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El Cafe

2 Kings Road, Paihia 0200, New Zealand
+64 9-402 7637
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  • Excellent72%
  • Very good22%
  • Average4%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“brunch” (13 reviews)
“spanish eggs” (21 reviews)
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Mexican, Latin, Cafe, South American, Central American, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
2 Kings Road, Paihia 0200, New Zealand
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Delicious food at this cafe, the quesadillas were sensational. The chicken and chorizo and the pulled pork were our picks. Coffee is really nice, good quality. Great service by happy and relaxed staff (had to remind them about my coffee but no hassles, very pleasant)....More

Thank traciegila
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Really delicious breakfast. We didn't have to wait long. Friendly staff, generous and tasty eggs and the sauce was fantastic. Really good coffee. We really enjoyed it!

Thank TheraVP
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Low key and basic interior. Friendly staff and food that did not disappoint. I was in a group of six and between us we had the fish tacos, pork tacos, pork quesadilla, beef nachos and a couple of portions of corn chips with chimichurri and...More

Thank nicolefW6698QO
Reviewed 29 July 2018

Small cafe offering low key service and ambiance but delivering tasty authentic food. We decided on totilla mains choices with mixed berry smoothies to finish and it worked well for our light lunch. Popular with locals and tourists.

Thank Peter A
Reviewed 23 July 2018

Really I wasn't expecting much, but the muffins were so amazing that I thought I'd give the food a go. They know what they are doing. Service great. Nice assortment of locals and tourists. Fresh ingredients. Loved it.

Thank LauraappleBNB
Reviewed 17 June 2018 via mobile

Amazing authentic food coupled with outstanding coffee and friendly, laid back service... if you're jonesing for some REAL Latin American eats then el Cafe will satisfy every time.

Thank DavidB22241
Reviewed 4 June 2018 via mobile

I visit this place everytime i come to paihia! Amazing food and lovely staff. Only complaint is the price of the coffee which at $4.50 for a short black is the most expensive in the country!

Thank Andorunz
Reviewed 4 June 2018

Found this on tripadvisor and decided to try it for breakfast - wasn't disappointed. Simple food but really tasty and the almond mocha was perfect. We'll be back :)

Thank tarnzs20
Reviewed 2 May 2018 via mobile

One of us had a cardimon peach muffin and it was devine. The spanish eggs were delicious and the eggs were cooked perfectly. Also the pulled pork ciabatta was very nice and the egg cooked to perfection. The coffees were one of the best in...More

Thank debcol25
Reviewed 1 May 2018 via mobile

Fish taco sooo yummy. Great coffee. Just what I needed after four hours of tramping. Will be back to sample some more. Glad I found this delightful little cafe away from the hustle and bustle of main street Paihia.

Thank 651nicki
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$3 - US$10
Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch, After-hours
Restaurant features
Street Parking, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Free Wifi, Accepts Credit Cards
Good for
Child-friendly, Kids
Open Hours
8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 2 Kings Road, Paihia 0200, New Zealand
  • Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  North Island  >  Northland Region  >  Bay of Islands  >  Paihia
  • Phone Number: +64 9-402 7637
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Funky looking small Cafe with a quality coffee; awesome latin style food and refreshing drinks. All this with a free high speed WIFI and good prices.
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