Where To Eat In Rarotonga- All Tested & Tried
There are a variety of places to eat in Rarotonga. Whether that is the seaside food trucks, burger joints, ocean view restaurants, markets or fancy hotel eateries. Though, with all these options it can get a little overwhelming, especially if you want to try them all. That’s way I have created the ultimate list of where to eat in Rarotonga!
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Where To Eat In Rarotonga
Punanga Nui Market
The must be place any Saturday morning is the Punanga Nui Market. Duck down for the perfect breakfast or lunch meal from one of the many stalls. From fresh smoothies, chicken, crepes and of course coconuts!
If you are craving some homemade goodies this is the place to be as the local community sets up with amazing homemade cakes and pastries fresh out of the oven! Spend the morning trying a little bit of everything and relaxing under the beautiful Rarotongan sun.
Opening Hours: Saturdays, 8am until 2pm.
Location: Ara Tapu, Avarua, Cook Islands
Mooring Fish Cafe
This iconic Rarotongan eatery is a hot spot for locals and tourists, and for a good reason, their sandwiches! Located next to the fishing club you can be sure the iconic FOB sandwich is made with the freshest fish and on wonderfully soft turkish bread.
With both covered and uncovered tables you can relax ocean side no matter the weather.
Opening Hours: Monday to Friday 10.30am until 3.30pm and Sunday 12pm until 4pm, closed Saturdays.
Location: Ara Tapu, Muri Beach, Rarotonga.
LBV – Le Bon Vivant
LBV or Le Bon Vivant is an amazingly delicious eatery and is my number one recommendation for where to eat in Rarotonga. With a gorgeous outdoor setting, vibrant surrounding gardens and many little chicken families it is the perfect place to start your day.
Which an amazing range of incredible looking counter food, the best donuts of my life and well crafted menu options there is something for everyone here! Even if you are a little bit fussy like me the hospitable staff will have no problem accommodating your requests. Oh and if you like chai lattes, make sure to try the iced chai latte, it is one of the best drinks ever!
Opening Hours: Seven days a week. from 7.30am until 4pm.
Location: Ara Tapu, Muri Beach, Rarotonga.
Charlie’s Cafe and Bar
If you ask anyone in Rarotonga where to go for lunch they will no doubt say Charlie’s Cafe. This place is a Rarotonga icon and a must visit when in the Cook Islands capital.
This seaside eatery features everything you could ever want, from amazing ocean views to sandwiches as big as your head. Make sure to pop in for the relaxing atmosphere and social vibes, it is the perfect place to get into island life.
Opening Hours: Monday to Saturday from 11am until 10pm, closed Sundays.
Location: Ara Tapu, Takitumu District, Cook Islands, about 5 minutes past central Muri township when traveling clockwise.
Muri Night Markets
One of the most popular dinner options in Rarotonga is no doubt the Muri Night Markets. With a variety of stalls with so many options you could spend hours here trying different dishes!
Join locals and tourists alike and try some beautiful homemade food, some of which is made straight in front of you. From amazing cakes, crepes, fresh seafood and local delicacies, your taste buds will be in heaven!
Opening Hours: Sunday, Tuesday. Wednesday and Thursday starting at 5pm (weather permitting).
Location: Muri Beach Village, between Sails Restaurant sign and Beachcomber Accommodation.
If you are looking for an amazing cheap eat in Rarotonga, Palace Takeaways is the place to be. This roadside stall features port views and local chickens, oh and of course their famous palace burger!
With quick service, fresh ingredients and a damn tasty coleslaw we visited Palace Takeaways numerous times while in Rarotonga. The burgers are extremely affordable and you know this is the place to be when it is always busy with both locals and tourists!
Opening Hours: Seven days a week, 8am until 10pm.
Location: Ara Tapu, Avarua District, near the port.
Deli-Licious Cafe Limited
One of my favorite breakfast spots in Rarotonga is Deli-Licious Cafe. With fresh ingredients featured and an amazing selection of both cabinet and menu food options, it will have your mouth watering.
Make sure to snag yourself one of the tables in front to watch life go by on the happening Muri Beach.
Opening Hours: Sunday to Friday 7.30am until 3pm, closed Saturdays.
Location: Ara Tapu, Muri Beach, on the far end when traveling clockwise.
Vili’s Burger Joint
If you are looking for a delicious burger Vili’s Burger Joint is the place to be! With quirky decor and enough jokes on the wall to put a smile on your face it is a must visit for lunch or dinner.
If you have any burger in Rarotonga you must have one from here, my partner can highly recommend the smokey bbq bacon which is all he could talk about for the rest of our stay. Also make sure to get one of the milkshakes, they are extremely flavorsome and the thickest thing you’ll ever drink.
Opening Hours: Weekdays 11.30am-9pm and Weekends 12.30pm- 9pm. Closed on Mondays.
Location: Ara Tapu, Muri Beach, opposite the Muri Night Markets.
If you are sick of roadside dining then Trader Jacks is the perfect place to come for Lunch or Dinner. With an extensive menu and fresh seafood on offer it highlights the best of Cook Islands produce as well as Western favourites.
Be sure to try the pizzas which are known as the best on the island! A perfect base mixed with delicious toppings makes for the ultimate meal.
Enjoy the beautiful views over the Pacific Ocean and the waves crashing on the reef on the deck. This, mixed with the extremely hospitable staff make Trader Jacks a must visit when in Rarotonga!
Opening Hours: Monday to Saturday 11am until late.
Location: Ara Tapu, Avarua District, Cook Islands
Te Vara Nui Village
Te Vara Nui is a must visit for Dinner when wondering where to eat in Rarotonga. With a delicious buffet dinner and amazing over water show it is truly the perfect way to spend an evening.
The assortment of food options include both western and local options allowing you to try some new Cook Island dishes. Everything is labeled as well, so you will be 100% sure if what you are eating is vegetarian, dairy free or gluten free. This is a big plus if you have a complicated diet like me!
Opening Hours: Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays starting at approximately 7pm (bookings essential).
Location: Ara Tapu, Muri Beach, approximately 15 minutes drive from the main town of Avarua.
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Backpackers Wanderlust was a guest at Te Vara Nui in Rarotonga, however, as always, all opinions are my own.