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The Waffle Shack

Punanga Nui Marketplace, Avarua 0000, Cook Islands
+682 50 713
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  • Excellent79%
  • Very good16%
  • Average4%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible0%
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“ice cream” (35 reviews)
“toasties” (3 reviews)
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Punanga Nui Marketplace, Avarua 0000, Cook Islands
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Reviewed 13 December 2018

When you are in Rarotonga in the Cook Islands, make sure you visit the Waffle Shack which is located near the main road at the markets. It has the best tropical waffles and they also make very good coffee. The Saturday market day is very...More

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank PamelaSS888
Reviewed 25 November 2018 via mobile

Best coffee on the island and the waffles are great too! Located at the main markets venue. Just filling space now

Date of visit: November 2018
1  Thank MattK3293
Reviewed 19 November 2018 via mobile

Called at a quiet time. Mid Monday morning. Only a handful of people about. Got served by a miserable youth. No passion for his work. Not a pleasant greeting....nothing. the waffle arrived. Obviously pre-made. Still frozen (literally) in the middle. Sauce sloshed over the top....More

Date of visit: November 2018
1  Thank Sightsee05248048302
Reviewed 20 October 2018

Very nice waffles, batter was especially light and fluffy, but unfriendly service, and nothing to write home about! Served on paper plates with plastic forks. Big old waffles though, worth a visit if you're close by but I wouldn't bother coming out of your way.

Date of visit: October 2018
1  Thank Claire D
Reviewed 9 October 2018

We were told to try the waffles are were not disappointed! Not sure if the Shack is open outwith market times though

Date of visit: September 2018
1  Thank StirlingGirl
Reviewed 25 September 2018

If you are wanting a cold sweet hit...look no further. Delicious. The waffles are decent in size with two big scoops of ice cream. Is a meal for one but is also a good size to share between two.

Date of visit: September 2018
1  Thank Loren K
Reviewed 11 September 2018

Pretty hard to find good breakfast places on Raro - this place in the Market area is one of them with good strong coffee.

Date of visit: August 2018
Thank Rich12456
Reviewed 9 September 2018

Best cheap lunch option we found, enjoyed the toasted sandwiches and waffles. FYI no waffles on Monday

Date of visit: August 2018
Thank chemikills
Reviewed 7 September 2018

The waffles definitely were presented well, but nothing exceptional. The coffee was terrible but the staff were friendly. Tried it as needed to, but won't be back.

Date of visit: August 2018
1  Thank Emily C
Reviewed 5 September 2018 via mobile

Love this place and worth a waffle stop. Coffee is not the best but your going there for the waffles anyway

Date of visit: September 2018
2  Thank adamcO2782OB
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31 July 2017|
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Response from viv_ab | Reviewed this property |
Don't think so, it's a very simple shack kind of operation, with 5 kinds of waffles and that's it.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$ 3 - US$ 5
Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch
Restaurant features
Parking Available, Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Free Off-Street Parking, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Child-friendly, Kids
Open Hours
7:00 AM - 11:00 AM
7:00 AM - 2:00 PM
7:00 AM - 2:00 PM
7:00 AM - 2:00 PM
7:00 AM - 2:00 PM
7:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Punanga Nui Marketplace, Avarua 0000, Cook Islands
  • Location: South Pacific  >  Cook Islands  >  Southern Cook Islands  >  Rarotonga  >  Avarua
  • Phone Number: +682 50 713
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The Waffle Shack is a unique little cafe that specialises in fresh espresso coffee and authentic Belgian waffles. However we also have fresh croissants, muffins and other surprises on alternating days.
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