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The Cafe

$$ - $$$
Cafe, New Zealand, Vegetarian Friendly
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Taputapuatea, Avarua PO Box 2181, Cook Islands
+682 21 283
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Orlando, Florida
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102 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

Nestled behind a clothing store and jewelry/art store you'll find this great spot for a coffee and a treat. Scrumptious gluten free cake, iced coffee (made with locally roasted espresso) and a tea added up to nzd$14. Wifi is free (rare in the Cook Islands) and there are comfy couches to lounge on, and a stack vinyl records you can... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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298 reviews
158 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 124 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 17, 2017

Enjoyed a delicious brunch with great coffee in a little courtyard. Scrambled eggs soft and creamy just as I like. Lots of homemade cakes and muffins too. Adjoining pearl shop was fantastic and they made earring to order within 24hrs, impressive service and extremely happy with the finished result. Not the cheapest but at least you can buy with confidence.

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Thank familyfuninsun
Sydney, Australia
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382 reviews
151 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 185 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 31, 2016

The Cafe at Raratonga is a beautiful spacious cafe with a really cool vibe. There is a record player and a huge selection of vinyl for you to put on your favourite album. The food is tasty and the coffee really good. The staff and friendly and efficient. Highly recommended.

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Thank mrandmrsbeas
Auckland, New Zealand
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106 reviews
64 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.

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Thank thirtyfour
Christchurch, New Zealand
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123 reviews
70 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 54 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.

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Thank HAPDAZ
Invercargill, New Zealand
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15 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 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.

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Thank iamwarren
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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.

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Thank veronika D
Christchurch
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36 reviews
30 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.

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Thank theraros
Auckland, New Zealand
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38 reviews
18 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 

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Thank Marcus P
United States
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104 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
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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.

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Cuisine
Cafe, New Zealand, Vegetarian Friendly
Meals
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: +682 21 283

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