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“Fantastic coffee shop with amazing pastries”

LBV - Le Bon Vivant Muri Beach
Ranked #4 of 7 Restaurants in Muri
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Cafe, European
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Good for: Families with children, Kids, Large groups
Dining options: Lunch, Late Night, Breakfast, Brunch, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Arorangi
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“Fantastic coffee shop with amazing pastries”
Reviewed October 9, 2013

LBV Muri is NOT the same as LBV Avarua -- the Muri operation serves coffees and drinks and some delicious pastries at, by Raro standards, very reasonable prices. It opened relatively recently and occasionally has minor issues one expects with a start up business -- the facility is under ongoing renovation and redecoration and the gardens are being developed.

My wife and I drop in to LBV Muri at least once a week, quite often we will meet friends there and enjoy a cup of coffee and. We are rarely able to resist having one of the delicious snack, sandwiches or pastries . . . . Because Muri has become something of a tourist Mecca in recent years, LBV can be very busy at times, especially Sundays -- so you may have to wait a while for your latte . . . . But we ARE on island time and this is the Cook Islands so those who are clock bound may be frustrated by the wait -- but those of us in island time are content to chat and admire the developing gardens.

The other "branch" of LBV is in Avarua -- they have been in operation for several years so the startup problems are largely worked out. LBVA varua has dinner several nights a week -- probably the BEST we have had in island -- but I will review that on the LBV Avarua page.

For a place to go relax, have a coffee and a delicious snack -- LBV is hard to beat!!

  • Visited October 2013
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Sydney, Australia
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“Tasty breakfasts with a lovely spacious vibe!”
Reviewed October 1, 2013

This newish Muri Beach cafe is a spin-off from the old LBV cafe in Avarua. Set back from the main road the building has a lovely open-air feel, very much like an old colonial house with a very large veranda,
Not open for dinner as yet but does delicious cooked egg breakfasts and lunches.
The staff were very friendly even if the service was variable but well-worth any delay - hey, we're on holiday so tourists ought to be on "island time' as well!
I love the garden and chooks running around - you can't see the lagoon but it still has that lovely holiday vibe.
Coffee was delicious as well as the freshly baked cakes. It also has a deli inside with home-made chutneys etc and even sells some nice bottles of wine. The menu prices are not so cheap but the quality makes it worth it.
The place was always pretty packed with holiday makers the several times we visited showing just how popular it is.

  • Visited September 2013
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Brisbane, Australia
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“A nice cafe to chill out at and enjoy a cuppa.”
Reviewed September 23, 2013 via mobile

I had a wonderful breakfast of eggs & bacon with a croissant.

The food came out quickly & the staff were helpful & friendly.

The Muri cafe is listed as a wifi hotspot but it wasn't working while I was there so they refunded me my money after offering several apologies.

  • Visited September 2013
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Auckland, New Zealand
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“Good coffee and pastry”
Reviewed September 21, 2013

We had been to LBV Muri couple of times and had very positive experience.
Pastry is baked daily, very fresh and staff is very friendly.
Nice location and outdoor seating.

  • Visited September 2013
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Rarotonga, Cook Islands
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“Great Coffee!”
Reviewed September 18, 2013

I dropped in to LBV Muri for a Coffee with a friend of mine. As always, fast and friendly service. And ofcourse the coffee was gooooood! They have a great selection of pastries too.

Also I noticed that they sell quite a few products by local producers, preserved fruits, chutneys, etc. Its good to see cafe's supporting local producers!

  • Visited September 2013
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