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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Please be aware that while the bookshop is still open and awesome, the cafe is no longer there and should be removed from the Restaurant category on TripAdviser.

Date of visit: September 2022
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Reviewed July 26, 2021

A small postcard size booklet perfect to send to ex-pats overseas or a quick and easy gift to remind people of Tairawhiti the 'place to be'. Blending beautiful seascapes with thought provoking haiku this small treasure will linger in your thoughts and remind you of...your home in Aotearoa or your fabulous trip to Gisborne. Pop 'Seaside Solitude' in the envelope provided and post to loved ones around the world.More

Date of visit: July 2021
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Reviewed October 6, 2020 via mobile

We couldn’t resist calling into Muirs while we were doing the tourist walk down the Main Street of Gisborne. It’s a proper bookshop like so many of us grew up with and now miss. The tables contain a thoughtful selection of books to tempt you,...and the staff were very helpful and pleasant. Recommended.More

Date of visit: October 2020
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bookshopcafe, Owner at Muirs Bookshop, responded to this reviewResponded October 7, 2020

Thanks so much Bob. Glad you enjoyed your visit. Regards, Kim Pittar

Reviewed August 9, 2020

Fantastic selection of books. Well set out, and easy to find what you are looking for. Shame the cafe isn't open still.

Date of visit: August 2020
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bookshopcafe, Owner at Muirs Bookshop, responded to this reviewResponded August 11, 2020

Thanks HeatherG488. Glad you enjoyed the bookshop. We'd love to have kept our cafe, but the CBD is short of daily workers these days making the cafe increasingly difficult to justify. Regards, Kim.

Reviewed July 2, 2020 via mobile

A superb range of books, not just new but also secondhand. We came away with six, and that was being restrained. A Gisborne gem. Note: the cafe is now closed.

Date of visit: June 2020
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bookshopcafe, Owner at Muirs Bookshop, responded to this reviewResponded July 5, 2020

Thanks EllieCambridge - so glad you enjoyed our bookshop. Restraining oneself is just as hard for staff as customers....so many good books to read.

Reviewed May 7, 2020

This is NZ's oldest independent bookshop with an oldy-worldy atmosphere. Outstanding range of books for a provincial town: all the latest best sellers, magical children's books, Māori, New Zealand non fiction and coffee table. Upstairs - the best cafe in town!More

Date of visit: December 2019
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bookshopcafe, Owner at Muirs Bookshop, responded to this reviewResponded May 10, 2020

Thank you so much for this lovely review and push for people to support us. The bookshop is open under Level 3. However, our café will not reopen, sorry. Our main staff left, one to have a baby and one due to an old injury...More

Reviewed March 21, 2020 via mobile

This is a do not miss place. Downstairs are heaps of book, upstairs isa wonderful cafe, where you can sit outside and observe life. My favorite place in Gisborne

Date of visit: March 2020
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Reviewed March 17, 2020

Incredible book store with a massive range of books. Love the cafe too, such a nice spot with beautiful windows and wooden floors. Their foods always good, love the relish they serve with the savouries. Probably the best cafe in Gisborne.

Date of visit: November 2019
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Reviewed January 19, 2020 via mobile

Great selection of books. We had no problem topping up our holiday reading material. Lovely atmosphere in the store as well, great for browsing as well as buying and has a second hand section as well as new books and magazines.

Date of visit: January 2020
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Reviewed December 27, 2019 via mobile

Good coffee in upstairs of a great bookshop with a wide range of interesting books. Worth a visit for both the book selection and the coffee and food.

Date of visit: December 2019
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bookshopcafe, Owner at Muirs Bookshop, responded to this reviewResponded December 29, 2019

Thanks grater1 - glad you enjoyed your visit with us.

Reviewed December 26, 2019 via mobile

We went here for a cup of coffee and a bite to eat I had a beautiful fresh muffin. And my wife had gluten free brownie it was very delicious. It looks like a very beautiful place it’s a pity we didn’t have time to...stay here to eat our food.More

Date of visit: December 2019
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bookshopcafe, Owner at Muirs Bookshop, responded to this reviewResponded December 29, 2019

Thanks PieterS90 for your review of our café. Not sure why you couldn't stay to finish eating - hope it was nothing serious for you.

Reviewed November 21, 2019

Superb cafe sits atop the bookshop. Its a lovely, high-ceilings space with a huge verandah overlooking Gibson’s Main Street. Coffee and salad- and a good peruse of the shelf’s downstairs- we were happy campers

Date of visit: October 2019
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bookshopcafe, Owner at Muirs Bookshop, responded to this reviewResponded November 24, 2019

Thanks Eli B - so glad you enjoyed your visit to our shop and café, and Gisborne!

Reviewed November 2, 2019

We had just arrived in town & came across this place for lunch. When we arrived upstairs I said 'hello' to the young lady at the counter but didn't get a response so repeated it & got a 'hello' back.... I really felt that she...didn't want to be there & wasn't really welcoming at all. We chose the savoury muffins which were the best I have ever had. The coffee wasn't hot enough so not sure what was happening there. The outside balcony was amazing to just relax in the sun.More

Date of visit: October 2019
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bookshopcafe, Owner at Muirs Bookshop, responded to this reviewResponded November 3, 2019

Thanks cheffoodie for this feedback. I shall address your comments to my staff to get your lack of response from them sorted. That's not good enough. Kim Pittar Owner

Reviewed October 28, 2019

Bit disappointed with this place, looked good, but very poor selection of food, got There at about 1.00pm. no menu, just got told what was available was in the cabinet. I did not stay.

Date of visit: October 2019
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Reviewed August 10, 2019

My R & R catch up in Gizzy saw me come here twice. I had been here on a previous trip back & I say the same ... a lovely cafe. The cafe sits upstairs so if you are lucky enough to get a nice...day, sitting outside is perfect. Great staff.More

Date of visit: August 2019
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Yes, Muirs Bookshop offers takeout services.

Muirs Bookshop is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travelers:
  • Food: 4
  • Service: 4
  • Value: 4
  • Atmosphere: 4.5