This cafe started with humble roots serving waffles, hot chocolate, and coffee out of a gas station in the city center. Despite its location, “Coffee from Weta?” quickly became a go-to question among friends.
Now, Weta Coffee has found its own home. Clean and spacious, this cafe has one of the best vibes in Suva if you’re looking for a cafe to relax and chat. Indoor and outdoor seating available.
Order: The duruka curry and a coffee. Split the waffles among friends.
8 Selbourne Street, Ph: 721-7156, 8am-6pm M-Sat, 8am-3pm 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
Bulaccino! This cafe makes the cut from its name alone. There are two locations–one in Tamavua near MH Superfresh and one in town at Garden City. The Tamavua location has a great view but offers a smaller menu, and meals are pricey for what you get. Go to the Garden City Bulacinno, where the ambiance isn’t as quaint but the menu is more extensive.
Plant munchers will have a grand time here, one of the few cafes in Suva where vegans/vegetarians are graced with their own menu.
Order: Smoothie bowls are a must. Grab an Afghan cookie on your way out.
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walls are decorated with old Fijian film posters, black and white photos where you can compare Suva then and now, and historical documents.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.
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: Lasagna and a fresh juice
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
Propolis Cafe is one of the best cafes in Suva if you’re looking for a meal that’s filling, healthy, and delicious. Each plant-based item comes with a generous side salad, and the menu varies each day. Cross your fingers and hope you get there for the BBQ jackfruit burger. If you’re an omnivore, this cafe just might have you leaving your meat-eating days behind. Check their Facebook Page for daily specials.
Order: Jackfruit burger and fresh coconut juice.
3 Butt St., Ph: 927-8805, 9am-3pm M-F, closed Sat and 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 good. I start my day here with a large soy cappuccino.
Near MHCC on the corner of Pier St. 9am-9pm Mon-Sat, 10am-6pm Sun
Honorable Mention: Corner Bakery
The only reason Corner Bakery hasn’t made the full list is because of its location (inside of a gas station where you might not find a place to sit). Everything that Corner Bakery makes is delicious, and the coffee is great too. If you’re driving along Princess Road, Corner Bakery is a mandatory stop.
Fingers crossed! Maybe Corner Bakery can follow in Weta’s footsteps and have a home of its own with plenty of seating someday soon?
Order: Carrot cake and/or banana bread and a coffee. I get most of my bread here.
192 Princess Rd.; Ph: 998-0777; 6am-9pm daily but the best stuff often runs out by 2pm.