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Friends Cafe

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Taufa'ahau Road | Opposite the New Zealand High Commission Office., Nuku'alofa, Tongatapu Island, Tonga
676 22390
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7:30 am - 10:00 pm
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Hours:
Mon - Fri 7:30 am - 10:00 pm
Sat 8:00 am - 7:30 pm
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Description: Friends cafe and tourist center on Taufa'ahau road in the center of...
Friends cafe and tourist center on Taufa'ahau road in the center of Nuku'alofa. Kingdom of Tonga.
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  • 175
    Excellent
  • 165
    Very good
  • 36
    Average
  • 8
    Poor
  • 1
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Most recent review
A retreat from the quiet streets of Nuku'alofa

A quiet if not air conditioned café in central Nuku'alofa where a number of Europeans folks seem to drink and eat. The coffee is good, the meals ok and prices are ok. Service is sometimes slow but it comes with the usual Tongan charm and smile.

3 of 5 starsReviewed March 25, 2015
graham t
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Sydney, Australia
Good for:
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Late Night
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Sydney, Australia
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14 reviews 14 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015 NEW

A quiet if not air conditioned café in central Nuku'alofa where a number of Europeans folks seem to drink and eat. The coffee is good, the meals ok and prices are ok. Service is sometimes slow but it comes with the usual Tongan charm and smile.

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7 reviews 7 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015 NEW via mobile

Nice atmosphere, friendly staff, love the uniform. Food & drinks were good..I love how its a one stop shop for food, entertainment, info centre & internet...The historical pictures on the wall of the Royal family & other famous people were interesting. My only problem was booking a cultural show with them then having to come over from one of the... More 

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Friendstonga, Owner at Friends Cafe, responded to this review

Malo e lelei, Thank you very much for taking the the time to write your comments about your experience at Friends. It hurts me to year about your experience with the bookings. I'm sorry that happened I will followup on this. Unfortunately sometimes during this time of the year, operators often cancel events without any notification due to the low... More 

Stavanger, Norway
Senior Contributor
33 reviews 33 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2015 NEW

During our 12 night stay in Tonga, we could really say the staff at Friends really became our friends! The atmosphere in this little cafe is incredible - nice and open with a gentle breeze coming through. They have long open hours which was very good seeing as many others in Tonga didn't. The food was very good and fresh,... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2015 NEW via mobile

We visited Friends on 3 occasions for breakfast, dinner and a casual coffee....great food and service on all visits. VERY ENJOYABLE.

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Bangkok, Thailand
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16 reviews 16 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2015

Once I found Friends, I never ate anywhere else during my brief business trip. The food is varied and delicious, and the atmosphere is unbeatable. There is no A/C but two sides of the restaurant are open allowing for a nice cross breeze augmented by fans. I ate breakfasts, lunches, and dinners there and will go back if I ever... More 

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Rotterdam
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36 reviews 36 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2015

Reasonable priced, breakfast, lunch or dinner. very friendly staff and it is just a nice place to hang around with the terrace

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Suva, Fiji
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56 reviews 56 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2015

Great coffee drinks and the service is very friendly. The selection of dishes has a nice variety ranging from western to pacific style options.

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Australia
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26 reviews 26 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2015

Had a lovely relaxing coffee after walking around the town for a few hours. Staff were so friendly and helpful.

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6 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2015

Centre of everything you need when in Nuku'alofa. Friendly staff, great food and a beautiful garden outdoor setting. They serve breaki all day and are open for dinner until 9 pm. Great place and a must when in Nuku'alofa.

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Munich, Germany
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5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

Friends Cafe is a good place to start your day in Nuku'alofa, as they've got heaps of advice on tours and places to visit. By saying this, it's obviously a bit touristy, but the coffee and small nibbles are great nonetheless. There's also a small souvenir shop attached to the cafe, where you can get post cards, etc.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: Taufa'ahau Road | Opposite the New Zealand High Commission Office., Nuku'alofa, Tongatapu Island, Tonga
  • Location: South Pacific  >  Tonga  >  Tongatapu Island  >  Nuku'alofa
  • Phone Number: 676 22390

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 3 - 25
  • Cuisine: Café

Description

Friends cafe and tourist center on Taufa'ahau road in the center of Nuku'alofa. Kingdom of Tonga.
Open Hours
Monday
7:30 am - 10:00 pm
Tuesday
7:30 am - 10:00 pm
Wednesday
7:30 am - 10:00 pm
Thursday
7:30 am - 10:00 pm
Friday
7:30 am - 10:00 pm
Saturday
8:00 am - 7:30 pm

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?