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“I go here for coffee when im hungover!” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of El Cafe

El Cafe
Ranked #2 of 57 Restaurants in Paihia
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$4 - US$11
Cuisines: Mexican, Latin, Cafe, South American, Central American
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Restaurant details
Good for: Child-friendly, Kids, Cheap Eats
Dining options: After-hours, Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Street Parking, Takeout, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Description: 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.
Paihia, New Zealand
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16 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“I go here for coffee when im hungover!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 June 2014 via mobile

I'm not going to rave on like a coffee expert. So I'll just say tht the coffee and hot chocolate here is up there with the best coffee I've ever had. Nice little cafe, the barista is a nice guy. Trust me it's good. Don't know what else to say.

  • Visited June 2014
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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New Plymouth, New Zealand
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 109 helpful votes
“Inexpensive and excellent”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 June 2014 via mobile

This was one of the best Mexican meals we have had in New Zealand. Also one of the most inexpensive meals we've had here. Good actually tastes like someone from Latin America cooked if and was not kiwi'ised. We came for breakfast and lunch. We had breakfasts burritos, which were very good but not large. For lunch we had the el cafe burrito, taco, and quesadilla. El cafe burrito is where it's at. Would recommend the chicken for everything over the beef. There is an old pic with a bunch of hot sauces that they don't carry anymore but the one they do is good. Also free wi-fi in an area with no mobile service is key.

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Wellington, New Zealand
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7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
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“Best milkshake in New Zealand?? Potential”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 May 2014

We LOVED El café. Fabulous little place which offers free wifi too. Great coffee, good milkshakes and fabulous Mexican styley breakfasts. Just delish!
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  • Visited February 2014
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Paihia, New Zealand
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“My favourite Paihia cafe”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 May 2014

If you like Mexican type food, there is only one place to go in Paihia - and it's a good one! Very small cafe but great authentic south american food and excellent coffee. Be prepared to share your table with other diners and chat with them - all part of the experience. Loved everything we've had here - not huge portions but enough and certainly the flavours and freshness are great. Highly recommend - although as a local I don't want you all coming to El Cafe because I might not be able to get a table!

  • Visited May 2014
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Dunedin, New Zealand
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 97 helpful votes
“Delicious breakfast burritos”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 May 2014

We came to El Cafe for breakfast & had the breakfast burritos, which were fantastic! The coffee was really good too. We will definitely come here again next time we are in Paihia. Highly recommended.

  • Visited April 2014
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