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Friends Cafe

Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
Cafe, New Zealand, Polynesian, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
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Taufa'ahau Road | Opposite the New Zealand High Commission Office., Nuku'alofa, Tongatapu Island, Tonga
+676 22-390
08:00 - 19:30
Closed now
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Mon - Fri 07:30 - 22:00
Sat 08:00 - 19:30
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Sydney, Australia
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17 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

A pleasant oasis to enjoy lunch and a cold drink. Staff were great and always smiling. Food and coffee delicious...

Thank dinkidi411
Level Contributor
3 reviews
Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Went there for dinner and they had a lovely atmosphere with soft music playing on the background and the lighting was a bit on the low side; perfect for a date night. The food was good and good portion size (coming from a guy that eats a lot).

Thank Emanuel P
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We had a delicious breakfast at Friends cafe with coffees and as a result returned a couple of days later for coffee after an island visit. Really good.

Thank Nikki V
Sydney, Australia
2 reviews
Reviewed 1 week ago

Friendly staff and the food was good. The time that the order was taken, and then served was very good.

Thank serah892017
Gore, New Zealand
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10 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Feeling disappointed as we picked this place as it rated so highly. Food was average but the service was shocking. We walked in, had friendly smiles from staff, sat down and waited 40 mins for someone to take our order and in the end I went up to ask someone to take our order. They didn't end up having what... More 

Thank Lucy S
Friendstonga, Owner at Friends Cafe, responded to this review

Our sincere apologies for your poor experience with us. We take your comments very seriously and we will look into this matter. Thank you from the Friends Team. More 

Auckland Region, New Zealand
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32 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Stopped in here late arvo for a snack and was pleasantly surprised. Pleasant staff and a nice deck area. We had the tuna fish cakes, coconut chicken summer rolls, a mango smoothie and an iced coffee. The fish cakes were a stand out and had a real zing to them. Probably only let down was no air con

Thank Leah G
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32 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Wow it was great visit to this cafe, have been there 3 days during our stay of 5 days in Nukua'lofa. Great food and most amazing staff, so friendly and helpful. Will highly recommend here, if you are in the area a must visit. Best dish to have from my point view is the raw fresh tuna in coconut &... More 

Thank Ali A
Arusha, Tanzania
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61 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 March 2017

Spent two weeks in Nualofa and had breakfast at Friends almost every day. The staff is nice and menu is varied. Breakfast dishes are huge. The coffee is excellent!

Thank alice m
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6 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 9 March 2017 via mobile

I am a lover of coffee and no where in the world have I loved coffee as much as I love the coffee here. They use the local coffee bean which is very sort after around the world due to the unique environment the coffee is grown. The owner Paul and his staff are a welcomed delight. I cannot recommend... More 

Thank Lauryn H
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45 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 March 2017 via mobile

The coffee shop is widely known. It's in the center of town next to the store, which sells real local products. It has good cakes and I had the best iced coffee. We had lemon cake and passion fruit cake and all that for approximately 11.- US$.

Thank Peter S

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$3 - US$25
Cafe, New Zealand, Polynesian, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Cheap Eats, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Business meetings, Child-friendly, Kids
Open Hours
07:30 - 22:00
07:30 - 22:00
07:30 - 22:00
07:30 - 22:00
07:30 - 22:00
08:00 - 19:30
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 22-390
Friends cafe and tourist center on Taufa'ahau road in the center of Nuku'alofa. Kingdom of Tonga.

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