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The Cafe

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Cafe, New Zealand, Vegetarian Friendly
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Taputapuatea, Avarua PO Box 2181, Cook Islands
+682 21 283
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Sydney, Australia
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379 reviews
150 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 170 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 November 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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105 reviews
64 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 September 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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116 reviews
67 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 July 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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13 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 July 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 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 June 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 3 June 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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37 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 May 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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97 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 May 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
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89 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 May 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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24 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 April 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

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Restaurant Details

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