Alofi Food Guide
Niue is home to the world’s cleanest bees, grows remarkable premium vanilla, and has sustainable fishing practices to ensure the freshest seafood is preserved for the future. See how the locals prepare mouthwatering dishes from local produce at one of the delectable yet varied restaurants of Alofi. Join locals for tours of their plantations and even learn about living off the natural landscape in a nature tour. We go over the foodie experiences, the restaurants and places to stay for making your own meals with local foods in this complete foodie guide to Alofi!
Things to Do in Alofi for Foodies
- Browse the Niue Market
- Check out the vanilla stalls and gift shops
- Do a vanilla plantation tour
- Learn about the food of the forest on Misa’s Nature Tour
- Pick up a pot of Niuean honey
- Have a coffee at one of the cafes
- Dine at one of Alofi’s delectable restaurants
- Catch dinner on one of the fishing charters
Learn more about each activity in our 8 Things to Do in Alofi for Foodies.
How to Get to Alofi
Niue receives two flights a week from Auckland, New Zealand, so getting there is made simple. As for getting to Alofi, while many choose to hire a car, airport transfers are also available with certain accommodations. Find out more about transport in Alofi in the 7 Ways to Get to Alofi (& Ways to Get Around Alofi).
Flights to Alofi
Flights arrive twice weekly from Auckland to Hanan Airport, Niue’s International Airport, with Air New Zealand. Flights take approximately three hours. Flight tickets, The Works and The Works Deluxe, include meals. Learn more about the flight to Niue in How to Get to Niue.
Some accommodations offer transfers to and from the airport and your chosen accommodation. This is a good option if you are not renting a car or at least not picking up a car rental as soon as you land.
Car Rentals in Alofi
There are several car rental companies with depots in Alofi. With no public transport except for one taxi on the island, car rental is essential if you want to explore around the island. Car rental companies also offer airport drop-off, so you can have your car available when you arrive. Note that you need to purchase a Niue Driver’s Licence from the Police Station for driving in Niue. Check out The Guide to Car Hire in Niue for more information.
Foodie Activities in Alofi
With a quaint selection of shops and stalls selling pure local food products, such as Niuean honey and vanilla, as well as markets providing an excellent experience with the locals, Alofi can’t help but please foodies! Here are just some food-related activities to get stuck into…
Do a Vanilla Tour
Located in Alofi town, Niue Vanilla has a vanilla store selling the organic vanilla products produced at the nearby plantation. Pop in to book a tour, where you’ll be transported to an organic vanilla farm with more than 7,000 vanilla vines. Get an insight into the arduous process of growing vanilla and learn why vanilla is one of the more expensive flavouring products on the market.
Browse the Niue Market
Browse the fresh tropical produce and local delicacies like uga (coconut crab) for sale at the Niue Market. Located next to the Tourism Information Centre, the Niue Market takes place Monday and Friday mornings, early to 8am, as well as Wednesdays from 6am onwards. There is also an organic market on the first Friday of the month from 5pm.
Misa’s Nature Tours
Learn about the food that nature provides in the forests of Niue on Misa’s Nature Tour. Misa grew up in the Niuean bush, living off what the land provides. Try coconut through various stages of its cycle and how the taste differs, learn how to make fire for cooking, learn about the local coconut crab which is eaten by some of the older locals, and much more! Misa’s Nature Tours is located 1.5km (one mile) from town on the Alofi-Hakupu Road opposite the Niue High School.
The Best Restaurants in Alofi
Eating out is an event in Alofi, with a surprising array of cuisines on offer. Indulge in European, Chinese, Indian, Japanese, American and Niuean dishes across Alofi’s small selection of eateries.
Cafes in Alofi
If you’re looking for a boost to your day for breakfast or somewhere to stop for lunch, enjoy the amazing views and rustic feel of the Crazy Uga Cafe. They do spectacular espresso coffee and cooked breakfasts. More views can be admired from the clifftops where the Vaiolama Cafe is located. Refreshing smoothies and sandwiches are what they do well, as well as sundowner drinks on Thursday evenings. Finally, Tavana’s Cafe is the place to be for Niuean fish and chips!
Restaurants in Alofi
Especially in the high season, booking is essential for getting a spot at one of Alofi’s restaurants. They only take one booking for each table for the whole evening. With all the formalities out of the way, you can enjoy a different restaurant each night, each with its own unique differences. Kaiika Restaurant does a varied range of foods, including Japanese sushi, Moroccan rotisserie chicken and New York-style pizzas. For a touch of spice, head to Gill’s Restaurant for delectable Indian curries!
For more information and recommendations, be sure to head to the Guide to the Best Eats & Restaurants in Alofi.