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Why Not Cafe

66 West End, Kaikoura 8280, New Zealand
319-6486
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Ranked #21 of 40 Restaurants in Kaikoura
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch
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Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch
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  • English first
  • French first
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English first
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20 reviews 20 reviews
11 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
29 helpful votes 29 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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95 reviews 95 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
59 helpful votes 59 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
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
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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48 reviews 48 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 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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Contributor
12 reviews 12 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2014

Visited Kaikoura and whilst there wanted an allday breakfast! Chose this cafe as this was on the menu and I was not disappointed! I did add some extra sausage to fill me as I get a hungry guy....but this wasn't too much trouble and the portions were superb, with toast and my Mum had poached eggs on toast. Excellent presentation... More 

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Rangiora, New Zealand
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6 reviews 6 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2014

We were in Kaikoura on business and decided to stop at the Why Not Cafe before leaving for home. How glad we were that we did. The service was outstanding, the staff warm, friendly and very helpful. The food was plentiful, well cooked and well presented. Being English, breakfast has always been one of our favourite meals, and this didn't... More 

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Hokitika, New Zealand
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39 reviews 39 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2014

Great food, super hot hot chocolate, at last! Try the cheese rolls, they are a must. While we were they over the weekend, which was three times, this restaurant had people constantly coming in, that in its self is a good recommendation. If I had to have a criticism it would be that it is not big enough.

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Nelson, New Zealand
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11 reviews 11 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2014

Dated cafe with mainly cabinet food. We didnt order coffe because we doubted it was going to be 'barista grade'. The chicken wrap and pumpkin and spinach frittata were bland.

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Cincinnati, Ohio
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014

Home made delicious food with fair prices. Nice gentleman, Derrick, engaged us in conversation. Turns out he had been in Cincinnati, our home town, twice. It's a small world.

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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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