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66 West End, Kaikoura 8280, New Zealand
319-6486
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Ranked #27 of 44 Restaurants in Kaikoura
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch
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Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch
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English first
Sydney, Australia
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13 reviews 13 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2015

The food was oily and burnt and the coffee was really really, but really bad! I think the answer is too obvious.

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Hamilton, New Zealand
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6 reviews 6 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2015

good food, great coffee and friendly staff. service was quick and all the staff were helpful with giving directions and advice of what else we could do around town.

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Avondale, Pennsylvania
Top Contributor
128 reviews 128 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2014

Stopped at the Why Not Cafe in Kaikura for breakfast. Close in atmosphere and cooking style to a classic American diner. Friendly staff and good food at reasonable prices. If you are hungry the full breakfast is a real filler with two eggs, toast, sausage, bacon, hash browns and broiled tomato. Sausage and egg sandwich was also very good. Definitely... More 

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Texas
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25 reviews 25 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2014

Everyone found something they liked. It's located right in town. The place has a lot of seating inside and out so you shouldn't have to wait for a table.

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Traralgon, Australia
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239 reviews 239 reviews
100 restaurant reviews
353 helpful votes 353 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2014

Nothing stood out for me here. The location is gorgeous, directly across the street from the walkway across from the beach. There were amenities in this café that were impeccably clean. Surprisingly there is a little oasis out the back that is well kept, although inside it's nothing special. The coffee/tea was good. If you stop for coffee here, might... More 

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Senior Contributor
21 reviews 21 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2014

Why not café ? Ok, I'm coming to take a long black. Simple and unpretentious place, we can find a lot of desserts, good but not exceptionals. Didn't try to eat.

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San Antonio, Texas
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24 reviews 24 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2014

We intended to eat breakfast at the garage nearby but it didn't open until 9, so why not try this cafe? My husband and I both had eggs benedict. I had mine with spinach and bacon. Pretty good though the spinach was previously frozen and keep getting stuck in my teeth. Biscuits were perfectly warm and a bit crispy. My... More 

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Ipswich, Australia
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100 reviews 100 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
66 helpful votes 66 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2014

Stopped here after visiting the seal colony as we liked the name, thought to ourselves "Why Not indeed". Very pleasant cafe and freindly staff. Great range of sweets to go with the coffee and the pie I had was fantastic. Very pleasant coffee (one of the better ones I had on our trip) and definitely a good place to stop... More 

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Blenheim, Marlborough, New Zealand
2 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2014

Great service but you have a major HAIR problem not once but twice!! I went to look in the display cabinet and the salad had a great big dirty hair the lady grabbed it out gave the salad a stir and placed it back in the display cabinet!!! Then I ordered a cooked meal eggs and bacon and eggs so... More 

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Blenheim
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66 reviews 66 reviews
58 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2014

Friendly staff, fantastic pies and even better giant ginger kisses!!! Well worth a stop when you are coming through kaikoura

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Address: 66 West End, Kaikoura 8280, New Zealand
Phone Number: 319-6486
Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  South Island  >  Canterbury Region  >  Kaikoura

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