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96 The Esplanade, Kaikoura, New Zealand
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Dining options: Coffee & Tea, Breakfast, Brunch, Lunch
Description: Cafe open 0700 to 1700 does breakfasts, lunches afternoon teas. Phone...
Cafe open 0700 to 1700 does breakfasts, lunches afternoon teas. Phone 033196777
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
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Excellent coffee, one of best in town. For a small flat white (picollino) it's 4 dollar and small coffee it's 3 dollar. Lunch during slow season it's only from 12u - 2u so keep this in mind!

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 27, 2015
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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16 reviews 16 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015 NEW

Excellent coffee, one of best in town. For a small flat white (picollino) it's 4 dollar and small coffee it's 3 dollar. Lunch during slow season it's only from 12u - 2u so keep this in mind!

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Christchurch, New Zealand
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5 reviews 5 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2015 NEW

This is a very special cafe with atmosphere right on the shore in Kaikoura. It is lovely to eat outside under umbrellas and soak in the sea-side atmosphere, while eating a superbly created meal. I indeed felt that the meal was one of the best I have eaten this year. .

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Winterthur, Switzerland
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67 reviews 67 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015

Its small but serves some really good bites, also the coffee comes with latteart,its good for waiting for a tour or something. only worse, a bit expensive!

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Liverpool, United Kingdom
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54 reviews 54 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2015

We loved this cafe and came back several times,breakfast was gorgeous with the best scrambled eggs ever ! There's also a great selection of teas to help your meal go down. Nice buzzing atmosphere and a lovely,unusual gift shop within the premises. Give it a go.

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Christchurch, New Zealand
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17 reviews 17 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015

This is a lovely café with great coffee and a nice gift shop. The food is average, my tuna fishcake was mainly potato and lacking in flavour. Our sandwich order was incorrect but speedily rectified with a smile. The staff are lovely and views outstanding. Would happily come here again.

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2015

A good selection of food, clean, next to white morph hotel. Friendly polite staff, nice coffee. Recommend this cafe for lunch.

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Christchurch, New Zealand
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58 reviews 58 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2015

We were travelling through Kaikoura and needed a break and caffeine. This is a great place to stop. The staff are friendly and the food range is good. The coffee hit the spot and the cafe is clean with a lovely outdoor area on warmer days. Obviously there are plenty of activities for people looking for adventure available here. I... More 

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Wales
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203 reviews 203 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
119 helpful votes 119 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2015

excellent food, good service.seating inside and out. They have a good range of food including an excellent breakfast.

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Senior Contributor
37 reviews 37 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015

The service was great, just like the food. Highly recommend. Will be back when we next visit. So close to the beach as well.

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Redondo Beach, CA
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36 reviews 36 reviews
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11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2015 via mobile

We stayed next door at the Whitw Morph and this cafe was perfect. Great coffee & pastries. Excellent sandwiches & soup at lunch. Friendly staff and they really hustle to keep all the customers happy. Several inside tables and many more outside. Right across the road from the beach.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 96 The Esplanade, Kaikoura, New Zealand
  • Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  South Island  >  Canterbury Region  >  Kaikoura

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Continental

Description

Cafe open 0700 to 1700 does breakfasts, lunches afternoon teas. Phone 033196777

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