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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: Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast, Late Night, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Takeout, Waitstaff
Good for: Business meetings, Families with children
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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  • 221
    Excellent
  • 207
    Very good
  • 50
    Average
  • 12
    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
great food

Was taken here by a work colleague. Coffee was very impressive and the food portions were enormous, There were 5 of us, and all of our brunch orders came out together - great service and staff! Amazing prices for food!

5 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
krissydj917
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Auckland, New Zealand
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Auckland, New Zealand
1 review
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Came in a group of six. I ordered the lamb chop with chips and salad. We waited for about 45mins for the food. The chips was extremely greasy. The whole experience was pretty mediocre.

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Thank Virat N
Friendstonga, Owner at Friends Cafe, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to make a comment on your recent visit. We welcome your feedback. We encourage our customers to let us know when our service and performance do not meet their expectations. And hope that we have the opportunity to correct and work on those short comings as it is important to us. Unfortunately no complaints... More 

Melbourne, Australia
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3 reviews
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

I am not sure why everyone uses this as a place to meet. I had a very strange 'milk shake'. The caramel slice was very special but the lemon slice was not that good.

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Thank Jackie C
Friendstonga, Owner at Friends Cafe, responded to this review

I believe people like the friendly service, atmosphere, ambiance and the central location in Nuku'alofa. We also have Wifi. We also have an extensive menu to fit everyones taste and budget. A few good reasons why Friends is a good meeting place in Nuku'alofa. Malo for your feedback. More 

Auckland, New Zealand
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28 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Was taken here by a work colleague. Coffee was very impressive and the food portions were enormous, There were 5 of us, and all of our brunch orders came out together - great service and staff! Amazing prices for food!

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Thank krissydj917
Moriusaq, Nordgronland, Greenland
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36 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This is a popular meeting spot for expatriates or casual travellers. The food is reasonable quality but a little pricey for those on a budget. The place has a nice vibe and the staff are friendly

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Thank Phil F
UK
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88 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 75 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

You can definitely eat for less in Nuku'alofa, but the quality here is very good, and the staff are very friendly.

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Thank Azrael84
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I always love coming here with my family having lunch and to drink their coffee. I loveeeee coffee and friends make the best out of all the cafes. One disadvantage though is they never change their menu. It's always been the same but food tastes great . Thanks you for always Making us feel welcomed.

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Thank Polynesian14
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3 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The sentence : "Breakfast is the most important meal of the day" reflects on Friends Café's food. I tried some traditional Tongan breakfast, some delicious Merlin and eggs, and the rest only my stomach remembers...lol. I was in Tonga for a month and went there almost every week. The staff is welcoming and professional. They also have some information for... More 

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1 Thank rcarolinek
Auckland
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8 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We discovered friends cafe on our first morning in Nukualofa and went back every day bar Sunday when they are closed as the food and service was just so good we couldn't not! My personal pick has to be the Island Breakfast. Tuna steak & poached eggs on a bed of Kumala (local sweet potato) hash and hollandaise. Such a... More 

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1 Thank Happytripper61
Berlin, Germany
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92 reviews
59 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is definitively the best place to eat in Tongatapu. They serve everything from great breakfast, cakes, international food (meat, fish, vegetarian). And it is a great place to try ‘Ota ‘ika, the Tongan version of Sushi: Use raw fish, top it with tomato cubes, herbs and other tiny pieces of fresh vegetables and marinate everything in coconut milk -... More 

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Thank FoodMonsterTravels
Auckland Region, New Zealand
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10 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I visited your Cafe almost daily while visiting Nuku'alofa in October and my trim lattes and muffins I ordered were excellent every time. The presentation of the coffees, food and staff is commendable. Keep up the great work!

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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: Cafe

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Business meetings, Families with children

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?