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Essence Cafe

184 Bank Street, Whangarei, New Zealand
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Ranked #22 of 83 Restaurants in Whangarei
Cuisines: Contemporary
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Description: This cafe does breakfast and lunch only - open 7am to 3.30 pm. Has great food, a good gluten-free selection. Outdoor seating in courtyard during summer. Byline is "Essence of heaven on earth"
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English first
Townsville, Australia
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2014

During our entire trip, this was the best meal we had. The food was fresh and tasty and the service was great. Staff were very friendly and had a lovely chat with us. We felt very welcomed. Thank you!!!!

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Christchurch, New Zealand
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38 reviews 38 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014

Came here for lunch & it was lovely. Had the risotto special that was on for the month & was able to substitute an ingredient for something else which was really nice! The dish was well cooked with really nice flavours & well sized for a lunch dish. Definitely dine here again when in town.

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Whangarei, New Zealand
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13 reviews 13 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2013

Loved the courtyard and space between tables. Food was nice. Great place for a coffee and chat with friends

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Bay Area, California
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6 reviews 6 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2013 via mobile

I went hiking with fabulous Whangarei gals and opted to stop here afterwards. Very cute place and yummy coffees and muffins!

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Whangarei, New Zealand
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98 reviews 98 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2013

I love this cafe, The food is fresh and delicious every time I go(once a week). I also love that the place is clean, you can see the kitchen and it is spotless. The food selection has something for everyone. I also love that this is one of the few places with outdoor dining in their pretty courtyard. The staff... More 

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Whangarei, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2013

Food was lovely. Staff were helpful. Tables were spread out. There was a choice of inside and outside dining. Great for a summer get together.

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Russell, New Zealand
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38 reviews 38 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2012

This cafe is a favorite, have been now on more than 12 times, and it simply just keeps getting better, consistent high level of service and excellent food. You can choose from the blackboard menu or from the cabinet, the coffee is exceptional, not once has it been burnt! Alan the owner is always on hand working hard. The cafe... More 

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Whangarei, New Zealand
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13 reviews 13 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2012

A fabulous selection of fresh choices including gluten free!

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Whangarei, New Zealand
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127 reviews 127 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2012

Good for groups to catch up. Good coffee..................

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Whangarei, NZ
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130 reviews 130 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
86 helpful votes 86 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2011

On many occasions my friends and I have met for coffee, breakfast or lunch at Essence Café in Whangarei. This café is quite new on the Whangarei scene but is gaining a great reputation among café and coffee lovers. The selection of food is very comprehensive and there is an excellent range of gluten-free goodies. The breakfast menu includes eggs... More 

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Address: 184 Bank Street, Whangarei, New Zealand
Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  North Island  >  Northland Region  >  Whangarei
Cuisine: Contemporary

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