Food in Niue
talk about the food in Niue,
we are dividing this page in two sections. The first is about
the traditional and local food, and the second is about eating
out for tourists
and Local Foods in Niue
of what grows in Niue
was not native from the land but was introduced in the past
from other countries such as Tonga, Cook Island and Samoa.
Besides that, from the hundreds of succulent vegetable and fruit
introduced, only a few could adapt to the rocky soil of
Niue and/or resist different cyclones. In short, Niue is a tropical island with
small variety of
natural foods. Some people say that Niueans
don't want to slave themselves in plantations all day
long. For some others, the problem is the lack of
population that doesn't justify spending days
working in plantatition. There is also a
third theory, that states
that products that are imported from New Zealand are cheaper and
much more convenient than producing the same thing in
can be wrong, but
in our opinions the 3rd hypothesis is the cause of
what we call gastronomic disappointment. We've never seen a local market of a tropical country
with so little options and so few people
selling products in the market Worst, we've seen a huge number of chickens
everywhere on the Island. They are free not fenced, and
can be found on the roads, on the tracks, on the trees, sun baking
under the sun wearing sunglasses, you name it.
Well, we had to buy eggs in the grocery shop and believe it or not, the eggs were IMPORTED from New Zealand AND
more, the Chickens you eat are also imported from New
Zealand. OK I understand, there are only
1500 people in Niue and not enough busines going on.
Anyway, the most important thing is that Niueans are well fed
and healthy and not starving like in some other parts of the world.
goes a small list of local foods in Niue:
"UMU" is the traditional way to cook food in
Niue, which consists of cooking the food slowly under ground
with the food wrapped in leaves and fire made on top
to Buy Food in Niue:
Note: Most foods
in Niue depends on imports from New Zealand. The ship
comes once a month. This means that if you get there a
week before the ship arrives, there will be very few
things on the selves to buy. Also none of these places
accept credit or bank cards. Only cash.
- At your right just after you pass the wharf
(North direction). It is a very basic supermarket
mostly selling tin products.
Doubles as a small convenience shop. It is the
only place in Niue we' found lettuce. Also they
sell frozen bread and some tin products.
Centre - In
Alofi, it unites many small shops including the
only bank, post office and phone company. The
" Double M" that sells frozen meats is
Nothing much going on over there. There are few
people and produce. The market happens on
Tuesdays and Fridays morning, and if you wish to
find something, go early (until 8 o'clock) or
there will be only animated people chatting. Note: To
eat the Corn you must have stainless steel teeth.
- in the bar. Yes you heard right. In front of
Pacific Way bar (at the entrance) There is a guy
selling some fresh organic veggies such as
eggplant, cherry tomatoes, some beans, sometimes
bananas, or whatever he has in his hands. There are
frozen veggies imported from New Zealand at
"Double M" and sometimes fresh
veggies can be found in the market. It’s hard to
believe on this little tropical island that so
little produce is grown.
- The Fish Factory (Reef Group) has one of the
best fresh fish we have ever purchased in our lives.
Delicious things such us Tuna, Wahoo, Yellow Fin,
Big Eye, Albacore, Mahi Mahi and others. The fish are cut in about a kilo chunks and sealed
in a vacuum plastic. About NZ$ 10/ Kilo (they have
fresh and frozen).
- There are
two bakeries in town but depending on the supply
ship arrival, they may run out of flower. The
coconut bread from Mr. Armstrong bakery is
- Only in powder at
"Double M" or Long life at The
"Frosty Boy" (ice cream and smoothies)
passing Crazy Uga Café has sometimes long life
milk for sale.
- "Double M shop" sells chicken, beef,
prawns and pork, all frozen imported from New
Zealand. In this place you also will find frozen
veggies (or in tins), sometimes cheese and powder
to eat out in Niue:
There are no
fancy restaurants in Niue. Everything is simple but good.
The prices are good also, but remember, only
Matavai accepts Credit card, all other place are cash.
bar, in front of the fish factory,
South of Alofi, attracts locals and
tourists alike. Sails Bar at Coral Garden, Crazy Uga, Washaway
Cafe & Matavai Hotel are good places to drink.
There are some others places but these are the most tourist ones.
Don't forget...You have until Wednesday after your
arrival to purchase duty free grog at the Bond Shop,
at the back (and left side) of the Commercial Centre