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The Cafe

$$ - $$$
Cafe, New Zealand, Vegetarian Friendly
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Taputapuatea, Avarua PO Box 2181, Cook Islands
+682 21 283
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Rotorua, New Zealand
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7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Had a quick lunch here, croissants and coffee. Was pleasantly surprised, ham and cheese croissant was served hot and it was really good. Coffee was excellent. Will return on our next visit when we have more time to try something more adventurous from the menu.

Thank Rosie G
Auckland Region, New Zealand
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74 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 March 2017

Service at the cafe was friendly, the food was really good....was unusual to get our goodies separate when we paid at the same time. It was a quiet day, the guy bringing the food to the table seemed he was in a rush, it felt like he threw our food to the table. We had a muffin which was delicious,... More 

2 Thank SouthSideKiwi
Auckland, New Zealand
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28 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 March 2017

This eclectic cafe is based on the vinyl revival and comes complete with portable record player playing appropriate 60's - 70's music. The coffee, the cakes the atmosphere is great! Bring cash though as they don't accept cards.

Thank Robert F
Orlando, Florida
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102 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 February 2017 via mobile

Nestled behind a clothing store and jewelry/art store you'll find this great spot for a coffee and a treat. Scrumptious gluten free cake, iced coffee (made with locally roasted espresso) and a tea added up to nzd$14. Wifi is free (rare in the Cook Islands) and there are comfy couches to lounge on, and a stack vinyl records you can... More 

Thank DarrenHumphrey
Melbourne, Australia
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296 reviews
158 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 132 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 January 2017

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.

Thank familyfuninsun
Sydney, Australia
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392 reviews
156 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 190 helpful votes
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.

Thank mrandmrsbeas
Auckland, New Zealand
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105 reviews
64 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
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.

Thank thirtyfour
Christchurch, New Zealand
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132 reviews
75 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
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.

Invercargill, New Zealand
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15 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
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.

Thank iamwarren
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4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
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.

Thank veronika D

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Cafe, New Zealand, Vegetarian Friendly
Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible
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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?