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El Cafe

2 Kings Road, Paihia 0200, New Zealand
+64 9-402 7637
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  • Excellent73%
  • Very good21%
  • 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

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 3 weeks ago

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 David B
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
Reviewed 6 April 2018

Cafe was rather busy when we went so we waited a little. Food was okay but nothing to write home about. Coffee was good

Thank bon b
Reviewed 28 March 2018 via mobile

Great food always fresh & tasty and good coffee. Reasonably priced. Has become my favourite go to place now in Paihia. Highly recommended

Thank janenzer
Reviewed 26 March 2018

Stop in for Spanish eggs and breakfast burrito, both were delight. Put El Cafe as a must do place to visit when in Paihia

Thank Judy G
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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
Kids, Child-friendly
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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