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The Guide to the Best Eats & Restaurants in Alofi

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Where to Eat in Alofi

Alofi is Niue’s hub for eating out! There’s an array of cuisines available, including European, American, Japanese, Morrocan, Chinese, Indian and Niuean. Needless to say, there’s enough to delight the senses, with fresh local produce, such as fish, taro and coconut, prepared in ways you’re probably comfortable with. Check out where to eat with this list of the best restaurants in Alofi!

While you’re here, you might also be interested in the 10 Foodie Experiences in Alofi and the 10 Unique Foods in Niue You Have to Try.

1. Kaiika

You can’t miss the signs outside of the Kaiika boasting “New York-Style Pizza, Amazing Sushi, Sashimi, Cooked Fish, Middle Eastern Plates.” Yes, Kaiika throws the “less is more” concept right out the window, and somehow, it works! The fresh sushi prepared by a Tokyo chef is a top reason to book an evening table, while their “New York-style pizzas” (more like wood-fired sourdough pizzas, which is arguably better) and premium ice creams give more reason to return! They are also open most days for lunch, as listed in the 10 Best Cafes & Takeaways in Niue.

Location: Signposted opposite Opaahi Sea Track, Alofi town centre, central west coast of Niue.
Opening hours: Monday to Friday from 11 am to 2 pm and 5 pm to 8 pm.

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2. Vaiolama Cafe

Also providing sensational views, the Vaiolama Cafe is perched atop a 30-metre cliff in Alofi. The cafe mixes up a refreshing range of milkshakes, smoothies (and cocktails on an evening), as well as hot drinks to complement the fresh sandwiches, fish and chips and wraps for lunch. It’s also certainly worth a venture for dinner for their grill menu with the likes of steak, surf and turf, fresh fish, burgers and more. Oh, and order one of their delightful cakes for dessert early before they’re all gone!

Location: Signposted opposite Alofi Rentals, Alofi town centre, central west coast of Niue.
Opening hours: Monday to Friday from 9 am to 1:30 pm, and Wednesday to Saturday from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm for dinner. However, things change all the time in Niue so it’s best to get a weekly schedule of opening hours from the Visitor Information Centre when you arrive.

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3. Crow’s Nest

An attractive fish and chip eatery in the Alofi Commercial Centre, Crow’s Nest offers a tempting option for dinner at least once (or twice) during your trip. Choose from reasonably priced fried fish, prawns, mussels, oysters, hot dogs and more with chips or salad. Also the home of Keke Time (meaning “Cake Time” in Niuean), the restaurant is renowned across the island for its creative and superiorly moist cakes. Join them on Sunday nights for “cake night”!

Location: Alofi Commercial Centre, Alofi, central west coast of Niue.
Opening hours: Tuesday to Friday and Sunday from 6 pm to 8 pm. However, things change all the time in Niue so it’s best to get a weekly schedule of opening hours from the Visitor Information Centre when you arrive.

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4. Manuiz

Want to try real Niuean cuisine? Make sure you are booked in for the Wednesday buffet night at Manuiz! Enjoy affordable drinks at the bar in the lead-up to the unveiling of the “umu” buffet awash in Niuean staples including takihi, huli (baby taro), povi masima, ota ika and lupe risotto, as well as local favourites with an international twist, like crab and seafood salad. Don’t know half the things we just mentioned? Get stuck into Traditional Niuean Food: 10 Foods to Try in Niue! To top it all off, the night is accompanied by the relaxing island tunes of a local string band.

Location: On the ocean side of the main road near the Kalaone boat ramp, Alofi, central west coast of Niue.
Opening hours: Buffet nights are on Wednesdays from 6 pm onwards. A la carte opening hours vary. However, things change all the time in Niue so it’s best to get a weekly schedule of opening hours from the Visitor Information Centre when you arrive.

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5. Crazy Uga Cafe & Bar

Currently only open for breakfast and lunch, Crazy Uga Cafe offers rustic dining in Alofi with stunning views of a tranquil bay. Dine on hearty cooked breakfasts or join them for a light lunch, which is a choice of salads, pasta, paninis and fish and chips. They are one of our top choices in the 10 Best Cafes & Takeaways in Niue.

Location: Next to the Utuko Sea Track, Alofi town centre, central west coast of Niue.
Opening hours: Monday to Friday from 8 am to 2 pm, Saturday from 9 am to 2 pm and Wednesday from 5 pm to 8:30 pm. However, things change all the time in Niue so it’s best to get a weekly schedule of opening hours from the Visitor Information Centre when you arrive.

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6. Fana Cafe

Another one for breakfast or lunch, this contemporary cafe in the Swanson Complex not only offers a convenient alternative location but plenty of opportunities to eat local! Try just about anything on homemade focaccia, from scrambled egg with pawpaw chilli jam to slow-cooked “umu” staples for the full Niuean experience. Fana Cafe‘s menu changes according to local suppliers but don’t miss “Fana Mac Fridays” for a gourmet local take on the Big Mac! Great coffee, smoothies made with Niue Honey, iced teas and more are available to wash it all down. Vegan meals are also available – see Niue for Vegans & Vegetarians.

Location: Swanson Complex, Tapeu-Porritt Road (near the airport), Alofi.
Opening hours: Monday to Friday from 8 am to 3 pm. However, things change all the time in Niue so it’s best to get a weekly schedule of opening hours from the Visitor Information Centre when you arrive.

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7. Cafe Tavana

More than just your local fish and chips joint, Cafe Tavana subverts all expectations with fresh fish burgers (with cream cheese, might we add?!), homemade wraps, fresh salads and more! The prices are reasonable too, so no wonder this place is so popular for lunch. Check out more affordable go-to’s in The Top Cheap Eats in Niue.

Location: Alofi Commercial Centre, Alofi, central west coast of Niue.
Opening hours: Monday to Friday from 10 am to 2 pm. However, things change all the time in Niue so it’s best to get a weekly schedule of opening hours from the Visitor Information Centre when you arrive.

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8. Little Rock

Better to get in early if you want your first choice at this popular hole-in-the-wall takeaway in Alofi, Little Rock serves pleasingly fresh hot rolls, fish and chips, sandwiches, toasted wraps, salads and the usual coffee favourites. With decent prices, noticeably fresh ingredients, not to mention meals made with love, it’s easy to see why the locals flock to this place. A great option for breakfast or lunch on the go.

Location: Between the Latter-Day Saints Church and Halamahaga Road, Alofi town centre, central west coast of Niue.
Opening hours: Monday to Friday from 6 am to 1:30 pm. However, things change all the time in Niue so it’s best to get a weekly schedule of opening hours from the Visitor Information Centre when you arrive.

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9. Katuali Coffee House

This locally-run cafe offers an ever-changing menu of hunger-busters, typically including sandwiches and pastries, but most famously, pizzas! Of course, it’s a good place for a coffee or cold drink too. Katuali Coffee House has been known to keep inconsistent hours, so take the opportunity if it happens to be open when you pass by!

Location: Alofi-Hakupu Road, opposite Utuko Reef, Alofi town centre, central west coast of Niue.
Opening hours: Tuesday to Saturday from 8 am to 2 pm, and Friday to Saturday from 5 pm to 10 pm. However, things change all the time in Niue so it’s best to get a weekly schedule of opening hours from the Visitor Information Centre when you arrive.

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10. Buk Buk Chicken

Sometimes, we just need fried chicken. If you get “the craving” in Niue, then Buk Buk Chicken has you sorted with a range of tempting chicken and chips combos – even potato and gravy! Find the charming hole-in-the-wall takeaway in the blue building at the back of the Alofi Commercial Centre car park.

Location: Alofi Commercial Centre car park, Alofi town centre, central west coast of Niue.
Opening hours: Wednesday to Friday from 12 pm to 8 pm, and Saturday from 4 pm onwards. However, things change all the time in Niue so it’s best to get a weekly schedule of opening hours from the Visitor Information Centre when you arrive.

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11. Jenna’s Restaurant

See what’s cooking at Jenna’s! Offering a limited blackboard menu, at least you won’t be overwhelmed with choices at this casual eatery on the main road of Alofi. Enjoy the likes of lasagne and fish steak with a side of salad and fries in a rustic outdoor setting. The restaurant is BYO, thankfully, as drink options are also limited.

Location: Main road opposite the Jessop’s building, Alofi town centre, central west coast of Niue.
Opening hours: Monday to Friday from 5 pm to 10 pm. However, things change all the time in Niue so it’s best to get a weekly schedule of opening hours from the Visitor Information Centre when you arrive.

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12. Makfurly Burgers

Friday afternoon is burger day at the Niue Market, home of Makfurly Burgers! Choose from beef, chicken or pork and mix it with a pleasingly local ensemble of homemade pawpaw chutney, grilled pawpaw, fresh lettuce and more served in a homemade bread roll. Have a natter with John and ask him about his Maala Garden Tour (or we can just tell you about it in The Best Guided Tours in Niue).

Location: Niue Market, next to the Visitor Information Centre, Alofi town centre, central west coast of Niue.
Opening hours: Friday from 1 pm to 7 pm (it’s usually best to show up around 3 pm once the market vendors have got set up – burgers have been known to sell out by 5 pm). Learn more about the market times in the 5 Best Markets in Niue.

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13. Fusion Flava’s

Parked up on the side of the road in Alofi on a Sunday afternoon, the Fusion Flava’s food truck begs for your attention. If the spray-painted facade doesn’t get it, then the smell of freshly baked cakes and traybakes, pasta and risotto pots, and whatever the team feels like creating, surely will! Due to the food truck’s limited availability, it’s best to order as soon as possible, as they sell out fast!

Location: Opposite Vaiolama Cafe along the main road, Alofi town centre, central west coast of Niue.
Opening hours: Sunday from 12 pm to 2 pm. However, things change all the time in Niue so it’s best to get a weekly schedule of opening hours from the Visitor Information Centre when you arrive.

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14. Sevene Tavern

A casual wee eatery and craft shop, Sevene Tavern offers a place to pick up cheap and cheerful light snacks like toasties, nane (Niuean porridge) and umu food, as well as tea, instant coffee and coconuts to wash it down. Enjoy the relaxed pace and chatting with the locals. Note that the owner is off-island often, but you’ll see the “Open” sign if and when they’re open.

Location: Along the main road opposite Tomb Point, Alofi town centre, central west coast of Niue.
Opening hours: When you see the “Open” sign (usually on a Saturday).

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[CLOSED] Wok on the Rock

Wok on the Rock is known as Niue’s Chinese takeaway, which is partly true with examples including Asian BBQ belly, lemon-peppered fish of the day and a range of stir-fries. On the other hand, Western and Asian fusion fried food is main the event with loaded fries, fish/sausage and chips and fried chicken gracing the majority of the menu. Note that vegetarian options are not usually on offer.

Location: Corner of the Main Road and Halamahaga Road, Alofi town centre, central west coast of Niue.
Opening hours: Tuesday to Friday from 11 am to 2 pm and Thursday to Friday from 6:30 pm to 9 pm. However, things change all the time in Niue so it’s best to get a weekly schedule of opening hours from the Visitor Information Centre when you arrive.

More About Restaurants in Alofi

That’s it for the best restaurants in Alofi, but it’s by no means the end of the amazing food offering across Niue. See what we mean by checking out these food-related guides:

Get more trip-planning advice in The Complete Travel Guide to Alofi or The Guide to Food in Niue.

Author

Laura S.

This article was reviewed and published by Laura, editor in chief and co-founder of Niue Pocket Guide. Since arriving solo in the South Pacific over 10 years ago with nothing but a backpack and a background in journalism, her mission has been to show the world how easy (and awesome) it is to explore a paradise such as Niue. She knows the island inside-out and loves sharing tips on how best to experience Niue’s must-dos and hidden gems. Laura is also editor of several other South Pacific travel guides.

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