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66 West End, Kaikoura 8280, New Zealand
319-6486
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Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch

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  • 28
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  • 37
    Very good
  • 26
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  • 4
    Poor
  • 12
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Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3 of 5 stars
Most recent review
Food looked very fresh and homemade

Sadly we only stopped for a take out coffee but we were very tempted by the food on view, including some very large home baked goodies.

3 of 5 starsReviewed March 2, 2015
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Darwin, Australia
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107 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
Darwin, Australia
Top Contributor
161 reviews 161 reviews
100 restaurant reviews
55 helpful votes 55 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2015 NEW via mobile

Sadly we only stopped for a take out coffee but we were very tempted by the food on view, including some very large home baked goodies.

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Christchurch, New Zealand
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20 reviews 20 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015

Always get a good feed here with friendly fun service. Best place to get a pie and bread roll. also yummy cakes

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Christchurch, New Zealand
1 review
1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2015

Coffee was flavourless, wait was way too long, breakfasts were poorly presented and eggs weren’t running on my eggs benny which even I can do, just BAD BAD BAD

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Gore
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30 reviews 30 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2015

I do always go here for breakfast when passing through. Can get busy with buses though. Love pancakes/french toast for breakfast. Good toilets and great view in central busy location. No wifi which seems to be the question often asked here from observation. Staff get on with things and do feel just like another customer no personalisation but too busy... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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13 reviews 13 reviews
7 helpful votes 7 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
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130 reviews 130 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
40 helpful votes 40 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
16 helpful votes 16 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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251 reviews 251 reviews
107 restaurant reviews
403 helpful votes 403 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
22 reviews 22 reviews
13 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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  • Address: 66 West End, Kaikoura 8280, New Zealand
  • Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  South Island  >  Canterbury Region  >  Kaikoura
  • Phone Number: 319-6486

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