Best cafes in Manawatu-Whanganui

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With thousands of excellent cafes in New Zealand, it’s always difficult to work out which are the best to try, especially if you are new to a place.

Thankfully, the annual New Zealand Cafe of the Year awards help sort out the best through objective judging and public feedback.

The best cafes in Manawatu-Whanganui

Cafes shortlisted by judges for the national awards:

Best Metro/CBD


26 Victoria Avenue, St Johns Hill, Whanganui

Best Rural

Café 39 South 

2159 State Highway 4, Owhango, near Taumararunui

Essence Café 

46 Manchester Street, Feilding

Kristy’s Café 

151 London Street, Springvale, Whanganui

Classic Kiwi

KR’s Café & Catering Ltd 

32 Fergusson Street, Feilding

Mothered Goose

119 Bridge Street, Bulls

People’s Choice

Lower North Island region (joint winners)

Café Jacko 

8 George St, Palmerston North

Springvale Café

18 Devon Road, Springvale, Whanganui

Source: New Zealand Cafe of the Year Awards 2016, run by the Restaurant Association of New Zealand.  Factors considered by the judges including atmosphere and appearance, menu and coffee, service, staff interaction and overall impression.

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