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USSCO Bar & Bistro

Housed in the restored Union Steam Ship Company building (USSCO – get it?), this place is all class. Silky kitchen skills shine in a highly seasonal menu featuring the likes of soy-glazed pork belly with caramelised…
Cafe in Gisborne

PBC Cafe

The creaky old grandeur of the Poverty Bay Club for gentlemen (1874) is reason enough to visit. This cafe within it certainly adds impetus: appealing counter food, all-day brunch, pizza, blackboard specials and reas…
French in Gisborne

Marina Restaurant

Oft touted as Gisborne's best restaurant, the Marina offers casual bistro-style lunches and formal fine-dining dinners, all with very Gallic vibes. The building itself is lovely – an old white weatherboard boathouse…
Cafe in Gisborne

Frank & Albie's

'We cut lunch, not corners' is the motto at Frank & Albie's, a neat little hipster nook on Gisborne's main drag (check out the old art-deco leadlighting above the door). Nifty plywood benches, recycled timber ta…
Cafe in Gisborne


Pop quiz: how many cafes are there in the Western world called 'Zest'? Plenty. But unoriginality aside, this is one of the East Coast's better cafes, offering pizzas, pastas, big breakfasts, salads, wraps, waffles, …
Cafe in Gisborne

Muirs Bookshop & Café

Situated above Muirs Bookshop, a beloved, age-old independent bookseller in a lovely heritage building, this simple cafe offers a small but sweet selection of counter food and cakes. Fans of fine espresso coffee and…
Thai in Gisborne

Just Thai

In a lovely old corner shopfront overlooking the river (part of the 1928 Bates Buildings), Just Thai does just that – excellent Thai curries with lots of seafood and veggie options. Try the Goong Him Ma Parn (prawns…
Sushi in Gisborne

Yoko Sushi Express

If you're into sushi, Yoko will surely lure you in (even if your name's not John). Commendable sushi, along with the usual miso-lany of extras including beaut bento boxes. And Whitesnake on the stereo!
Bakery in Gisborne

Morrell's Artisan Bakery

Artisan bakers with killer pies, wholesome bread, delicious pastries, soups, cookies and cute staff, all made on-site (except the staff). Overlooking the espresso cheesecake brownie would be a mistake.
Supermarket in Gisborne

Pak N Save

Fill up the trolley, and don't forget your Gisborne oranges.