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Essence Cafe

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184 Bank Street, Whangarei, New Zealand
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Dining options: Breakfast, Seating, Takeout, Waitstaff
Description: This cafe does breakfast and lunch only - open 7am to 3.30 pm. Has great...
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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  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Good for brunch

Always good for brunch with family. I have never been later than 12 and do not know how long they stay open till. I have never had a bad meal her

4 of 5 starsReviewed October 26, 2015
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Whangarei, New Zealand
2 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2015

Always good for brunch with family. I have never been later than 12 and do not know how long they stay open till. I have never had a bad meal her

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Whangarei, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2015

My workmates and I head to Essence every Friday morning, for brekkie. The staff are really friendly and the food is delicious. We live for Fridays.

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Thank Sistafaith65
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2015 via mobile

We searched Allpress coffee Whangarei for a place to stop on our way from Russell to Auckland. We found Essence Cafe and really pleased we did. Authentic is the word that captures our experience. Lovely service by two young girls who presented neat and clean and very professional service beyond their years. They actually came across as girls wanting to... More 

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Thank Deborah S
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2015 via mobile

Quirky little cafe on the edge- middle of town. Food represented great value and taste . Have gone back a couple times and not been disappointed

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Thank Trev B
Whangarei, New Zealand
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32 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2015

A lovely cafe to have brunch or lunch. There is an outside area which is lovely on a sunny day. Very relaxing. The food is very good, and the staff are great.

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Thank maccie64
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2015 via mobile

We often visit essence café, out has good food at reasonable prices and the people are always friendly.

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Thank pgmcarthur
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2015 via mobile

Went here just the other day and ordered one medium mocha, at about 9am, it took 20 minutes to get my mocha, at the time there was no rush, also wasn't told there was a wait. Quiet disappointed as they're usually prompt on getting coffees out

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Thank raynen r
Whangarei, New Zealand
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55 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2015

We ate here last weekend, and wanted to give Essence a great review for their breakfast. The food is consistently good, the coffee is first class, and the presentation of the food is of a high standard. Their menu has some different items that you don't see in most cafes. Plus, they have a garden area out back which is... More 

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Thank L_DTravellers
Quorn, United Kingdom
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98 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2015

A popular location offering down to earth food and good service. Good for breakfast and lunch. Always clean and tidy

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Thank Bernard R
Whangarei, New Zealand
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51 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2015 via mobile

I have been here a few times for coffee and re fly had lunch - a 'power salad'. It was very nice & fresh and the service and coffee is good. I'm going again for lunch today!

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

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

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Contemporary

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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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?