Food is an important part of Niue’s culture, and Niueans take great pride in the high preparation standards they use when cooking traditional dishes. This can be seen at the weekly traditional fiafia feasts hosted by a local Hakupu village family. Deep sea fish is often on the menu, along with fresh fruit such as coconut, breadfruit, papaya, mango, and bananas, and root vegetables including talo (taro), yams, and tapioca.
Niue offers a variety of both Polynesian and European cuisine, ranging from fish & chips and pizza in the cafes, to steakhouses, restaurants and traditional buffets. The vast majority of
Niue’s restaurants are found in Alofi, many of which have fully licensed bars. A few even allow BYO. The most exclusive watering hole is located at the Niue Golf and Sports Club (Alofi, Niue).
Although the club is supposedly private, visitors are very welcome to enjoy its low drink prices and weekend village dances.
Advance dinner reservations are recommended for all restaurants, and are essential at the Matavai Resort (between Tamakautoga and Avatele, Niue), especially during its Thursday night uga (coconut crabs) capture demonstrations.
For those who can’t do without their daily coffee, the Crazy Uga Café (Main Street, Alofi) serves the only real espressos available on the island, and there’s not a fast food chain outlet to be found anywhere.