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Taputapuatea, Avarua PO Box 2181, Cook Islands
21283
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Christchurch, New Zealand
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114 reviews
66 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

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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14 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago 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 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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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34 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars 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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34 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars 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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71 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars 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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Thank CrossgarDown
Switzerland
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31 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars 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 

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Thank Jochen K
San Jose, California
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18 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars 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 

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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 stars 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.

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Thank Meta4Calgary
Sunshine Coast BC
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197 reviews
107 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 96 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2016

This place takes you by surprise and it absolutely beautiful and tranquil - a great place to sit back and relax with a good cup of coffee and some great baking/sweet treat. A good spot to put of your list of places to stop when you are visiting Rarotonga.

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Cuisine
Cafe
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating
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?