About Barista

 An iconic Palmy destination since 1990’s - ‘Barista-the Espresso Bar’ was sold in 2009 and renamed simply ‘Barista’ and introduced the modern ambience which is continued by Shaun and Charlotte James in 2023. Today’s vibrant and eclectic mix of day and evening menus is teamed 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.

Barista is reliably open 7 days and 6 nights a week till the theatres close their doors late at night.


beef salad off the menu book


Former owners Gail Shirley and Steven Sayer added a theatrical touch from 2009 and Steven created the detailed mural over the next ten years. Using just a fine brush he transformed 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.


cafe front 2015 gregs photo


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.

Barista is open every day, 8.00am till very late Monday to Saturday, and 9am -4pm on Sundays and Public Holidays (no surcharges)

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59 George Street
Palmerston North Ph 06 357 2614
Open every day, see Barista on Facebook for updates

Text 027 263 3338
Or Phone 06 3572614 for bookings