The Guide to the Best Eats & Restaurants in Niue
The Guide to the Best Eats & Restaurants in Niue

The Guide to the Best Eats & Restaurants in Niue

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Where to Eat in Niue

Eating out is all part of the Niue experience, where, by the end of your holiday, you can easily have sampled every restaurant and cafe the island has to offer! Most of Niue’s cafes and restaurants can be found in the capital, Alofi, while you’ll also find a few stragglers on the west coast of the island well worth making the short journey for. See what delightful dining experiences you’re in for with this guide to the best restaurants in Niue.

For more food-related experiences, see the 10 Things to Do in Niue for Foodies, as well as food recommendations in the 8 Unique Foods in Niue You Have to Try.

Tips for Eating Out in Niue

  • Book ahead for dinner! With restaurants in Niue only taking one booking per table per night, table bookings are essential to avoid disappointment
  • If you can’t get a booking, alternative options are to order a takeaway or eat later where tables tend to free up at around 8pm-9pm
  • Most restaurants have a credit card surcharge of around 3.5%, except for Wok on the Rock
  • Some restaurants can cater to special diets if told in advance. For instance, you can bring your own gluten-free pizza base to Kaiika
  • There are vegetarian options on most menus, with the most choice at Gill’s Restaurant and the least choice at Wok on the Rock.

For more advice on eating out in Niue, see The Foodie Guide to Niue.

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Cafes in Niue

In pursuit of coffee, a hearty breakfast to kickstart your day, or a fabulous lunch? Head to these cafes in Niue!

Cafes in Alofi

Located in the centre of Alofi opposite the Police Station, the Crazy Uga Cafe offers rustic dining with commanding views of a tranquil bay. Dine on filling cooked breakfasts or join them for a light lunch, which is a choice of salads, pasta, paninis and fish and chips. They also do Wednesday spitroast/burger nights starting from 6pm – bookings essential!

Another cafe providing sensational views, the Vaiolama Cafe is perched atop a 30m cliff with its own mini golf course. The cafe mixes up a refreshing range of milkshakes and smoothies, as well as hot drinks. Their food is typically fresh sandwiches and wraps in the cabinet, as well as Sunday specials, such as rotisserie chicken. On Thursdays, they are open until 8pm with Happy Hour between 4pm and 6pm.

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 what they do best. See them also listed in the Top Cheap Eats in Niue.

Katuali Coffee House is a good local’s joint where their ever-changing menu typically includes sandwiches, muffins, pizzas and coffee! Check them out on Peta Hill in Alofi South.

Finally, for a refreshing drink or something to treat the kids to, Slush will quench your thirst! They slush up their own creations or any drink you get from the fridge. They are open 10am-4pm, Monday to Friday and 12pm to 5pm on a Saturday. Find them at the back of the Commercial Centre next to the Niue Yacht Club.

Cafes Around Niue

A unique cafe and an excuse to do something on a Sunday, the Washaway Cafe at Avatele Beach is not only an honesty bar but also is exclusively open on a Sunday from 11am until everyone goes home. Dine on some of the island’s most affordable burgers and pizzas, as well as home-baked fish focaccia. With no waiters or waitresses, customers are encouraged to write down their food order and take a number from the kitchen, and also help themselves to drinks at the bar. Once you’re done, let the bar staff know what you had to pay either cash or EFTPOS (although, the EFTPOS system is sometimes down so have cash as back-up).

A red container overlooking Hio Beach, the Hio Cafe & Bar has a vast range of drinks for a refresh after exploring nearby attractions like the Limu Pools, Matapa Chasm and Avaiki Cave. Aside from a range of alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks, they have a small menu for food, including the likes of burgers and nachos. Thursday night is their Niue Kai Night where you can sample local dishes. Find the Hio Cafe & Bar near the village of Tuapa. Plus, see more great bars in Niue in the 6 Best Bars in Niue.

Cakes, coffee and a local favourite for fish and chips, Keke Time and the Crow’s Nest is well worth checking out in Fualahi near the airport.

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Restaurants in Niue

Niue can take your tastebuds around the world with its range of restaurants serving up international cuisines. While many of the listed restaurants are also open for lunch, note that it’s recommended to book for evening meals to avoid disappointment.

Restaurants in Alofi

Kaiika Restaurant serves up such a diverse range of cuisines that you would think it’s going through an identity crisis. But all of those cuisines, Kaiika does well! Most famously, its fresh sushi prepared by a Tokyo chef is a top reason to book an evening table. Their New York-style pizzas, Morrocan rotisserie chicken and premium ice creams are also worth indulging in. Check Kaiika out for lunch Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday and for dinner Monday to Saturday. Find the restaurant in the south of town nearby Alofi Rentals.

An interesting little spot, Wok on the Rock serve all of their meals 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. Note that vegetarian options are not always on offer. They are open Tuesday to Friday for lunch and Thursday to Saturday for dinner.

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 dish. They are open for lunch and dinner Monday to Saturday and open for dinner on Sundays.

Open in the high season, Jenna’s Restaurant is the place to be on Tuesday nights for their Pacifika show and buffet night. They also are open for local and international dishes on Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday for breakfast and lunch, as well as for dinner Thursday to Saturday.

[Update: Falala Fa Cafe & Bar is now closed]. The Falala Fa Cafe & Bar can hardly be missed in the centre of Alofi with its mural paintings on the side of the building. This family-friendly restaurant is popular 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, before it sells out!

See more dining options in Alofi in The Guide to the Best Eats & Restaurants in Alofi.

Restaurants Around Niue

The restaurant of the Scenic Matavai Resort, the Dolphin Restaurant is open for guests and casual diners alike. They serve impeccably presented plates on their a la carte menu, or book in for one of their entertainment nights. On Wednesday they have their Island Night Menu, Thursday is their spit roast and umu night with fire dancing, Friday is their Taste of Niue Barbecue, and Sunday is their Barbecue, Burgers & Beer Night. Find the resort near the village of Tamakautoga.


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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