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66 West End, Kaikoura 8280, New Zealand
319-6486
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Dining options: Brunch, Coffee & Tea, Lunch, Breakfast

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  • Food
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 stars
great coffee

Great coffee and cakes. Refreshing stopping by. Thanks for great atmosphere with nice people serving at the coffee and pleasant ambient.

4 of 5 starsReviewed June 29, 2015
Shhada J
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Nelson, New Zealand
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Nelson, New Zealand
2 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2015 NEW

Great coffee and cakes. Refreshing stopping by. Thanks for great atmosphere with nice people serving at the coffee and pleasant ambient.

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Kanpur, India
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2015

We went their as our lunch was booked through our tour operator for whale watching. We were given a menu to choose from and chose 3 plates of fish n chips and one taco with red beans cheese and sour cream. The food was excellent and portions huge. So much so that 2plates would have been more than enough for... More 

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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015

As Cafe Promenade was closed for lunch (we were there at 3pm) we decided to go to Why Not Cafe. Big mistake! It's a typical diner, simple furniture and self service. No WiFi available! The people at Why not Cafe are friendly but a bit shabby. We decided to order the local dish, mussels (20 dollar) and a chicken burger... More 

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Greymouth, New Zealand
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2015

Quick break for lunch travelling from Blenheim to Christchurch. No particular reason for choosing this cafe apart from just parking close by. Place was clean and tidy with a good range of cabinet food. While it was quiet, it did seem to take a bit long to bring the one item that was being heated. Price was right for the... More 

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Liverpool
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2015

One of the few places open early Sunday morning in the centre of Kaikoura. Good service and coffee on the sunny side of the main street.

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Geelong, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2015

The breakfasts were well cooked and presented, and were entirely adequate. The service was speedy and friendly. Children were catered for well.

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Edmonton, Canada
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2015

I am not sure if the Kiwis get up later than Canadians, but it was always tough finding a breakfast place that opened before 8 AM. this place was the exception and everyone in town was there. The baked beans on toast were just average and the foam on our lattes was more like meringue. But, it was open when... More 

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Christchurch, New Zealand
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015

This has a good variety of food at a reasonable price; staff are pleasant & efficient and cafe is light & clean.

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Cairns, Australia
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2015

Popped in for breakfast and was pretty disappointed. The staff and coffee were both lovely but 4 of us ordered eggs Benedict, out of the 8 eggs in total all were over cooked and nit runny at all as you would expect. The hollandaise sauce was really cold. A shame as the staff were very nice

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Somerset, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2015

Stopped for a coffee, stayed for a meal, I had fish and chips, my friend had a pizza, we were both well pleased with the size of the meals, and the value. The food was hot, tasty, and very more-ish. Yes we went back for more, the staff were helpful, and had a great sense of humour. There was a... More 

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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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  • 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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