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The Cafe

$$ - $$$
Cafe, New Zealand
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Taputapuatea, Avarua PO Box 2181, Cook Islands
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Auckland, New Zealand
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101 reviews
61 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 3, 2016

We went here to briefly relax and have a good coffee. The snacks and menu items also looked very inviting. The coffee is great quality and the cafe is spacious with a nice atmosphere. Also there is a small private art gallery to one side with no cost to see the art work.

Thank thirtyfour
Christchurch, New Zealand
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116 reviews
67 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 23, 2016

Very busy and obviously popular cafe in the middle of town. Staff working hard and very busy. We were told about a wait for food due to being so busy, which was fine. The guy here sings at places about the island also - hard case, very friendly.

Invercargill, New Zealand
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13 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 18, 2016 via mobile

Didn't discover this cafe until our last day in Rarotonga. What a shame - great coffee, tasty food, friendly staff and ability to play some old vinyl. Can be a bit difficult to find but well worth seeking it out.

Thank iamwarren
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4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 25, 2016

I had a great lunch experience there. Loved the marlin bagel and the homemade cake. Coffee was very good. Hard to find though, you need to walk through an art gallery.

Thank veronika D
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35 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 2, 2016

We went for lunch today and the food is superb. i am going back again and again this next two weeks just to have the excellent smoked marlin and bagel . The photos in all the advertising do not do it justice - this is a gem and very cool place to go to.

Thank theraros
Auckland, New Zealand
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35 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 22, 2016

The venue is a collision of art, music, coffee house and pearl jewellery. The old building nicely restored forms the perfect backdrop to relax and take a load off. Like all things in the Cooks Islands it offers a nice place to unwind and enjoy the sounds of a selection of vinyl records. The coffees, teas and cakes were great.... More 

Thank Marcus P
United States
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79 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 17, 2016 via mobile

The Cafe is a beautiful open-air restaurant that serves light lunches: think wonderful salads, sandwiches on marvelous bread and fresh fruit smoothies.

Thank CrossgarDown
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50 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 10, 2016

Located close to the Staircase and Avarua CIIC in the Beachcomber, this is a great place for a good coffee and - according to our taste - really good chocolate cake. Pricewise everything is at the level to be expected in Raro, no bad surprises in this regard, and having a pearl shop and a gallery in the same building... More 

Thank Jochen K
San Jose, California
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23 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 17, 2016

Stopped by The Cafe for a coffee and to just hang out and relax a bit. The coffee is good...real good actually but the thing that I loved was the energy of the place. They have couches and it's open air and on top of it all they have a record player and records. We say and listened to classic... More 

Thank Mississippi R
Calgary, Canada
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10 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 17, 2016

Great coffee and cakes. Located close to "downtown". Ian and Claire are great hosts. Funky furniture, vinyl records. Love you guys.

Thank Meta4Calgary

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Cafe, New Zealand
Breakfast, Lunch
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Families with children
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Taputapuatea, Avarua PO Box 2181, Cook Islands
  • Location: South Pacific  >  Cook Islands  >  Southern Cook Islands  >  Rarotonga  >  Avarua
  • Phone Number: 21283

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?