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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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8:00 AM - 4:00 PM Hours
Mexican, Latin, Cafe, South American, Central American, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options, Vegan Options
2 Kings Road, Paihia 0200, New Zealand
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I visited this spot during my Northland trip. I was in Paihia for three days and my accommodation was very close to this restaurant. But, I never visited this place. The outside El Cafe board was never appealing to me at all to try anything...More

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank sachindri1785
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

After reading the reviews we tracked down El Cafe for lunch and were not dissappointed! Great coffee-over-ice and tasty food. Hubby and I shared the pulled-pork tacos and chorizo/chicken quesadillas - both were delicious! The pulled pork was soft and flavoursome while the quesadillas had...More

Date of visit: January 2019
Thank micko-burns
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Great value breakfast and good coffee and lovely grub! Really set us up for our trip to the west coast and on to Auckland - some 6 hours later.... 😎

Date of visit: January 2019
Thank Mcky_G
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Have been coming to Paihia for years, either on my own in a family or with friends. Every single time I make sure I take them to El Cafe, simply for the uniqueness and deliciousness of the food. There is not a dish that I...More

Date of visit: January 2019
Thank NewZealander101
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Grabbed the fish tacos to takeaway, pretty yummy and you get a few corn chips on the side, the fish was so good. Place is cosy and was busy. Staff are lovely and the wait isnt long.

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank -Kiwi-_Travels_-1704
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Stopped by to get a quick lunch before catching a cruise. Tried the Burrito and the bbq pork tacos. The burrito was huge and very satisfying, while the pork tacos were sweet and juicy. A great place to get a quick and very delicious meal...More

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank wendywelding
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Recommended to go here by friends of ours... We had fish tacos and spicy choizo and chicken quesadilla, both were amazing!! Really fresh and full of flavour...can't wait to come back here again!

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank jasondV3623QW
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We visited twice this week - and thought the food was really tasty, great value and the colleagues were nice too. All freshly cooked/prepared on site. Even a bit of Bob Marley to eat along to too!

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank CarolineHudsonSmith
Reviewed 11 December 2018

Owned by foodies who know their stuff, this is a small cafe with big flavours, total freshness, and quality produce. We love the Bacon and Egg Burrito, best breakfast in the Bay.

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank ishlan
Reviewed 3 December 2018 via mobile

We came in for breakfast. After a wonderful cup of long black I had a muesli bowl. It was heaven,😍. Besides the delicious food it was a warm friendly place. A perfect start for a beautiful day.

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank freekv791
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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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