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, as well as a few tips for dining in the capital, with this complete guide to the restaurants in Alofi!
Tips for Eating Out in Alofi
- Book ahead! Restaurants only take one booking for each table per night, so they are booked up quickly – book at least one or two days ahead
- If you don’t manage to get a booking, your next bet is to get food to take away or go to restaurants later where some tables often become free around 8-9pm
- Some restaurants like Kaiika can cater to special diets if told in advance. You can bring your own gluten-free pizza bases to Kaiika, for instance
- Most restaurants have a credit card surcharge of around 3.5% except for Wok on the Rock which has no charge
- Vegetarian options are on most menus, with the most choice at Gill’s Restaurant and sometimes no choice at the Wok on the Rock.
For more foodie advice, take a look at The Foodie Guide to Alofi.
Cafes in Alofi
Need a kickstart to your day? Perhaps a filling lunch to see your through until dinner? There a few excellent cafes open for both in the town of Alofi!
Located in the centre of town opposite the Police Station, the Crazy Uga Cafe offers rustic dining with commanding views of a tranquil bay. Dine on hearty cooked breakfasts or join them for lunch, which is a choice of salads, pasta, paninis and fish and chips. They also do Wednesday spitroast/burger nights starting from 6pm.
Another cafe providing amazing views, the Vaiolama Cafe is perched atop a 30m cliff. They pour a refreshing range of milkshakes and smoothies, as well as hot drinks. Their food is typically fresh sandwiches and wraps in the cabinet, although they often have Sunday specials, such as rotisserie chicken. Plus, they are open until 8pm on Thursdays with Happy Hour between 4pm and 6pm. Learn more about this bar and other in the 6 Best Bars in Niue.
For a quick bite to eat at a locally-run cafe, head to Cafe Tavana for the “Home of the Best Fish & Chips”. Fish, chicken, salad, chips, cassava chips, hot dogs and burgers are their thing! See them also listed in the Top Cheap Eats in Niue.
Restaurants in Alofi
After a day of snorkelling, scuba diving, hiking, dolphin swimming or wherever your adventures have taken you, refuel with a meal that is sure to excite the senses! Booking is highly recommended for dining out for dinner in Alofi.
Kaiika Restaurant serves up a diverse range of cuisines, most famously its fresh sushi prepared by a Tokyo chef! Their New York-style pizzas, Morrocan rotisserie chicken and premium ice creams are also worth indulging in. They are open for lunch Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday and open for dinner Monday to Saturday.
Located in the commercial centre of Alofi, Gill’s Restaurant adds a touch of spice to your Niue getaway serving up a range of vegetarian, chicken, beef and fish curries. Curries come with rice with the option to add a roti as a side. Gill’s is open for lunch and dinner Monday to Saturday and open for dinner on Sundays.
Jenna’s Restaurant is a fantastic choice when they are open in the high season. The family-run restaurant serves local and international dishes but is most famous for their Tuesday night Pasifika buffet and show starting at 7.30pm. They are open Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday for breakfast and lunch and Thursday to Saturday for dinner.
[Update: the Falala Fa Cafe & Bar is now closed] The Falala Fa Cafe & Bar can hardly be missed in the centre of town with its fun mural painting on the side of the building. The fun continues inside this family-friendly restaurant which is known for its fresh fish of the day dishes, brought in from the day’s tourism fishing charters. They are open Monday to Saturday for dinner and Tuesday to Friday for lunch. Order the coconut pie early, as it sells out quick!
Takeaways in Alofi
Ok, so almost all of the eateries mentioned above offer takeaways, which is a good alternative if restaurants are fully booked and you are staying in town. Nevertheless, there are some other options when it comes to takeaway food, which includes…
Katuali Coffee House has an ever-changing menu of food to take away, typically including sandwiches, muffins and pizza, coffee and an array of cold drinks. Opening times vary. Find it at Peta Hill in Alofi South.
Nothing feels quite as refreshing in hot Niuean sun than a slushy or a frappe from Niue Slush! Located next door to the Niue Yacht Club, just behind the commercial centre, Niue Slush serves up a colourful array of iced drinks. You can also pick any drink from their fridge and they’ll slush it! They are open throughout the day Monday to Friday and in the afternoon on a Saturday.
Sure, you can dine in at Wok on the Rock, but all of their meals come in non-plastic takeaway containers! Located on the main road in Alofi, Wok on the Rock has an ever-changing menu of Asian cuisine, from the likes of beef noodles to fresh tuna poke to fish curries. Vegetarian options are not always on offer. They are open Tuesday to Friday for lunch and Thursday to Saturday for dinner.
Friday night is a Makfurly Burger night, a pop-up burger joint in the Niue Market building each Friday in Alofi.
For more food recommendations around Niue, see The Guide to the Best Eats & Restaurants in Niue.