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Taputapuatea, Avarua PO Box 2181, Cook Islands
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Dining options: Breakfast, Seating, Takeout

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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Great coffee (best in Rarotonga), superb meals, friendly hosts

This little cafe, hidden behind the Beachcomber Pearl shop was for us the best place on Rarotonga for a relaxing coffee and a meal. Very laid back, and you can see your food being prepared (herbs picked from the planter box in the courtyard) and nice touches with the food - lovely local bread, and... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed October 7, 2015
Crazysteveb
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Havelock North, New Zealand
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Havelock North, New Zealand
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137 reviews
56 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2015

This little cafe, hidden behind the Beachcomber Pearl shop was for us the best place on Rarotonga for a relaxing coffee and a meal. Very laid back, and you can see your food being prepared (herbs picked from the planter box in the courtyard) and nice touches with the food - lovely local bread, and tasty sauces. The record player... More 

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Thank Crazysteveb
Nelson-Tasman Region, New Zealand
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2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2015

We were desperate for good espresso and finally we found it at this great cafe on the outskirts of Avarua. Very friendly English couple are the hosts, very tasty, fresh food. The Cafe was comfortable & relaxed, with the most amazing music coming from their vinyl record player.

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Thank Steelman1952
Auckland
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51 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2015 via mobile

Finally got here when it was open! But after checking in on Facebook I see it's hours are listed there. It is a bit further down the road than you might think, but worth persisting. The coffee was great and had a nice bit of caramel slice which I shared with the wife. Had the choice of cream or yogurt... More 

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Thank JJtheWhaleWatcher
Portsmouth, United Kingdom
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43 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2015

This small cafe is alongside the Art gallery and should not be missed. The home made cake were the best we have eaten, excellent coffee and great location in a historic building. Check the opening times before going. There are quite a few other places around this cafe but I would recommend this other them personally. Really friendly staff too... More 

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Thank Moodygeezer
Nelson, New Zealand
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113 reviews
73 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2015

This place makes great coffee and very nice cakes. It is at the back of the pearl shop and has a lovely outlook to the sea and is a very peaceful place to sit and enjoy. It also has a varied lunch menu that even though I have not tried any of it looked very nice.

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Thank owlesey
Calgary, Canada
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28 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2015

Love the ambiance of this well run cafe. Had a great lunch and delicious coffee. Also located at the back of a enticing art gallery and clothing shop! Your husband can relax while you shop or vice versa:)

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Thank Chris W
New Plymouth, New Zealand
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33 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2014

Nice coffee here one of the best on the Island. Good open air dinning and ok place to relax after a busy morning in Avarua. We've been here several times and we have found the service a little hot & cold, sometimes you get the friendly service & sometimes you feel a little unwelcome. Just as well the coffee's ok.

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Ashburton, New Zealand
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10 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014

We had a few lunches here on our stay. It is just so relaxing and quiet, the food you have to wait for but it well worth the wait just chill and relax.

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Thank Barb_Lea_11
Vista, California
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96 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014

As we travel, we are always searching out good coffee - no exception here. Landing in Rarotonga, you get in early and by the afternoon you are definitely searching - what to do?? We were lucky, we met someone (soon to be a friend) who asked if we liked coffee - are you kidding me? She took us to the... More 

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Thank jenLeCreate
Oztraylya
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264 reviews
150 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 223 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2014

We were looking for a late breakfast and found this gem. Just 200 metres clockwise from Trader Jack's in the Art Gallery complex. Hidden away, so look carefully. Good ambiance, lovely toastie and great espresso coffees.

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  • Address: Taputapuatea, Avarua PO Box 2181, Cook Islands
  • Location: South Pacific  >  Cook Islands  >  Southern Cook Islands  >  Rarotonga  >  Avarua

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