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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: Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast, 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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  • 179
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  • 167
    Very good
  • 36
    Average
  • 8
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  • 1
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Great coffee, good food

This is a very popular spot where the coffee is known to be great and consistently reliable. The surprise for me this trip is that the lunch time food was pretty good as well. The seafood chowder is special and recommended.

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 19, 2015
Alan B
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Suva, Fiji
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Suva, Fiji
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16 reviews 16 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015

This is a very popular spot where the coffee is known to be great and consistently reliable. The surprise for me this trip is that the lunch time food was pretty good as well. The seafood chowder is special and recommended.

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Kiama, Australia
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27 reviews 27 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2015

Had a great lunch at Friend's Cafe. Surprisingly for a tropical island covered in palm trees, Friend's Cafe was the only place we were able to have fresh coconut juice, and we asked everywhere we went!!! Lovely feel, decor and ambience. The service was excellent and the food was some of the best we had in our trip to Tonga.

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Hemsedal, Norway
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25 reviews 25 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2015

I tried both brekfast and lunch at Friends and really enjoyed it. It is centrally located and the staff is really friendly. They run their own little tourist office right next door where they helped me book an evening show with dinner. Really helpful and they took care of eveything with evening pick up and payment etc. Food was beautiful... More 

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6 reviews 6 reviews
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9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2015

Went on several visits to Friends Cafe and enjoyed the coffee and cake. It is a clean indoor/ outdoor cafe in the centre of town, with some contemporary souvenirs for sale, wifi ( at a price), & some live Tongan musicians creating a good feel. Went once for dinner,& left less impressed. The seafood I ordered wasn't available, even though... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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32 reviews 32 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2015

Great central locatioin and THE place to meet locals and other travellers. Good for breakfast and all through the day

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14 reviews 14 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015

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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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015

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
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33 reviews 33 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2015

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

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
5 helpful votes 5 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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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: Coffee Shop

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?