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Muirs Bookshop & Cafe

62 Gladstone Road | Above Muirs Bookshop, Gisborne 4010, New Zealand
+64 6-867 9742
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  • Excellent45%
  • Very good46%
  • Average8%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible0%
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“frittata” (3 reviews)
“book shop” (7 reviews)
“great coffee” (10 reviews)
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Cafe, New Zealand, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
££ - £££
62 Gladstone Road | Above Muirs Bookshop, Gisborne 4010, New Zealand
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Reviewed 1 week ago

If you want somewhere to sit and enjoy coffee in a relaxing and interesting environment, then pop upstairs to the small cafe above the bookshop. Worth the visit!

Date of visit: January 2019
Thank CaroleB2352
Reviewed 6 November 2018

After a walk round the roomy and well laid out book repository, a trip up the stairs reveals a pleasant cafe with great coffee and a diverse choice of food.

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank peterbK2192ZG
bookshopcafe, Owner at Muirs Bookshop & Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 7 November 2018

Hi Peter So glad you had a lovely visit to our bookshop and café. Do come back and/or tell lots of people about us. Kind regards Kim Pittar

Reviewed 2 November 2018

This cafe has nice food and coffee but its main attraction is that it is upstairs above the bookshop and it has a veranda where, on fine days, you can sit outside and watch life go by on the street below. It is the only...More

Date of visit: June 2018
Thank TWgo
Reviewed 6 October 2018 via mobile

Loved this place. Above a bookshop so grab something to read and then head upstairs for great coffee and a selection of food. I didn’t try the food but the coffee was really good and service with a smile. They were happy for me to...More

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank 915brettt
Reviewed 4 September 2018

This is a nice setting and the staff were friendly. There is plenty of food choices and the food was good.

Date of visit: June 2018
Thank Michelle659
Reviewed 22 May 2018

Perfect sitting on the sunny balcony. Yammy caramel walnut slice and good coffee. The place to be and watch the Gisborne streetlife.

Date of visit: April 2018
Thank Journeycreator
bookshopcafe, Owner at Muirs Bookshop & Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 24 May 2018

Thanks for you great review. Glad you enjoyed your stop with us. Regards Kim Pittar Owner

Reviewed 19 April 2018 via mobile

Could not find a fault! Food was delicious...coffee perfect...staff were chatty and friendly...highly recommend. The Palm trees are beautiful.

Date of visit: April 2018
Thank Justine R
Reviewed 12 April 2018

Very good service and standard cafe fare. The staff could do their banal chatter in the open kitchen a little more quietly, though. I like the outside seating on the verandah.

Date of visit: January 2018
Thank RoseB2958
bookshopcafe, Owner at Muirs Bookshop & Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 15 April 2018

Hi Rose B - Thanks for your comments. Agree the girls do get a bit chatty, so thank you for bringing that up. I'll remind them to tone it down a bit. Kind regards Kim Pittar - owner

Reviewed 1 March 2018

This cafe was above a great old school bookstore - you don't see many like it nowadays. The atmosphere & displays made you want to settle into the reading nook. We were here for breakfast, the coffee was good but not fantastic.The food options were...More

Date of visit: February 2018
Thank MJGx2
bookshopcafe, Owner at Muirs Bookshop & Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 4 March 2018

Hi MJGx2 - glad you enjoyed your visit. No we don't offer breakfast as our kitchen is too limiting. We are a morning tea/lunch café only, sorry about that. Regards Kim Pittar Owner

Reviewed 10 February 2018

I have eaten here before. It was initially a surprise to find a café inside a book shop. The food was very nice and the staff were very friendly. Nice place for a quick lunch.

Date of visit: February 2018
Thank Pokeno8
bookshopcafe, Owner at Muirs Bookshop & Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 13 February 2018

Thanks Pokeno8 - glad you had another nice visit. Kim Pittar Owner

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Breakfast, Brunch, Lunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating
Good for
Kids, Child-friendly
Open Hours
08:30 - 15:30
08:30 - 15:30
08:30 - 15:30
08:30 - 15:30
08:30 - 15:30
09:00 - 15:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 62 Gladstone Road | Above Muirs Bookshop, Gisborne 4010, New Zealand
  • Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  North Island  >  Gisborne Region  >  Gisborne
  • Phone Number: +64 6-867 9742
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Café in colonial building, upstairs from the famous bookshop. North facing balcony for sunny, off street eating. Selection of savoury and sweet lunch and morning/afternoon tea food and Supreme coffee. Soup in winter, salads, sandwiches and home baking and very friendly staff. Toilet available and breast feeding mothers are welcome.
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