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Upper South Island and the West Coast Restaurants

Café Encounter

  • 96 The Esplanade Map It
  • Kaikoura
  • Café

Updated 02/18/2014

Fodor's Review

Here's a bright eatery along the Esplanade, sharing space with the Dolphin and Albatross Encounter operations and a pleasant gallery/shop. The partially glassed-in courtyard is sheltered in most winds, and there's plenty of indoor seating. Food is available off the menu or from the cabinet; breakfasts are legendary and their range of cakes and slices is quite appealing. But like any outdoor café in Kaikoura, don't leave your food unattended because the birds will snatch

it quicker than you can say "seagull!"

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96 The Esplanade, Kaikoura, 7300, New Zealand

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Restaurant Details:

  • Credit cards accepted
  • No dinner

Updated 02/18/2014


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