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Friends Cafe

Certificate of Excellence
Cafe, Polynesian, Vegetarian
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Taufa'ahau Road | Opposite the New Zealand High Commission Office., Nuku'alofa, Tongatapu Island, Tonga
676 22390
7:30 am - 10:00 pm
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Mon - Fri 7:30 am - 10:00 pm
Sat 8:00 am - 7:30 pm
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Stockholm, Sweden
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4 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Outside seating, fine snacks and hearty dishes and surely one of the best coffees in town. Very friendly staff with great smiles !

Thank BoerjeStockholm
Havelock North, Hawke's Bay, New Zealand
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4 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Nuff said, The place for people to enjoy Nuku Alofa over a meal and coffee. Food affordable and very well presented. Tasty!

Thank TrickNZ
Christchurch, New Zealand
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56 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

If you are taking the time to walk around Nikualofa Friends Cafe is a great place to arrange to meet up for a coffee and relax. On some days there is entertainment in the form of a trio with guitar.

Thank Chris O
Papamoa, New Zealand
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41 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Stopped here twice. Once for lunch and once for dinner. Great easy food, nice staff and quick service.

Thank David B
Botany Downs
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6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We had a family of 10 go to friends for dinner. I ordered the lobster but they didn't have any so ordered tuna eggs benedict instead. It was disappointing, tuna was well over cooked, the toast was what looked to be a panini bun untoasted.

Thank Amy Y
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10 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Very nice and cozy place, very good food, wifi (for a fee, doesn't always work), good offer of drinks (smoothie and local beers), very nice atmosphere, nice people! They have a little tourist office on the side where you can arrange tours for the islands and day tours by car. The office provides almost as many information as the official... More 

Thank sah78Roma
Mesa, Arizona
1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I was born in America but both of my parents are Tongan & are from the island of Tonga unfortunately I don't speak the Tongan language but I understand it very well! I had asked to buy wifi and so the lady at the cash register tells her coworker she than replied "Okay." I waited 10 min & the lady... More 

Thank kfeinga
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95 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The food and coffee are very good but service was particularly slow (even for Tonga). The atmosphere amongst the trees is very nice.

Thank MountainsHelen
Canberra, Australia
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3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The place to eat, drink, book your desired tourist activities and connect to your world through the internet from 7:30am to 10pm daily.

Thank susangg2016
Luzon, Philippines
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156 reviews
59 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 165 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The place is almost always busy with locals and expats. Can see why, Friends cafe serve good food, rustic and friendly ambiance. The live music during lunch time every Thursday completes the South Pacific Experience in Friends. The staff are friendly and courteous. The veranda tables are very pleasant, especially during dinner time. The spicy chicken with rice, hamburger and... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
Average prices
$3 - $25
Cafe, Polynesian, Vegetarian
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Reservations
Good for
Dining on a budget, Families with children, Business meetings
Open Hours
7:30 am - 10:00 pm
7:30 am - 10:00 pm
7:30 am - 10:00 pm
7:30 am - 10:00 pm
7:30 am - 10:00 pm
8:00 am - 7:30 pm
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
Friends cafe and tourist center on Taufa'ahau road in the center of Nuku'alofa. Kingdom of Tonga.

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Los Angeles, California
9 months ago
Tongatapu Island, Tonga
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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?