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Where To Eat In Rarotonga

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My Recommendations Where To Eat In Rarotonga

There are a variety of places to eat when you are visiting 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. That’s way I have created the ultimate list, 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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Palace Takeaways

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.

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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.

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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.

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Trader Jacks

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

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Te Vara Nui

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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44 Comments

  • Reply
    Eloise
    February 12, 2018 at 7:49 pm

    It looks so delicious! I was casually browsing for food images to get inspiration as I’m hungry and… well, now I am salivating ahah

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    Clazz - An Orcadian Abroad
    February 12, 2018 at 7:22 am

    Oh man, I should not have read this while I’m hungry! It all looks soooo good! What a great, comprehensive list, too. 🙂

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    Shareen
    February 12, 2018 at 6:53 am

    Everything looks amazing!!!! YUM!

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    Charlotte Karp
    February 12, 2018 at 6:28 am

    Great article! Would love to go to the Cook Islands one day – Rarotonga will definitely be up there on the list of places to go ?

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    Aarti Kamath
    February 12, 2018 at 6:14 am

    These Pictures are drool-worthy!… Red Berry smoothie sounds very healthy indeed. Did they have good places for vegan dinner? 🙂

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    Christine
    February 12, 2018 at 3:45 am

    OMG! I’m legit drooling right now! Every piece of food you posted looks amazing! I’m about to jump on a plane and go hit up all these spots for brunch!! Haha

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    Mary
    February 12, 2018 at 3:20 am

    Great options! Yum, I’m hungry after reading this.

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    unaveronicavagante
    February 11, 2018 at 11:49 pm

    These plates look all so yummy!
    And the cakes… oh man, don’t get me started ahahah

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    Lieselot De Brauwer
    February 11, 2018 at 11:24 pm

    That looks delicious!! So many options to eat well.

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    Lena
    February 11, 2018 at 8:24 pm

    Your pictures are beautiful and they made me so hungry ? The burger looked amazing ?

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    Josy A
    February 11, 2018 at 5:41 pm

    Om nom nom! I think I would like travelling with you! That is a lot of truly tasty looking food! <3

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    Rowena (A Nomad on the Loose)
    February 11, 2018 at 5:14 pm

    I am so jealous! Ever since my favorite teacher in elementary school told us about his trip to the Cook Islands, I’ve wanted to go. This all looks super delicious!

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    Liz
    February 11, 2018 at 4:17 pm

    The cakes look delicious!!! And also the crepe. So many delicious food options, great post!

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    leigh swansborough
    February 11, 2018 at 4:12 pm

    I do not consider myself a foodie; but, Omg, these dishes look amazing. Great blog!

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    Mona Corona
    February 11, 2018 at 3:28 pm

    I love night markets! Didn’t know Cook Islands was such a foodie destination! I must go!!

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    Kirstin Street
    February 11, 2018 at 3:17 pm

    Oh dude, I am absolutely salivating at the mouth! The picture of that first smoothie has got me craving so hard. What were the prices like for food in Rarotonga? It’s so damn close to Aus, I’m ashamed I haven’t been there yet but flights are just so much pricier than getting to Asia etc.

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    Marcie
    February 11, 2018 at 3:02 pm

    Oh this is amazing! I was in the Polynesian club in college and learned how to do traditional dancing from Cook Islands. Ever since, I’ve been wanting to go! This food is mouth watering and makes me want to head there asap!

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    Tiffany
    February 11, 2018 at 1:35 pm

    Yum!!! This post made me hungry!! Great pics!

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    Emma Jane Explores
    February 11, 2018 at 1:34 pm

    Such a good list of places! I’m off to NZ in March so will definitely check some of these out!

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    Rocio Novarino
    February 11, 2018 at 12:34 pm

    Love this post! Never read a post about fast food! very delicious, gnam gnam!

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    Viola
    February 11, 2018 at 12:22 pm

    I love food posts haha wow I’m so hungry now. These look delicious!

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    Kylie Neuhaus
    February 11, 2018 at 12:17 pm

    All that food looks AMAZING!!! I’m hungry now! It all looks so fresh and yummy!

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    Nadia
    February 11, 2018 at 10:59 am

    So hungry after reading this. I need to visit!

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    Teru Menclova
    February 11, 2018 at 9:18 am

    Wow! Everything looks so delicious! Thank you for the inspiration. :))

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    Andrea Mayfield
    February 11, 2018 at 9:06 am

    The food really looks so delicious! Rarotonga looks so pretty too!

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    Leigh
    February 11, 2018 at 8:37 am

    So many good options, I wonder when I would have time to see the sights! I live in a land-locked area right now, so I love to get fresh seafood when I’m near the ocean!

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    Ashley
    February 11, 2018 at 8:33 am

    One of my favorite parts about traveling, the food! These all sound amazing!!

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    Sarah
    February 11, 2018 at 8:21 am

    Oh my goodness you take the most incredible food pics! I’m incredibly hungry right now. Amazing.

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    Harmony, Momma To Go
    February 11, 2018 at 8:17 am

    I’d love to go to the Cook Islands, mostly for the beach, but the food options look pretty good too!

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    Lana @ TravelSavvyGal
    February 11, 2018 at 7:29 am

    What a great round up! I love to eat at a mix of low-key local spots and some higher end places and this list has it all. I’ve seen so many beautiful shots of the Cook Islands, definitely need to make it there an eat my way through this list!

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    Tasha
    February 11, 2018 at 5:49 am

    Wonderful photos. I love the look of each place you mentioned! Especially the night market.

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    Madhu
    February 11, 2018 at 4:56 am

    Food looks really amazing and yummy. So much variety !

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    Rosie Kerrigan
    February 11, 2018 at 4:52 am

    Oh yum!! The donuts look so yummy! And I love Charlie’s Cafe and Bar too, that view is just perfect for a late lunch <3

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    Shannon
    February 11, 2018 at 2:12 am

    Those donuts stopped me in my tracks. Wowser. I hadn’t considered the Cook Islands a particularly foodie place, but guess I was wrong! That pizza looks pretty fine too…

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    Jennifer Schlueter
    February 11, 2018 at 1:56 am

    OMG! Stunning photos that are making me HUNGRY!! Definitely have to check out LBV and the market 😀

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    Char
    February 11, 2018 at 1:23 am

    OKAY SO I NEED TO GO THERE ASAP! Your blog posts are always so detailed and helpful and don’t get me started on your photography… WOW!!

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    Lisa - The Wandering Lens
    February 11, 2018 at 12:25 am

    What a great guide! The food markets are definitely my favourite thing when on Rarotonga, especially the Muri Night Market! Also we had a great meal at The Rickshaw Restuarant, amazing Asian food!

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    Aneesha Rai
    February 11, 2018 at 12:04 am

    What lovely and vibrant food markets there are in Rarotonga! Love your pics and blog btw.

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    Chantelle
    February 11, 2018 at 12:03 am

    Great post – so many good looking food options! I love market food – will have to check them out when I get to the Cook Islands!

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    Delilah
    February 10, 2018 at 11:54 pm

    This is an amazing food guide to Rarotonga! I’d love to try the food at the Punanga Nui Market. And you sold me of those night markets when you said ‘cakes’ and included that photo!

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    Ana @ Jaunting Trips
    February 10, 2018 at 11:31 pm

    good thing I decided to eat while reading your post… because YUMMM, especially those burgers!

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    Lucile
    February 10, 2018 at 11:19 pm

    Ok, I was already mad for not going there when I had a chance, but now, it’s lunch time here in France, and I regret even more not being there!!! Great article and great pictures!

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    Katie
    February 10, 2018 at 11:16 pm

    Oh yum, this has made me so hungry! I’ve pinned it for later and think I might need to plan a visit!

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    Gemma Laing
    February 10, 2018 at 9:23 pm

    Gorgeous article! I need to get to these night markets! ❤️

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