Highland Natural Café
One of the only pockets of paradise for vegans in Suva. The café is unassuming and lacks ambiance but their delicious vegan salads, lasagna, pita pockets, and smoothies make up for the bare decor.
Order: The vegan lasagna and tropical smoothie
8 Parade Arcade, Victoria Parade, Ph: 310-0733, 8am-3pm M-Th + Sat, 8am-3pm F, Closed Sun
Across from Village 6 Cinema is Moments, a retro café serving build-your-own sandwiches, wraps, paninis, juices, and coffee. They also have a variety of just-baked cakes and tarts. Snag one of the couches in the back of the café or people watch from their patio area.
Order: The kumquat meringue cake and a coffee. The Mediterranean eggs are amazing as well.
3 Scott Street, Ph: 997-7796, 7am-8pm M-Sat, 9am-6pm Sun
The Galley (Royal Suva Yacht Club)
The Royal Suva Yacht Club is basically a watering hole for salty dogs tending to their boats (both barnacle covered and not), surfers, and people who don’t want to be judged for chugging a beer early in the day. The café attached to the yacht club serves simple breakfasts like eggs on toast, eggs Benedict, pancakes, cakes, and coffee. Take your food outside to one of the picnic table and enjoy!
Order: The $10 combo that comes with a meal and coffee — one of the best breakfast deals in Suva
Royal Suva Yacht Club, Foster Road, Ph: 331-2921, 8am-10pm daily
A favorite among history buffs and those looking for novelty, Governor’s is a café and restaurant with hundreds of Fijian mementos and pictures that date back to Fiji’s ancient and colonial history. The walls are decorated with old Fijian film posters, black and white photos where you can compare Suva then and now, and historical documents. Their breakfast menu is one of the best in Suva and portion sizes are huge. Come hungry.
Order: The omelette with a juice and coffee.
46 Knolly Street, Ph: 337-5050, 7:30am-2:30pm daily, 6pm-9:30 pm W-Sat
Contain Yourself Café
Contain Yourself Café is named after the structure that its built in. This small cafe built from a shipping container is just across from the sea wall and serves coffees, juices, and mostly meat-based breakfasts. The food availability and quality can be hit or miss, so it’s best to come if you’re just feeling peckish.
Order: A fresh juice and Tasty Island Treats popsicle.
Edward Street, Ph: 948-1681, 7am-10pm M-Fri, 8am-4pm Sat, Closed Sun
Café Noir in downtown Suva is a quiet café serving paninis, egg dishes, pancakes, waffles, and more. Queenie, the woman most likely to take your order, treats newcomers as if they are regulars and always serves meals with a smile.
Order: A panini and a freakshake — the brunch of champions.
158 Victoria Parade, Ph: 310-0071, 8am-7pm M-Sat, Closed Sun
Victoria Café is one of the only cafes in Suva that you’ll find open on a Sunday. They serve many types of egg dishes, pancakes, waffles, sandwiches, and hash browns inside their spacious seating area. Keep your order simple (special requests are often forgotten) and enjoy.
Order: Pancakes and coffee.
Victoria Parade, Ph: 331-2002, 8:30am-9:30pm M-Sat, 9am-3pm Sun
The Mad Hatter Hut
This cheery cafe is part restaurant, part children’s clothing boutique. The splash of color is likely what you need to combat Suva’s grey skies. Here, you’ll find fresh juices, eggs, smoothies, and breakfast bowls served in whimsical Alice in Wonderlandesque teacups and plates.
Order: Eggs Benedict and a fresh fruit smoothie.
22 Disraeli Road, Ph: 830-8577, 8am-5pm daily
Palm Court Bistro
In the heart of downtown Suva, the Palm Court Bistro is a cafe and coffee shop serving meals in its outdoor covered seating area. Salads, sandwiches, pancakes, burgers, and big breakfasts await. Their ingredients are always fresh. Lunch tends to draw a crowd.
Order: The D.I.Y. sandwich and a tropical juice.
Victoria Parade, Ph: 330-4662, 7am-5pm M-F, 7am-2:30pm Sat, Closed Sun
Once a week, I work outside the house to catch up on chores I can only do while downtown. One of my favorite cafes to work from is Lazy Beans. It’s clean, spacious, and there’s a gorgeous outdoor patio. The workers are super friendly, too! It’s located inside of Jacks clothing store on the second floor.
Order: Masala, paneer, and peas pie! Their sandwiches are also so good. I always start my day here with a large soy cappuccino.
Near MHCC on the corner of Pier St. 9am-9pm Mon-Sat, 10am-6pm Sun