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The Cafe

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Taputapuatea, Avarua PO Box 2181, Cook Islands
+682 21 283
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Melbourne, Australia
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293 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

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 178 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 53 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 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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103 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 42 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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39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 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

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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
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?