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Bookshop Cafe

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Cafe, New Zealand, Gluten Free Options
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62 Gladstone Road | Above Muirs Bookshop, Gisborne 4010, New Zealand
+64 6-867 9742
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08:30 - 15:30
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Mon - Sat 08:30 - 15:30
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Wavell Heights
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67 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 October 2016

Large, old-fashioned bookshop full of all the latest titles and modern work up front and a considerable second-hand section out the back. Cafe upstairs with some amazing sweets. Take a book, but it is popular so be prepared to be stared out of your seat. Outdoors section if it's not raining. Support this place please. It's a wonderful location and... More 

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1 Thank 842brucec
bookshopcafe, Owner at Bookshop Cafe, responded to this review

Thanks 842brucec for this plea and review. We are all working really hard to keep the bookshop and café alive and vibrant in this age of on-line. So glad you enjoyed your visit. Regards Kim Pittar Owner More 

Level Contributor
14 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 October 2016 via mobile

The Bookshop Cafe is exactly what it says. Take a book from the shelf, order a delicious meal or maybe just a naughty little sweet treat. Your favorite pot of tea or coffee. .. find yourself a table and relax. Inside or out the atmosphere is food for your soul. Well done!

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1 Thank 605marleneg
bookshopcafe, Owner at Bookshop Cafe, responded to this review

Lovely review, thanks 605marleneg. So glad you enjoyed our spot. Regards Kim Pittar Owner More 

Auckland Region, New Zealand
Level Contributor
7 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 October 2016

This cafe is upstairs above a seriously great bookshop. The food is home made, really tasty and high quality. There is a balcony and the seating both outdoors and indoors is very pleasant. Lovely atmosphere.

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Thank Sheana W
bookshopcafe, Owner at Bookshop Cafe, responded to this review

Thanks Sheana W for your review of our café. So glad you enjoyed our place. Regards Kim Pittar Owner More 

Christchurch, New Zealand
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93 reviews
69 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 September 2016

What a great combination - books and coffee! The characterful atmosphere of this cafe is something to savour, along with the great range of delectable food and delicious coffee.

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Thank Murray L
bookshopcafe, Owner at Bookshop Cafe, responded to this review

Thanks for your review Murray. Great place to be today, pelting with rain but warm, dry and well fed in here! Regards Kim Pittar Owner More 

Gisborne, New Zealand
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16 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 September 2016

You get your book from the first floor, then you get your tea at the second floor, and you sit on the balcony. There is a slight breeze. The tea selection is satisfying. That's my idea of a nice afternoon. I don't recommend during the lunch time because it is always crowded. (Or you can go there a little bit... More 

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Thank TheGreatBumble
bookshopcafe, Owner at Bookshop Cafe, responded to this review

Thanks so much for your wonderful comments about our café and bookshop. We all love to know we are doing our very best for our visitors and regular customers. Regards Kim Pittar Owner More 

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19 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 September 2016 via mobile

Thoroughly enjoyed our Saturday lunch at Bookshop Cafe. Don't be put off by the location, upstairs, above the book shop. Excellent food and coffee and the hospitality was very friendly and helpful. Dietary questions about dairy and gluten free options were handled with patient understanding. The atmosphere was very conducive to relaxing and enjoying the food in a warm, welcoming... More 

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Thank Jonathon T
bookshopcafe, Owner at Bookshop Cafe, responded to this review

Thanks Jonathan T for your review of our café. I will pass your comments on to the girls up in the café. They just love feedback and will be glad to know you appreciated their help with your food choices. Kind regards Kim Pittar Owner More 

Christchurch, New Zealand
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12 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 August 2016 via mobile

Just two of us for coffee and a snack. Situated above a great little bookstore, it has a small menu of cakes, snacks and drinks. Excellent space to come and chill and read a magazine or book, or have a chat.

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Thank snapperbiscuitnz
bookshopcafe, Owner at Bookshop Cafe, responded to this review

Thanks snapperbiscuitnz - glad you enjoyed your visit. Kim Pittar Owner More 

Gisborne, New Zealand
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9 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 August 2016

These savoury muffins are my favourite in the city. They are moist and have a cover of onion jam or similar on them before they are cooked. Then you can choose how much better you want from the fridge. Yum! A flat white and the world is a good place.

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Thank annepardoe
bookshopcafe, Owner at Bookshop Cafe, responded to this review

Thank you Anne for your great review. The muffins are still a firm favourite here. Kim Pittar Owner More 

Gisborne, New Zealand
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11 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 August 2016

I really enjoy this cafe. Love the decor with the brick walls, high ceilings and grand windows out to balcony that looks over the Main Street. Food is affordable and quality. Good salads and vege options

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Thank mad4vintage
bookshopcafe, Owner at Bookshop Cafe, responded to this review

Thanks mad4vintage for you great review. Glad you enjoyed your visit. Kim Pittar Owner More 

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 July 2016

Lovely place to sit down for a coffee and a treat (the caramel slice is amazing) Have been here a couple times, both solo and as a couple and the staff are always really friendly and cheerful.

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Thank Amber Liz V
bookshopcafe, Owner at Bookshop Cafe, responded to this review

Thanks Amber Liz V for you lovely comments. Keep coming back! Regards Kim Pittar Owner More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Cuisine
Cafe, New Zealand, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Takeout
Good for
Child-friendly
Open Hours
Monday
08:30 - 15:30
Tuesday
08:30 - 15:30
Wednesday
08:30 - 15:30
Thursday
08:30 - 15:30
Friday
08:30 - 15:30
Saturday
08:30 - 15:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 62 Gladstone Road | Above Muirs Bookshop, Gisborne 4010, New Zealand
  • Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  North Island  >  Gisborne Region  >  Gisborne
  • Phone Number: +64 6-867 9742

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