Cafes and donuts in Gisborne

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The Oval Cafe – 30 Aitken st, Gisborne

With the sun finally shining after a few days of nonstop rain, we went for a drive to the town of Gisborne. When I first visited this pretty, little town I was expecting to find chunky homemade pies and friendly country residents however even after over 6 years of lunching in Gisborne I am yet to find that pie. Instead there are a handful of cafes serving what tastes like frozen or ready-made cakes, pies and savoury meals.

This week I ate at the Oval Cafe while catching up with a friend. A young, friendly waitress greeted us at the door and seated us at a table whilst another saw that we had a baby and quickly got us a highchair πŸ™‚ I wasn’t expecting much of the food or the service but was pleasantly surprised when we didn’t have to wait too long for our cappuccinos to come out and the chicken and lamb kebabs we ordered tasted fresh and juicy – juicier than the kebabs in the Brimbank Central food court anyways. The fries were warm but not hot and I left wishing I got the wedges instead. There weren’t to many patrons in the cafe and it didn’t have the warm, small town hospitality that I’d expect, perhaps because it’s not so much a small town these days.

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Giz Donuts – Gisborne Village Shopping Centre, 22 Brantone st, Gisborne

Ok now this place I can definitely recommend you visit! Gisborne’s answer to Footscray’s jam donuts! A humble little shop in the village shopping centre, Giz Donuts serve made to order cinnamon donuts and they are so good you’ll want to drive out here just to get your fingers on them! Soft but also slightly crunchy and served hot, straight from the fryer, I suggest you order at least 6 of these sugar and cinnamon donuts. Two for now, two for later, and another two for a midnight snack with a glass of milk.. YUMMMMM!! Very friendly and efficient service. Make sure you check out Giz Donuts if you’re ever in town or even if you’re driving up the Calder Freeway, take a detour into Gisborne and grab yourself some cinnamon goodness πŸ™‚

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Can you recommend any good places to try in Gisborne? I’d love to hear any tips!

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4 thoughts on “Cafes and donuts in Gisborne

  1. I’ve been curious about that doughtnut place but have never tried it. You’ve made me want to πŸ™‚ To be honest, I don’t think Gisborne has much of a range of amazing cafes – there’s a couple that have opened up recently that aren’t too bad called The Corner and Three Little Pigs. I live just out of Gisborne and always choose to go a little further to Mt Macedon for The Trading Post or up to Woodend for one of the cafes there.

    • If you do try it out let me know what you think! πŸ˜€
      Totally agree – when I started working at Gisborne I thought I’d find a good cafe or bakery selling homemade meat pies but you’re right, there’s not much there πŸ™ Been to The Corner a few times and so far that’s the only place I’ve been happy with! Where’s the Three Little Pigs!!? – will have to try that out πŸ˜€

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