee was bitter, had a scone which was nice but stingy on the butter. Others had panninis but heating wasn't offered but was done when asked for. Food came out at varied...More

1  Thank kiwipacemaker
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Reviewed 21 February 2017 via mobile

Awesome service, and environment. Barista skills are always really good, same with food. One of my favourite cafes in palmy.

Thank A TripAdvisor Member
Reviewed 17 February 2017

We enjoyed a rather good coffee and were totally won over the delicious and highly calorific cakes and slices at Elm. I had something that was packed with nuts and caramel, which I relished. The counter service was extremely friendly. My friend and I sat...More

Thank Pennie H
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Business meetings, Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining, Groups
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 283 Fitzherbert Avenue, Palmerston North 4410, New Zealand
  • Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  North Island  >  Manawatu-Wanganui Region  >  Palmerston North
  • Phone Number: +64 6-355 4418
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