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Why Not Cafe

66 West End, Kaikoura 7300, New Zealand
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  • Excellent31%
  • Very good39%
  • Average19%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible7%
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“pies” (11 reviews)
“seafood chowder” (13 reviews)
Restaurant Hours
Cafe, New Zealand, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
66 West End, Kaikoura 7300, New Zealand
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Stopped in here for a coffee one morning. Coffee was really good and cafe was lovely and friendly with lots of food options which all looked good.

Thank DaveDonnaMc
Reviewed 4 days ago

I had a very nice steak pie and a raspberry brownie for lunch. The indoor seating was casual and relaxing.

Thank Shirotai
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Had a panini here for lunch. Staff was pretty friendly and panini was good, could have been more toasted but otherwise fine

Thank kimsG1672CH
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Finally found our eggs bene and we weren't disappointed. The Why Not Cafe does a job. Their caramel latte is really nice too. The only thing letting this place down is that it's rather noisy, other than that nice place to eat.

Thank Rachel E
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The lunch we purchased to go and was really good value for money. I had the vegetarian feta spinach. It was nice. The raspberry brownie was large and very nice...mmmm we had breakfast the next day. It was average usual fare and excellent value. The...More

Thank Catherine H
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Went for breakfast about 2.00pm. Great staff and good range of food on offer both from cabinets and menu boards. Service was prompt. Order arrived hot and tasty. The cup of tea included a pot of tea and one of hot water which is not...More

1  Thank Catharine H
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Friendly staff, quality coffee, and good choice of cakes as well as savoury items. Choice of comfortable seating both inside and a lovely seating area through the back. We only had coffees but the choice of food was what you would want during the day.

Thank Frank K
Reviewed 26 October 2017 via mobile

We stopped here for breakfast. A decent spot. The staff were pleasant. I opted for the full breakfast, which was plentiful. Good value for the amount you got to set yourself up for the day. I would return

Thank nickss1
Reviewed 21 October 2017

Nice homemade ginger kisses and small savouries. The coffee was hot , and the atmosphere in the sheltered courtyard was excellent.

Thank philippagoile
Reviewed 4 October 2017 via mobile

Stopped in for a quick coffee and hot chocolate with my daughter and were seduced by the amazing ginger kisses in the carbonate. The drinks were served quickly and were very good. I’m a bit of a coffee snob and this was the best in...More

Thank Woody F
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Kids, Child-friendly
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 66 West End, Kaikoura 7300, New Zealand
  • Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  South Island  >  Canterbury Region  >  Kaikoura
  • Phone Number: 319-6486
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