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Why Not Cafe

66 West End, Kaikoura 7300, New Zealand
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  • Excellent31%
  • Very good38%
  • Average19%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible8%
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“pies” (11 reviews)
“seafood chowder” (13 reviews)
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Cafe, New Zealand, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
66 West End, Kaikoura 7300, New Zealand
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Stopped in for a quick coffee and hot chocolate with my daughter and were seduced by the amazing ginger kisses in the carbonate. The drinks were served quickly and were very good. I’m a bit of a coffee snob and this was the best in...More

Thank Woody F
Reviewed 12 September 2017 via mobile

My was running the Whale Half Marathon with a friend while I had had the job of adult supervision of two pre-teens. Growing boys need a big breakfast and so do I. I went for eggs benedict and the boys had to have the waffles....More

Thank Aaron K
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Reviewed 19 August 2017 via mobile

Was such nice food and service, value for money and only had to wait like 10-15 minutes for food and drink

Thank A TripAdvisor Member
Reviewed 10 August 2017 via mobile

Visited a few days ago with 2 other friends and ordered an American hotdog with a milkshake. Friends food came before the hot chocolates. Amazing service and very well priced. Well done

Thank Matt O
Reviewed 9 August 2017 via mobile

Amazing service and the food was amazing ordered a hot chocolate and bacon and eggs on toast the service was so fast got the food before the hot chocolate so happy with the customer service and the food highly recommend to everyone lovely bunch of...More

Thank Bianca T
Reviewed 9 August 2017

We were a group of six, including children, up for the day from Christchurch. it was a cold day and we were looking for somewhere to have lunch that was sheltered as we had the dog with us. There was nowhere with a sheltered spot...More

Thank Anne S
Reviewed 21 July 2017

Here in a city really ravaged by the recent earthquake is a great cafe for breakfast with innovative and tasty dishes

Thank hirschwrites
Reviewed 4 July 2017

After fasting to reduce the potential effects of sea sickness while whale watching, the hot breakfasts at the Why Not Cafe were welcome indeed! As well as eggs, bacon, sausages, mushrooms, tomatoes, etc., you can also (perhaps ‘instead’?!) help yourself to a range of pies...More

Thank PatrickDrysdale
Reviewed 22 May 2017 via mobile

In Kaikoura post earthquake and looking for somewhere for lunch. Unfortunately not much open - found the Why Not Cafe so thought we would give it a try. Advertised as having the best Seafood Chowder in town. This being a favourite of mine - naturally...More

Thank peter_fussell
Reviewed 18 May 2017

We stopped for lunch and thoroughly enjoyed the food and we had the best cup of tea ever ! The cafe food was exceptional and we would definitely recommend this cafe.

Thank Nanchch
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Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Child-friendly, Kids
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 66 West End, Kaikoura 7300, New Zealand
  • Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  South Island  >  Canterbury Region  >  Kaikoura
  • Phone Number: 319-6486
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